Bar in Barbican
Lino is an all day dining restaurant and bar in Barbican housed in a converted Linoleum factory. The interiors are bright and airy with tall ceilings, exposed pipework and funky light fittings.
Lino pride themselves in using homemade botanical infusions and leftover ingredients from the kitchen for some of their cocktails. The cocktail menu is concise with 11 choices (all bar one priced at £10). We were impressed that they had 7 options for mocktails which makes a change from a number of others bars in London who only offer limited soft drinks.
We visited for brunch so opted for the prosecco and the brunch cocktail which changes weekly. When we visited, it was spiced red wine syrup, vodka and lime juice which was similar to a sangria. It was refreshing and had a good, but not overpowering, punch to it.
The red and white wine bottles starts from £23 with some decent affordable choices, plus further options for those who wish to spend a little more.
Lino bake, ferment, pickle and cure onsite and the food menu is a mixture of small and large plates. We were impressed with the Sauerkraut and cheddar croquettes, truffle mayonnaise (£5). They were lightly fried with a creamy filling and a generous portion of truffle mayonnaise for you to dip to your hearts content.
The Potato flat bread, cannellini bean hummus (£6) was another solid choice from the small plates section, although I would recommend one extra piece of bread to avoid hummus wastage (no one wants that!).
Lastly, the Bavette steak sandwich, mustard, horseradish, toasted sourdough (£15) is a tasty choice off the brunch menu.
Lino is a decent bar in Barbican with fantastic interiors and a concise selection of cocktails. There are separate areas within the top floor of Lino to hire for drinks, as well as a private area downstairs.
East London Girl: Lino
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