Last week The Handbook made the most of Thursdays being the new Friday nights with a trip to Goat on the Fulham Road, but we didn’t go to dine, well we did sneak in a pizza at the end, no instead we went for cocktails, to DRINK to be precise.
The upstairs bar at Goat, DRINK recently relaunched at the end of last month giving it its own entrance to make it a venue in itself. Still in keeping with that New York- Italian feel, the atmosphere is charged but relaxed, sophisticated but informal. It’s all very dark wood, darker walls, low lighting, twinkling candles and a gleaming chandelier. Thursdays to Saturdays they have a DJ playing, which without sounding old before my years was a little loud, but that aside the atmosphere was great. A mix of low stools, corner tables and high bar chairs, there were couples on dates, a raucous group of friends, and several men in well-cut suits guarding their space at the bar as they got to work on the cocktail menu.
Want somewhere a little bit quieter, a little bit more intimate? Then ask to go to the Chelsea Prayer Room aka CPR aka the speakeasy, I won’t tell all so that it stays secretive, but you won’t be disappointed, for us it was love at first sight!
The cocktail menu is a metaphorical and alcoholic tour around New York with twists, such as a taste of Little Tokoyo or the Venetian, a long tall refreshing mix of belvedere grapefruit, aperol, prosecco and soda. We of course had to try several, for something sweet try the raspberry daiquiri, for something a little stronger and punchy it’s the Imperial Fizz a subtle mix of absolut wild tea, canton ginger, madeira, honey, lemon, egg white and soda.
We also sampled the Sante Fe, a smoky blend of mescal, lime, pineapple, honey and peach bitters. It tasted of wood fires and lumber jack shirts (not that we have tried eating them) one to savour and discuss the meaning of life over rather than knock back. That said if you are after a shot then it has to be the infamous Crack Baby – vodka, champagne, Chambord and passionfruit, and it is oh.so.good.
DRINK has definitely become a venue in itself and is a brilliant addition to the Fulham Road, changing things up a bit and making a great impression.