7 March 2013

Barrio Central

After our lobster feast on Tuesday night, the only logical thing to do was to stay out for another drink. We headed to Barrio Central (the Soho sister of Barrio East, last week's bar of choice) and settled ourselves in the downstairs bar. 

Capitalising on the uber-trendy London-Latino vibe, Barrio Central felt like the more grown-up counterpart. Where East was very much bright lights and fluoro decor, Central had a more refined feel with painted tropical walls, topical greenery and even the Love Shack, which you can book out and reserve. 

We arrived in Amigo Hour - a happy hour with a choice of about six cocktails at £4.50 each. We opted for the mojito - classic straight up, straight down white rum, sugar, mint, lime and soda (my favourite) with added dashes of Angostura bitters. Great. These, predictably, went down very easily and more were swiftly ordered, along with a very strong margarita.

The bar was buzzing and service was great; I like my mojitos a little sweeter than the rest - the barmen were more than happy to oblige and were even preempting our orders. The house band were brilliant too - playing Latino/jazz reworks of soul classics (Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse...) that got every one dancing.

We stayed long after Amigo Hour, until the band had finished, the mojitos were done and it was time to go. Two visits to two Barrios in one week must be a record, but I'm definitely not complaining. I think a visit to North should be on the cards and I might just sample some of that tempting, tempting food.


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