24 April 2014


2 Varnishers Yard, Regent Quarter, London N1 9AW

Bars Islington, Barnsbury
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  • Wine: £21.50
  • Champagne: £60.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-1am (Fri-Sat -2am)

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With sherry bar Pepito next door, this similarly diminutive hangout is further reason to visit redeveloped Varnishers Yard. VOC is short for Vereenigde Oo-Indische Compagnie (aka the Dutch East India Company) & the cute candlelit cocktail bar takes its inspiration from the Far East for sensational sakés, stirs, barrel-aged infusions & punch. Beautifully presented in covetable stemware, summery bergamot grog is infused with galangal, fresh tobacco leaf & Earl Grey tea, while Walsingham’s interrogation (Tanqueray & mint lengthened with apple juice & ginger) uncovers a secret ingredient – chywanaprash (a sweet-&-sour Ayurvedic tonic oft-referred-to as ‘the elixir of life’). Otherwise, homemade raspberry shrub matured in vintage-style, wax-sealed bottles is a bushy-tailed zinger. The Italian head bartender’s passion is tangible & his attention to detail pays dividends.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

    The List :: VOC

    Despite being in serious need of some savoury food to go with our cakes, we decided to squeeze in a drink at VOC in the secluded Varnisher's Yard. VOC is a "17th Century-inspired Punch House" that specialises in bottle-matured and barrel-aged drinks. It was shutting in half an hour, and it was pretty empty but luckily we had the perfect hostess. We only learnt her name after we had left when Tim was sent back to procure it - "This is going to be weird", he said as he stumbled back in...
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