London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
The 5CC is a handsome low-lit cocktail den with a slightly hidden away feel which adds a dash of mystery to the experience. There are two London branches, one tucked under the Well and Bucket pub in Shoreditch, and this one, above The Exmouth Arms pub in Exmouth Market. The design is similar in both: dark wood, bare bricks, and leather seating. We are intrigued by the cocktail menus, particularly the Forgotten Range which showcases their range of vintage liquors sourced from independent and boutique suppliers, including a rare gin from the 1970s or a fiery 63% proof rye, the bottles attractively displayed in an old apothecary cabinet. From the regular cocktail list we like the sound of the Colonial Old Fashioned, infused with chai spices and their take on the Sazerac, made with tobacco infused rye with a dash of absinthe. Their Li Chi, a fruity mix of lychee liqueur, rapsberry and coconut rum, is a real sweet treat and coconuts also feature in the subtle spiced Kanaloa. There’s a miniscule wine list and a larger, well thought out selection of beers. Cocktails come served in handsome vintage glassware and the bar also offers a range of oysters, served with all the trimmings, sushi-style with pickled ginger and wasabi or bacon-wrapped if you’re that way inclined, to complete the vintage experience.
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