Saturday, November 03, 2012

Pick of the best bars this month - Clarence, Old Bengal Bar, Devonshire Terrace

The Clarence (Nicholson’s pubs) right next door to Mahiki re-opened it’s door this month with a fabulous makeover - maintaining that old pub feel with a modern twist.  They served up the most delicious Crispy Calamari and Deep Fried Brie followed by Warm Chocolate Brownie – definitely worth a visit just for this.  They also now offer a handpicked selection of the finest real ales from around the country, as well as some of the best wines, malt whiskies and gins.  It used to be the place we’d grab a quick sambuca before hitting Mahiki, but it’s definitely now worth a sit down at one of their cosy tables for a leisurely drink and a bite to eat.  (followed by Mahiki)  Think of it as your amuse bouche.

2 great date places – Liverpool Street.  Old Bengal Bar and Devonshire Terrace.

Can I just point out I wasn’t actually on dates at either of these places….but I could see the potential.  Devonshire Terrace has been there a while, but it was my first visit as my mate Leo is a P.A with a penchant for building up points which can be exchanged for bottles when she’s booking works do’s.  So, with a delicious bottle of champers already on the table and for free, this place was already looking good.  Great atmosphere, brilliant location, set in the pretty courtyard of Devonshire Square and a stones throw from Liverpool Street tube, really nice for a drink before dinner.

The Old Bengal Bar we happened to stumble upon (quite literally), after leaving the Devonshire.  Fairy lights outside, a great outdoor area with heaters and a cosy bar area inside and good lighting (good to go late on if you’re on a date and then it doesn’t matter if you’ve got makeup all over your face by this point)  Word of warning, the toilet door is a mirror cleverly concealed in the back corner.  Oh and they have a delightful waiter who was also an actor (like being in American diner) and his girlfriend is going to be in Doctors.  (LOVE a bit of Doctors).


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