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Blind Pig

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Soho
5 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(24user reviews)
Blind Pig

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Though technically an upstairs adjunct to Jason Atherton’s celebrated Social Eating House (which itself garnered a five-star review in Time Out), The Blind Pig is a worthy destination in its own right. Perhaps as a nod to its Prohibition-flavoured nickname (‘blind pig’ being US underworld slang for a good old-fashioned den of iniquity), it’s not immediately obvious how to find it at street level; look under the vintage ‘Optician’ sign for the blindfolded hog doorknocker and boom, you’re in. The decor is authentically retro but never schmaltzy; lovely touches like the antique mirrored ceiling, copper-topped bar and charmingly mismatched (yet never discordant) wooden furniture made me feel (on date night) like a wide-lapelled Capone crony painting the town with his broad. If this all sounds a little contrived and too-clever-by-half, the cocktail menu brings welcome comic relief. Who could resist a Slap ’n’ Pickle (gin, brandy and pickle brine), Kindergarten Cup (incorporating ‘Skittles-washed Ketel One’), or Robin Hood, Quince of Thieves? (brandy, quince liqueur, mead). The puns are employed with abandon, but everything I tried was ace (even, yes, Dill or No Dill). Better yet, the bar snacks are made downstairs, so the grilled baby peppers, confit pork rillettes and duck fat chips are straight-up gangster.

By: Andy Hill



Address: 58 Poland Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube
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4 out of 5 stars

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Loved the concept of cocktails inspired by childhood fairytales. I immediately went for the Hunny Pot, which is inspired by Winnie the Pooh. It came in a pot and topped with a piece of honeycomb and a Percy Pig (my favourite candy!). This drink was strong and not too sweet, which I appreciated. I then went for the Caterpillar cocktail, which came as 5 different coloured ice cubes, each flavoured differently. It also came with a small jug of sparkling wine/prosecco, which is poured over the ice cubes. This was quite yummy and because it was pretty sweet, it tasted more like a dessert. It came with a Colin the Caterpillar sweet on top too! 

The service was lovely, our waiter, Will, was adorable and super friendly! 

Definitely a bar I'll be coming back to. Just a shame I discovered it, as I'm moving out of London. 


I've wanted to try out the literary menu at this gorgeous bar for a while, so when searching for some delicious libations earlier in the week, we found ourselves on Poland Street and the opportunity arose!

The menu itself is a work of art, with gorgeous illustrations based around some classic stories. I picked the gin and honey based Winnie The Pooh cocktail which was served in a ceramic honey ("hunny") pot and topped with a Percy Pig, while my drinking companion enjoyed the Harry Potter Butterbeer cocktail which he described as tasting like oatmeal raisin cookies... He was adamant of that description.

It's a sexy bar, with comfortable seating, nice candle lighting and really good service. A great date spot, though drinks start from around the £10 mark so be prepared for an expensive round or two.

I visited on a weekday afternoon in hopes it wouldn't be too busy and I wasn't disappointed - it was empty except for two other groups.

This meant I could snag a window table with a charming view down on the Soho backstreet the bar is situated on.

The view inside was just as lovely - ornate but not ostentatious with everything down to the toilets styled to the same antique opulence, and with the concealed have-to-know-it's-there entrance it gives you a taste of elegance and exclusivity without the extortionate price tag

Being a bar I expected to have to get up to order drinks but was instead treated to table service which was a pleasant surprise.

The cocktail menu was inspired by classic childrens literature for a nostalgic experience and the drinks captured the essence of the source material without being the overly faithful sugary concoctions you might find recipes for on pinterest - the butterbeer in particular was pleasingly heavier on the beer and less on the butter.

Overall a delightful experience and a charming way to spend an afternoon or lunchtime


We initially couldn't get into this place as it was too busy and when I tried to book they said there were no tables so you often have to try your luck if its short notice. We went away and came back around 7.20 when we knew a lot of people would be clearing out for dinner reservations and managed to get a table straight away! One tip, when you get to the door with pig knocker just go straight in - we found a collection of people standing outside who thought you had to knock and wait who had been there a while! This place is great for a date as its a bit hidden, has lots of cosy intimate booths, low lighting and amazing cocktails. The cocktails are themed by popular kids books so you can take a trip down memory lane and sip on a Hunny Pot inspired by Winnie the Pooh which was made up of Havana 7 rum salted butter, Crowded Hive mead, Somerset apple brandy, lemon, honey, orange bitters and a Percy Pig sat on top which was very cute! We also tried a Dream Jar inspired by the BFG which had a blue lit ice cube inside making the whole jar glow which looked really cool. My friend was also delighted to be able to finally try a Butter Beer from Harry Potter without having to fork out £50 for Harry Potter World...


