May 11, 2018
Though predominantly a restaurant, the bar at Frederico Castelluci’s venue Iberian Pig is worth a visit in its own right. An air of sophistication is encouraged brash behaviour, ‘rough-housing’ and cell phones are all frowned upon and the bar tenders certainly know their business. The compact but inventive cocktail list includes plenty of classics and their signature drink, the Iberian Old Fashioned, made with bacon-infused rye, is a must-try. Other temptations include the North Park Square (bourbon, sweet Vermouth, honey syrup and black tea bitters) and the Spanish Harlem. Their house sangria is also well worth your time and they have a wine list that is both varied and easily navigable in keeping with the Iberian theme they also offer a range of quality sherries that will dispel the memories of your great aunt’s over-sweet favourite tipple forever. If you do decide to stay for dinner, then you’ll be treated to a menu full of Spanish-influenced dishes where the pig is given pride of place, prepared under the auspices of chef Chad Crete. Vegetarians may be happier sticking to the cocktails; everyone else will be in hog heaven. It’s open evenings only, 7 days a week and vents include an April Fool’s Day ‘restaurant swap’ where they switch menus and staff with a different venue: so you can try something completely different without having to go any further. True enthusiasts may be tempted by the range of Iberian Pig merchandise on offer, which in contrast to most bar-themed stash actually manages to be quite subtle. But then that’s the Pig for you: when you offer something this good, you don’t need to shout about it.