London-North and Northwest London
May 11, 2018
Many shy away from members-only clubs, whether due to an exorbitant joining fee, a pretentious crowd or just a general lack of atmosphere and great drinks. Luckily, none of the above apply to Keystone Crescent, a hidden members club close to Kings Cross that lies behind a rather innocuous grey front door.
Once you’ve paid the one-off joining fee, getting in to Keystone Crescent is a rather clandestine affair. You need to WhatsApp the bar team (how very progressive) to be given the keycode for entry that day. You’ll also be provided with your own enamel keyring that you must show to the bar staff when you go to order a drink. After you’ve completed all of these steps, sensei, you’re free to mingle with some like-minded people and enjoy delicious cocktails mixed using premium spirits and homemade tonics. The interior of Keystone Crescent is as eclectic and warm as the bar team – the angular chairs, crushed velvet curtains and tones of beige, mustard and grey are all rather ‘50s, but that’s exactly what we like about it. Cocktails change regularly, and the list is often small but perfectly formed. There is obvious flair in drinks like the Day Walking Lady (Rooibos and Bakewell tea-infused gin, orange liqueur and lemon) and the Who Drank The Lemon Tart? (vodka, lemon curd and lemon juice, with a digestive biscuit rim), but the team are just as happy whipping up classics like clover clubs and old fashioneds. A small handful of craft beers rounds out the menu, but the mixology is really where it’s at.