In our new column, A Seat At The Bar we showcase the world’s best bars – from plush cocktail spots to dive bars, and everything in-between.
This week, we’re spotlighting The Bar Below at HIDE.
Burrowed in the basement of Michelin-starred restaurant, HIDE, The Bar Below is a little-known spot in the centre of London.
Take the spiral staircase down to the sub-terra bar, nabbing a seat at one of the individual high tables, or opting to join others at the long bar, where you can witness mixologists hard at work.
What To Order
Flavour takes top-billing at The Bar Below, with drink options ranging from creative cocktails to low-alcohol mixes, plus a wide selection of fine and rare spirits (if customisation is your MO).
Classic and contemporary pours make up the frequently changing cocktail menu (where seasonality provides an important steer) – though some stirs are permanent fixtures. Whilst menus lean towards lighter and fresher flavours, there is still plenty to suit guests who prefer a stiffer drink. Our favourites: the tropical Jungle VIP – a blend of Diplomatico Planas rum, Clairin communal rum, mango, coconut, and soda – and Last Train To Tokyo, a zingy concoction of Tanqueray gin, Belsazar rose, cherry blossom, and sparkling wine.
Don’t pass up the bar food either, both the soft-shell crab tempura with Thai basil and green peppercorns, and the charcoal baked flatbread with morels are great grazing options to order for the table.
Who To Bring
Someone with a penchant for whisky – they’ve quite the selection.
When To Go
Post-work/ pre-dinner – whether you’re heading upstairs for your evening meal or venturing elsewhere.
The Dress Code
Given it’s Mayfair location, it’s best to dress sharp-ish.
The CF Tip(ple)
Visiting with a group? Book out one of Below’s three private dining rooms – The Broken Room, The Shadow Room, and The Reading Room – for added privacy.