Marylebone rum bar with a colonial Cuban theme.
Burlock got off to an awkward start. The Marylebone rum bar with a Cuban theme had plans to call itself Plantation. As in, where the slave trade flourished. How’s that for uplifting? A petition put things right and Plantation got a new name. Though the theme remains, we’re told the bar is giving £1 from every signature cocktail it sells to human rights organisations to show that its heart is in the right place.
So, what does Burlock get right? The rum, of course: punters can choose something spiced, light, dark or even overproof. There’s a decent happy hour, too – take advantage of the Old Cuban, a light, bright twist on the mojito, for a fiver between 5pm and 7pm.
The faux colonial estate setting is actually pretty neat, light flickering through curtains, floral wallpaper and vintage sewing machines on tables. But as you realise the Latino music is on a short loop and there’s no natural light coming from behind said curtains, the atmosphere wears a bit thin. The bar snacks were below par on our trip too, with bland jerk chicken and limp empanadas. But hey, if rum’s your thing, lock into Burlock.
31 Duke Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 5pm-1am; Thu 5pm-2am; Fri 5pm-3am; Sat 6pm-3am; Sun closed.|
|Transport:||Tube: Bond St|
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Time flies when you’re having rum...is that how the saying goes? That’s definitely the case at this relatively new joint Burlock which is satisfyingly close to the hustle and bustle of Oxford street.
It’s nestled down the stairs with the air of a speakeasy combined with a secret hideout where the only thing on the menu is rum, glorious unadulterated rum. I’d fallen out of love with this particular spirit and my love has been won back in the form of an expertly crafted hurricane, old fashioned and daiquiri. These are potent and extremely tasty with the bartenders knowing their stuff after being quizzed on a step by step guide to perfecting the best cocktail.
Rumour has it they’re putting out the feelers for more masterclass/ tasting sessions which can’t be a bad thing!
Great place to meet a friend after work during the week to take advantage of their happy hour or just for a cheeky one during a shopping trip.
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