May 11, 2018
There’s a definite air of Victoriana in The Escapologist. From the tile-and-copper bar, to the quirky black-and-white framed portraits and even the pint pot candle holders on the tables. Yet there’s also a magical ambiance to this incognito drinkery (the entrance is a plain blue door above which sits the Eye of Providence – one of your only clues as to its location). Once welcomed by the door staff, you’ll head downstairs to a bunker-style hideaway with vaulted ceilings covered in moon-patterned wallpaper, chequerboard floor tiles and deep blue leather booths. It’s a unique atmosphere, to say the least.
To complement the eclectic surroundings, the bar team at The Escapologist have collated a cocktail menu that includes a range of classic concoctions, tiki drinks and premium pours. Flaming Zombies sit alongside Singapore Slings and Pornstar Martinis, but our favorites are the Ziggy’s Stardust (golden rum, lychee liqueur, lemon and orange juice with a dark rum float), the Lemongrass Collins (lemongrass-infused vodka, lemon juice, Spanish citrus liqueur, ginger beer and vanilla, flavoured with chilli if desired) and the Mexican Butterfly (tequila, elderflower cordial, lime juice, agave nectar and fresh mint). Premium spirits are available by the bottle (you can keep yours in a private locker, to savor for up to one month) and there’s also a small wine list and a couple of beers and ciders by the can. Continuing the diverse theme, The Escapologist’s food menu is exclusively pizza-based, including a couple of sweet dessert pizzas thrown in for good measure.
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