Knightsbridge welcomes new cocktail lounge and live music bar

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Nolita Social, a New York-inspired cocktail lounge and live music venue, has opened beneath Italian restaurant Sette on Knightsbridge Green.

Named after one of New York’s “most charming neighbourhoods”, the bar aspires to bring the “energy of the New York night to London”, mixed with the ‘Dolce Vita’ atmosphere that Sette has become known for.

The intimate basement lounge is furnished with opulent, jewel-toned furniture and decorated with eclectic artworks created by contemporary artist Domingo Zapata and distinct pink neon signage.

Helping guests get in the New York state of mind is a menu of cocktails, named after famous songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Serves include Good Vibration, based on the classic Margarita, which combines tapatio tequila, cucumber-bell-pepper-water and a spray of absinthe, and Sympathy for the Devil, a mix of buffalo trace bourbon and house bitters. The cocktail’s glass is smoked over a piece of wood from a Jack Daniel’s whisky barrel placed on the bar.

A selection of aperitifs and light bites are also available for pre or post-dining at Sette. Tuna cones with avocado and marinated red onion sit alongside samosas with smoked mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes, and Pata Negra Iberico ham with black mission fig and ciabatta.

Nolita Social’s extensive music programme, curated by Sauce DJs founder and music enthusiast Stuart Bevan, has been designed to offer “something to fit every mood”.

From Wednesday through to Saturday, Nolita will host live musicians from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, followed by DJs playing everything from 60’s rock, 70’s soul, and 90’s hip-hop until 1am.

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