It can often be exciting to try a new cocktail bar; the Artesian started off fairly sedately but ultimately delivered the goods.
The bar itself was decorated a bit oddly. The light-fittings were particularly strange, looking like some kind of medieval torture implements. It was also quite packed with tables.
The cocktail menu was pleasingly packed with goodies. We started off with a margarita and a Hemmingway daiquiri. These were perfectly acceptable, but lacking a degree of concentration. The [link2post id=”1554″]best margaritas are still made at home[/link2post]. A strawberry hill daiquiri was an improvement on the Hemmingway, with nice strawberry fruit and plenty of booze-action.
We had time to kill so we dallied for another couple of drinks. The Zombie was a truly moving experience; five types of rum and Pernod with plenty of fresh fruit juice. This was a recipe for feeling better about life; heroic cocktails certainly make me feel better. An Artesian punch was our last effort, quite delicious it was too. Again, a booze-laced drink was much better than the first two cocktails.
Overall, a pretty good bar, especially if you chose cocktails with plenty of booze. It was a touch pricey, with our five drinks costing £90 (including service), but we shall return.
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