Blixen is an airy, all-day dining spot housed in a former bank on the corner of Spitalfields Market.
And this is The Bar Downstairs.
This moody, cavernous drinking den is set in the bank’s former vaults, complete with their original arches & bare brick walls. They’ve done a little light set dressing, however, and it now also bears Prohibition-style tiled ceilings; seductive leather booths and a sprawling, well-stocked bar – behind which, you’ll spot the barkeeps whipping together elegant concoctions, and hacking away at an ice block with an axe. Yeah.
The drinks menu is short and sweet, with a Deptford IPA, Thornbridge lager and Breton cider accompanying a carefully picked Old World wine list and £9 cocktails. The latter includes the Royal Mile, with whisky, punt e mes, Cynar artichoke liqueur and walnut bitters; the Sake Puppy, a martini souped up with sake and bergamot liqueur; and the Levante, with tequila, turmeric, cayenne pepper, grapefruit and agave.
It’s basically good for you.
NOTE: The Bar Downstairs is open Tues-Sat, 5-11pm. You can find out more, and reserve a spot, right HERE.
The Bar Downstairs | Beneath Blixen, 65a Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA
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