Shochu Lounge, one of the sexiest little Fitzrovia basement bars, is also the insider’s way to experience acclaimed dishes from upstairs Japanese restaurant Roka.
Shochu Lounge pays homage to the eponymous earthy Japanese spirit, and shochu infusions – peach, cherry, plum – can be ordered neat with ice chipped from a block by the bar. Shochu versions of whisky sours are just as popular as long drinks like the zesty Green Tea Pear Bellini. If you’re feeling flush, create your own shochu infusion jar, stashed behind the bar for repeat visits. Dishes hot off the upstairs robata grill can be enjoyed, as well as generous sashimi and sushi boards from the famous Roka menu. Order a dessert platter of exotic fruits, sorbets and pastries to truly complement the lounge vibe.
Dressed damn dark and sexy, Shochu Lounge is best set for evening appointments, especially when the DJ arrives to play slick beats that were made for such a setting.
Best Bars tip: Shochu Kanteen is dishing out lunch Monday to Friday from 12pm-3:30pm. With ramen, steamed buns and salads — you’ll be spoiled for choice.
— Laura Richards, @Lala_Richards