The Peg + Patriot bar opened about a month ago in Bethnal Green and is the brainchild of Matt Whiley, aka The Talented Mr Fox (in Leicester Square) – some would also refer to him as a ‘spirit genius’ and ‘master cocktail maker’. [In case you’re wondering about the name, ‘Peg’ is an old English word for a shot of liquor and the bar is located in Town Hall Hotel in ‘Patriot’ Square]
As soon as i walked in, I loved it straight away. Both the design and vibe are really cool.
Appearance-wise it’s simple & unfussy, yet very tasteful & stylish – there’s a striking central bar, with low hanging warehouse bulbs and classy comfy leather seating around the sides of the room.
The vibe is laid back and they’ve got a really good music mix playing in the background – something which you don’t normally get from a hotel bar, and for me and my friends, it really added something to our experience.
There’s a cocktail menu full of quirky, eclectic concoctions – sip on Salt Beef Beigal Cognac, Roasted Rice Ice-Cream Liqueur, Pineapple Dry Vermouth and other unusual combinations. However, as our very lovely waitress explained to us, this bar is more than just creative cocktails – they do their own distillation of spirits on site … cue the random contraption you’ll see at the side of the bar as per below!. Matt Whiley produces 3 styles of gin as well as his own house vodkas, liqueurs and vermouths and from what we tasted, we were very impressed.
Dips Sips: Peg + Patriot has shaken up the London bar scene very nicely in my book and is a brilliant new drinking establishment in East London. The bar delivers skilled barmen, creative mixology, excellent service and plenty of stylishness in a pomp-free environment. I’d say it’s certainly worth a trip & I could have easily hung out there for a few more hours had my Typing Room dinner reservation not beckoned.Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF http://www.pegandpatriot.com