This super sexy underground Japanese den boasts killer Asian-inspired cocktails and stunning sushi.
Sakura season in Japan is a fleeting chance for Insta-heaven in April - but not when it comes to Shochu lounge. They've covered the ceiling in cherry blossom, and it's mind-blowingly beautiful every day. BarChick wants someone to take her here on a date night, pronto.
Escape the crowds of Oxford Street and you'll find Shochu Lounge below ROKA, the fancy Japanese halfway up Charlotte Street. Shochu is a Japanese vodka-like spirit, made of distilled sweet potato alcohol which apparently dates back to 1549 (so it can't be that bad or it would be long forgotten). Here in Shochu Lounge, they have loads of flavours from jasmine, mint, lemon, coffee and raspberry... all BarChick tried and tested. They also have huge jars of the stuff shelved beautifully along one wall which can be purchased (a steal at just under 300 quid - but they are 4 litres big), and kept for your return with a nice engraved tag marking your turf, so bring someone you wanna show-off to. The rest of the menu has lots on offer: a whole heap of Asian inspired cocktails with plenty of sake, Japanese whisky and wine if you're not feeling this Shochu malarky. They also have some awesome Asian beers - probably slightly less bank-breaking as well. Food is a must, from the edamame and the yakitori, to the wagyu beef - take your pick and enjoy.