The Hide takes its cocktails very seriously indeed, so it can sometimes seem like a ‘smile-free zone' behind the bar of this low-ceilinged, dimly lit drinking den. Instead of catering to the breakfast and lunchtime trade, this venue signals its sociable boozy intentions by opening at 5pm, and the helpfully indexed list pitches the classics alongside a selection of modern interpretations – some from The Hide's own award-winning team: the aptly named American in London combines Knob Creek bourbon with Earl Grey tea, peach liqueur and Peychaud's bitters. The cocktails are matched by a brilliantly designed, informative wine list that reaches well beyond the usual New World Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays to zesty Spanish Albariño and aromatic German Riesling. Charcuterie and mezze platters will fill a gap if you don't have plans for dinner.
One of the best-presented lists we’ve seen, visitors to The Hide bar are greeted by an attractive hardback list clearly organised into reds, whites, fizz, rosé and cocktails. There’s also information on different serves, alcohol levels and a clean, clear filing system. Top marks to the designer.
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