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Whether you’re after a quiet pint of ale and a catch up, a glass of champagne or an evening of cocktails and dancing, renting apartments in King’s Cross leaves you spoilt for choice. Take a look at our top picks for drinks in N1C.
If you like your drinks served with a southern drawl, check out Sweetwater in one of King’s Cross’ coolest hangouts Goods Way. This American-style saloon bar, inspired by the speakeasies of New Orleans, is all atmospheric lighting and cosy booths. Pull up a chair and grab a whiskey cocktail before heading to a gig upstairs at Lafayette.
The views don’t get much better at this three-storey pub and dining room. With an envious spot beside Regent’s Canal and wraparound terraces overlooking the water and Granary Square, The Lighterman is the perfect place to while away a summer’s afternoon. There’s plenty of food on offer too, with menus to suit most occasions. The weekend brunch is particularly good when washed down with a rhubarb and cherry spritz.
Venture away from the buzz of Coal Drop’s Yard to this brewery taproom and you’ll be rewarded with a great selection of session ales, brewed by its expert onsite team. Part community hub, part entertainment space, Two Tribes is a taproom with a difference, serving cracking beer alongside food cooked over an open-fire pit and accompanied by a diverse line up of live music and DJs.
Sweetwater in Goods Way is great for a whiskey cocktail before heading to a gig upstairs.
The Lighterman overlooking Regents Canal at Granary Square
This all-day café bar, inspired by the laid-back bars of Turin, brings together chef Anthony Demetre and designer Michael Sodeau’s combined passions of food, drink and cycling. Vermouth takes centre stage in the extensive menu of apértifs and cocktails, with a delicious selection of small plates and pastries available to keep you ticking over from breakfast to dinner.
Searcy’s Champagne Bar
Found in the Upper Concourse of St Pancras station, Searcy’s is the perfect place to kick off a romantic weekend in Paris or just liven up a rainy commute. Set to reopen this September after a summer makeover, this art deco inspired champagne bar – complete with ‘press for champagne’ buzzers – now boasts a new seafood bar alongside its extensive menu of fizz. To find out more about the bubbles on offer, book onto one of the regular tasting events.
Little Creatures Regent’s Canal Brewery
Aussie brewing company Little Creatures are the masters of hoppy beers, and this spacious taproom next to Lewis Cubitt Park is a lovely, bright spot in which to sample them. Filled with plenty of sociable bench tables, there’s a distinctly Antipodean laid-back feel to the place. Order a paddle of six third pints to help you discover your favourite before diving in.
If it’s wine you’re after, Vinoteca has it by the barrel-load with a 200 plus list of ever-changing bottles to suit any palette or appetite. Order by the bottle or by the glass, guided by the attentive staff on hand to help you taste a selection. The British food menu is also on point, making the sunny terrace the perfect place for brunch, dinner – or quite frankly, both. Find a bottle you simply can’t leave without? Buy one to take home.
Searcy’s Champagne bar – the perfect place to kick off a weekend in Paris
Coal Drop’s Yard has a range of range of cafes restaurants and bars
Booking Office 1869
This vast cocktail bar in the former booking office of St Pancras Station is a thing of beauty. Sky-high palm trees, an emerald green bar long enough to seat a football team and the station’s signature red-brick archways make this a truly memorable setting for a drink. Its cocktail list doesn’t disappoint either, with a focus on modernised classics. Try the Ol’ Signalman, a dash of pecan nut-infused bourbon mixed with coconut bitters.
From the team behind music mecca Spiritland, comes Supermax; its fun, mirror-balled cousin, serving up cocktails and dancing alongside an epic sound system. While the décor is distinctly disco and the happy hour is buzzing, don’t mistake this for a cheesy student night. Just as much attention is given to the drinks as it is to the playlist, with classic cocktails taking on a modern twist. So if you want to let loose without losing your cool, this is the place to do it.
As the autumn nights draw in, get yourself down to The Racketeer for a glass of red wine and a cheeseboard by the log burner. This relaxed pub and cocktail bar, is a cosy spot for a rainy afternoon catching up with friends, with its bare floorboards and candlelight creating a warm atmosphere whatever the weather. Got a birthday coming up? The downstairs bar, kitted out with rugs and mood lighting, provides an intimate setting for small events.