"A combination of intimacy and interesting cocktails make the Blind Pig great place for a date"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Sometimes fate has a part to play in where you end up sipping cocktails on a Saturday night. Just down from the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it doorway to Milk and Honey is the entrance to the Blind Pig - the bar that sits atop Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House restaurant. Looking for Milk and Honey we blinked and we missed it, ending up instead in the dim opulence of the Blind Pig. There are worse alternatives to Milk and Honey and once you’ve climbed the stairs and peaked behind the heavy curtain across the door you’ll have forgotten all about where you may or may not have been attempting to go.
A collection of vintage antiquities, leather booths and decorative lamps sit beneath a beautiful panelled wood ceiling and the look settles somewhere between New York steak lounge – clichéd but true - and London junk shop. Seats by the windows that look down on Poland Street are the pick of the bunch but a booth is the key for those date nights where darkness inspires intimacy.
And so to the drinks themselves - if you like a pun then you’re in for a treat. The menu includes the likes of Jenever Lopez, Rum DMC and Dill or No Dill that will either make you smile or groan. We opt for the signature Silver Screen, which is a sweet Old Fashioned style short made from popcorn infused Buffalo Trace bourbon, ‘cherry bespoke-a-cola’ and 3D bitters. Served in a miniature Old Fashioned glass with a big ball of ice and a tiny box of popcorn clipped on the side, the drink itself is far too sweet for our tastes but the presentation is a doozy. We also spy a drink called Last Tango in Paris being served in a real juice carton customised with its name on the side. The detail is impressive and if it weren’t for the £10-a-time prices then we’d have happily stayed and worked through the menu.
The Blind Pig is definitely a date place. Full of talking points it is a novel bar that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It may have been our substitute for Milk and Honey but it was no second best.
T.A.O reviewed The Blind Pig on Thu 25 Sep 2014