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A better bet than most of the voguish speakeasy-style bars currently flooding the capital, the Lucky Pig is well worth hogging. What was a dreary dive has been transformed into a witty, art
nouveau-inspired space in the style of a good-time hoochie-coochie joint (check out the curtained-off booths). In the evening, dolled-up girls serve a range of spiffing quaffs: juleps, cobblers,
rickeys & slings have period appeal, while New Orleans hurricane is stiffer than any Bacardi breezer. Champagne cocktails such as fruity Isadora belle represent value at £7.50, & the list
of cocktails runs from silk stockings to a properly tart aviation. Elsewhere, experimental ideas move into alco-dessert territory for apples & pears or Grey Goose poire creamola foam. Sub-£20
wines, moreish bar bites & an upright piano for singalongs & Scott Joplin rags complete a pretty picture.
I found myself walking to The Lucky Pig as the sinusitis kicked in, precipitated with a does of orange – yes, ORANGE – goo coming from my nose and fighting the throng of angry commuters pouring from Goodge Street Station, on one of those London nights where it wasn’t quite raining, but if you didn’t have an umbrella you would regret it. I didn’t, and did. It was going to take a special kind of bar to right this perfect storm of wrong.The ‘Pig is hardly perfect. It’s location, in uncharted Fitzrovia, somewhere grubby, south of the BT Tower – is well off the beaten track, though we stumbled upon Bubbledogs as we made our way there. It’s on Clipstone street. Does that help?Actually, it’s below Clipstone Street, in an old cellar, accessed by a flight of those rickety, slippery staircases you see hanging off the side of Manhattan tenements...
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