I may need to slow it down on the eating out in London, as it has not been easy on my pocket.
Buuuuut Carla suggested we go for cocktails after having a delicious dinner at Dehesa. She twisted my arm and who am I to say no to friends?
Ok I admit it, my arm is made of rubber.
Named after one of the slang terms for a speakeasy, the Blind Pig blends the old world grittiness of a speakeasy with the modern sophistication of a trendy cocktail bar.
Nestled above the very popular Social Eating House on Poland Street, the bar stays true to the speakeasy style with no obvious signage. Keep your eye out for the blindfolded boar door knocker.
The bar is dim and full of dark leather, copper and wooden furniture. Although it doesn’t lay on the prohibition theme too strongly, it’s just how I imagined a classy speakeasy would be.
Almost always busy/booked out – i’d suggest either booking a table, or heading down a little early to snag a booth, especially if you have a group of more than 3.
Once our eyes adjusted to the dimly lit room, we got comfy on the leather seats and checked out the pun-ti-ful cocktail menu.
From the Piscoteque to Kindergarten Cup, the bar manager Garath Evans (who was a Diageo World Class UK 2012 finalist) and his team have created a menu that will make you laugh (at least I did) while you select your poison.
Priced at around £9-10 per cocktail, The Blind Pig offers exceptional value. I know £9 a drink aint super cheap, but the heart of Soho, it’s definitely not bad.
All the drinks are inspired by classic cocktails with a slight twist – ensuring attention to detail and maintaining the importance of balance.
Then of course there’s the presentation.
Order the Whiskey Business & expect a mountain of ice, garnished with a slice of orange and mint.
We worked our way through a small chunk of the menu. Of course we did.
This here’s the Dill or No Dill. Tanqueray gin, smashed cucumber, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, fresh dill & smoked salt.
And the Rum DMC. Walnut infused rum, Appleton V/X, Cynar, maple syrup, lime & orange bitters.
And the Greengage Mutant Ginger Myrtle. Bramley & Gage greengage, myrtle liqueur, ginger cordial, white balsamic & prosecco.
I finished the night with the Copycat Cereal Killer. What is that you may ask?
Diplomatico Anejo rum, white chocolate, Galliano ristretto, coco pops milk, Xocolat bitters – to be sipped through a candy stripe straw.
Which you can see I very much enjoyed.
All staff are knowledgable on their cocktail and spirit range, so be sure to ask if you need some help.
And don’t worry if there isn’t a cocktail that takes your eye – they can make the classics as good as anything else.
And as for eating, they have small plates of bar snacks (mackerel paté and horseradish cream or grilled baby peppers with Cornish sea salt to name a few), which can be brought up from the open kitchen. They’re intended for sharing, so if you’re feeling pig-gish, be sure to order a few.
Or of course, you can head downstairs for dinner by Michelen Star chef Jason Atherton. Make a booking though as I hear they get pretty busy.
Overall the Blind Pig is a speakeasy that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is the perfect location for pun-tastic cocktails at very affordable prices.
After such a fun night, us three little piggies ran all the way home.
And got into bed.
And passed out.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx