69 Colebrooke Row
London-North and Northwest London
May 11, 2018
Though it’s tiny, Tony Conigliaro’s Islington cocktail bar punches well above its weight. Self-styled as the ‘bar with no name,’ it’s a charming, hidden away spot, the anonymous exterior concealing a delightfully retro room. It’s an intimate venue with a nice relaxed atmosphere and its speakeasy trappings never feel gimmicky.
The drinks list is short but Conigliaro is a master of the art and there’s much here to tempt. The drinks here are incredibly inventive and distinctive, chock-full of unusual flavours. Ingredients used include woodland bitters and liquorice syrup. The Death in Venice is a glinting mix of Campari with grapefruit bitters topped with prosecco and an orange twist, the ideal aperitif, while the house Bloody Mary pairs horseradish vodka with homemade pepper sauce, to give it an extra kick. The Avignon pairs cognac with chamomile syrup and smoked frankincense, the Barbershop Fizz mixes pine infused gin with birch and vanilla syrup, patchouli infused mint and lime juice, and they even serve a deeply savoury and contemporary take on the Prairie Oyster, Sally Bowles favourite pick me up. Regular cocktail masterclasses are hosted by the bar and given the size of the place there are only 35 seats and no standing room – and its considerable reputation, a reservation is very much in order.
What their peers say
“Following in the footsteps of mentor Dick Bradell, Tony Conigliaro has always done things his way. His tireless intellect, playful sense of humor and spot on service standards has made him one of most well respected operators in the world. His provocative, scientific approach to the profession continues to push the boundaries of imbibing as a flavor experience.” – Jim Meehan of PDT, New York
“Toni Conigliari who runs this excellent little bar is, like me, a disciple of the influential Dick Bradsell and as such has an excellent eye for detail and insists on the best drinks. Although the venue is only small, it is immaculate in its design and the service is always top notch. Toni specializes in his own brand of refined drinks that use the latest technology to refine the flavours.” Nick Strangeway of Strange Hill
“Tony Conigliaro’s first bar is tight and rowdy with extraordinarily delicious drinks, beer, and wine keeping the crowd in motion. This joint quite simply feels like the best cocktail party in London!” Ryan Magarian