A recent venture from the eponymous bartender training school, Shaker & Company claims to be inspired by the swagger and abandon of New Orleans – although it has to make do with a berth beside Hampstead Road rather than the rolling Mississippi. A well-stocked timber bar can knock out all the classics (martinis, Manhattans, mules et al), along with a host of signature cocktails – say cowboys versus ninjas (bourbon with espresso-vanilla liqueur and whole egg) or the dillionaire (dill-infused Tanqueray gin with Campari, crème de figue and lemon). The kitchen takes its cues from the Mediterranean with Spanish meat and cheese boards, or stone-baked pizzas with toppings such as serrano ham, fig and orange truffle honey. A busy schedule including weekly comedy nights and a cocktail cinema club keeps punters coming back for more.
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