Hattie Lloyd 15/11/19
Heads + Tails is a cocktail bar in West Hampstead with a very simple premise.
Heads, you win.
Tails… you also win.
Because it’s a two-storey bar from two of the capital’s finest mixologists; Will Partridge of Kilburn Ironworks and Chris Dennis, co-founder of Brixton’s much-missed Sovereign Loss and gorgeous Soho speako, Disrepute. Together, they’ve created a ‘bar of contrasts’ which serves both sides of the cocktail coin. Here’s what you can expect…
The ground floor is Heads; a high-ceilinged aperitivo spot, flooded with light and spilling out onto a pergola-laden cocktail garden out the back (not a terrible spot for bottomless brunch in the summer).
Swathed in bare plaster walls with shimmering gold accents, duck egg blue seating and a marble-topped bar, this is the spot for a quick refresher. It specialises in spritzers, wines, and lighter-spirit cocktails like the Light Violet, a dry martini with an ethereal blue tone from added apricot and violet liqueurs; or the Sex, Lies & Videograpes with apple spirit, Maraschino liqueur, verjus and prosecco.
Tucked underneath, you’ll find Tails – a low-ceilinged, wood-cloaked bar with cosy, conspiratorial seating and live blues on the last Thursday of every month. The menu here has an emphasis on shorter serves, whiskies and rums; so here you can find boilermakers as well as cocktails like the Cranmore, a heady concoction of whisky, Campari, house winter bitters and caramelised French chestnuts.
Don’t worry if you get stuck choosing between them all…
…you can always flip a coin.
NOTE: Heads + Tails is open weekdays from 4pm and weekends from 10am until late (3am Fri & Sat). You can find out more, and make a booking at their website HERE.
Heads + Tails | 175 West End Lane, NW6 2LH
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