Living in North London for a year (unless I ventured in the city or South), I hadn’t had any luck finding a nice cocktail bar. Mostly because I don’t have a car and all the cool venues seem to be more central. It is guaranteed, I probably wasn’t looking very hard because I’m sure there are plenty. But now I don’t have to look very far with Bobby Fitzpatrick opening up a short walk from West Hampstead Station.
ONIN London had the absolute pleasure to be invited along to the press launch on the 26th of January and we couldn’t be more impressed. Upstairs the bar land restaurant looks quite deceiving, it’s small and looked more suited to couples dining rather than large groups. Downstairs, however, is where the magic happens.
Walking downstairs it was like taking a time portal into a house in the 1970’s. The details were utterly incredible. From the bar, to the different sitting areas and even the toilets, it was obvious so much work had been undertaken to painstakingly recreate the inspired era. While I was having Elvis’ Graceland flashbacks, my friend commented that it was like stepping into one of her aunt’s houses at a time when she was growing up.
After being amazed at the décor, it was time to get down to business and sample the cocktails and food that were on offer. The cocktail list is inspired by Bobby Fitzpatrick’s trips through the Caribbean, so cocktails are predominately rum based. We started off trying a couple of the different share punches at the bar before trying the two slushies available. I can’t wait to visit here in summer and have some of these slushies. They will definitely be what the doctor ordered on a hot summer’s day.
Of course we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t sample all the other cocktails and I will admit it definitely wasn’t a chore. Our top choice would definitely have to be the ‘Cup Of Joe’ (Plantation 5 Rum, Cold Brew, Demerara and Salted Caramel Cream’. Oh my God. These were remarkable. I’m not a fan of Expresso Martini’s so I did not think I’d enjoy them but I had to go back for seconds. They instantly reminded me of Harry Potter’s Butterbeer without being overtly sweet. Definitely dessert in cocktail form but one that could be consumed all night.
To combat all the cocktails we enjoyed, we had to try the pizzas. This is where any of my New Year’s Resolutions to diet went out the window. The Tikka Chicken Pizza was incredible, as was every pizza we tried that night. I didn’t try the Lamb Doner Kebab Pizza, but my friend loved it. The potato skin canapes were also delicious and were snapped up quickly.
Bobby Fitzpatrick is open daily so I’m definitely looking forward to visiting again to enjoy the 1970’s music, sinfully good cocktails (at decent prices) and the tasty food on offer. Hurry up and book a table now, whether it be for dinner or just for drinks. You won’t be disappointed.
Reporter: Tegan LeBon
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Thurs: 16:00 – 01:00
Fri & Sat: 12:00 – 01:00
Sun: 12:00 – 00:00
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