Having arranged to go on a casual double date, a colleague and I found ourselves stumbling around Soho trying to find somewhere that was fun, not too crazy, but more importantly where we could find a drink! We had been walking around trying to locate Milk and Honey and had failed miserably. We also couldn’t leave it up to the boys as they had originally met us at a bar that had rainbow lights beaming through the windows…
Exasperated with being lost, we decided to be pro-active, embrace the situation and fall into the next bar we came across. That bar happened to be Barrio Central on Poland Street. Mixing up Latin influences, you might feel like you’ve just walked into a Mexican tequila bar – in Spain! I felt like it was Summer again and in true Summer style, opted for a Mojito (or two, it was happy hour after all). The cocktail menu extends to different corners of the globe and if the Caipirinha’s don’t do it for you, their collection of rums and specialty tequilas is deep enough.
Head downstairs where things get lively. DJ’s play an eclectic mix of everything from salsa, indie to 90’s rock. If you’re lucky enough to get into one of the booths (we weren’t, so it’s best to book), try the food. Expect the usual in terms of pinchos, sharing plates, nachos etc with a few casual departures to the Carribean. Though it’s not exactly fine dining, it partners perfectly with the booze and keeps things fun and relaxed.
The last hour was a total blur and as sure as we fell into the bar, we also fell out of it and despite having to nurse a terrible hangover the next day at work, a random Tuesday was just what the doctor ordered.