This bar is always full. Which is impressive considering that it isn’t particularly obvious from street level that it even exists (bar the blindfolded pig door knocker). Then again, it isn’t perhaps that surprising, since it’s part of (and above) Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House (one of my favourite restaurants in London).
Still, it’s taken me a number of years to finally have a drink here. I’ve been turned away a couple of times (‘or you can wait for 20 – 30 minutes, madam’ – no thanks), but late one recent Saturday evening we managed to get two places by the bar. Which is fun because you can see the cocktail shakers hard at work, and observe the mad skills they have.
I’d admittedly had quite a few drinks already by the time we had our first cocktail here. But damn they’re good. I had the ‘Ginger Spice’, a vodka cocktail with ginger juice, carrot, lemon and honey (it’s funny how I still try and convince myself that adding some kind of vegetable to my drink justifies the quantity of sugar that it accompanies). Rob had a Negroni. We had fun chatting to one of the bar men, and I tried to persuade him to add ‘Skinny Bitch’ (vodka, soda and fresh lime) to the cocktail list (he made us the best one I’ve had).
The Blind Pig is a dimly-lit, seductive bar, where the cocktails are inventive and delicious and where the upbeat vibe is infectious. It is definitely worth the wait. And if you get hungry, the delightful Social Eating House is just a flight of stairs away.
58 Poland St,
London W1F 7NS
Photo credit: The Blind Pig