History is important.
But so is booze.
Which makes the news that both have joined forces inside 5cc Singer Tavern – a sexy little cocktail den hidden in the basement of a Grade II listed pub located on City Road (right between Moorgate and Old St stations) – very important indeed.
Although the latest addition to 5cc’s gradually lengthening line of undercover cocktail bars tucked away beneath ‘mainstream’ drinking holes (you know, the kind that people can see, and then go into), this one’s a little different. Because in addition to serving booze (important), and operating in the den of a Grade II listed building (also important) it actively pays homage to:
1) The rich history of the building in which it’s located – which is the British home of Singer Sewing Machines – both through its choice of name, and through retaining the original tiles and bare brick walls of the factory’s basement production house. And,
2) Its location, which is the point at which Shoreditch meets The City… and which it pays homage to by combining a penchant for quirky spirits (specialising in bitters and amaro) with a smattering of decadence (like the impressive vintage bottles).
Upstairs is the spot for gastropub-style lunch and dinner, and after-work drinks populated with a plethora of lagers and craft ales…
…but really you want to head down to 5cc in order to excitedly explore their extensive cocktail list (boasting a wide range of batch-produced liquors from local London distilleries); their late-night sliders menu (courtesy of the gastropub above); their u-shaped leather banquettes; and – most excitingly of all – their 20-foot blue velvet couch.
Bet there’s $$$ to be found down the back of that.
NOTE: The Singer Tavern is open Mon-Sat from 10am, and the 5cc Cocktail Club below is open Tues-Sat from 5pm (6pm Sat). You can find out more, and make a booking, HERE.
5cc Singer Tavern | 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG
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