Viajante87 | A Globe-Trotting Cocktail Bar in Notting Hill
On date night, you’re usually inclined to go above and beyond.
Viajante87 comes to you from the same team behind nearby Mexican-Japanese restaurant Los Mochis. The Viajante part of the name means ‘traveller’ in Spanish, and this concept is imbued into each of the inventive drinks they serve in this beautifully designed bar.
The first thing you’ll do upon arriving at Viajante87 (besides walking down the stairs) is take a moment to eye up the surroundings, because they’re quite the sight. You’ll descend into a low-lit lounge of lunar colours – with room for just over 100 – backed by walls made entirely of cork, with teal banquettes and velvet stools positioned around little marble tables (perfect for hunched over gossip sessions) and a showpiece 20-foot backlit bar (made with recycled bottles) that ties the whole space together.
The drinks at Viajante87 have been masterminded by Pietro Collina (previously Bar Director at Eleven Madison Park, consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in the world), and take their inspiration from ingredients native to South America. They’re separated into Classics, and the House Signatures – but even the classics are given edgy new twists here.
You might settle in with a smoky lilac negroni, courtesy of a little purple potato extract, or a twist on the Argentinian 90210 (so-called for its recipe of 9 parts Fernet Branca, 2 ice cubes and 1 part coke – which has been dialled back just a little here), or an exemplary pisco sour.
But don’t leave without adventuring into the signatures, with concoctions like the Elote Old Fashioned, with elote (corn) liqueur and smoked hay chumming up with bourbon, or Ya Esta with tequila, lime, celery, apple cordial and sotol (a spirit made from a succulent harvested in the Chihuahuan desert). Exceptionally drinkable, it’s clear that a lot of thought and practice has gone into balancing each one, so the unique ingredients can shine through.
They’re all pretty heady, and you will want to try more than one… so draft in some ballast from the bar snacks offering, a surprisingly filling array of dishes that follow the Mexican/Japanese theme of Los Mochis. Think nibbles like wedges of crispy rice crowned with shavings of black truffle; some amazing guacamole with crunchy tortilla chips; and ‘taco makis’ fusing tacos with maki rolls. And finally, there’s also the modest selection of 300 different tequilas and mezcals that they have, that you can enjoy on the rocks as well.
Try not to get carried away…
NOTE: Viajante87 is open from Tues-Thurs 6pm-midnight and Fri-Sat 6pm-2am. You can find out more, and book, HERE.
Viajante87 | Basement, 87 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JZ
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