Even on a Monday this place is pretty busy so I would definitely book if I was coming over the weekend.

Once you find the sign for the opticians you know you're in the right place.

The heavy brass blindfolded pig on the door is a pretty cool entrance into a very cool bar.

There is a selection of 'cool' cocktails inspired by popular children's books like BFG, James and the Giant Peach and Harry Potter. And they are very cool, and delicious. Avoid the one with smoked flavouring unless you like the sensation of drinking cigarettes.

Considering how fancy the drinks are the prices are reasonable and the drinks are good.


We stopped in here randomly .. The name of the place had me at hello! I mean you know you're in for something good with a name like *drum rolls* ..... "The Blind Pig"... We stopped in here briefly for a few drinks and quite liked the ambiance! Its bang into the middle of Soho and not hard to find .... The decor is nice and inviting and there is a nice choice of drinks/cocktails available here.. Beautifully presented and tasted great! Would highly recommend it!

I've never heard of the Blind Pig, or Social Eating House before - the reason I did now was a recent blog post from Time Out, which spoke wonders about the new, story-based cocktail menu. With Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter and the BFG mentioned, among others, I just had to check it out.

The Blind Pig is a fancy establishment. Not the pretentious type where they look at you mean if you're not wearing a dinner jacket, but based on the crowd, you won't for a second forget you're in the heart of central London. On the other hand, the staff are surprisingly and outstandingly lovely and helpful. Having made a booking for 8.30 and turning up at 7, they did everything to sit us down. Our table had a booking on it before us - the people never showed though. So they did everything to reach them before they gave away the table, which is something you don't see often.

The interior design is stunning, with leather sofas, dark wood furniture, quirky bottles and jars on shelves and a low ceiling, with a large window to let in some natural streetlight at the end of the room. The cocktail selection is the outstanding element here though. Their new menu is like a story book, and all cocktails here are spot on. The BFG cocktail glows red in the jar; the Winnie the Pooh cocktail comes in a jar labelled 'HUNY' with a gummy Piglet on the side. I tasted the butter beer-based cocktail, which reflected exactly how I imagine butter beer to taste like - little bit beer-flavoured, goes down with a fizzy kick, and just enough sweetness to balance out your tastebuds. A cooled, fizzy wizard delight, which shows in a mini-beer glass, this is not the, albeit delicious, too sweet and sticky butter beer you get at Warner Bros studios.

The only thing I would criticise perhaps is the music. It just doesn't match the bar's otherwise old-school, somewhat jazz age-reminiscent design. It is just slightly too loud for proper conversation, and I'd rather be sipping my story themed cocktail to some relaxing piano music, live of course, played by a white-gloved old chap at a grand black. But nobody's perfect. 

Literary nerds and cocktail enthusiasts, don't miss out on the Blind Pig's new menu! And although extremely difficult, try and fight the urge to steal one of their beautifully illustrated, story book menus...

The bartender returned and  begrudgingly made us another drink,clanging bottles and glasses.  It was obvious he was annoyed by us. 

My evening at The Blind Pig didn't start particularly well as I arrived before the rest of my group and asked to be seated at which point I was told that I couldn't be seated until the rest of my party arrived. Sadly this meant that by the time they got there (not that this is the fault of the bar in any way) the place had filled up and we had a long, cramped wait for a table. My point here is book book book because unless you are planning on getting there at about half five it will most definitely be busy. 

The cocktail menu is inventive and fun - I enjoyed a cocktail that came served in a 'juice box' to be drank through a straw which was super fun before moving on to some of the more sophisticated offerings on the extensive menu. The staff are helpful, making suggestions without being pushy and we took their advice and were very happy. 

It's a really nice atmosphere at the BP - think cosy, speakeasy with leather banquettes and heavy drapery. A nice throwback to the Soho of old. The perfect place to unwind over a few drinks (the food looks great too, though sadly we didn't try it!). 

It's a little pricey so one for a special occasion but most definitely worth the visit. 

I’ve only been here once but can already say that this is probably my favourite bar in London. I’d pretty much made up my mind on that about 10 minutes after walking through the door.

Met by the most welcoming staff, we were seated in one of their corner leather booths while a bartender sat down with us to get us talking through our likes and dislikes. I’m a trusting person, so we let him choose our first cocktail without looking at the menu and he chose extremely well.

Between us we went through another three rounds of drinks, each round ordering new cocktails which allowed us to try almost their entire menu.

The cocktails here are fantastic. A long menu with amusing names, each drink has great combinations and interesting ingredients that make it hard to choose between them and there was not one dud between the bunch. Highlights include the McBandaq, a refreshing drink that comes in a Blind Pig branded takeaway cup, Slap N’ Pickle (a love for pickles is obviously necessary here) and the Flipster, which is a hipster take on an espresso martini, complete with a moustache garnish. Don’t worry, despite what the menu says no actual facial hair is used here.

