Baranis and Cigalon is an upstairs, downstairs affair with a French accent. Baranis is the 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 mulled drinks) and classics. A short food menu features mostly southern French dishes such as salade Niçoise and pissaladière, the Provençal 'pizza' made with onions, olives and anchovies.
And in case you want to make the southern experience complete, there’s even a gravelled pétanque court (for playing the southern version of boules), cordoned off from the bar at one side.
Note: Baranis is only open Monday to Friday.
115 Chancery Lane
|Opening hours:||Tuesday to Saturday 4pm – late|
|Transport:||Tube: Chancery Lane or Temple tube|
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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.