Tucked underneath one of London’s best restaurants, Oskar’s Bar in Dabbous is a true beauty of a cocktail den. This amber-lit basement puts you at ease even with its industrial minimalist design and exposed brickwork … plus the leather-and-metal armchairs are dead cosy. The dim lighting and flickering candles set the mood well, but you won’t likely be able to fix your make-up in the loos.
The cocktail menu is full of ambitious and unusual combinations, but Oskar Kinberg has the talent to pull them off. For something fresh and light, try the Wingman: a pretty, straight-up drink with Diplomatico Blanco Rum, gooseberry, kaffir lime, and apple and plum bitters then topped with an edible flower. And if you love your hops, then why not try one of their beer cocktails? With drinks starting from £9.50, we reckon it’s a pretty reasonable price tag for this kind of artistry.
If you can’t muster the patience to wait a few months for a table upstairs, the delectable nibbles down here come from the same glorious kitchen. And speaking of glorious, the boneless crispy chicken wings might just be the tastiest wee bites we’ve ever had … just don’t expect them to fill you up.
Best Bars tip: This is one tip we’re reluctant to share (we want it all to ourselves), but on keep an eye on their Twitter for the live music nights. One Thursday a month, the stellar Jackson Scott and his merry men come in to bust out serious blues, folk and latin-twinged tunes. We could barely wipe the smiles off our faces and happily snagged a few seats to take it all in.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips