Despite my initial frustration with the service, which was inexplicably slow on a Thursday at 9pm with just one customer in the bar, I should be fair mention that Cube 275 mixes magnificent cocktails. And the price is very reasonable at about €8. I'm a big fan of the Applesushi Martini, a delight with traces of Nippon that will please the trendy set. You should also try the Herbalist for a bit of fun, the refreshing Silver Fizz, and the inocuous Apple Mojito which is harmless, in case you're the designated driver. Naturally they also specialise in G&Ts gin and tonic, but they manage to dodge a juniper overdose: they work with 20 selected brands that they know how to skillfully manipulate.
The bar area – decorated in modern rococo – features a gimmick that makes me even more randy than the alcohol sampler: the cold. The cocktail prep area looks like Mr. Freeze's lab: it's equipped with all kinds of galactic utensils devoted to keeping the drinks colder than the Penguin's tail feathers.
So it's understandable that 275 Cube makes the best ice in town. They freeze their ice cubes at -50° C. And what ice cubes! I speak of Antarctic poetry, chunks of ice that float eternally in your glass, without trying to make too many moves on your drink. A word of warning, though: they're addictive, these artisanal spheres of frozen water. And there's even a glass-freezing service, thanks to a miraculous machine that looks like it was nicked from a Romulan ship. Brrr.
|Venue name:||Cube 275|
Roger de Flor, 275
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 8pm-1am; Fri, Sat until 3am.|
|Transport:||Joanic (M: L4)|