Old Bengal Bar
May 11, 2018
The Old Bengal Warehouse, opposite Liverpool Street Station, was constructed back in the eighteenth century for the East India Company. A recent, expensive and expansive renovation has transformed this slice of London’s colonial past to create a vast drinking and dining complex, home to a couple of shiny new bars and some equally shiny restaurants: the New Street Grill and the self-explanatory Fish Market. The building’s history has inspired the design of the stylish Old Bengal Bar: it’s a low-lit, crimson flecked space that makes good use of the building’s original features: there’s an abundance of bare brick and aged wood alongside an attractively illuminated, mirrored (and, crucially, very well-stocked) back bar. The long, red leather-bound drinks list is divided by base spirit. Signature drinks include the Fleur de Lis and Dirty Truffle, while the Easy Tiger blends tequila with a dash of lime and ginger, The bar is something of an oasis in the heart of the city, more relaxed and elegant than many of the nearby drinking pits. It is however well tailored to its audience: cocktails are pricey, there’s plenty of champagne available and there’s a whiff of expense account in the air. That said the drinks are very well made and the service is suitably slick you just might feel out of place if you’re not wearing a suit.