Come here for proper Polish food, with a modern take, in a regularly heaving and understatedly glamorous Blackfriars venue - and bring along a thirst for vodka.
On Friday nights, most Southwark bars are full of colleagues toasting each other’s successes. The Polish-themed Baltic’s atmosphere is much more low-key. City-slicker duos, out for dates and business drinks, chat quietly across the tables venue. We spotted the star of a current Old Vic production having a cigarette outside, as well as a man swapping his sandals for smart shoes before entering. The front section of Baltic looks like an uber-modern hotel lobby, with floor-sweeping velvet curtains and a glass bar filled with amber crystals.
There are more than 50 cocktails on the lengthy list, but the speciality is vodka – it’s served by the shot or three sizes of carafe, and includes everything from the standard Finlandia to the luxe likes of Chopin and Snow Leopard. A word of warning though; by around 9pm most of Baltic’s customers disappear into the expansive bare-bricked restaurant round the back to tuck into a menu of blinis and dumplings. We recommend following them.