SquareMeal Review of
Dirty Martini Covent Garden
With daily happy hours running until 10pm during the week (and 8pm at weekends), the original branch of the Dirty Martini mini chain has become a magnet for birthday bashes and hen parties wanting a rocket-fuelled night out. Whether you like it dirty, classic or modern, the Martini menu aims to please. Choices run from strawberry and black pepper to exotic dragon fruit and pomegranate via chocolate, espresso and French. Classic Mojitos, Mai Tais and Bellinis are also on offer, plus original mixes such as a pistachio and toasted pineapple sour – a Pirates of the Caribbean-meets-Mexico bandito mix of mezcal, vodka, coconut water, caramel and pineapple syrup. Platters, skewers and hot dogs act as sustenance. On the downside, this tiny basement can get unpleasantly rammed and service is often variable.