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Only opened in July 2014, Peg + Patriot at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel has already undergone changes. Madcap cocktail whizz Matt Whiley has refined the menu of his bar, toning down the out-there ideas into something more accessible. Gone are the Salt Beef Sazeracs and Marmite Vodka Martinis, and in their place are appealing-sounding drinks that still push the envelope with Whiley’s distilled creations. The Super Soaker (watermelon, Woodford Reserve bourbon, vermouth and ‘bitterness’) is a layered, velvety Manhattan twist. To challenge your taste buds further, try the Pho Money Pho Problems (Viet-spiced Finlandia vodka, pak choy, lime leaf and lime): a herby number that’s the refreshing cocktail alternative to a steaming bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The bar no longer feels like a holding pen for adjacent fine-dining restaurant the Typing Room, but with its minimalist decor and casual vibe has become a destination in its own right.
The Peg + Patriot bar opened about a month ago in Bethnal Green and is the brainchild of Matt Whiley, aka The Talented Mr Fox (in Leicester Square) – some would also refer to him as a ‘spirit genius’ and ‘master cocktail maker’. [In case you’re wondering about the name, ‘Peg’ is an old English word for a shot of liquor and the bar is located in Town Hall Hotel in ‘Patriot’ Square]As soon as i walked in, I loved it straight away. Both the design and vibe are really cool.
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