London-North and Northwest London
May 11, 2018
There’s a modern speakeasy vibe at the Frontier Room, the invitation-only bar at Des McDonald’s Q Grill in Chalk Farm. Serving classic cocktails with a twist, it’s a space for experimentation, with the focus very much on what’s going on in your glass. Drinks include the Secret Garden, fragrant, herbal mix of gin, thyme, green chartreuse, lemon juice, sugar syrup and cucumber, but the menu is handwritten and changes frequently. If you’re hungry you can choose from a selection of the Q Grill’s burgers and small plates – tasty things like smoked beef fritters, salt baked beets and southern fried squid. Loads of bars style themselves as speakeasies, to the point where it was getting pretty tired, but this one feels like a more appealing proposition, putting the emphasis back on the drinks. To get on their invite-list you’ll need to drop them a line.