It’s Friday and I’m thinking cocktails. In particular, I’m reminiscing about cocktail bars in Marylebone, London. Perusing a recent article in TimeOut, I learned about a new bar called The Aviary within the Mandarin Oriental hotel here in Manhattan, where a 8-course cocktail and tasting menu will set you back for $215 per person. I’m not kidding. Perhaps once day when I’ve got cash to burn :). In the meantime, I’m always open to more reasonable recommendations in my new city!
Getting back to cocktail bars in Marylebone, I have to mention a well-hidden place on Blandford Street in Marylebone, London. Purl Bar is tucked beneath an ordinary eatery called the Tasty Corner. Reservations are highly recommended: this place is small, but cozy, intimate, and unique. They take their reservations very seriously. Seating inside is very limited so they literally cannot accommodate if you are late – you can only enter if someone leaves. In spite of its surreptitious curb appeal, it’s warm and inviting once you’re in. You’ll be greeted by the manager personally and whisked off to an intimate corner of what seems like somebody’s living room. The lighting is minimal which adds to the ambiance.
Purl Bar Menu Highlight
The Purl Bar menu is inventive and the bartenders are very knowledgable. As you’re served, you’ll be presented with a detailed account of the drink you’re about to enjoy. The featured image features Marsh and Mallow, and it was a multi-sensory extravaganza. It was priced at 14 pounds when I visited this summer, which is not cheap, but given the presentation and quality, worth every penny.
If you’re visiting London, try to get away from the usual tourist haunts and visit Purl Bar, one of many cocktail bars in Marylebone. Or simply explore Marylebone High Street and its many pubs, eateries and boutiques. Have you visited already? Can you recommend some other cocktails from Purl Bar?