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|Address:||50-54 Blandford Street, London W1U 7HX|
|Tel:||020 7935 0835|
|Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £70.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 5-11.30pm (Fri-Sat -12M)|
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Purl is really my cup of tea, which incidentally, is also the name of my favourite cocktail here: a gin based special, served in a china cup with a peach concoction teabag so you can fool yourself into thinking it isn't a pure spirit drink but really a drink with a mixer. It's not just mother's ruin, it's grandmother's ruin, uncle's ruin, nay, all kith and kin past and future's ruin. I was ruined the next day. My friend had booked out the entire bar for a roaring twenties birthday party on a Saturday night and it was the perfect venue. We descended, all fancydressed up, into the cosy, dark, speakeasy 1920s and lost ourselves in time and booze. Jazz music from a live band gave an era appropriate atmosphere but was best enjoyed with a little distance in the bar area, rather than right next to it in the (even further) downstairs basement arches. The staff, unflappable, moved through the flappers whose flapping increased as the evening wore on to deliver Drunken Monkeys, specially concocted birthday hooch and a variety of cocktails whose explanations with exotic liquors were no more illuminating than the titles themselves, to tables and clutches of those still able to stand, with good grace if not undue haste. Not an easy feat when you have to dodge the specially set up photo-booth too. I'm not a huge fan of those anaemic Frankfurter-based hotdogs but when the platters were passed round deep into the night I gratefully wolfed down a couple; it's not gourmet but it's grub. Of course all this comes at a price (not just physical) when a cocktail is about £10-12 but that's average for an average drink in central London these days and these are no average Gordons & Schweppes. Prohibition and Purl are a marriage made in heaven but I think I'd love this place on any night of the week although I wonder if the doormen are more or less likely to let me in if I wear my outfit again.