Milroy's of Soho

Shopping , Off licences Soho
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A Greek Street stalwart selling a huge range of whisky, rum and Cognac.

The range here is enormous, with around 400 from Scotland alone. There’s a large selection from £14.95, but fine and rare whiskies can cost up to £2,500, including some of Milroy’s own bottlings. Other spirits are covered too, with carefully selected Cognac, Armagnac and rums – the brand launched its first own-brand single cask rum (from the Four Square distillery in Barbados) in spring 2010. What’s more, staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the shop runs regular tasting events for those looking to improve their knowledge and appreciation of whisky. There's a copper-top bar that seats 12 inside the shop for visitors to sit and taste at, then down in the basement – which you can access via a secret door behind a bookcase – you'll find The Vault, a speakeasy styled cocktail bar.

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Venue name: Milroy's of Soho
Contact:
Address: 3 Greek St
London
W1D 4NX
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Rd
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mark r

Ok, so most of these reviews seem to be from non whisky guys, thought I'd add a whisky geek slant on things.  This is exactly what London has been lacking for the last few years.  A non pretentious, fantastically stocked whisky bar full of staff with a genuine passion for the finest spirit in the land.  The shop is better priced than anyone in town with a 10% discount on the bottle if you buy a dram...meaning I can nose and taste to my hearts content before buying.  I ignore the hidden cocktail bar downstairs, upstairs you can engage in fascinating dialogue with like-minded gents in the calmest setting for your dram.



If you buy/collect whisky in London and do not drink here you are missing out.  Save the membership fees you're paying for your (pretentious?) whisky bar, spend it on a 20+yo Nat Col, NCF I.B. and come here instead :)

Lizzie W
Tastemaker

I mean, I don't realllly like whisky but when I heard there was a secret door leading to a basement bar which served cocktails, well, LET ME IN!

The whisky shop itself is cool - spacious, light, with cabinets full of whiskies (as you would imagine) ranging from the reasonable to the expensive, a bar to prop yourself up against and a few tables and chairs, including 2 cool seats made from barrels turned on their side - fun!

At the back is a book shelf that when pushed opens and there you find a staircase down to a dark, broody bar with lots of shabby sofas, stools and tables. Luckily we got the last space for a couple as all the rest were occupied or reserved. There is waitress service and a friendly lady came over to take our order. My bf just went for a beer and I picked from their interesting cocktail menu (don't worry there is plenty of non-whisky cocktails to choose from). I went for Holy Trinity (Home Spiced Rum, Engine Oil Stout Reduction, Muscavado, Prosecco, Egg White & Dark Chocolate). Sounds odd but tastes delicious - not too sweet and a lovely smooth finish. All the seasonal cocktails (about 12 of them) are £9.50 and there is no happy hour or deals however the place, the drinks and people make it worth it so definitely give it a go! They also have a larger whisky cocktail menu which range from £11-£14. For those of you who may get peckish they have a small menu of nibbles - nuts, olives, bread, cheeses and meats. AND of course they serve drams of whisky as well as whisky tastings.

Tip: they do take bookings so if there is a group of you I would definitely recommend giving them a ring.

MooseInLondon
Tastemaker

Wonderful whisky selection with the option to erm... sample at the bar or the back tables. If whisky is not your thing go to the book shelf and just push.... :) 

Tristan P
Staff Writer

Like whisky? Sure you do! So you should probably head to this delightful little shop off Soho Square and take a look. There's a hell of a lot of whisky crammed into the small space, but also other spirits and some wines too. Despite being at the higher-end of booze-buying shops, the staff are always very friendly and keen to advise on relevant liquor for your price range - in my case, usually as low as possible without seeming too cheap.

Jake P

Where has this place been all my life?! Thankfully I stumbled across it during the week. I'm not a fan of whisky at all so would usually steer well clear of the shop upstairs, however I am so glad that I ventured in, through the bookcase, and down to some of the best cocktails I have ever tried - WHICH ARE NOT ALL WHISKY BASED. There is something for everyone, whatever your chosen poison. Also the staff are so friendly and welcoming, we received what felt like service specifically tailored to us, with cheerfulness and familiarity that is hard to come by in London.


I would recommend this to everyone but I do want it to stay somewhat unknown. I can't understand why Time Out only gave this place 3 stars, so felt that I had to review. Well worth a visit!

Jake G

Such a great selection of whisky at this classic Soho boutique. The whisky bar on the shop floor is staffed by passionate and enthusiastic staff. If you push the bookcase at the back, it reveals a hidden cocktail bar serving amazing cocktails!

martyn s

great hidden gem in soho for sum non-pretentious cocktails that rival the best. 

Alfred s

Amazing shop with great selection of whisky, some exclusive to them. me and the missus had a whisky in the bar within the shop and then went down to the vault in the basement - a great secret cocktail bar, great service and amazing drinks. tip - let the staff guide you as the menu is all originals and they nailed our drinks

EC1

Quirky, fun bar with great drinks (plenty of non whisky too) and friendly professional staff.