Lucky indeed are those who manage to find this underground drinking den. It’s hidden away in the basement of an unassuming Fitzrovia backstreet, and the only apparent indicator is a set of fairy lights. Strung around the building’s banister, they lead drinkers down into the underbelly of a speakeasy-themed cocktail bar.
Lucky Pig taps into the current London fad of Prohibition-style hideaways. The decor is typical of such good-time establishments: worn and torn-looking walls, old-school posters, art deco lampshades and vintage mix-and-match furniture. Drinkers can hide away in intimate arched alcoves, and veil their secret consumption behind red velvet curtains.
It’s really all about the cocktails – mixed by braces-clad barmen. The menu covers the typical spectrum of evergreen classics, but there’s also a page dedicated to ‘experimental’ cocktails. A Mango Cooler surprised with its translucent colour – the lack of orange tint due to the use of Finlandia mango vodka mixed with white wine and elderflower cordial – a refreshing drink, but not really what we’d call experimental. A Lucky Blazer turned out to be a shot of warm Drambuie whisky, spiked with citrus peels and blackberries. Prohibition drinkers would have sneered at the austerity portion, which seemed a bit lost at the bottom of the big cognac glass it was served in. Four wines by the glass, a selection of Champagne and bubbly and two bottled beers (Heineken and Dos Equis, a very uninspired duo) leave little choice for those less inclined to sip on mixed drinks.
Lucky Pig is aiming at a sort of Fitzgeraldian flair, but don’t expect Champagne served in shoes. On our visit, a social networking meet-up group invaded the space – filling the bar with polite chit-chat instead of roaring 1920s decadence.
|Venue name:||Lucky Pig|
5 Clipstone St
|Opening hours:||Open 5pm-midnight, Mon-Wed; 5pm- 1am Thur; 5pm-2am Fri; 7pm-2am Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Great Portland Street tube or Regent's Park tube|
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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:5
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:5
This is a cool underground bar that is a victim of its own success: unique and classic delicious cocktails, really tasty and moreish; lovely staff and a good value happy hour. But SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE HERE - and all of the suited cocky boring types that push to get to the bar and get large rounds in - groan. If you can nip off work early and get there before six on a Thursday or Friday you'll at least be able to take in the decor, sip rather than gulp down the cocktails and relax with the chatty staff. After that, the staff get busy but they do try to keep smiling but suddenly you're against the bar against your will and several suits are braying for ten marga ree'as love. Hmm. Don't write it off, just don't go there in drinking rush hour.
I thought this place was absolutely dreadful. The place itself was nice, however I waited one hour at the bar for a drink. Moreover, it was just too crowded and there was no space to stand without being pushed by others or the staff. The staff was so rude: a friend ordered drinks for me and then I went to pay and the bartender said I wasn't allowed to do that. He put the prepared drinks away and made me wait another 20 mins to order drinks again! I was overall very unimpressed and without a doubt would not return or recommend this place to others.
I was there last night, had favourited this venue for months and then finally had time to go. The decor outside and in the entrance is fantastic but when you get in it is incredibly shabby. My date and I had no where to sit, we finally found a little booth to find there was DAMP on the walls which was disgusting, the damp was on all the bunker booths, we had already bought our drinks by then so stayed a little longer to finish but as we did we noticed there was fale exposed brick design on the wall and fake shabby paint. This only looks like a camoflage for the mould and damp that already exists. Unbelievavle that his venue is allowed to continue exposing customers to such conditions. NEVER AGAIN
Way too close to the office, and one of those bars others don't know about. Its the alcoves I love, and the slightly bohemian, beat up vibe the place exudes. Quick one here then its on to Bourne and Hollingsworth for a top night out
A friend recommended The Lucky Pig when I was searching for a cool bar to take a date to. First impressions were I had made the right choice. Great staff and drinks, my date was impressed. Live music later in the evening, ended-up dancing the night away. Will definitely be back.
I had my 30th Birthday party here and we coudlnt have had a better night. They way we were looked after, the great cocktails, the amazing DJ, it was the perfect party venue. Its good for a drink in the week too!
The staff made a major screw up last night, you have to leave a credit card with them when you order drinks - they then managed to hand my credit card to someone else who left with it. They were very apologetic, and didn't let us pay our bill of about £80 which seemed reasonable, but when I got home and cancelled the card I found that the Lucky Pig had magically billed £250 to my card, even though I hadn't signed anything or typed in my pin. I'm not sure how that happened, but to screw up twice seems a bit excessive.
A great and rather lucky find! A really authentic-feeling speakeasy underground cocktail bar! We were in a group of about 8 for a friends birthday and it was perfect for celebrating. Cocktails were proper top notch cocktails - I guess you get what you pay for ;-)
Love! Love! Love! this place. At last a bar that is unpretentious and classy but doesn't break the bank. Knowledgeable bar staff that make delicious cocktails and a really laid-back vibe. I came first for a friends birthday and loved it so much I went back on a date the next week.
The over done attempts at 20s style decadence are as cringeworthy as you're likely to see. They've clearly paid top dollar for someone to come in and expose some bricks and pipes and hang some oversize cocktail umbrellas from the ceiling in some desperate attempt to add some chic to what is essentially a tourist trap of an overpriced cocktail bar. The scant regard for continued custom is apparent as soon as you order a drink, if not before. The staff were rude and insolent and the cocktails contained more ice than the arctic and the amount of alcohol in the drinks was the only creditable nod to the prohibition era that they seem desperate to try and recreate. I don't think I'd be the first in saying that I won't be going back.
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Nice early on with acoustic guitar set, then went rapidly down hill when mambo no.5 started blaring out and the crowd loving it! Drinks expensive as you would expect but didn't really offer anything new to make up for it.
If you are looking for a late night drinking den or somewhere to kick back and listen to some easy going live music, then this is the place. I wouldn't describe the lucky pig as a prohibition style bar, more of a friendly unpretentious drinking den! If you are looking for the pretentious prohibition style bar head to east London, as there are plenty there, this is not one of them!
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