Looking for bars near King's Cross, London? Read our review of the Racketeer bar in London's King's Cross.
Name of the bar: The Racketeer
The Racketeer in a nutshell: Neighbourhood bar serving uniquely curated cocktails beers and wines.
The name of this Clerkenwell bar reflects the antics that took place at what was once the Carpenter’s Arms – Victorian gangs would create a racket inside and pickpocket oblivious guests. After having worked together for over a decade at the likes of The Palomar and Hawksmoor, co-owners Tyvian Vigrass, Marco Torre and Jack Foxcroft have reopened this former pub (minus the petty thievery) and turned it into a charming venue that makes the most of its handsome Victorian features.
Where is it? 105 King's Cross Rd, London WC1X 9LR, nearest tube –King’s Cross station.
What’s the vibe?
A trendy, rustic cocktail bar with an intimate feel and super-cosy ambience. Tall wooden stools hug the classy marble-topped bar, deep-blue walls are lined with glitzy mirrors and retro bistro chairs and marble-topped tables sit on stripped wooden flooring.
What’s the drinks menu like?
The drinks menu is a small offering of new and old-world wines, beers and perfectly curated cocktails.
Which cocktails to order?
Our favourites included a daiquiri with pineapple rum and lime that finished with a sweet kick, and the Trinidad Swizzle, which used both dark and golden rum, peach, passionfruit, raspberry and pomegranate. Served in an elegantly tall glass, it was refreshing and easy to drink. If you’re after something less sweet try Penicillin in a Storm, in which Chivas Regal 12-year-old whisky and Laphroaig combine perfectly with dark, hoppy porter beer and fiery ginger, infused with light hints of lemon.
Is there any food?
Boards of charcuterie and cheeses are on offer, as well as beers on tap such as Lawless Lager and Squencher IPA.
The Racketeer isn’t just a stylish cocktail bar as it has its own bottle shop, too, with a unique selection of wines and beers to take home.
Is there anywhere good for dinner nearby?
Take a 15-minute walk to Granary Square for great restaurants such as Caravan and Dishoom for dinner.
Insider tip: For a cocktail or two snuggle up and take a seat out the back room near the warm log burner, perfect for a date night with friends or partner.
Price: cocktails start at £8 and wine by the glass start at £4.95
105 King's Cross Road, Kings Cross, London, WC1X 9LR
Words by Amanda James, October 2017
Photographs by The Racketeer bar