Opening this summer, Bar La Rampa aims to recreate the atmosphere of 1950s Havana thorough authentic cocktails, live music, and food.
And it’s close… but no cigars.
But it’s looking like everything else will be absolutely bang on the money, particularly because because of its pedigree; it’s coming to us from the excellent MJMK Group, whose other venues include Casa Do Frango, Kol, and Vinegar Yard, and whose founder actually spent his childhood in Cuba.
The venue itself will be slap bang in the centre of town – specifically Market Place, a strangely tranquil little nook just off Oxford Circus. Inside, they’re enlisting the help of notable Cuban-American architect Hermes Mallea to help put together something that feels simultaneously retro and fresh. Expect midcentury furnishings, modernist light fixtures, cement tile floors, and tropical greenery. The bar’s going to be made from elegant dark wood, and will have a striking painting by Cuban artist Orlando Almanza called “El Macho” behind it.
The other artworks coming from behind the bar will be handled by one Marcis Dzelzainis, one of the pioneering mixologists behind the reinvention of the cocktail scene in the past decade or so. He’s worked with such liquor luminaries as Tony Conigliaro at 69 Colebrooke Row, and Ryan Chetiyawardana at Dandelyan, opening bars & devising recipes for them, as well as opening his own projects like Satan’s Whiskers. Anyway, enough with the CV – here, he’s putting together Havana-appropriate drinks like the ‘Papa Doble’ (an homage to Ernest Hemingway’s drink of choice) and the ‘Jennings Cox’ (named after the inventor of the daiquiri).
The food is looking to be just as impressive, with a menu developed by Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng of TĀTĀ Eatery. Signatures you can expect will include a twist on the classic Cuban sandwich (with pork belly, ham, and raclette cheese); as well as some extraordinary sounding foot-long pork chicharrones (they’re like Cuban scratchings); and some beef-loaded Picadillo Empanadas.
And the live music we mentioned? It’ll be played by a house band, meaning it’s going to be on virtually every night.
So at least one thing will be smokin’.
NOTE: Bar La Rampa is set to open this summer. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at their website right HERE.
Bar La Rampa | 7-8 Market Place, W1W 8AG
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