London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
With its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it entrance, The Arbitrager occupies an unusual corner of the City of London; one that is usually the sole domain of suited bankers and busy entrepreneurs. But with its selection of locally-brewed beers and spirits, The Arbitrager has unwittingly encouraged a wider subsection of society to grace its doors. Long and narrow in design (The Arbitrager is located within part of an old drapers hall), this atmospheric little pub is decked out with chevron tiled walls, industrial-style tables and light fittings and a snug little bar at one end. It’s behind this bar that you’ll discover The Arbitrager’s selection of draught beer and cider, one which changes regularly, and which is all sourced from local London breweries. There’s no pints here – both beer and cider are only poured in measures of ⅔ and ⅓ of a pint – but with a crowd who is there to savour rather than swig, this is more than acceptable. Spirits on offer sway heavily towards gin (again, all from London distillers) and the only mixed concoction that the bar staff whip up (aside from G&Ts made with the bar’s homemade tonic, served on draught) is a heady house punch, whose ingredients change regularly. A small selection of bar snacks includes sausage rolls, Scotch eggs, and charcuterie sausages sourced from local butchers. If you don’t have time to stay and sip, all of the beer, G&Ts and the house punch can all be sold in to-go growlers.