Those familiar with Hide and its connections with Hedonism Wines will know all about the Mayfair restaurant’s stellar wine list but this also extends to its spirits and cocktail list, which is as creative as it is extensive.
Tucked away beneath the restaurant is The Bar Below basement bar where mixologists serve up classic cocktails as well as contemporary creations that change seasonally to ensure that ingredients are always used at their best.
Cocktails lean towards lighter and fresher flavours with often unusual ingredients being paired with lesser- known spirits and liqueurs for drinks you won’t find anywhere else. A dry martini is stirred with frozen birch sap instead of ice to give it a silky mouthfeel and soft finish, for example, while mead is paired with madeira, pisco and meadowsweet for the Mead of Poetry cocktail, and Diplomatico Planas rum is blended with Cocchi Rosa, strawberries, milky oolong, lemon balm and clarified milk in the Strawberries and Cream.
Those avoiding the hard stuff are looked after equally well, with a large proportion of Hide’s curious creations also available as non-alcoholic options.
In keeping with the rest of Hide’s ethos there is also the opportunity to splurge, either with its Rob Roy Batch #138 cocktail made with Glengoyne 18 year-old whisky, Cocchi di Torino, oloroso, Angostura bitters, and beeswax, or by browsing its 58-page spirits list and picking out a limited-edition 1978 Glenmorangie Pride or 1811 Chateau Fontainebleau cognac.