May 11, 2018
With its bare walls and rough-around-the-edges aesthetic, Lugosi is a minimalist space but it’s not without charm, far from it. The interiors might not be plush – raw plaster and bare bulbs – but it has character. Named for the iconic Hungarian actor famed for playing Dracula in the 1939s and other cult horror roles (including a dalliance with infamous B movie director Ed Wood), you’d be forgiven for expecting an excess of gothic, all brooding black velvet and plastic bats, but the reality couldn’t be more different (except for the odd macabre plant). This is a smart, classy if low-key bar, cosy yet hip, the kind of place you can go to chill with a drink and listen to some understated electro while sipping a well-made cocktail. The chairs are ‘well-loved’, the décor comfortable, and the drinks list a pleasure to peruse. Cocktails are classic and the guys behind the bar clearly know what they’re doing. Drinks are well-mixed and punchy. They make a mean Negroni, a top Tom Collins and an exemplary Dark and Stormy; the bar is well stocked with quality spirits along with a good selection of wine, the glassware is attractive and the attention to detail is of a consistently high standard.