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The Nickel Bar at The Ned

Restaurants, American Bank
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
 (Andy Parsons)
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Andy Parsons
 (Andy Parsons)
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Andy Parsons
 (Andy Parsons)
3/5
Andy Parsons
 (Andy Parsons)
4/5
Andy Parsons
 (Andy Parsons)
5/5
Andy Parsons

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A bar at The Ned hotel, serving flashy American tipples.

The Nickel Bar, located in a former Midland Bank, is less about exchange rates and more about hot dates. It’s fairly indistinguishable from the rest of the ground-floor restaurant offerings at The Ned – the marble-clad temple to money brought back to life by the Soho House group – save for a few extra flashes of dollar-bill green. On my first visit, our seats were right next to a noisy jazz trio thumping out pop covers, who were thankfully replaced, later on, by a blues band with a sassy Winehouse-style singer.

I didn’t get the bygone-era feel the interiors seemed to suggest, but that was mostly due to the bankers battering their expense accounts on a weeknight. A second visit, on a weekend, was much more agreeable, with seats on offer at the stand-alone bar. From here, smart staff whipped up new takes on classics from the ‘strong drinks’ list. A Nedgroni came with a wedge of pink grapefruit. A Clover 75 was the perfect drink for this setting, a fruity champagne cocktail with a pretty pansy float. And a strong bourbon and rye list marks out The Nickel Bar as a nightcap destination. The glassware was, of course, to die for.

Given the fast pace of the place, staff don’t really have time to make you feel like a million dollars, and there’s no food offering (yet). But there are plenty of options under this (hotel) roof if you hit the whisky a little too hard. Banking has never been so sexy.

Details

Address: 27 Poultry
Bank
London
EC2R 8AJ
Transport: Tube: Bank
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Users say (2)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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tastemaker

Set inside the beautiful The Ned building, Nickel is a really atmospheric bar. When we arrived, the live band was playing. Even though it was packed, we easily found a corner table to set ourselves up. If you are lucky enough to find a spot to perch yourself up on, it could be one of the best bars you'll visit. It's just the right mix of opulence and comfort. 

tastemakerTastemaker

I am sitting here in the Nickel Bar as I write this review... and I've been here for a few hours so that should tell you something!


The Nickel Bar is the only non-members restaurant at The Ned I hadn't been to before today, so when I was looking fo a space to sit and do some work on my laptop, it seemed as good a place as any (and also had power sockets). The actual bar is on one side, and the sort of territory is the open space around the old tellers' counter in the middle. I took a seat in a lovely banquette and after a short while, was approached by a server who proceeded to take my drink order. I ordered a Sunshine Spritz, a mix of Grey Goose, peach, turmeric, citrus, smoked salt and soda - and it came out relatively quickly. Very refreshing! The server also brought the bill straightaway, which I thought was odd but then I realised that this area is prime real estate for dine and dashing, so it made sense. 


...I started a tab anyway. 


I'm now enjoying a Nedgroni (see what they did there?) and listening to a lively pianist play his way through some fantastic jazz - did I mention that Mondays are for music at The Ned? :)


Come on down and enjoy - the drinks flow, they're reasonably priced (each of mine were £10.50 plus service), and you simply can't beat the splendour of this beautiful building.

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