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To be sure of a seat in the cellar of this iconic single-malt emporium, you must book ahead. Head past the ground-floor bar, through a bookcase that doubles as a swing door and downstairs to a swinging scene overseen by Chester – The Vault's resident Jack Russell terrier. The scene reminds us of a sepia-toned bothy straight out of the celebrated 1940s Ealing comedy Whisky Galore! – Soho types fond of a drop of the hard stuff are in for a treat here. ‘Uisge beathe’ cocktails on show include Prologue & Epilogue (a Boulevardier manqué made with Springbank 10-year-old, fino sherry and Campari) – just one of a range of Old Fashioneds, and Manhattans that involve Scotland's finest. Other fixes go global with ryes and whiskies from India and Japan. If we are to be buried in a vault for all eternity, let it be Milroy's!

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The Vault at Milroy's

The Vault at Milroy's

3 Greek Street ,London W1D 4NX

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Grab a whisky upstairs, or push through the bookcase for killer cocktails

by   platinum reviewer (153)

May 2015

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Editor's pick I confess that I am not really a whisky (or whiskey) aficionado (something to do with a bottle of Bells at school many years ago), but Milroy's offers something for both the serious whisky drinker and the pure novice at the copper-topped bar upstairs, and a fantastic (and regularly changing) list of cocktails downstairs, a space reached through the bookcase at the end of the bar. The copper-topped bar in the shop is a great place to sit and sip, whilst watching the fun of Soho pass by, but...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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    Matt The List :: Matt The List: The Vault

    What's this at the end of the room? Since when do bookshelves have door handles? Assuming it's not already open (which "secret entrances" so often are), give it a push, and make your way down to The Vault, a sexy subterranean "speakeasy" from Martyn "Simo" Simpson (previously at Coal Vaults).

    It gets busy down there, so I would pop your head in early to make yourselves known, before going back upstairs for a dram or two. Once you are in though, try and get yourself a seat at the bar, it's always more fun. £9.50 boozy cocktails are not too pricey given the location and the atmosphere...
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