May 11, 2018
It’s easy to see why this place was almost impossible to book during its first few months of opening. It’s such a cool idea. Cahoots is a subterranean drinking den, hidden just off Carnaby Street, with a wartime theme which is done incredibly well – it doesn’t feel cheap, rather it’s a properly theatrical and transporting experience, a time machine (with cocktails). Located in an old air raid shelter, you reach it via a wooden staircase after following a sign marked “To The Trains”. The bar itself, complete with ticket hall, is an intimate cocktail den containing a replica 1940s tube carriage. There are vintage adverts on the wall and glimpses of old railway tracks. The decor is made up of vintage lampshades, old clocks, sandbags and such – a lot of thought has clearly gone into the design and the bartenders are suitably attired. Cocktails are also era appropriate while also featuring more contemporary twists and ingredients. Several times each week a live band plays 1940s music, a potent mix of jazz and swing, adding to the not inconsiderable atmosphere of the place. Booking is essential.