Romeo Lane

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Ever thought that maybe your soul mate is not a person but a bar?

Friends can be flaky, partners can get mean, but a good cocktail bar can make you fall in love with it over and over again, which is why we’re still hopelessly enamoured with Romeo Lane. They have struck that perfect balance of comfort and class: all your cocktails come in beautiful cut glassware; Tom Waits is on the stereo, followed by a little Stones and Levon Helm covering Springsteen; and on a chilly night they’ll fire up the open fireplace to turn the charm offensive up to 11. And we haven’t even got to the impeccable drinks list yet, under the steady hand of Joe Jones, whose palate is responsible for the best drinks in the city right now.

Forget Lemsip and Butter Menthols; if you’re feeling poorly (mentally or physically) then a Gold Rush is an essential sweet-and-sour salve made from lemon juice, honey and a healthy lug of bourbon. Or, if you like to spike your booze with a little nostalgia, order the Negroni Pesca. The classic three-way mix of gin, Campari and vermouth has its hard edges smoothed off by a little dash of peach. If you just want to nurse a glass of red, make it a natural wine from the Loire Valley. The Bainbridge and Cathcart Cuvée Rouge Aux Lèvres has a mellow length but an initial spritziness that reminds you that your wine is alive.

Like all good hosts these guys have a catalogue of recipes squirrelled away from former menus and the canon of classics, so all you need do is list off some keywords and they’ll magic up something delicious, like a nutty, oaky Pyrenees made with Calvados, sherry, lemon juice and orgeat. Fortify yourself with a pot of smoked almonds, thick slices of French sausage or a creamy burrata so that you can keeping drinking until they gently sweep you out onto the street at closing time.

By: Emily Lloyd-Tait

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Venue name: Romeo Lane
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Address: 1a Crossley St
3000
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 3pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 3pm-1am
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