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Dans Le Noir: 83 – 81

designmynight.com's Nick Telson offers his expertise and insider tips on the best nightlife in London

Written by . Published on October 13th 2011.

Dans Le Noir: 83 – 81

New Evaristo Club
Only the buzzer with “Trisha’s, New Evaristo Club” and the reassurance of a passing cyclist confirm that this is the Soho bar you are looking for. Head downstairs and you’ll have no idea what pleasures will await you round the corner. If you’re not taking up a stool at the bar, you can share one of the three large-ish tables, all covered with dark green wipe-clean tablecloths, and a range of slightly wobbly old bar stools and chairs. Don’t expect to see menus here, it is more of an “ask and we’ll do it if we can” kind of situation. There are various rumours about what the New Evaristo Club aka Trisha’s (the owner) aka The Hideout used to be. The wall decoration is made up of dark green paint, national and Italian flags, Al Pacino film posters, and panelled with wood – think sticky MDF rather than country house study. Prices are wonderfully drinkonomical, especially compared to its neighbouring bars; it pretty much runs on a “£3.50 for whatever you order” policy! £3.50 for a good old Dark and Stormy? Yes please! If you are feeling a little adventurous and in the mood for a quirky London bar, this would be a great place to impress a date – or to impress friends come to that. In fact, this feels like a bar you could pitch up to on your own and enjoy a chat with the locals and the barmaid. Without a doubt, “Trisha’s” is a cracking Soho bar!


Zetter Townhouse
With the winning combination of 69 Colebrook Row’s Tony Conigliaro and Camille Hobby-Limon of The Charles Lamb working behind the scenes, how could this cocktail lounge not be great? Expectations were set at the mention of its Clerkenwell location, an area packed with graphic designers, funky furniture stores and unusual print houses. On every visit, the crowd has been a mixture of hotel guests (across the square is Zetter Hotel), locals and those who just enjoy a damn fine cocktail. As you enter the “boutique country house” through the discreet door of a Georgian building, a wide room opens out with a stuffed kangaroo here, a portrait of the Queen (also acting as a fire-exit sign) there and in between a jumble of comfortable antique sofas and armchairs. Bag yourself a menu, because once you start reading you’ll want to try everything. If cocktails aren’t your preferred choice, they serve some unusual bottled beers and wines by the glass. Although Zetter Townhouse stays open late, this is perhaps not the best place to warm up for a big night out. It lends itself more to an intimate tête-à-tête: the comfortable furniture, delicious cocktails and chilled out vibe will leave you reclined in your seat and reaching for the nibbles. This delicious bar is the drop by after work or after dinner, before winding down for the night.


Bavarian Beerhouse
As the name suggests, this Old Street beer den is somewhat of an indoor tent, infused with student union chic; the interior offers no great surprises. The set up is simple: shared, long wooden tables and benches, with the odd display of beer hall memorabilia and Bavarian kitsch. The space itself is deceptively large, with a somewhat cavernous set up of several reasonably sized dinning areas. There is also a rather cute, Alpine chalet-inspired private room available for hire. All beers are on tap, and there is a good cross section of classic German varieties (including pils, dark and wheat beer) from premium Bavarian breweries. The rich, syrupy Krombacher Dark is a particular revelation. The beer hall serves traditional German dishes (sausages, schnitzel, pork shank), which tend to be hearty and of excellent quality. Full meals are available, as well as (primarily sausage and pretzel based) bar snacks, which both come in generous portions. The clientele is mostly young and lively, and the atmosphere is laidback and a little rowdy. You may not impress a date or a client by bringing them here, still, it is certainly a really fun place to be. If you have a taste for German drinking styles you’ll have a fantastic evening!

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