Back in the 1920s the cocktail hour was just “an interval before an evening meal”, in my opinion, there’s always an hour for cocktails. So I’m on a quest to find the best cocktails London has to offer this year through a series of ‘cocktail hours’ sampling cocktails and their surroundings.
The first cocktail hour was spent at Aqua Spirit on Argyll Street. It’s a well trodden street just off Oxford Street but the entrance could easily go unnoticed. The bar itself is at the top of what used to be a department store, it’s dimly lit, quite sophisticated and has a city buzz of mixed city/tourist types. The one unfortunate thing is that the city views seem to be reserved for the diners of Aqua’s dining concepts.
The cocktail menu is quite short, which is handy if you’re quite indecisive like me, or you don’t have much time on your hands. They average at about £10 each which is fairly standard for central London. We chose the Karrabas and Japanese Velvet, the first tasted more interesting but both were a decent cocktail portion. As a treat we followed with Rose & Li champagne cocktails which went down well!
It would be a great place for some post shopping cocktail treats, a post work date if you’re looking to impress (or fancy the dim lighting) or just a post work gossip/celebration/commiseration with a friend.
If you have a recommendation for the series, get in touch! The more original the location the better, but where there’s a good cocktail I’m willing to try it out.