Last week I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Piste, a ski- themed chalet based in the basement of Archer Street in the heart of the West End. The basement bar which has a makeover every six months has taken on many guises over the years. From a chukka themed polo party to a Brazillian themed mecca, there is no look the bar does not suit- think of it as the Cara Delevigne of the bar world. However, everyone likes a throwback and with the ski season just around the corner, The Handbook were delighted to see the return of Piste this winter.
Whilst chatting with friends will be well and truly on the cards, this is not a bar simply for socialising. There will be a DJ playing a combination of chart and R ‘n’ B music and with rumours of table specially created for dancing, La Folie Bouche style, how could we resist? The bar has been designed to resemble a ski lodge complete with vintage skis, reindeer furs and an open fire to keep you warm on a chilly evening, but to be honest all that dancing should warm you up a treat.
Wish Frozen was real life? Well, Piste is as close as you are going to get with the singing waiters serving up alps inspired cocktails that will really help to ‘let it go’. The Handbook would particularly recommend trying The King of the Alps cocktail which is served beautifully in a silver tankard complete with a cinnamon stick.
After one or two cocktails, the view of the Italian Alps, through one of Archer Street’s custom-made ‘windows’ will certainly satisfy any ski cravings and we promise the dress code does not involve ski goggles or helmets!
Piste will be open until next March.