ADDRESS28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AW
NoMad London was the city's buzziest hotel launch of 2021, and it brought with it some epic drinking dens in the form of NoMad Bar and our fave, Side Hustle. Now, the final piece of NoMad's boozy puzzle has been put in place with the launch of Common Decency.
Bar legends Leo Robitschek and Liana Oster led the creative direction of this intimate underground space, drawing on the colourful history of the Covent Garden building it calls home. This place used to be the Bow Street Magistrates' Court, which housed the police station that jailed the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde in the name of "common decency" (see what they did there?). The decor doesn't shy away from grandeur. The dramatically lit bar has a golden glow that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time, and the cocktail menu is all about the avant-garde, with 16 serves built around eight seasonal ingredients. That means the drinks are here for a good time, not a long time - but if the Szechuan Gibson is on offer when you pop in, you're gonna want to get involved.
You also need to try the bar snacks, created by executive chef Ashley Abodeely. She's taking American classics to new levels of luxury - think hot dogs with celery and black truffles and some wicked fried chicken. And if you and your mates want some privacy for your sipping and snacking shenanigans, there are three "snugs" that fit 6-12 peeps in the building's old coal sheds. Things are about to get a little naughty...