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The Mulwray

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Chinatown
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A petite cocktail parlour above The Blue Posts pub in Chinatown.

This cocktail lounge is as sharply turned out as the character it takes its name from, Evelyn Mulwray, as played by Faye Dunaway, in the 1974 masterpiece ‘Chinatown’. It’s not a mysterious, smoke-filled, film noir setting, which you may expect given the movie reference – instead it’s a world of pastel pink and baby blue. The link is simply the Chinatown location, with this parlour a part of The Blue Posts, a revamped pub from the The Palomar and The Barbary restaurant team.

It’s a gorgeous spot for cosseted drinking, with chic details including shell-shaped lamps, cabinets filled with bright bottles, a stylish screen that sections off half the room for private parties and a small bar with seats for just two. A hall of fame filled with framed pics depicts local life over the years, a loving tribute to the neighbourhood the owners have become a pretty big part of.

Service was as saccharine as that pink and blue colour scheme, however, with an overly familiar waiter a little too forceful when we said we were stopping at one. But I do take his point, since it’s hard to imagine curtailing your drinking. The menu is seriously on-trend. I mean, there’s a sherry list, a vermouth list, an alcohol-free section and rum served by the carafe. It’s as if somebody drew up a 2018 trend checklist for inspiration and then ticked off every item. Cocktails were serious too, the Lucky in Kentucky a super-smooth, bourbon-based old fashioned and the Mexican Fizz a brilliantly bright drink with a frothy top, packing that promised zing from orange sherbet and tequila. Plus, the wine list is fit for any connoisseur, special occasion-drinking coming from pricier bottles preserved by a smart coravin system.

Pair all this with bar snacks from the minds behind two of London’s best restaurants and you’re laughing – there’s no mystery to it.


Address: First Floor
28 Rupert Street
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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