London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
The exterior of Little Bat, displaying only a vintage mirrored sign that reads ‘Public House’, does not give any indication as to the quirky – and yet surprisingly comfortable – bar inside. Branding itself as a “neighborhood bar” for those lucky enough to live in surrounding Islington (or those hardy enough to make the trek across London), Little Bat is certainly no shrinking wallflower when it comes to its food and drinks selection.
But first: the interior. Little Bat’s layout is long and narrow, with dark walls and ceilings interspersed with dramatic skylights dripping with chandeliers, while the old books, globes and tasseled lampshades make you feel as though you’ve slipped into an old-fashioned library from another era entirely. The cocktail list is concise, but all-original, with the most famous drink being the award-winning Pan Am (white rum, Italian aperitif, lemon juice, almond syrup, egg white and a spray of bitters) which is a mainstay of the menu year-round.
The rest revolve on a seasonal basis, with past delights including the Bartenders Breakfast (rum, dark chocolate liqueur, espresso, sugar and nutmeg) and the Bathtub Sour (apricot-infused bathtub gin, lemon juice, peach bitters and egg white). Little Bat’s finger food and burger menu is almost as mouthwatering as its collection of libations, featuring decadent Lobster Mac n’ Cheese Balls served with cauliflower fondue & bacon salt and the now-famous homemade Scotch Egg from its sister location Callooh Callay. Essentially, despite what Little Bat tries to convince you about its humble neighbourhood roots, this bar is definitely playing with the London big boys.