The Lucky Pig Is Full Of Drink Surprises
April 9, 2016
Discovering Fitzrovia/Warren Street area, I once again come across a very soho style comfy basement bar.
Complete with an old piano, old type writer and very cosy little alcoves of sitting areas with soft leather seats.
The lighting is low and candles keep the mood romantic yet rustic, bringing out the outlines of the objects dotted around the room, as if you were in a Sherlock Holmes or Indiana Jones room of findings.
The Lucky Pig will take you back to the 1920s – from the art inspired decor to their finest quality food. Every aspect oozes quality and character.
If you’re looking for pure cocktail satisfaction in London, then The Blind Pig will succumb to your desires too.
First Impressions At The Lucky Pig
The Lucky Pig is very friendly and welcoming, even when there are no seats available to accommodate me and my mystery date.
We seat ourselves just by the bar counter and check through the menu to awake our tastebuds. Even the menu looks like either Sherlock Holmes or Indiana Jones artefact finder map that has become almost like an antique.
We start with a twist on the classic Mojito and the classic Bellini – something more dusky!
Cocktails To Excite Your Tastebuds
Charcoal filtered Ketel 1 Vodka, Grapefruit, Honey, Mint. It is also referred to as a Grapefruit Julep.
It reminds me a lot of the classic Mojito as it is also mixed with mint and served with crushed ice.
I am not usually a fan of this cocktail so am surprised to find that the honey has softened the citrus feel of a usual Mojito and the Grapefruit has made the main taste of the drink much more refreshing and mysterious.
I really enjoy this refreshing icy cocktail, like it was a hot spring day and I was thirsty and the first cold drink that touches my lips is this Citrus Paradisi – I feel like I could transform myself into a dream of a Paradise if I closed my eyes.
An enjoyable first drink when you have come from work and haven’t had a sip of drink for a little while. Great starting drink and separator of work and play time.
Her Majesty’s Fizz
Prosecco, Hendricks Gin, Elderflower, Chopped Cucumber. This fizzy number, served in a blue coloured flute, felt like a picnic in the park.
Very garden or rooftop party feel to it as cucumber mixed with elderflower make such a subtle yet fresh mix that together with the Prosecco bubble make the drink feel almost innocent.
This is the drink you could probably carry on drinking throughout the night without getting enough of it.
For the second round we tried the following, stronger drinks:
Italian Nardini Grappa, Coffee, Amaretto, Toffee, Hazelnut & White Chocolate.
Don’t let the description of the drink carry you away with the dream of a sweet milkshake-like drink dream.
This drink’s main taste carrier is the Italian Nardini Grappa with it’s distinct and intense flavour of grapes darkened with the Amaretto and coffee flavour and softened again with toffee and white chocolate.
I felt like this was perhaps a twist on a Martini-like cocktail to make it more acceptable for the whiskey friends. It was beautifully presented with a frothy top but remained too intense of a flavour for me.
I would definitely recommend this to those who normally enjoy a strong bourbon mixed cocktail as this was more towards that taste yet the sweet ingredients you see listed are not as sweet as you would expect but instead quite dulled out so blend into the whole experience of the cocktail.
Cherry Humble Pie
Ketel 1 Citroen, Cherry Heeling Liquor, Martini Extra Dry Sourmix.
The Lucky Pig have hit the spot with this Cherry Pie crumble pie flavoured drink! Where has this drink been all my life?
This cocktail will perk you up after your first sip of the drink and bring out the dessert queen/king in you. They have added Toffee and Lemon Tart Syrup for the sweet kick in the drink.
The only words to describe this drink are: Cherry Crumble Pie! There is no other way around it.
Perhaps I can try imagining Amaretto like it never has existed yet upon its launch its flavour would be like cherry pie instead of the marzipan/almond flavour it carries, you would get close.
In fact, I think this should be made into a liquor of its own. This drink will make any dessert lover feel warm inside for it is such a perfect drink. Cannot get enough of it.
The Lucky Pig has been a great little discovery in a quieter end of Fitzrovia.
The place is great for meeting with friends as it is fun, friendly and cozy and full of drink surprises. It is great for dates as the setting is already complete when you step through the door.
The buzz created by the crowds arriving later into evening creates a lovely fun atmosphere. And I wouldn’t be surprised if that Cherry Humble Pie had anything to do with this! Aphrodisiac in a glass!
Cocktails Rating 9 out of 10
Venue Rating 10 out of 10