Hide and Seek: 5cc’s latest cocktail bar hidden beneath a pub

5cc Singer Tavern

Barworks’ latest 5cc cocktail bar is hidden away beneath a new pub in east London

A stylish new pub has opened on City Road on the edge of the City of London. Formerly the site of No 1 Sports Bar, the Singer Tavern is inspired by the 1929 building’s original use as the headquarters of sewing machine manufacturer Singer. While its good selection of cask, keg and bottled beers make it worth a visit in itself, the main attraction is hidden in the basement.

This is Barworks’ fifth outing for its 5cc cocktail bars after the success of others tucked away above or below pubs and bars in Exmouth Market, Bethnal Green, Farringdon and Hoxton. The downstairs bar has all the classic style and vintage touches that the other 5cc bars are known for combined with unique details such as old Singer adverts painted on the walls. All designed in-house, it has bare brickwork, original tiling and intimate leather booths plus a private space seating up to 10 people.

5cc Singer Tavern

The bar has a broad collection of premium and boutique spirits, with a strong range of gins, plus its own list of original cocktails. These change seasonally, with several using spirits from East London Liquor Company which is co-owned by Barworks’ former operations manager Alex Wolpert. With the bar located on the edge of the City, it is bringing back the Three Martini Lunch, inspired by 1950s US cocktail culture and Mad Men’s Don Draper. For £35, guests choose three different drinks from the Martini menu, which are each served with a side dish. Examples include the Montgomery Martini, made with No 3 Gin and Dolin dry vermouth, accompanied by a mushroom, pecorino and truffle toastie. The more complex Saints & Sinners combines Dictador rum-aged gin with Lillet Blanc, Fernet Branca and vanilla bitters, garnished with an olive, served with a hazelnut brownie in salted caramel sauce. The Three Martini Lunch is available on Thursdays and Fridays from midday to 5pm.

Aside from midday opening those two days, the bar opens at 5pm Mondays to Wednesdays and at 6pm on Saturdays, serving until 1am on Thursdays and Fridays and till midnight the rest of the week. Whether having a long Martini-fuelled lunch meeting or relaxing with a cocktail, Barworks has created another welcoming hideaway for escaping the world outside.

5cc Singer Tavern, 1 City Road, London EC1Y 1AG
Tel: 078 0153 0244

5cc Singer Tavern

This is an updated version of a profile that appeared in the June 2015 print edition of Bar magazine.

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