A reboot of the drinking den that previously serviced Karpo (the restaurant upstairs), this basement lounge is now simply called Megaro Bar – after the hotel whose subterranean space it occupies. Lit dark red, with plush flip-up cinema seats to match, it has been re-styled to suggest a film-noir photographer’s darkroom. Vintage wooden photo-developing frames are novel holders for a snappy list of 10 signature cocktails and various ‘chef’s plates’. Around £8.50 secures Lavender Hill Mob gin fizz, a cachaça and Pernod sour, lost steps (Ocho Blanco, Chartreuse elixir and cardamom sweet tea) or Tansy 75 (a twist on French 75). Off-menu calls are competently accommodated and upmarket bar bites include sashimi-style watermelon and feta, scallop and green strawberry ceviche, crumbed veal cheek, and dark chocolate honeycomb (think a posh Crunchie bar). Staff are attentive and polite.
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