Liverpool Street’s best after work drinking spots
5pm rolls around on Friday and as much as we love having you at Uncommon, it’s time for our members to let off steam and celebrate the successes of the week (or commiserate occasionally). Luckily for you, Uncommon Liverpool Street, is surrounded by some great watering holes, packed full of character and delightful drinks. So, with it being practically Baltic outside, we’ve assembled a list of the finest places to go for a drink, or three.
The Victorian Bath House
The bar The Victorian Bath House is a clandestine drinking den hidden beneath the City. Squirrelled away in the basement, this a venue to impress. The interior is filled with Arabic motifs, intricate tiling and an ornate bath serves as a champagne cooler. Where the bar truly shines is in embracing the drink of the 19th century – gin. The house-infused gins range from the traditional mint to quince and blue cheese. The food on hand is excellent too, with head chef Ronnie drawing on a wealth of experience from J Sheekey, the Ivy and Scotts of Mayfair. The only drawback is you will need to book in advance to get in.
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is another hidden gem, but this bar is quite literally hidden behind a Smeg fridge at the Breakfast Club, better known for their brunch offering. To gain entrance just ask to see ‘The Mayor’. The décor is quirky with antique furniture, multiple moose heads, menus in cat food tins and more than one sign that will make you smirk. We would recommend the Posh Paddington, a combination of Absinthe, Grand Marnier, lemon and marmalade, it’ll knock your red hat off.
The Cocktail Trading Company
Just beyond the ever-trendy Boxpark Shoreditch is The Cocktail Trading Company. This cocktail bar has won countless rewards yet is always able to squeeze you in somewhere. The décor is not overly pretentious, think traditional English pub meets quirky distillery, instead the bar stands out for its ridiculous cocktails, fantastic prices, abundance of board games and delightful staff. We would recommend the American Pie, with a Vodka and Rumchata base and Bramley apple puree garnished with a pastry lid, it sounds ridiculous, but tastes ace.
If you are after a whisky, look no further than Black Rock, a basement bar where you’ll be sat around a gigantic oak table. Whiskeys are organised in cabinets by flavour profile, if this seems daunting the excellent staff are on hand to guide you through a choice of 300 whiskeys. Black Rock also serves a variety of whisky highballs, putting unique twists on the Japanese classic. For those after something else fear not, cocktails are aplenty.
The Lord Aberconway
The Lord Aberconway, was named after the last chairman of the old Metropolitan Railway and has been serving punters since the 19th Century. The pub has a distinctively English feel, with a great selection of ales and beers on tap and serves up all of your favourite traditional pub grub. In short, it’s a proper no frill pub beloved by locals.