Cocktail Bar in Soho
Old Compton Brasserie is an all day dining and cocktail bar in Soho with gorgeous interiors. It certainly has a grand feel to it with a split level mezzanine brought alive with bespoke artwork from local street artists and neon light installations.
The story behind the cocktails
Mixologist Matt Whiley is behind the cocktail menu, many of which are inspired by ‘Soho’s most treasured legends’. They also offer “ten great drinks” for £10 including a twist on classics such as Mojito Royale, Darker and Stormier and The Great Old (Compton) Fashioned.
The Faces of Soho cocktail menu is split into Long, Fizz, Short and Non Alcoholic. We started off with a Muriel Belcher (founder of a private dining club on Dean Street) served with Tanqueray gin, Finlandia cranberry vodka, Martini, triple sec, lemon, ginger ale, mint and a sparkler (£10). The lighting of the sparkling added a theatrical element and the cocktail was light and fruity. The Karl Marx (lived on Dean Street) was a pretty boozy cocktail with two types of vodka, tequila, honey, pale ale, grapefruit and soda (£9.50).
We loved that the cocktails became more and more inventive. The Paul Raymond (the King of Soho) came dressed in a large fur coat! The cocktail itself was amazing with prosecco, strawberry and chocolate and maple verjus (£10). The disco ball Regina Fong was pretty special with two vodkas, pear puree, lemon juice, vanilla bitters and foam (£10).
Complimentary bar nibbles are served with your drinks at the bar which is a nice touch. You can also order bar snacks including tempura oysters and curried scotch egg.
We loved the drinks at Old Compton Brasserie cocktail bar in Soho. For such a lovely spot, it wasn’t too pricey or pretentious which is always a winner for us. The service was patchy but one member of staff starting his shift mid way through our visit made up for it.
East London Girl: Old Compton Brasserie
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