Published on April 29th, 2015 | by Sophie Coulthard1
Summary: West End late night bar that specialises in cocktails, shisha & the first bar to offer Airdiem vapour hookahs
Cocktails & Hookah
Recently launched in the heart of Marylebone Noir is an intimate cocktail bar you may previously have encountered in the form of the popular Apres bar on Duke Street.
Following an extensive refurbishment, Noir boasts two floors, with a downstairs ‘Frolic Room’ open from Thursday til Sunday. Decked out in rich dark red and black with large oversized booths, it’s the perfect place for larger groups and those after a big night, with live music and DJs keeping the energy up until 3am.
Upstairs on the ground floor is more of a sophisticated vibe; sumptuous dark wood, gold and leather is perfect for the showy West End crowd to impress on a date. Drinks are reasonable priced for the area, with cocktails starting at just £10, and there’s something on the menu to please everyone. The Coquette, a fruity concoction of rum, strawberry, rose water, lychee, vanilla and lime is served with a generous topping of candy floss (which we met with squeals of delight), and the Glitterati will continue to thrill your inner child by being served with Cinnamon glitter.
Male customers can show off their testosterone and order the rather savoury Blood Lust, which mixes dry age beef and smoked vodka (!) with tomato juice, spices lemon and shiitake mushroom; or for those a little less daring, there’s always the Conflicted Hero, with tequila, mescal, vermouth and smoke.
Food is surprisingly delicious given that the focus in most cocktail bars is on the drink – don’t leave without trying the creamy burrata and the incredible tasting lamb chops with parsnip puree and confit garlic. Dishes come tapas size and can be a little difficult to cut up and share so you may find yourself fighting over the last spoonful of truffle mac and cheese or slice of beef carpaccio, but don’t let that put you off. With dishes ranging from £6 to £12, you can always order some more.
The cocktail bar also offers an al fresco terrace, where you can order shisha for between £35 and £100 with flavours including grape, mint and the mysterious sounding blue mist. If sitting outside doesn’t appeal, however, Noir offers an innovative and – crucially – tobacco free solution. The Airdiem, miniature pipe or hookah, allows you to taste flavours as pure and natural vapours, carried by steam power which essentially enables you to inhale flavours in steam form which you can enjoy inside. We tried a special Easter offering – chocolate Airdiem paired with a delicious fruity cocktail and were mightily impressed.
Open from Tuesday – Sunday from 5pm til 3am, 12pm on Sundays.
Noir W1, 31 Duke St, W1U 1LGShare This Post