Here’s one London bar that better know its booze, as well … it is next door to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Centre. Good news: it does. The Hide’s cocktail menu is a long list of serves — one more original and enticing than the next, with some banging food to go along and that south of the river welcoming cosiness.
This is a bar with big ideas, so go bold with a Devil in Disguise, an eggnog-smelling drink whose mix of mezcal, bourbon and tobacco liqueur is surprisingly smooth and easy-drinking with some delicious nutmeg notes. If you’re a bit (or really) new to cocktails, Beginner’s Luck is a serve on the lighter side, with tequila, grapefruit, Kamm & Sons and Peychaud’s bitters. Looking for something in the middle? The menu’s got a selection of classics too, plus some old recipe books, and the staff are very helpful. Peckish punters, we recommend the vegetable and halloumi tempura, beautifully crispy and incredibly moreish.
It’s seated only at The Hide, so book in advance to cosy up in one of the leather booths when the night falls, as the place goes dark and becomes true to its name, den-like, candlelit and with a special secret feel.
Best Bars tip: Need a drink on the go? The Hide do take-away booze until 10pm, including cocktails in hip flasks at two for £20.
– Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest