Forge’s ethos is very much “work hard, play hard” – not surprising for this massive City boozer that attracts a crowd all times of the day. It’s big on the industrial trend, with old pipes, comfortable leather and a touch of modern art.
Drinks wise, the cocktail list is 100 serves long, with 20 available at any time, and names scrapped for numbers. Try No. 51, long and summery, or the short and tangy No. 32. The food is also a real highlight. With an open kitchen showing off its pit and spit, Forge is a great spot for a plate of meat. Try the fillet steak, beautiful and tender, or the cider pork belly which comes with seriously impressive crackling. Sweet tooth? The pineapple crème brûlée cannot be recommended enough.
Expect suits enjoying great food and the lengthy cocktail menu during the day, and letting things loose in the large downstairs club area at night, or getting cosy into the low-lit booths. You might even spot a celeb or two …
Best Bars tip: Become an early week regular – on Mondays, buy two main meals and the cheapest is free, and cocktails are £5 all night on Tuesdays.
— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest