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Black Rock

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Moorgate
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A whisky-lover’s paradise in The City.

Ever drunk in Golden Gai in east Shinjuku, Tokyo? It's three dingy streets crammed with over 200 tiny bars, each with a novelty of their own. Black Rock, tucked away in the maze-like streets behind Liverpool Street station, has a whiff of that. Tristan Stephenson and Tom Aske, the guys behind nearby Worship Street Whistling Shop, have created a dimly lit underground whisky lounge big enough for 40 but small enough to have a drinks trolley bar. 

On one side of the room, three cabinets filled with over 250 bottles offer six descriptions: smoke, fruit, spice etc. Each brand is placed by a ‘relative’ – find your ‘favourite’ and try its cousin. Dots give you the price – one, two or three dots; £7, £9 or £11 a slug. Two barmen pace the joint (well, there’s no bar to stand behind) and willingly chat whisky. 

But we’re neglecting the ‘novelty’ – in the middle of the room stands half the trunk of a magnificent 185-year-old oak tree, glass-topped for punters to sit at, with two booze-filled rivers hewn in to the wood and slopping beneath the surface. On one side there’s ‘Cherry River’ – bourbon and morello with spices – and on the other ‘Table Whisky’, to which the establishment adds a different label each week, creating an ever-evolving house blend. Both are thoroughly drinkable and at £6 a 35ml shot, the cheapest option in a bar where whisky fans can blow a hole in their bank accounts.

By: Dave Faulkner



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This isn't one for the casual whisky drinker. You're greeted with a monologue about the bar's offerings and the centerpiece of its decor: a long carved plank of wood. The bar is small and intimate, so the possibility of private conversation is limited. For whisky connoisseurs, there's a lot on offer. 


Black Rock sits in the basement of Napoleon Hotel and is the third establishment on the premises; focusing on all things whisk(e)y. It’s the tall, dark and brooding sibling of the three bars at Napoleon Hotel with its moody lighting, dark corners, glass cabinets glowing with the golden gift from the gods. And if that’s not film-noir sultry enough for you, there’s an 185 year-old oak tree for a long table with a whisky river through it. That’s right. So bring the good banter and your best Lauren Bacall and get sipping.

Tip: check their Instagram for whisky their events and tastings.

Good For: date night, something different, intimate drinks, celebrations, small groups, catch up with friends

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