Published on March 16th, 2014 | by Gavin
Summary: Good atmosphere but you can get better cocktails 5 minutes down the round
Maybe it’s a result of the ‘dream within a dream’ theory of Leo DiCaprio’s film Inception, but there’s a fashionable trend in London to have ‘bars within bars’, where the two share nothing in common except the location. In fact, as is the case with the likes of NOLA, 69 Colebrooke Row, and Upstairs at The Ten Bells, the bar offering of the “tenant” is often far superior to that of the main venue for the avid cocktail lover. This is a tactic that 5CC have used to great effect, having a bar within the Exmouth Arms, Well & Bucket, and as of last week, beneath the Harrild & Sons pub on Farringdon Street.
The new venue is very 1920s in appearance with a copper bar area, mirrors behind the bar, and booths all-round the spacious downstairs venue. Like the other 5CC bars, there’s an emphasis on whisky and cocktails. The imaginatively titled Whisky Porn menu has over 80 brands from around the world including some rare gems; and the cocktail menu also includes a few charms. The Sweet Manhattan is a cute twist on the classic and comes in a perfume bottle chilled on ice, and the H & Sons Big Rye Sazerac is a great slow sipper. Also if you are feeling peckish, the food menu has some refreshing alternatives to the usual pub grub including oysters, veal, and lobster rolls.
Of the drinks I tried, none were mind-blowing but if you’re looking for an atmospheric evening, 5CC is still worth a trip if you find yourself in the area. On Friday and Saturday nights, booking patrons will enjoy after-hours access to the bar until 3am. Bookings are recommended and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
5CC @ Harrild & Sons, 26 Farringdon St, EC4A 4AB