Impressive house-cocktails, brilliant bourbons and a whole menu dedicated to Bloody Marys. This place knows its drinks.
Veiled by neon lights and a misleading pawn shop façade that keeps it hidden, Dusk Til Pawn packs a powerful punch for such an unassuming spot. It's got the brooding aesthetic of a New York speakeasy, with industrial stools, corrugated metal, a totally free jukebox serving up a heady mix of Prince and Eurythmics, and plenty of dark, moody wooden furniture.
Showmanship comes with its cocktails, where umbrellas are cast aside in favour of garnishes of crunchy, savoury celery packed with sweet apricot jam. House infusions play a big part, with plum and celery gins, scotch bonnet and chipotle tequilas, fig bourbon and hibiscus rum are made on site to tart up the tipples. Try the signature ‘Pawn’ Star Martini, with vanilla vodka and butterscotch schnapps and a free side of champagne sorbet, or feel a Million Dollars with the oak-smoked, barrel-aged, bourbon Old Fashioned, infused with fig.
Alongside their cocktail expertise, Dusk Til Pawn also houses one of the best bourbon and American whiskey selections in town as well as choice beers (Big Wave, 13 Guns), wines and dry French cider. But if you still can't find what you're after? Go off-menu and challenge the bartenders to create something bespoke. The owners also own clubby Noho next door, and a new, off-Deansgate cocktail bar called Wood and Company.
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With the misleading pawn shop façade you'll be forgiven in thinking that that's what Dusk Til Pawn actually is. But, once you're through the door you'll be well aware it's more than what the false façade had promised. You're welcomed by a quirky and mood lightened bar which offers a large range of cocktails and a varied selection of bottled world ales. To add to the enjoyable experience, there is a well stocked (free) juke box, so you're welcome to create any atmosphere you wish with a push of a button.