Quirky tube-themed cocktail bar that’s hot with tourists.
I really wasn’t expecting to like Cahoots, the vintage tube-themed bar that’s a bigger hit with tourists than Madame Tussauds. From its ‘tally ho’ e-comms after making a reservation, to the awkward ‘train guard’ actor on the door and his sheer refusal to break Mockney character, it was more fear-inducing than rush hour on the Central Line, and that’s before we’d even reached the ‘platform’ (you know, the bar).
Once inside though, we quickly relaxed into cocktail hour thanks to efficient staff, low lighting and retro (read kitsch) underground paraphernalia. It’s a little confused about what era it’s portraying (we figure it’s the Blitz), but you’re not really looking for historical accuracy – Cahoots sure isn’t taking itself seriously.
It’s all aided by a list of drinks spread across a newspaper-sized menu – plenty of options to get in the mood but a bloody long read. Luckily they flag a few from the menu to best suit certain tastes, and staff give recommendations.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a Judy Garland (£10) arrived in cup and saucer. It was a refreshing citrusy mix of gin, aperol, grapefruit and camomille tea. For more of an edge, the old fashioned (£11) was a jolly good show, its foundations made from the bar’s ‘grog’ mix on the clever ‘Cahooch’ section of the menu.
Snacks are basic, failing to nail the retro thing (we can’t remember our ‘vintage’ relatives ever craving a crisp and salad cream sandwich) but are an extra bit of silliness presented in ration trays for quirk lovers.
You’re allotted two hours of drinking time, and we had to book far in advance to ensure midweek after-work drinks a deux. Our advice: ask for a seat in the carriage, the best spot in house, and save a trip for when friends visit from out of town. Or perhaps when you’re celebrating VE Day, or something?
13 Kingly Court
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 5pm-1 am; Thur, Fri 5 pm-2 am; Sat 5 pm-3am; Sun 5 pm-midnight.|
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus|
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Average User Rating
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Absolutely love this place, I went for my birthday with a couple of friends and it was a real treat - something very different to your standard central London bar. Everything from the service to the atmosphere to the extensive cocktail list clearly had a great deal of effort go in to it - which made it worth the money and also worth the long waiting list to book a table! Which I would recommend, to really enjoy the atmosphere rather than standing at the bar. The cocktails were very good, although I can't remember what I had I would recommend any of the vodka selection, I tried a few.. Also when the staff got wind of it being my birthday they gave me a card and a mini birthday cake - which was a really lovely little extra. Not sure if the DJ is on every night (this was a Thursday) but he is awesome!
I could not recommend this place highly enough. I had 2 of the most delicious cocktails I've ever had in here. The atmosphere is so much fun. All the staff are in 2nd world war costume and character. Make sure you book early though, this place is ALWAYS full, or maybe try your luck straight after work and you might get a chance to stand at the bar. I LOVE IT!!