For anyone who’s after a truly fantastic cocktail in an easygoing, intimate space, this is your spot.
Opened by a pair of siblings (Max & Noel Venning) whose impressively liquor-laced CVs have seen them take stints at places like 69 Colebrooke Row and Crazy Pedro’s in Manchester, Three Sheets is a small, cosy sleeve of space on Kingsland Road. Inside, everything’s charmingly simple – the walls are almost completely picture-less, and the other surfaces are all made of marble, including a few postage stamps-sized tables, and a slim bar with a single shelf of booze bottles behind it.
The menu is made of three sections (or three ‘sheets’ some might say) each with three drinks that rotate weekly. And at this place, it’s all about the execution – these are the closest thing to the perfect version of these cocktails you’re likely to find (and the World’s 50 Best Bars list tends to agree).
The Cherry Blossom, made with whisky, clear milk, and cherry blossom aroma. Yet somehow, it works.
The first ‘sheet’ features light, aperitif-style drinks to get you started, and include the likes of their French 75 which they make by belding gin, sweet wine, and orange flower before carbonating it. You can even buy it by the bottle. Sheet two is filled by slightly more robust numbers, including their version of a Cosmo made with fermented cranberry, vodka, and citrus oil. Sheet three then tops it all with a trio of punchy night-cappers; their Earth Martini includes vodka, beetroot and olive oil, and their Shiso Miso has Japanese all-malt whisky mixed with some rich, umami-heavy miso.
The drinks – as mentioned – rotate quite frequently, but there are a few stalwarts that’ll never change. You’ll always be able to find one of their Scottish Coffees for instance, whose dark salted coffee and light shortbread cream come together to create something that looks every inch like a perfect, miniature Guinness. And it’s that kind of craftsmanship that creates the lasting impression you’re left with…
…these guys really do give a sheet.
NOTE: Three Sheets is open daily, 5pm-12.45am. There’s no bookings, just turn up. You can find out more, and see this week’s menu at their website right HERE.
Three Sheets | 510b Kingsland Road, E8 4AE
Liked Three Sheets? Check out the Crouch End bar they helped Alan Sherwood to open, Little Mercies