What I like about this place is that is has an identity. The décor, the subtle staff uniforms but also their etiquette, which is what really won me over. I can’t recall a time where I’ve been so well looked after by every staff member that we encountered. Such continuity and alignment across the whole team made for a great experience, one which will no doubt see me become a regular customer for the foreseeable future.

Tastemaker tip: Their food menu should not go without mention. A choice between their bites, jars and steaks, we went through a number of their bites which were all delicious, especially the duck fat chips which come with an incredible curry aioli.

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A couple of late night old fashioneds, expertly crafted by the super friendly team rounded off a perfect evening. Thanks I will be back!


Hidden gem in heart of Soho!Been there during the weekday and still was quiet busy anyways the lovely receptionists find us a table upstairs the Blind Pig... We grabbed a bubblies on arrival then have tried some of the bites and jars! I swear they have the best mac n cheese in the city!The pork cracklings and the salami also the padron peppers with sea salt were delicious!Well talking about Jason Atherton anyway! Ordered a bottle of wine which was really hard to choose from the long list of wines!About the cocktails they've got their own and nice ones!We've tried few of them and the 'It’s The British Whey'  was my fav!  The prices are quiet high but just totally worth it!Service it  was also excellent!About the food I'm speechless!Haunch of slow cooked venison and the roasted Cornish sea bass were cooked to perfection!Truly fascinating and a pleasure to have been to. You definitely don't wanna miss out! 

Buzzy atmosphere, terrific cocktails served with obvious care, but felt like a triumph of style over substance.  Very low ceiling made it feel more cramped, crowded, noisy, and hot than it probably was.  Great if you don't mind working hard for your drink and like shouting, less so if you fancy something more chilled out at these prices


Obviously I'm a big fan of a speakeasy. Like, can't find it, won't find it, will find it,  oh there's a door, I'm in, it's kind of actually just a normal bar, who cares, I do, get me a cocktail, and another, can't find the door to leave.... etc etc.

This one fits the bill: fairly impossible to find. Tip, don't be looking for a shop front here. Just go for the door with the pig head and push gently. Location of this speakeasy is fab, striking distance from the whirling swirling dance floor of Barrio, and the singing winning delights of Lucky Voice. 

We went in on a Thursday and were told all the seating areas were booked. I enquired politely as to what time the reservations were for, and the lady said not until 8, so we agreed to depart by 7.45 and took a pew. So again, tip, if the seats look free, you might be able to get a short term seat loan one way or another. Be nice to the entrance host and she'll be nice to you! 

Cocktails were good, one looked suspiciously like a milkshake but was lethal. Ideal combination. This place has a good buzz, and makes for a great pre dinner drink. I would return. If I can find it.

Had high hopes for this place and it certainly looked the part. Even the toilets are ambiently lit with high gloss vintage look tiles and Burlington sinks. An old school hip hop soundtrack clashed with surroundings in the best way, but now we come to the cocktails. We were here for London Cocktail Week, so tried the special: Monkey Shoulder Snakebite. This sickly mixture of whisky, pear liqueur, ale reduction, cider syrup and lemon juice actually made us gag, and didn’t get better the more we had (we gave up a few sips in). Not yet deterred we ordered another round, which was...okay. The cocktail bar is set particularly high in London, and there are quite simply much better places to enjoy some after dinner drinks. A gimmicky menu left us with the impression that style won out over substance here.

Like lots of other bars in London, this place is trying very hard to convince you that you're in New York. Unlike plenty of West End cocktail bars, it isn't an awful place to spend a whole evening. The drinks aren't unreasonably priced, the beer comes in cute little tin tankards, and there's a big window looking out over Poland Street. It's also open later than most of the pubs in the area, making it a good place for a nightcap. All in all there isn't much to complain about here, even if it's hardly an authentic London experience. Or maybe, these days, it is?

Cocktails were tasty and strong despite their small size. I enjoyed the atmosphere. Shame about the slow service, I expected more since they automatically charge 12.5% for it.

Thoroughly enjoyed a late afternoon cocktail or two here on Saturday - we drank Dill or no dill and Slap 'n pickle. A great, fun cocktail menu and excellent bar snacks - we had belly pork sliders (to die for) and duck fat chips....nom a nom. The room is clean and fresh, very attentive staff and complementary water on refill, a nice touch.....hope that was not just because it was 30 degrees outside. Stylish beyond doubt and so looking forward to trying the Social Eating House restaurant, which looks every bit the place to be seen. Well done, I am coming back soon:-)

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Very nice atmosphere, amazing staff and yummy cocktails which are affordable.

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