Industry experts Will Partridge and Chris Dennis are opening a new late-night cocktail bar in West Hampstead with the aim to cultivate a new wave of stylish drinking spaces in the area.
As its name suggests, Heads + Tails will be a bar of contrasts, both in its design and creative output.
The venue is split into two sections. Heads, a bright and airy ground floor bar serving light cocktails, gins wines and aperitivo, juxtaposes with Tails, a dark, atmospheric basement bar specialising in whiskies and rums.
The site, formerly home to one of West Hamstead’s longest standing nightspots Lately, is located on West End Lane, a laidback and village-like location.
With a wealth of experience in hospitality, from specialising in bar operations and menu and cocktail design, to consulting in every aspect of the drinks industry, Will, previously of Wax Jambu and Kilburn Ironworks, and Chris, previously of Sovereign Loss and Disrepute, have reinvented the space so it meets the critical elements of a sophisticated late-night cocktail bar.
Designed by KKD, the new cocktail bar sets out to provide a cool new addition to the burgeoning food and drink hub of North West London.
Bright with high lofty ceilings and flooded with natural light, the ground floor bar Heads has been designed with a cooling colour palette and features a marble topped bar.
Full-length glass windows at both the front and rear of the bar create a sense of openness, inviting guests into a relaxed drinking area with a separate outdoor area.
The cocktail menu mimics the styling of the bar, featuring primarily light vodka and gin-based twists on classics and contemporary libations.
Other lighter spirits act as accompaniments to produce a menu full of long refreshing cocktails as well as low and zero-alcohol and aperitivo-style drinks.
The Dove, for example, blends pisco with Jasmine cordial – a combination of light yet tannic flavours with a refreshing sparkling wine finish, whereas The Westside Spritz takes a classic aperitivo approach and introduces more bold flavours of mandarin and bergamot.
Downstairs guests will find Tails, designed to feel like the dark, moody antithesis to its light and airy sister venue Heads upstairs.
The interior features low ceilings, atmospheric dark walls, plush seating and a solid wood bar to create an intimate drinking environment.
In opposition to Heads, Tails will be serving short, bold-style offerings based mainly on bourbon, rum and Scotch.
The Twist of Fate plays homage to the Old Fashioned, using citrus oil and spices to help bring the bourbon to life and The Dynasty melds together cognac and green tea with punchy herbal notes on the finish.
In contrast to the low-alcohol pairing of Heads, Tails’ boilermakers, drinks that consist of a glass of beer and a shot of whiskey, set the accompaniment.
Beyond cocktails and spirits, Heads + Tails also boasts an extensive wine and champagne offering. Bar snacks will be available to accompany guests’ chosen tipples.
While both bars have their own individual and distinctive menus, all drinks will be available to order throughout the venue.