Downstairs from Hawksmoor steakhouse, in an architecturally fascinating basement space, lurks one of the best bars in London.
There’s no such thing as a bad seat in this stunning basement bar. A table under the vaults is first choice, but the central seating space is very agreeable too. Failing that, perch at the copper bar and ask the bartender to explain the provenance of all the various architectural features to you – and while you’re there, watch some brilliant drinks-makers at work. They know everything there is to know about balance of flavours, even in OTT concoctions such as the ultra-rich Nuclear Banana daiquiri.
Service from both bartenders and table crew is effortlessly friendly, and bar snacks (firm favourite is ox-cheek nuggets) give a taste of the meaty marvels from the kitchen upstairs. We love all the Hawksmoor restaurants, but this one has a bar that’s good enough to be a venue on its own.
|Venue name:||Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar|
157b Commercial Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 5.30-11pm (food available until 10.30pm); Fri 5.30-1am (food available until 10.30pm); Sat noon-1am (food available noon-3pm & 4-10.30pm); Sun closed.|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:5
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
Arguably better than the restaurant... Fantastic place for a date in one of the secluded booths - share a dessert and get the barman to create a cocktail for you.
Came here for my birthday in August 2014 - I have to say I haven't had a better time anywhere else! We turned up as a foursome, without booking, and let the bar manager know that there would be about 13 of us in total, but everyone was coming at different times. They made every effort to make us comfortable, giving us a smaller table to start, and then once there was room, they moved us to one of the biggest tables - amazing considering it was a Saturday The service was very friendly and very fast, and to be honest we didn't want to leave! Would definitely recommend for an ocassion - the drinks were London priced (ie expensive) but were very nice. Will definitely go again and would definitely recommend.
I don't understand the positive reviews. The bar is a slightly dingy basement and smells like the ventilation duct of a meat restuarant kitchen - because it is next to one. I felt slightly ill after drinking one (lovely) cocktail there.
Whet I grew up, polite and efficient restaurant and bar service was a very normal expected thing, but here in London, it is SUCH a pleasant surprise. At Hawksmoor, every single member if staff I met was perfectly cheerful, polite, and served my every need sometimes before I even knew I wanted it. The food was superb and the beers we tried were great. I walked out 100% happy and impressed with not a single niggle to spoil my memory of the evening. An absolute joy!
Hawksmoor, I love you, Hawksmoor! Every time I go, I think - I will not eat, well, at least not as much that it is hard to stand! Surely, this time I should've been on the safe side as surely to the bar you go to drink, no? But, no, my dear Hawksmoor... After several, as usual excellent, extra dirty, extra dry hendrick martinis, my hand reaches for a menu...and behold! Table fills with lobster roll, jalapeno coleslaw, triple cooked chips, mashed cucumber and bermondsay frier sandwich (did I say that I do not eat meat and still love them unconditionally.?)...and more martinis, and more...several hours later I'm standing in front of the building looking at it lovingly, bearly able to stand for several reason. Looove...! Hawksmoor is a must go.
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