Viva Review: 4.7/5

5/5 Service 4/5 Ambience 5/5 Drinks

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Basement speakeasy style cocktail lounge with immaculate taste

Favourite Drink

Wise

User Review: 4/5

Vishwas Kubavat
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Great ambience. Nice friendly staff. Go for Colada Gimlet with Giant olives and cheese plate.

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Foursquare Review: 3.8/5

"Great ambience. Nice friendly staff. Go for Colada Gimlet with Giant olives and cheese plate."

Vishwas Kubavat

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We Say

The Setting

Set in the heart of the City, this basement bar is just a short walk from many of the hotspots which now litter those streets. This place demands a more discerning drinker, it is small but eminently agreeable and bathed in a deep and relaxing orange hue accentuated by the stylish brass furnishings. Due to its size and seating rules it is only available Monday to Friday so be sure to book. Weekends are reserved for private events. So far it all sounds a bit OTT, but if you take your cocktails seriously (they do), then the quality and correct light of the surroundings accentuate a sublime experience. Demon, Wise & Partners have achieved to a T.

The Atmosphere

Make no mistake, there are many bars which do good cocktails, very good cocktails in fact, fun, dynamic, innovative. But there are relatively few whose sole purpose is the pursuit of the definitive cocktail experience, where music and food and all that other superfluity detract from the drink. And so it proves here, this place is designed for sitting and sipping magical concoctions from expert bartenders. It puts you at ease and guides you through a wonderful evening. Many come here as a start to the night, but we found the atmosphere so intoxicating and consuming we find it hard where or what you could do to top it. If you revel in a night based on conversation and cocktails, this is your place.

The Drinks

Not only does this place take cocktails seriously, but it takes liqueur seriously. The drinks list is crafted by those with seriously good taste – when you see Scottish single malts listed by distillery regions you just know. Similarly expansive choices of Rum, Gin and even the limited beer choices are simply superb, but lets get serious now… The cocktails on offer here are mature and big. These will not appeal to all, but ingredients are added here by design and not to fill out a glass with fruit or sweetness. There are bold flavours and beautiful designs, think the sort of thing James Bond would happily cradle after a tough day at the office. Take you time and savour some real works of art. Their unique hook is in the name, the two eponymous flagship cocktails named after the bar or whom the bar was named after is delightful concept, and the execution is equally as enthraling, the ‘Wise’ in particular, still lingers in our memory!

“THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL BASEMENT BAR RUN BY COCKTAIL LOVERS FOR COCKTAIL LOVERS. EVERYTHING HERE IS DONE IN SUPPORT OF DRINKING DIVINITY AND THEY HAVE ADDRESSED EVERY LAST DETAIL, SO YOU CAN JUST GO AHEAD AND SIP AND SOMETHING SIMPLY OF A DIFFERENT CLASS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, COME HERE FOR GROWN UP DRINKS DONE IN A  RELAXED BUT CONFIDENT MANNER BY PEOPLE WHO WANT ELEVATE COCKTAILS TO RAREFIED HEIGHTS. ONCE  THE VEIL IS LIFTED LIFE WON’T BE THE SAME AGAIN!”

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They Say

Cocktails, beers, wines and spirits from Demon, Wise & Partners, a classic basement cocktail and spirits bar beneath The Arbitrager on Throgmorton Street in the heart of the City of London. We are seated only. Open Monday-Friday, 5pm-late. Nearest stations Bank or Liverpool Street.

You Say

6 comments

Vishwas Kubavat

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Great ambience. Nice friendly staff. Go for Colada Gimlet with Giant olives and cheese plate.

Martin S.

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Made a reservation in advance and asked for a single white lily flower on the table as it was for a special occasion. Not only did they not acknowledge the request, but not even the reservation.

Barry Green

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Nice space, not jam packed

N S

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Top knoch cocktails at convenient prices

Sam Nason

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Good for dates

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