Hiding behind a bus stop and featureless black façade of 99 Hanover Street is a surprisingly large and attractive bar. They’ve really made the most of the former bank’s ornate ceiling for a bit of wow-factor as you walk in. It’s very much a trendy person’s pub with dark, moody lighting, bare stone walls, gold and black paint, luxurious light fittings and a general air of opulence.
We all agreed that it felt like we were in one of the night clubs in Grand Theft Auto, partly the decor but also the slick house/soul music, not to mention the lack of people (too many polygons to animate). The clincher was the artwork in the gents, similar to some of the cartoon-esque renderings on the GTA branding.
Either my note taking is pish or there wasn’t much to choose from draught-wise, and no cask at all: West St Mungo, Estrella Damm and Sharp’s Cornish Orchard Cider. Their website says otherwise, including Guinness and others you might expect. There’s a cocktail menu too.
The round was £15.20 for 2 pints of West, 1 Orchard and a rum and coke so around £3.80 per drink. That seems cheaper than expected and also at odds with the prices online where they list West St Mungo as £4.90 a pint! Unless a rum and mixer is £1.60, one of us is wrong.
Not much, but if you’re a party of 10 or more you can order a buffet for £12 a head. A unique, if not odd arrangement.
Music was slick house and soul-ish, not altogether unpleasant.
I don’t think so, but I’ve been wrong before…