5cc City of London | Bar
It has been scientifically proven – by actual scientists – that “the element of surprise” makes life more exciting and fun.
Clearly scientists are sometimes wrong. However when it comes to supposedly treating your date to a pint and a packet of nuts in a pub before surreptitiously leading them downstairs into an industrial, dimly-lit cocktail lounge – and swapping their warm ale for a Prohibition Milk Punch – then they’re also, sometimes, right.
Welcome to 5cc, a new subterranean drinking den unexpectedly nestled in the basement of Farringdon Street’s ex-print house turned public house, Harrild & Sons. One for the City boys and girls – largely by virtue of the fact that it’s in The City – this is the sort of clandestine, underground date spot that’s going to attract illicit encounters like moths to a flame.
And The City ain’t short on those, eh!
Illicit encounters. Not moths.
Although predominantly a cocktail bar serving thirst-quenching potations like Japanese Plum Sours, Indian Cobblers and ‘Rimbaud’s Left Hand’ (a combination of absinthe, egg white, pineapple and some other stuff) 5cc have also curated a big collection of rare and sought-after whiskies from around the world, from Japan to Kentucky, and they’re serving food. Highlights from the menu include oysters and lobster rolls; bourbon pulled pork sliders; surf n’ turf with beef dripping chips; popcorn shrimp salads; and – somewhat oddly – duck burgers with tobacco onions…
Totally got you that time.
Note: 5cc accept walk ins, or you can reserve a table (booths take up to six people) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Also Note: Win a £150 bar tab to spend at 5cc. You can either take (up to) 5 friends with you, or – more sensibly – go alone and spend it all on yourself. SORRY – COMPETITION CLOSED
5cc | Below Harrild & Sons, 26 Farringdon street, EC4A 4AB
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