London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
Attached to the excellent French restaurant Le Bar, this West Smithfield bar has a subtle, elegant atmosphere, with pale blue walls and inviting leather banquettes. It has something of the air of a gentlemen’s club, relaxed but sophisticated. Unsurprisingly given its name, it has an incredible wine list featuring a large selection of bottles from south-west France. The cocktails are also delicious. Evidently a lot of care and consideration has gone in to compiling it, packed as it is with obscure and unexpected delights. You could easily spend an evening here tasting and comparing. Should you get a little hungry, they also serve excellent frapas (french tapas) including slices of Gascon black ham and duck delicatessen. The crowd is a tad expense-account but on Saturday’s the place gets livelier, with a soundtrack of funky French beats.