Bars and pubs King's Cross
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Venue says Guests can enjoy a meal as decadent as the drinking experience. We've just launched our small sharing plates inspired by the spice routes.
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From Fluid Movement, which brought us Purl and the Worship Street Whistling Shop, VOC occupies a smallish, cosy space in one of north London’s most restaurant-intensive precincts. The name derives from the Dutch East India Company, and there’s a nautical and historical theme to the drinks list. Punches based on old recipes figure large, though modern technology brings them right up to date. Playing it safe with the classics is by no means the inferior option, however, as textbook martinis and caipirinhas proved. It took us a while to get our drinks because of lack of staff behind the tiny bar (barely five feet long), and there’s no table service, so you have to queue. But no one seemed to mind. Interestingly, more people were drinking beer or wine than cocktails, at least on our visit. VOC now has a restaurant too, majoring on grilled meat.


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VOC is a bar and grill tucked under an archway in King’s Cross. A 'gem' capturing the feel of adventure and discovery. We're named after the Vereenigde Oost-Indische, also known as the Dutch East India Company which, from 1602, enjoyed a monopoly of the Asian spice trade. We’re excited to introduce our new small plates alongside our decadent, barrel aged cocktails - both inspired by the spice routes. Our cocktails have been aged in wax sealed bottles and oak casks to ensure their richness and ripeness - to replicate the feel of seventeenth-century drinking. Guests can enjoy a meal in the restaurant as decadent as the drinking experience.
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Venue name: VOC
Address: 2 Varnishers Yard, Regents Quarter
N1 9AW
Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-1am; Fri-Sat noon-2am; Sun noon-10pm
Transport: Tube: King's Cross St Pancras tube/rail
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4.9 / 5

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Fantastic cocktails served here. They do this flaming cocktail called the 'voc blazer' which is WOW. The making of the cocktail is a show in itself. There are lots of other unique cocktails there as well and I really like the ceylon arrack as well. The barkeep told me that they actually brew a lot of spirits in house. WOW.


We had the lunch steak offer from booktable the other day and it was great. Sirloin plate salad and chips and alco beverage. It was very good.


Hubba Hubba. Totally rad. Lets the barkeep do something special and it's guaranteed cloud nine. We got a selection of wings, halloumi and mini burgers sent over and the food is so good.


This place is great. The grill restaurant upstairs cooks some good meat and the homemade brews taste pretty decent. A fun place.

Tor Pwee

A reasonably priced fun pub with a decent restaurant upstairs. The cocktails at VOC are well known to us, but yesterday was our first trip to the restaurant upstairs.

I had the grilled halloumi starter, it was very good. Great consistency and flavor, like at my favourite greek place.

The sirloin steak came on a plate with fries and salad, the steak was above expectation, it was advertised as aged angus, but it reminded me of good kobe. I also noticed that the clientele here looked more like the business type, suits everywhere. A good dining experience and not too expensive.


The amount of 5 stars at this place is unbelievable, unfortunately it might not have worked to its favour. We were very excited to try out the place, but with unattainable expectations even before we got there.

The cocktails were true to the hype, not only were they unusual, the flavours were unexpected, and leaving you wanting more. Food was decent, and good value for the low price, but is out-shined by the drinks by a mile. The portions were generous, even the cheese cake threw in some weight in the end.

The bar area is intimate and has great atmosphere, while the upper level for the diners again slightly less so.

Would return for more drinks, but wouldn't write home about the food.


Easily the best little fun bar in Kings Cross. Normally the highlight of most popular pub crawls and this place has a reputation for great steaks. I work around the corner so we always come over, especially on fridays. I'd recommend anything from the bar as the mixmaster really knows his stuff here. 

Alain G

Wow! this is a really cool joint. I came here with my mates Nels and Itor. It looks so different from the other bars in Central London - more like a dutch colonial joint. We ordered some food off the menu and it was sooo tasty you know. The people that come here are so friendly and classy, it is like a private club like we have back home in the Netherlands. The cocktail list is extensive and the homebrew is surprisingly good.

