Grab yourself a booth on the right as you walk-in, choose from a decent selection of craft beers and settle yourself in for the long haul. There's something quite soothing about the lighting in this place, very dimly lit...atmospheric. If you're reeeally lucky you might find some of the Dojo team on a Thursday perched at the bar.
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Bourne & Hollingsworth
Cocktails are always best enjoyed in an environment that feels as flamboyant as the drinks are. Bourne & Hollingsworth on Charlotte Street is a subterranean cocktail bar that feels more like an artist's living room than an actual bar. The furniture is comfortable and antique and the overall feel is cosy - despite the pink wallpaper giving off a slight 'Redrum' vibe. Cocktails here are sold at the usual Soho price (£10). Not everything hits the mark but one drink we can get behind is The Fitzgerald - rose petal vodka shaken with bitters, fresh lime and pomegranate topped with bubbles.
Posh pub with good grub, you could certainly do worse than the Florence. Cosy is the operative word here: there is both a fireplace and a garden to be had. The food menu is eclectic, boasting everything from popcorn chicken to noodle vegan-ara to Jagermeister-glazed short rib. Incidentally, it's damn good. Look out for their brunch menu in particular, the crab and poached eggs are a real highlight. The pub also brews three of their own ales on-site, making this a truly well-rounded drinking hole.
The Rose & Crown
The cosiest of cosy pubs, this Stokey boozer is a classic tale - in the same family since 1985, and rebuilt in the early 30s across the street from its original location, it is now a Grade II listed building. That's fitting, because upon entering this wooded drinking den, you're immediately overcome with warm feels, and that's not just 'cos of the open fireplace. Look out for the large beer garden when the sun's a-shinin'.
The brains behind two of the city's best and most refined cocktail bars - Nightjar and Milk & Honey - have come together to bring Swift to Soho. Said concept involves an upstairs/ downstairs setup featuring a standing bar upstairs facilitating classy binge drinking - champagne, vermouth, oysters and cocktails are all served double time to cater to time-pressed Londoners. Downstairs the bar takes a more languid approach to drinking with 1930s interiors, low lighting, a live pianist, a heck load of whiskeys and a few small plates including steak tartare with crostini, and Guinness Welsh rarebit.