Shaker & Company is a vibrant cocktail bar, just two minutes from Warren Street. The bar is inspired by New Orleans and the Bar Manager Simon Deeprose stresses the value placed on offering a quality experience and something different to other bars. The bar staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about their range of special cocktails and food.
It felt like an American bar, in terms of how friendly and personal the experience was. The bar had a relaxed vibe, unusual for London bars, and seemed a great place to meet people. They have a mixture of different events, ranging from film screenings, open-mic comedy, live bands and occasional ice-breaking games with the customers.
Every Monday is their movie and cocktail night in their intimate downstairs drinking den Belle & Co. This £20 deal gives you 2 cocktails and 2 pizzas. I went for a Punch, which had El Dorado Rum, Triple Sec, lime, grapefruit cassia syrup & Chocolate bitters. My friend went for Smash, a Bourbon Whisky cocktail with mint, lemon, orgeat and peach bitters. Both were delicious and beautifully presented.
The pizzas were just what you want on a hot spring evening. Thin, crispy, tasty and mine was adorned with fresh basil, giving the flavour a homely boost.
Simon told me that the films they show are classics include classics that you may have missed. This was the case for me with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Relaxing with an Estrella on a comfy sofa watching this film was a great end to a busy Monday. This downstairs drinking den is decadently decorated with original Victorian floorboards, bentwood chairs sourced from Parisian antique fairs and burgundy curtains covering the screen. This room can be booked out for private functions here.
The film itself was a classic, with me falling a little in love with Audrey Hepburn, as everyone seems to do. Her subtly nuanced performance reveals her to be a free spirit, wild, fun, sad, repressed and ultimately lonely- all at the same time. It was the classic rom-com with you rooting for the pair to get together. It was laugh out loud funny in places and the only blemish was Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese landlord for seemingly comic effect- although it just seemed racist. But that aside, it was a wonderfully charming film and the perfect choice for this environment.
Next up is Snow White and the Huntsman on 12th May and Hairspray on 19th May.
I’d definitely head down there for one of their fun nights and do say hello to the Bar Manager Simon, who asked that I mention he’s handsome.
Written by Martin Stocks | @Stocks1986