With the feel of a raffish gentlemen's club (minus the membership), Mark's Bar is a subterranean shoo-in for design-mag types who appreciate its Brit Art pose and a list of refined retro cocktails collated by main man Nick Strangeway. On offer: Criterion milk punch; the matador (popular at the original Café Royal circa Edward and Mrs Simpson); and hanky panky (a gin, sweet vermouth and Fernet Branca combo created by Ada Coleman at the Savoy during the 1920s). Monk's alchemy (gin, chamomile syrup, fino sherry, Aperol, lemon juice and orange bitters) is also good, while Harviestoun Schiehallion is a Scottish ale worth making friends with. ‘Snax' of steak tartare, fish fingers with mushy peas or pork crackling with Bramley apple sauce are better than their twee title suggests, although chips with curry sauce suggests post-pub scoffing.
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