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The Escapologist, London

35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD, UK
The Escapologist Review
4 Star Rating
27 September 2016The Escapologist
Tags: London, UK, Cocktail Bar reviewsThe Bill: £38 per head

Escapologist Bar is located near Seven Dials in Covent Garden. It’s an underground bar with lots of intriguing artwork that juxtaposes vintage and modern with a few surprising twists. The atmosphere was electric during our visit, and the staff were an essential proponent of the energy in the venue. The table layout is well thought out, the tables have an edge against the walls which meant that even though the bar was packed we had an air of seclusion.

My first choice for the evening was a ‘Lemongrass Collins’, served with Lemongrass-infused Eristoff Vodka, fresh lemon juice, Liquor 43, ginger beer, and a touch of vanilla. An eclectic mix of flavours that is near to perfect, a very satisfying cocktail to start the evening. My partner opted for a ‘Whiskey Sour’, served short with Buffalo trace bourbon, Angostura bitters, fresh lemon juice, and an egg white. The texture, flavour, and delivery was simply a joy.

For my next choice I ordered a ‘Singapore Sling’. This drink was served tall, with Beefeater Gin, cherry brandy, fresh lime juice, D.O.M. Benedictine, triple sec, Angostura bitters, grenadine, pineapple juice, and soda. A long list of ingredients, yet missing a single one would upset the balance of this superb drink. My partner ordered a ‘rRM and Maple Old Fashioned’ served short, with Bacardi 8 year old, maple syrup, and orange bitters. A sweet tasting cocktail but very satisfying.

“Escapologist provide all the ingredients for a memorable evening.”

For my final choice I ordered the ‘Bramble’, served short with Beefeater Gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and blackberry liqueur. All of the cocktails at Escapologist are not shy of alcohol and this cocktail was no different, a lovely gin base to hold up the blackberry flavour. My partner ordered a ‘Ziggy’s Stardust’, served tall with Bacardi Oro, lychee liqueur, fresh lemon juice, orange juice, and a dark rum float. Another fine example of the craftsmanship that goes into each cocktail, the balance of flavours were well-executed.

Escapologist provide all the ingredients for a memorable evening. With superb cocktails, a captivating energy, and wonderful staff, it’s hard to pull yourself away. We look forward to returning in the future.

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