Leading bartender set to open coffee and cocktail bar in Soho

Tony Conigliaro

Leading bartender Tony Conigliaro (pictured) has revealed details of his new Italian-inspired coffee and aperitif bar that is about to open in London.

Bar Termini in Old Compton Street, Soho, will launch at the end of November, named after Rome’s central railway station and inspired by traditional Italian culture and 1950s Italy.

Tony, whose bars include 69 Colebrooke Row in Islington and Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell, is developing it with coffee expert Marco Arrigo, founder of the University of Coffee in Islington.

Open from 7.30am, it will have a simple menu of six Italian coffees and classic pastries to be served at a counter, with espressos for enjoying in the bar rather than for takeaway.

From 11am, it will serve cocktails that celebrate the Italian aperitif. Alongside proseccos, there will be four signature versions of a Negroni, priced at £6.50, called Classic, Rose, Vintage and Superior.

A small number of other cocktails will be available on a constantly changing list. The drinks will showcase some of the ideas that Tony has developed in his research and development lab at his Drink Factory in Islington.

Aperitivo-style small plates will include panini, carpaccio, Italian hams and cheeses, available from 11am till late. Bar Termini will open until midnight.

With a small number of tables, there will be seating for 30 and space for standing at the bar – paying homage to the kinds of bars found at large Italian railway stations.

Marco was inspired to create Bar Termini by memories of his grandmother who lived in Soho and worked a few doors away from the new bar at the once-famous Bianchi’s Restaurant in Frith Street under legendary maitre d’ Elena Salvoni in the 1950s. Marco himself introduced Illy Coffee to London in the 1980s.

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