Mark's Bar at Hixter Bankside
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
Housed in an edgy-yet-elegant former metal box factory, Hixter Bankside is, at its heart, a miniature version of Shoreditch’s acclaimed Tramshed. Yes, they pay homage to Tramshed in everything they do here, from the design features (floor-to-ceiling windows and a myriad of metal and brick) to stimulating art-strewn walls, succulent steaks and juicy chicken, and our personal favorite: a tucked away treasure of a bar.
Like Tramshed, the dining is divine, but the range of marvelous tipples at Mark’s Bar is the reason we fell head-over-heels. The bar is stashed away in the basement, and stars with a sunken bar surrounding old industrial fittings, comfy cinema-style seating, an old school jukebox, billiards table, and a truly unique piece of art that re-creates a London Underground train car that you simply must see in person.
We can’t think of a finer way to start the night than with the signature Hix Fix (Somerset cherry liqueur topped with English sparkling wine), and the quality cocktails just flow from there. A couple of our other favorites are the Leeze Me On (ultra premium whisky, honey water, and plum bitters), the Toreador (Douglas fir-infused tequila, lime, and apricot brandy), and a cheekily named tipple who’s name isn’t fit our our pages that combines vodka, citrus, vermouth, sherbet, and absinthe. The wine, spirit, and craft beer collections are also top-of-the-line.