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Baranis and Cigalon is an upstairs, downstairs affair with a French accent. Baranis is the cocktail bar (downstairs in the basement), with a simpler menu of bar food and the sort of French drinks you normally only find in France.

The drinks list makes much of the region’s prime aperitif, pastis, with 15 types of the anise-flavoured tipple. There are also aperitifs from Provence and Corsica, and a cocktail list divided into original drinks (including signature cocktails such as a lemon thyme margarita) and classics. A short food menu features simple finger food such as charcuterie, cheese, crostini and Provencal pizzetas. 

And in case you want to make the southern experience complete, there’s even a gravelled pétanque court, cordoned off from the bar at one side. It's free of charge but please book in advance.

Note: Baranis is only open Tuesday to Saturday.

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Experience the glamour and opulence of Southern France as you step inside Baranis. This chic cocktail bar on Chancery Lane offers a laidback vibe with plenty of French charm.Baranis’ innovative selection of cocktails draws its inspiration from the fragrances and flavours of the South of France and exclusive wine list majors in Provencal wines. A short food menu features perfect for sharing Mediterranean-style dishes such as cold meats, cheese and pissaladière. Plush, cocoon-style booth seating, subdued lighting and exposed brickwork makes Baranis a luxurious yet intimate setting.And in case you want to make the southern experience complete, there’s even a gravelled pétanque court (think indoor boules), cordoned off from the bar at one side.
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Venue name: Baranis
Address: 115 Chancery Lane
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4pm – late
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane or Temple tube
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We booked an half an hour slot to play Pentaque and have a few drinks. We went on a weekend and were surprised to find it was quite quiet. It's located in a commercially kind of area so can imagine it gets very busy during the week. The bar staff was very attentive and came over straight away to take out drinks order. They have an good cocktail list with most of their cocktails priced between  £8 and £10. We played Pentque for about an hour  (it's free to play it you book) but soon got quite bored because the place was quite empty and had no atmosphere. It's seems a good place to go to after work with some work colleagues but I don't think I'd be going again on a weekend.

Well, that was a very good surprise! I did not pick the bar but join few of my friends for drinks after-work. Atmosphere was very nice for a Wednesday. I am little surprise by the review above from TO the bar is not exactly how they describe it meaning I don't think it is a wine bar. They do have a nice selection of wines but their cocktails... Oh My... this is the reason why you have to go there: COCKTAILS! Their list is so different from the one you can find in most of the bars in London. Lots of twist with lavender, basil... really interesting & delicious. We did not play petanque but it looks like fun. So probably next time.. I liked the sixties decoration, the staff was really nice and helpful.

Enormously disappointing - terribly over priced slightly warm wine, rude manager who forgot our food order and gave us the wrong wine - with no apology. It wasn't surprising then that over the course of the whole evening there was only 6 people in the bar thus making it terribly quiet and at times uncomfortably so but what was a surprise was when they told us the bar closing at 9.30pm???? so not even giving us time to finish our drinks and enjoy a game of petanque - the petanque is a real gem and is by far the best bit. Such a shame - it could be an lovely bar and the decor is lovely but I would recommend going literally anyway else than Baranis especially when there are so many fabulous bars in central london.