Feb 21, 2019
The Venning brother owners certainly have the right credentials to make their first ever venture a smash hit; Max previously worked for rockstar mixologist Tony Conigliaro at the Drink Factory, where he oversaw the renowned 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini. Then there’s Noel, who’s equally respected up north where he used to head up fun-time tequila bar Crazy Pedro’s in Manchester. The pair opened Three Sheets just two years ago on a whim, and have since made a complete stir in the global cocktail scene, shooting up to number 71 on the World’s 50 Best List within their first year of opening.
There’s a very low key no-frills attitude in here, it’s pretty minimal, with trendy marble tables and tidy leather bar stools set against raw exposed brickwork. Low lit, with warm glowing candlelight, it’s a great shout for a relaxed date night.
The cocktail menu, like the bar, is sophisticated, yet also fuss free, with subtle twists on classic cocktails – they’ve even done their own clever riff on the usually trashy Cosmo. The whole menu is organised by the number of ‘sheets’ aka levels of booziness. One ‘sheet’; features lighter aperitifs, like the signature fizzy French 75, characteristic of the pre-batched cocktail collection the brothers are famous for. The ‘three sheets’ part of the menu is more hardcore, with heftier, richer serves, like the indulgent Scottish Coffee, made with whisky washed in salty butter. Along with the delicious seasonal flavours, our favourite detail about the drinks is the wafer-thin glassware, it all makes for an especially delicate and special experience that you don’t really find anywhere else.
You can drop by in the day, from 2pm (Saturdays only) for a coffee, or an afternoon tipple. Early evening it’s very quiet, but this tiny venue fills up quickly as the night goes on. Pass by late evening though and the windows are steaming and the place is buzzing with a mish-mash of locals and cool industry folk.
But despite its industry kudos, regular non-cocktail people won’t feel out of place here, quite the opposite. The team are super friendly and down to earth, happy to chat through the drinks list if you want anything explained. Think of it like a boozy home from home, but with more desirable tabletops.