James L

I am a regular here and just for the sake of trying something different, I decided to have the Char-grilled sea bass with asparagus, portobello mushroom, courgettes & sweet pepper. 

On the side I had the Frickles, a dish consisting of pickled cucumber and dill fried in batter. The entire meal was very good and i had no idea they could do fish like this.Their steaks and burgers are great, but this was very good.


Massive drink selection from the inhouse brews. I stuck with the pirate's curse. If youre a rum drinker youll like this one and it has other stuff in there as well. Straight to cloud nine. No headache next day. good stuff.


Came here to check out the scene. A1 - fab cocktail just discovered, voc blazer. Highly recommended, cooks the cockles on the way down, so put the flames out first, please. Highly addictive and like most good things, bad for you. Another round, please.


Mon, The best steakhouse in Kings Cross easily. Why? I'ts a grill menu and thats what the chef specialises in. Other places try to stuff the menu to keep it diverse, but these guys are purists.I work nearby and the lunch special takes me there at least 3 days a week. I nomally have the tenderloin and I love the flavor cos it's aged beef and you can taste the quality. 


Best original decor - teak and rattan, best theme - indonesian colonial, incredible grill, a very good sirloin steak and chips, a very good bar with original homebrews. No secret it's always busy


Amazing place where the bartenders make the now famous VOC blazer. It full of whisky and other stuff that should be part of you five a day and it lights up the entire room, it's amazeballs. You really gotta try it.


Incredible place. We had lunch the other day and told ourselves we'd come back for dinner. The whole place is really different in the evening. It just sprang to life! People all over, chatting, having cocktails, bartenders constantly making drinks and sending them out. Flaming drinks all over the place. wow.


My wifes really enjoy herself here. We come for our 20th anniversary and she really like steak. The service is so good and our waitress, Binita, is very good and take care of us. I think this restaurant is rich in food and service, not the most posh, but the quality is number 1. Bar is very popular but for younger people. I recomend it.


This is a cute little pub with a quality clientele. We got in early and wanted to dine in the pub as we liked the atmosphere so much. So the waitress got us a table next to a huge bookshelf and we ordered our cocktails as we looked through the menu.

The cocktails were very good, a rum thingy and mine with toddy or arrack. Loved it My grilled halloumi starter was so good, i could have just had that for mains as well.

The sirloin steak was a masterpiece, tasty and well done. Even the fries were triple cooked and yummy, other places could do well to follow. 

The place was nice and everyone was friendly, so we stayed for the rest of the evening.


Swept away. We were here for a friends birthday and expected it to be a quiet one. The food was very good, my steak was perfect. It came on a large plate with fries and salad. After the meal we went downstairs and it was really rocking.

The bartenders put on a show and throw bottles in the air, some do flaming drinks in that littke space. The only thing missing is a DJ and dance music. A very enjoyable evening.

Jan D

A quality fun bar. Friendly people and staff. The beef sliders from the kitchen - to die for. Beef melts in your mouth. Washed down with friendly toddy- rack punch. loverly place.


Come here after training the other day, the sirloin steak is very good and very reasonably price. From the bar I take the kingdom beer. Is a nice restaurant, nice food.


I had a really good steak here, it came with fries and salad. They have a really FUN fun bar downstairs and after the meal we stayed at the bar and let the drinks flow. The VOC blazer is really popular because its a flaming drink that tastes really good and watching it being made is not easy as the bartender actually juggles the flaming drink. Like in a circus.


VOC is on that popular stretch in King's Cross but tucked away in place called Varnishers Yard and that's where we spent the evening. The cocktails are very good, the kitchen does amazing bites and it's an all round nicer place to visit with friends. More of a yuppie clientele here.


Wow. Party night on Saturday. The cocktails were flowing and our waitress even brought our burgers and wings from the restaurant over to us despite the squeeze. Great drink, food and service.


Lovely place with a grill restaurant upstairs and designer cocktails downstairs. Our visit was totally worth it, They even brought our food down to our table. The whole place has that cane and rattan look geared towards an older clientele and yuppies. so it's a nice place to sit , talk, eat and drink.


