Baltic

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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.

Venue name: Baltic
Contact:
Address: 74 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8HA
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Tues-Sat; noon-4.30pm Sun. Dinner served 5.30pm-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 5.30pm-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Southwark

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polish

Haha hey Lisa i suggest you to buy a map so maybe you will find out why its called Baltic!Great restaurant btw

Dorothy White

My daughter had her wedding at Baltic. It was fantastic! Great service, food was outstanding, warm atmosphere and the spiced pear cocktails delicious. Really worth a visit.

lisa

Why's it called Baltic if it's a Polish restaurant? Otherwise great food, nothing to complain about :)

Sebastian

I've been here many times over the past 10 years and I have to say I've never had anything but a great time. The menu's E European but with a very light touch and there doesn't seem to be anywhere else like it in London. Plus I sometimes find placed open so long to kind of rest on their laurels a bit but whenever I go it still feels very fresh.