Normally I steer clear of these sort of ‘oh my god how much?’ places but it was a special occasion. Also Ramsbo called Southwark London’s most ‘dynamic and energetic borough’. Right on!
Those behind the bar at Ramsbo’s describe it as a ‘local urban living room’. What does that mean? I thought it might mean kinda cosy with a draft. Actually it’s kinda homey - picture frames on the walls, cushions, dark wood coffee tables, a pouf…(!) But then, I don’t know about you but concrete supports and exposed services aren’t something that feature in my living room. Guess that must be the “urban” bit.
Funky menu Ramsbo. What to drink? The cocktail menu changes weekly, with some getting the cut and others “evolving”. Hey so you know when your a bit out of your depth and you think eek this is all rather pricey so go for whatever is second cheapest? I lucked out with that, if it’s still on the menu this week go for the Messo e Messo Revisited. It’s super yum.
Although Ramsbo’s has been criticised for being a bit lost geographically, being defo not Borough Market and kinda not on The Cut (and never coming up on google maps!) whoever chose the art must know the area pretty well. I swear this one is straight from the walls of one of those ravey nightclubs found under the arches all over that Great Suffolk Street / The Cut section of town.
But I quite like the trad-rad vibe. It’s expensive, and not as fun as The Lord Nelson, but if you want somewhere classy, but not boring, where you can hear some good music at a volume where you are able to hear what your friend is saying, head to Ramsbo’s! Preferably with your boss and their credit card ;)
Union Street Bar – the latest exciting venue from the Gordon Ramsay Group. Located downstairs from its restaurant Union Street Café, the bar is open from early to late evening. Headed up by Mancunian bartender Abdulai Kpekawa – formerly of London’s Experimental Cocktail Club, Roux at the Pembury, and Sosho Match – this ‘urban living room’ boasts classic and creative cocktails which reflect the menu of its upstairs restaurant. It features weekly changing additions, making the most of seasonal ingredients.
I went to the Union Street Café on a Friday evening and ordered the Mezzo e Mezzo Revisited and the Mischievous Matilda cocktail. The bar is open until 2am on Friday nights with DJ in the bar from 7-11pm.