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The Hide is a nondescript-looking bar tucked below the International Wine & Spirit Centre – and there’s the rub. Because it’s so close to London’s leading coven for experts in alcoholic beverages, you might expect it to be full of bartenders, emulating Tom Cruise, juggling shakers and practicing dance moves. The reality is less ritzy, though you may get to overhear the odd conversation about double parallel fermentation or suchlike. Instead, focus on the cocktail list, where you’ll find a fistful of classics made with great expertise. Most items cost under a tenner, such as the LDN Cobbler (made with Kamm’s aperitif, blackberry syrup and Roots lemonade) or the Big Lebowski (Moskovskaya vodka, almond milk, Pedro Ximénez and coffee tincture). There are also some spiffingly good wines by the glass and London craft beers to go with tacos, arancini, croquettes and sharing boards.

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The Hide

39-45 Bermondsey Street ,London SE1 3XF

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by   platinum reviewer (163)

Jun 2012

It's a smile-free zone behind the bar at The Hide, which doesn't help when the service is so incredibly and frustratingly slow. Order a cocktail and out come all the ingredients to be lined up on the bar; then there's 5 excruciating minutes of ingredient assembling including at least 2 minutes of vigorous ice stirring; the little fruit flourishes are then laboriously sculpted; then back go the bottles, one by one, into their appointed places; then out comes the payment machine and back it goes. And...

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BoatLady's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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39-45 Bermondsey Street ,London SE1 3XF

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by   platinum reviewer (84)

May 2009

An exhaustive and genuinely inventive cocktail menu, authentic and geographically unprejudiced wine list…oh and great nibbles – The Hide Bar has it all and within laid back surroundings (bar some interesting wallpaper at the back, that strangely grows on you after a while). The cool factor is that it exudes hip and classy without the pretentious snag that often brings down some of the best venues in London. This probably has much to do with the clientele who are a mixed bag of suits and locals,...

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Mitzie8cake's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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The Hide

39-45 Bermondsey Street ,London SE1 3XF

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Apr 2009

Another gem on Bermondsey st! Though the decor leaves a little to be desired, The Hide is hip, classy and not as pretentious as some of the other eateries on the street. It might look a like another overpriced joint but a decent bottle of wine will set you back less than the undrincable house wine of it's main comepetitors on the stretch. The sharer platters are great for an apero in the early evening and the selection of beers is quite impressive.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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