Best known for its brasserie cuisine and languorous Sunday brunches, the David Collins Studio-designed space also features a much underrated bar, where classic and contemporary cocktails are paired with a zinger of a snacks menu.
All decently priced, the cocktails shaken up at this stylish Admiralty location range from the steadfastly oldfashioned (though there are an array of Old Fashioneds, which can be made with non-traditional gin, tequila or rum) to the whimsically oriented; signature recommendations are marked with a handlebar moustache icon. The Strangled Parrot is a nudge-and-a-wink kind of cocktail, combining the La Maison Fontaine Absinthe Chocolat spirit with Tanqueray gin, lime, basil and pepper.
Gins and absinthe are specialities here, with 10 of the latter labels sourced from the US and Switzerland as well as France; the eye-catching spirit is served with chilled water dripped slowly over sugar. The Green Beast is a lighter way to take the “parrot” (early-1900s French slang for absinthe), served with additions of cucumber and lime for a deliciously reviving drink with added cool factor. For your G&T, there are numerous choices, as well as a rainbow of classic and modern garnishes—lemongrass, anyone?
The stylish bartenders take their craft incredibly seriously, reminding us that there are still individuals who take their time to fully maximise the flavour of a cocktail—with a precise alchemy of temperature and textures in addition to the layers of ingredients. For this reason, we can't think of a better place to indulge in the classics than at this most sophisticated of bars.