Hmm. Mighty good fire water sold here. Bartender put on fire water making show, ok by me. Good food, good drink, heap fun


Chargrilled sea bass with mushrooms and courgettes for lunch. Very good, two thumbs up.


This is the most popular place in Kings Cross for cocktails now, I think. The place is really busy, cannot get a table, 10 min wait to get in saturday yet it's still busy. The bartender made for me this drink 'ceylon arack'. It really hits you after 3 rounds and I am a good drinker. Rest of the evening was here.


A good cocktail bar tucked away in Varnisher's Yard, opposite the station. They do their own homemade cocktails. I enjoyed the 'ceylon arack' very much. It is strong. There is also a grill that you can order from. Unlike most cocktail bars, this is actually a restaurant upstairs and they brought the grilled halloumi, hot wings, and a tasty selection of burgers over to us. Good food , good drink


I was here last evening on a date. It is a romantic setting. We got a table in the corner, our orders arrived on time, all three courses. The quality of the starters and mains was very good, service adequate and the bill was actually very decent. I'd recommend the aged fillet steak and grilled halloumi.


This is an awesome bar. Just let the bartender recommend something. I got this flaming cocktail called the 'voc blazer' and it was incredible. Just remember to put the flames out first.

Wing Tai L

The main thing here is the bar. The bartenders are always putting on some kind of show with cocktail creation, flaming cocktails etc. The home made stuff is pretty good, a little on the strong side.


Incredible bar and service. The booze is home brewed. it's unique and thats why everyone's talking about it. Great grill as well.


I do enjoy the evenings here as the bartenders put on a show for everyone by mixing flaming cocktails. The decor is very nice and indonesian looking including the cane and rattan furniture. It is one of the better spots in Kings Cross as the clientele are more matured.

Raymond B

The lads at the office bring our clients here for lunch and It's because they do a really good steak. The beef is matured, flavorful and I always go for the Sirloin. It comes on a large plate with triple cooked chips and salad.

Raiya M

Lovely place, attentive staff, I had the hot wings followed by the aged beef burger and a very very nice cocktail called 'raspberry shrub'. loved it.

Yong Ho L

Waah! The bartender really look after us. They make their own alcohol, it's very unique and tasty. He said it was 'arack' very tasty and so far I cannot find in other places. Very nice fun pub.

Amardeep B

Went for dinner yesterday. It was busy. Only peeve - we had to wait ten minutes for the table. Once we were seated it was ok. My favourite hot wings and sirloin steak. It grows on you. VOC blazers for the rest of the night.

Mickey H

It was great, the kids loved the burgers. i personally loved the steak. The beef was yummy and good. The waitress was attentive and I think the cocktail selection was awesome, I had something that sounded like 'arack' and it was so good that i slept like a baby after getting back to the hotel!

Chin Han T

The hotel reception said come here for steak and we have no regrets. The steak is very good, on a generous plate with french fries and salad. Dessert was creme brulee and capuccino. Very satisfying.

Nathan L

Nice juicy steaks and cocktails right around the corner from the hotel. Good food, good service.

Amarjit S

Probably the better steak place in Kings Cross. A nice cocktail bar to boot as well, but better for late nights.

Mustafa S

Very interesting bar, many varieties of home made brew were on offer, i like the 'pirates curse' a very strong drink. Chicken wings from the kitchen also very good.

Ah Hock T

Waaah! superior steak, sirloin was A1, cocktails bar is nice,a very unique cocktail and javanese decor superb. Only why no dj?

Golda H

Been going across the way for so long and finally discovered this place - great steaks and cocktails.

Navin I

Kingdom beer from cambodia rules! Best beer in the house. sirloin steak -  ok, chips - ok.

Phillip M

Got there early friday evening and it was heaving. ???. 20 minute wait, got to the bar, got drinks that were so good, and munchies. finally we were taken to the restaurant and it was well worth the wait. One of the better steak houses.need to book next time.

Benjamin P

I had the works. Panko Calamari, Sirloin platter with chips and salad. A great place to have a steak! Lively bar scene,

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