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.
|Venue name:||Blind Pig|
58 Poland Street
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:9
- 4 star:10
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
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
The bartender returned and begrudgingly made us another drink,clanging bottles and glasses. It was obvious he was annoyed by us.
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.
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
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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