A French-themed bar occupying an old tobacconist’s in Kentish Town.
Aimez-vous la romance? Then you’ll love Tabac, a tiny bar in Kentish Town that’s oh-so French and très, très romantique, run by the same French-English couple behind Patron Cave à Manger on the same road. A former tobacconist’s, this narrow space is slick but rustic, with mid-century-style furniture scattered about the space among the flowers, trinkets and French memorabilia. Bookshelves stacked with old tobacco tins line the back wall, and one of those heavy, sliding ladders screens my favourite table: a cosy, candlelit booth for two (superstition be damned).
But no matter where you sit, you’ll be enchanted. There’s a spacious table flooded with natural light from the front windows, a smaller, cosy one next to the fire, plus a narrow bar counter and some further intimate tables for two.
French ’50s music played softly as I sipped one of the best cocktails I’ve had in London. The Lemon Garden was a super-smooth gin Martini, bright with flavour, mixed with a small splash of bitters and topped with a fragrant sprig of lemon thyme. Then, at the other end of the spectrum, the Holywater was a heady but delicately balanced mix of rum, cognac, lime and grapefruit. Food on offer paired well with the theme and the drinks, since it was cheesy and delicious (try the truffle honey goat’s cheese) and the bartenders were as charming as you’d expect from a French bar.
Elsewhere on the menu is a small, curated list of fine wine, great drops all available by the glass (thanks to a fancy enomatic machine), and, though I can’t say I recommend them, you can also buy French cigarettes. A tobacco shop that, instead of vape juice, sells real cigarettes, cocktails and wine? Pure romance.
Our Tabac is a quirky, local bar inspired by French bars-cafes-newsagents, located in a place of an old tobacconist, with the original sign and iconic light.
Open since the 16th of November 2018 cozy and intimate neighbourhood place with an elegant touch that represents the first Tabac Bar in London.
In order to provide an authentic French experience with elements of a secret, hidden bar, we are selling French cigarettes and serving boutique cocktails, aperitifs, and wine ranging from inexpensive bistro wine in typical balloon glasses filled all the way to the brim from as little as £3.50; to top fine wines from the Enomatic Machine.
Food-wise expect French delicacies like mixed cheese and charcuterie boards, olives, nuts, saucisson and pâté.
16 Fortess Road
|Opening hours:||Monday - Thursday: 17:00pm - 23:00pm. Friday - Saturday: 17:00pm - Midnight. Sunday: 17:00pm - 22:00pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Kentish Town|
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