This quirky little charmer in King’s Cross is a true all-rounder: start with breakfast, pop in for afternoon tea, meet the gals for after-work cocktails, get involved with oddball activities like Lego Robots, or get down and dirty on the weekend in the basement’s Drink Shop & Dance (you can’t miss the fluorescent erotica sign). Plus there’s a candy store at the front and a quick stop cafe next door: Drink Shop & Dash.
The décor is all punchy and pastel colours with patterned tabletops, paper lanterns and fresh flowers on every table. The backbar is adorned with fairy lights and in the evenings the setting is dim and relaxing. If you’re want to lay off the booze, the loose leaf teas are brilliant … but for the harder stuff, try the DSDizzy Jascal for a straight up cocktail with fresh citrus and a healthy dose of mezcal. Or for a more unusual concoction, order the Lolita with chocolate whisky, tequila, vanilla, tobasco and served with a popcorn side.
While the drinks and nibbles are tasty, we come here for the kooky fun. From Beyoncé-themed dance classes to musical bingo nights to pop-up operas, they take fun rather seriously. I mean, who said you can’t be productive while you get your drink on? And if you want your own “Do”, then grab five or more of your ladies to book in a night of garter making, vintage hair and make-up, balloon bending and the like.
Best Bars tip: On the weekends, head straight downstairs for a raucous party atmosphere. It’s a tighter darker space with checkered floors and a disco ball, perfect for dancing the night away (until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays).
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips