THE BAR WITH NO NAME - REVIEW - 27TH MARCH 2012
I seem to have a bit of a thing for ‘secret’ bars at the moment and The Bar With No Name in Islington was one I definitely wanted to try.
Situated on the corner of Colebrooke Row (which is also the bars website address and twitter name), the premises are very discreet with dark windows and just an old fashioned Martini fabric canopy above the door. On entering, you’re greeted with a very simple yet effective black and white decor and the bar consists of simple low stools and small square tables with a bar in the corner. It is half Parisian and half Boardwalk Empire. Staff dress in vintage style smart outfits and we were looked after by a lovely French waiter as soon as we entered.
The cocktail menu is small and unique yet every drink on it makes you want to try it. We started with a Death In Venice and a Bloody Mary - if you were going to have a good Bloody Mary, it had to be in here. And it didn’t disappoint - the bar makes it’s own horseradish vodka and it was one of the best Bloody Mary’s we’d tasted. The Death In Venice was a lovely concotion of Prosecco, Campari and Grapefruit and it had a bitter bite to it yet was also nicely refreshing.
One of the bars specialities is the Prairie Oyster - it contained no oyster but had that oyster taste through an oyster leaf, looked like an egg yolk but was actually a reconstituted tomato and tasted and felt ‘bloody’ amazing. If you come here, you have to try it.
We finished with a Spitfire, which had an impressive froth on top which was cleverly made with egg white, and a Barbershop Fizz which came with a token red and white striped barbershop style straw. This bar is all about detail and it does it very well.
The Bar With No Name is a very cool place to go. It’s not fussy but it doesn’t need to be - the cocktails add all the fuss it needs.
Dotty Dishes was a guest of The Bar With No Name.
The Bar With No Name, 69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA.