18-20 St John Street , London, EC1M 4AY

SquareMeal Review of Barsmith

Under the same ownership as The Longroom – the previous (disappointing) venture on this site – Barsmith provides a minor reworking of its predecessor’s theme. The decor has barely been touched, still presenting the peeling Victorian warehouse look. What is new, is the food and drinks menu. A list of 10 cocktails, incorporating infused spirits created in a ‘lab kitchen’, offers the likes of Milky Way (white chocolate-infused vodka, coffee-infused rum, Amaretto and cream), and Hot Stuff Baby (a citrus-infused vodka, carrot juice, ginger and chilli Sour), both at £8.95. The staff managed a fair stab at an off-menu Bloody Mary, save for an absence of the requested Tabasco – a poor show at any bar ‘specialising in cocktails’. Craft ales include Shoreditch Triangle and Gamma Ray on tap, and wine kicks off at £17. Pizzas (’nduja; foraged spinach; pesto and rocket), arancini, and cheese and charcuterie boards complete the not entirely unfamiliar picture.

Barsmith is recommended for

Buzzy | Dark And Moody

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Barbican Station 106m

Barbican Tube Station 273m


Address: 18-20 St John Street , London EC1M 4AY

Area: Clerkenwell Barbican

Opening times

Mon-Thurs 12N-12M Fri-Sat 12N-2am

Nearby Landmarks

Smithfield 220m

Worshipful Company of Haberdashers 259m


Telephone: 020 7336 6099


Cuisine: Bars

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