There is nothing that makes you feel cooler than walking through a fridge and discovering an awesome speakeasy on the other side that no one else knows about.
As summer fast approaches and drinks start happening at an exponential rate maybe it’s time to try somewhere different. I know most of these bars probably aren’t that secret anymore but it’s still fun to go somewhere other than a slug and lettuce for a few drinks, and if the place is hidden away (or in a fridge) even better right?
Pelicans & Parrots
Up towards the north end of Dalston this secret rum bar is hidden in the changing room of a vintage store. Pop into the store, take a visit to the changing room and head down the steps into a tin roofed shed for some rum cocktails and palm trees. Disclaimer: the palm trees may be inflatable.
Where: 81 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8AD
OK so Ruby’s isn’t quite as hidden as Pelicans and Parrots but it is underground and used to be a Chinese takeaway. Plus you could go their first then have a nightcap at Ruby’s. The cocktails are amazing and constantly changing and there is a great vibe. You may have to queue but when we went it only took 10 minutes and it’s worth the wait. Great place for a date or with a few friends for something a little different.
Where: 76 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7XB
I haven’t visited this underground tube station cocktail bar as it takes a while to get a reservation (but I have booked for next month). It looks pretty amazing and who doesn’t want to drink on the tube? I remember those days fondly before the booze ban.
Where: Carnaby Street to Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
Evans and Peel Detective Agency
You want someone to follow your cheating wife? Or are you in need of a heavy to rough someone up that owes you some dough, this is the place to go. Make an appointment, ring the buzzer and prepare to have your story straight as you will be quizzed before being allowed in. An old prohibition era style cocktail bar awaits and they serve beer out of radiators. What’s not to like?
Where: 310 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9BA
Gordon’s Wine Bar
This is perhaps the best known of the underground bars but it’s still worth mentioning. It’s one of the oldest wine bars in London and has a distinctly musty aroma when sitting in the alcoves. It gets rammed but you can always sit outside on a sunny eve and enjoy a nice glass of vino and some cheese.
Where: 47 Viliers Street, London, WC2N 6NE
So there you have it. Five bars you may not have heard of or visited yet. There are many more to mention such as the Mayor or Scaredy Cat Town hidden through a fridge but I am sure you can find that one yourself. Enjoy the drinks and the feeling of superiority when you find something secret.