Honky tonk Americana lands with a bang in Covent Garden with the second outpost of the Big Easy. A hipper bigger brother to the original, it has laid its stake on destination alley Maiden Lane – where you’ll quickly spot it’s glowing fluoro signage. On the ground floor you’ll find the restaurant in all it’s industrial chic glory yet one peek at the alight 500-strong backbar and you know this place means boozy business.
Up here you can expect high quality cocktail slushies, like the frosty licorice-twinged Sazerac or the all too delightful Miami Vice (a Piña Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri combo, which bar manager Lee tells us can’t help but make everyone smile). Downstairs in “The Shelter” you’ll find a weekly changing cocktail menu that makes every drink accessible by showing you the levels of big or easy, and sharp or sweet. Plus down here you get to watch the live band in action every night, so your evening is sorted 360 degrees.
Now remember, this is still a restaurant … so grab a bib and tuck into the in-house smoked ribs, chilled crab claws and saucy buffalo wings. Everything is big, meaty and hella tasty.
Best Bars tip: There’s a slightly more sophisticated air at this branch but the bibs, on-tap cocktails and meat-filled trays will be sure to keep you feelin’ easy. Mondays you can get limitless BBQ and a free brew for £20, Tuesdays limitless shrimp and a slushie cocktail for £20, Wednesdays limitless hog roast and a slushie cocktail for £20. Get pre-hump day happy folks.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips