The most exciting bar openings of 2018

15th January, 2019 by Owen Bellwood

2. Bar Three, London

Bar Three launched in March as a collaboration between Max and Noel Venning, and London restaurateurs Clive Watson and Justin Gilbert.

Taking over the basement of London restaurant Blixen in Spitalfields Market, Bar Three is the second venue from the Venning brothers, and showcases the duo’s signature minimalist style and creative approach to drinks creation.

After descending the stairs in Blixen, guests enter a subterranean bar that is split into two distinct areas. One side allows guests to perch on stools at the bar or high­top tables, while customers can also enjoy table service in an adjoining low­-lit room.

In keeping with its name, the menu is split into three, with cocktails presented in sections that have been categorised by flavour rather than spirit; light­-, medium-­, or full­-bodied. Drinks include the Rhubarb Spritz, made with rhubarb, Beefeater Gin, Aperol, vanilla and soda; and the Stone Wall, which combines Somerset brandy, pear, lemon, perry (made from fermented pears) and egg white.

The menu also offers a choice of three wines, beers and non­alcoholic creations, such as a Spritz made from Bramley apple cordial, verjus and soda.

The venue’s concise food menu was created in collaboration between the upstairs Blixen and Bar Three.

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