May 11, 2018
We’re glad to see the paint tins are still there. The signature Graphic Bar punches come in their own dinky little colour-coded tins. It’s easy to see why they remain so popular. We’re particularly drawn to the Red tin, a blend of Beefeater with mixed berry liqueurs, cranberry juice and a dash of lemon. Elsewhere, the gin-centric cocktail menu has had an overhaul. Classic drinks are mixed in with house creations and each month they showcase a different gin, with a series of cocktails designed to celebrate its flavours. Their take on the Negroni with subtly spiced gin was the perfect mix of bitter and sweet, an excellent example of this classic cocktail. We were also taken with their version of the Army and Navy, and a fun twist on an Aperol Spritz served in a little milk bottle complete with candy-striped straw. We love a good Martinez – and their version was very good, made with Martin Miller’s: a superior drink. The bar itself has an urban feel, lots of concrete and graffiti with rough wooden tables and brown leather sofas. Its Golden Square location means it’s popular with media types as an after-work spot and it has a lively, stylish atmosphere as a result, particularly when the DJ gets going. It can get rammed on weekends, but the drinks are a cut above – particularly if you dig your gin.