Black Rock
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Gold Award

This award-winning whisky bar is a must-visit for dram fans, who will be spoiled for choice with a range of over 250 single malts and blends from distilleries around the globe. The collection is displayed in glass cabinets and grouped by flavour and style, with rare bottlings (marked with a gold dot) available for those with deep pockets.

Whatever your budget, you’ll undoubtedly be blown away by the bar’s stunning 185-year-old centrepiece, made from the trunk of a mighty fallen oak tree, which now serves as a communal glass-topped table.

Two channels carved out of the wood dispense a changing selection of house serves – perhaps Bulleit bourbon, with mint, sugar and bitters – alongside a brief list of highballs and cocktails all named after their leading flavour characteristic. Try Balance (Dalwhinnie with umami vermouth), Smoke (Lagavulin 8 with Suze, Chinotto and citrus) or Sweet (Johnnie Walker Black with house ginger ale and lime spritz).

To nibble, gravadlax, baked oysters, veggie haggis balls, Scotch eggs with brown sauce, and soda bread with seaweed butter are top choices from the short menu of whisky-friendly ‘scran’.

Space is tight and it’s best to book, but you can turn up on the night and hope for the best. If there’s no room, staff will take your number and invite you to grab a drink at one of their nearby sister bars: The Devil’s Darling upstairs or Worship Street Whistling Shop, just round the corner. 

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9 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS

020 7247 4580

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Mon-Sat 5pm-12M

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