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Fashion features and entertainment assistant Emma Firth tries out new coffee cocktail bar in Soho, Grind.
When Shoreditch Grind, a trendy coffee house off Old Street, opened in 2011 it was an instant success. Its non-pretentious, stripped back interior, cool music and relaxed vibe drew in all types of East-Londonites. An Espresso bar by day, cocktail bar at night; which specializes in espresso based drinks.
Soho Grind, its Central London counterpart, has swiftly followed suit, unveiling its basement-cool cocktail bar, after opening in May. For those who would rather not trek East for a laidback, offbeat drinks venue, this central London haunt hits the spot.
Perfect for those searching for an intimate, speakeasy inspired cocktail bar for after work drinks or a first date. Situated on charming Beak Street, here you can escape the hustle and bustle of the more central, clubby areas of Soho to enjoy a cocktail or three.
Making our way down the stairs from the café to the dimly lit bar, a group of us grab the sofa in the corner (tip: get there early to nab some seats, it’s a small bar and can get quite busy later in the evening).
One of the staff members suggests we all try their speciality, a Soho Grind Espresso Martini. It definitely provides an intense kick for caffeine lovers. But if you prefer a less strong coffee tasting drink, we suggest you try the smooth and comforting Flat White Russian. The drink of the evening, however, was the Appleton Pears – a sweet and summery tipple with white rum, juice, agave syrup and chocolate bitters.
This is a great little bolthole with a modern retro feel, and sure to be a hit for those looking for a hidden gem in Soho.
19 Beak St, W1 (0207 287 7073). Mon-Thurs open until 11:30pm, Fri-Sat open until midnight. Cocktails are £8.