Socialising just got slightly darker, a bit sexier and a whole lot higher. Sitting pretty on the 24th floor of Tower 42, Jason Atherton’s skyrise outpost City Social is more art deco than the rest. We wouldn’t blame you for feeling like you are in one of New York City’s mainstay, high-rise haunts.
The drinks come courtesy of award-winning bartender Gareth Evans, who has taken inspiration from the Prohibition era in developing the menu. But more than just offering our favourite classics, he’s gone a bit punny and experimental too (as expected). We dare you to order the Vermouth? You Can’t Handle Vermouth … and not just because that’s so fun to say. Its mix of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth is gently bitter yet balanced – and very grown up. For a brighter, more summery cocktail, go for the Pea-lini. Made with salted pea cordial, Butterfly Absinthe and prosecco – the garden flavours will bring the sunshine straight to your belly. Indulge yourself with some bar bites: from decadent offerings like the juicy côte de bœuf to more guilt-free options like the “KFC” with grilled chicken, fennel, mizuna and confit lemon salad. You’ll forget that you haven’t even walked into the restaurant yet – but you definitely should.
So maybe this isn’t Wall Street, but we reckon if you’re looking to impress a client or two, business will go down a charm at City Social. And don’t miss a visit to the loos, those floor-to-ceiling windows offer quite the view while you’re doing an entirely different kind of business.
Best Bars tip: Fancy yourself a bit of jazz? Head over on Saturday afternoons for live gigs as the city buzzes below.