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Shochu Lounge

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Fitzrovia
4 out of 5 stars
 (© Jonathan Perugia)
© Jonathan Perugia
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© Alys Tomlinson
 (© Alys Tomlinson)
© Alys Tomlinson
 (© Jonathan Perugia)
© Jonathan Perugia

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Beneath landmark Japanese Roka, this buzzing, chic bar specialises in drinks built around the vodka-like spirit from which it takes its name.

The decor is right out there – some of London’s wackiest murals adorn the walls – but the abundance of lovely dark wood and the low lighting give a total visual effect that’s not just soothing but subtly seductive. And the seating reinforces it, with lots of places where two people can settle in and feel they’re in their own little nook. One wall is lined with big demijohn-like tanks of shochu, the traditional Japanese spirit, which takes centre stage – it comes flavoured with interesting additions like plum or sweet potato and forms the basis of many of the fine cocktails. There’s nowhere else like this in London.  

By: Richard Ehrlich



Address: Basement, Roka
Cross street: 37 Charlotte Street
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road tube
Opening hours: Open 5.30pm-midnight Mon-Sat; 5.30-11pm Sun. Food served 5.30-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 5.30-10.30pm Sun
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