Sophisticated cocktail bar whose staff serve up perfect blends with flair. The house Mookito will give you the fuel for the dancefloor downstairs.
In a city that boasts an abundance of excellent bars serving cocktails, it’s rather impressive that the hidden-away Mook has become synonymous with mixed beverages and a great night out for those who want to avoid the sweat and standing-room-only vibe of the clubs. The word-on-the-lips for Friday night drinks and sophisticated socialising, the bar has remained unfazed by the recent influx of more experimental cocktail bars in the same area of town.
The two-for-one deal on drinks probably plays a large part in the venue’s success, with a double dosage of the extensive menu’s generous classic mixes or clever house tipples available for a very reasonable £5. After a few of these lethally alcoholic drinks it's customary to head downstairs from the quirky bar area to a dancefloor where DJs spin inoffensive pop, dance and indie into the wee hours.
The bar staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and fascinating to watch as they rattle, stir and ignite a daunting range of cocktails with speed and flair. On a hot summer’s day, Mook’s mojitos are probably the best to be found in the city, but for a creative choice the house Mookito – a medley of vodka and rum with lime, honey and mint, topped with apple juice – is on the money for that sweet, creeping intoxication that only cocktails can provide. For those not tempted by the blended beverages, the fridges stock a solid selection of beers, though you won’t feel like you’re having the same VIP treatment as people ordering drinks in fancy glasses with flamed orange, skewered fruit, or crunchy crushed ice.
The place gets particularly crowded during early term time, as it’s a favourite haunt of students looking to blow their loans on an experience a little fancier than the generic chain boozers with pre-mixed drinks. Nevertheless, Mook is a shrewd choice for a first-date, with impressive drinks that won’t leave you stung, and guaranteed bonus points for a lively and hip atmosphere – and an opportunity to cuddle up in the corner booths.
Hirst's Yard, off Call Lane
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