Located on Orphan Street – so called due to it being the site of gatherings of influenza orphans in the early 1900s – Oliver Twist would be pretty out of place in this joint, despite the Dickensian-themed drinks. And who knows what he would make of the carnival signage or occasional drag queen.
The World Class cocktails are impressive. Expect twisted classics such as More Tea Vicar; made with vanilla-infused vodka, rooibos syrup, cranberry and a lemon concoction, with a rooibos jelly palate cleanser, it's served in a teacup - excellent on presentation, quirk and taste. Or we like the Child Catcher – the Roman Polanski as our waiter called it – a mix of Hendrick’s, elderflower, grapefruit and blackberry ‘hocus-pocus’. Nice. The gifted bartenders are also up for a challenge - just give them a theme and they'll play with it.
Some may think the atmosphere, house music and chic black interior clash with the old world cocktails, as do the dolled-up clientele, but we say get the drinks in and party. The street side tables and friendly staff will sort you out if you want something a little more chilled. When things get too hectic on weekends, head down to the second bar. This place is a nice cotch.