The first thing I thought when I stepped into The Cocktail Trading Co’s Development Bar and Table is that it reminded me of an old library mixed with a gentlemen’s club just with a good dose of cocktails and a soundtrack of Prince and Cyndi Lauper- if only libraries really were like that I’m sure they’d be an increase in attendance…government take not, but I digress.
Dark wooden-panelled walls were decorated with black and white photos and prints of cocktails; shelves were stacked with books and bottles, whilst Winston Churchill looked down from his large portrait overseeing the bar. They seem to have a thing for owls too as there were owl cushions, owl drinks mats and owl mugs. Given its location Great Marlborough Street, it’s the perfect place for a night cap, drinks after dinner upstairs in Central and Co.
Cocktails weren’t just something to sip on whilst you caught up, they were the main event with finishing touches that I haven’t come across at any bar before. Take the Scout’s Honour for example, it includes marshmallow syrup, yes this is a thing, it comes with added toasted marshmallows and three wedged into the glass is a sardine tin which when opened revealed sweets, a toy car and a joke – genius. Or the #FestivalChic served in a boot shaped as a glass and finished with a pair of sunglasses. Even the menus had space for doodling in and crosswords to do – great if your date is late/ or you know stood you up and you want to look busy.
It really is a labour of love too since owners Andy Milz, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball are the only guys working there, Olly told us they were going to get someone else to help the team, but until then they were doing everything themselves and it was working. They were charming, funny, the atmosphere was buzzing and alive rather than quiet and hushed I think this also had something to do with the great music and I left really hoping it does well.