69 Colebrooke Row | Islington Bar
The intimate cocktail bar found at 69 Colebrooke Row is known as “The Bar With No Name”.
The problem with this being that people need to refer to it as something, so its name has actually now become, “The Bar With No Name”.
Fortunately, however, its name is the least relevant bit about it.
And, even more fortunately, we have the most important questions (where is it, and is it any good?) covered…
1. 69 Colebrooke Row
Cocktail genius Tony Conigliaro is the mastermind behind the bar’s pioneering drinks menu.
Observing chefs at work throughout his bartending career, Tony began to incorporate culinary techniques into his mixology in order to create unique drinking experiences (which he now continues to do just around the corner from his bar in his Wonka-esque “Drinks Factory”).
You’ll notice on entering that it’s a particularly simple, and small, bar. No exposed brickwork, no graffiti, vintage furniture, neon signs or, for that matter, any other popular “crowd-pullers” here: the space exists for one reason alone…. to facilitate the imbibing of Tony’s creations.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the Prairie Oyster’s comprised of tomato yolk, horseradish, shallots and micro herbs, while the Apple and Hay bellini is, well, exactly that. For a truly exquisite drink, try the Terroir, a heady mix of distilled clay, flint and lichen served straight from the bottle.
Would a rose, if it had no name, still smell as sweet?
Yes, yes it would.
NOTE: 69 Colebrooke Row is open daily from 5pm (until 2am Fri & Sat), and there’s live music on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. You can either reserve a table here (advised, as it’s very small), or simply walk on in.
69 Colebrooke Row | 69 Colebrooke Row, London N1 8AA
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