the 17th bar opens at the ned say hell to the library bar

Say hello to the newest and 17th bar (yes actually) at The Ned. The Library Bar is an intimate, 1930s-style drinking den with an exclusive champagne and martini bar that’s open to Joe public. Martinis are served via a martini trolley, obviously, because lets face it’s you’re gonna get trollied, shaken or stirred with an extensive list of gins, vodka and vermouth before being garnished table-side. Now that’s the stylish way to get trollied.

We were introduced to a ‘Zespa’, a vodka and gin concoction, which is like a wake-up call to the senses and also guaranteed to have you on your back should you try and drink more than one. The ‘Breakfast at Emily’s’ is also a beaut, with Buttered Star of Bombay, Cointreau, marmalade and toast essence, citrus, and champagne served in a classic fizz glass. The alcohol list runs on and on into an impressive array of 30 champagnes, available by the bottle (er yeah, if Kanye is paying) and glass (phewff), with vintage champagnes, served in coupes so that their fizz develops a little more slowly.

And if you are thinking you’d need some food to soak up that ‘fun’ then you’re covered; the manchego and chorizo bon-bons are seriously addictive balls and the truffle pizzetta really hits the spot.

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Expect attention to detail at the Library Bar, but do take the credit card darling, you’re gonna need it. Patsy would be proud…

27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