This elegant subtly lit speakeasy sits quietly above Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House. And while his restaurants know how to do fine dining with a casual edge, so do his bars. And The Blind Pig does it well: think exposed brick walls, antique mirrored ceilings and weathered leather banquettes.
This place is famed for its punny cocktails. And they’re not just word masters, but cocktail masters too. Try the Rye N’ Air with Pikesville rye, Campari, peach brandy, anise, sweet vermouth and grapefruit oils. And don’t worry, they won’t charge you for extra luggage. Or if you want a party drink, then order the Piscotheque – a Pisco Sour twist that comes with your very own glow stick. Disco Pisco indeed. Food comes in the form of bites and jars, and since it’s coming out of Atherton’s kitchen – you can’t go wrong. Try the salt and Szechuan pepper Cornish chipirones with lime (aka crispy squid) or the duck fat chips with curry aioli (because we can never resist).
If you are pacing up and down Poland Street and haven’t been able to spot this bar, we’re not surprised. It’s tucked behind a dark door next to Social Eating House with only a small sign saying Optician above it. Head through and up the stairs, and voila – you’ve made it.
Best Bars tip: If you can’t nab a reservation at the restaurant downstairs, you’ll get the same quintessential Atherton atmosphere up here (with top notch food and drink too).
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips