Obviously St Paul’s is known as a hotspot for suited and booted banker types, on the prowl for a post-office drink – which is a-okay by me, as when it’s the end of the month and I’m skint, I’m on the prowl for them – but it’s also super close to central London, so a great spot for non-banker types to meet after work too. The latest go-to watering hole to check out in the district comes in the form of a Dickensian-themed cocktail bar, the sibling of the Four Sisters Bar in Highbury (known for its quirky drinks menu and chilled vibes), and similarly named, Four Sisters Townhouse.
This place is shut weekends, so we headed there on a quiet Monday night around 8pm and were one of only six customers, but the barman reliably informed us that it gets heaving on a Friday night. And I can see why.
As soon as you walk in, the vibe is great. The pink, floral wallpaper screams William Morris, the dark wooden furniture and panelling is cosy, and the cocktail menu is all kinds of fun. It switches up on a weekly basis and uses seasonal ingredients, with all the drinks sourced from old school cocktail books or dreamed up by the dedicated team of 3 who run the place.
Each creation comes in at a reasonable (for London) £8.50. I went for a Smash a la Francais, comprised of Berneroy Fine calvados, lemon, vanilla and dill, and according to the notes on my phone it was ‘Limey. Goooooood.’ My drinking and dining companion opted for the Back Garden, which was equally lush – it tasted like a fresh, thinner Bloody Mary with a kick of whiskey in all the right places. Fear not if the menu is a mystery - the barmen are all really friendly and happy to explain any ingredients you may not be acquainted with.
Unlike its sister bar in Highbury, The Four Sisters Townhouse has a select food menu – during the day they serve anything from artisan sandwiches, to pork belly, delicious salads, steak & chips and risotto to sharing boards of an evening. The ‘Artisan English Cheese Board with Chutney’ (£13 for 1-2 people, £26 for 3-4 people) called my name, and holy hell, I picked up the phone. Lush. Especially that beetroot relish. My mate date for the evening, Kara, went for the ‘Butchers Charcuterie Platter’ (also £13 for 1-2 people, £26 for 3-4 people) which had a selection of cold meats, that she wolfed down in about ten minutes (I’m vegetarian so can’t comment on this one, but that’s a pretty solid review from her. No?).
The kitchen was really accommodating to our annoying dietary requirements too (she’s no dairy, I’m no meat… and together we’re the last people you want to invite over for a dinner party, wheeey).
This is the perfect joint if you’re looking to impress on a weeknight date or catch up with friends, in an environment that’s the right side of upmarket without being intimidating. The lighting here is absolutely spot on to put you at ease and the music is the right level to make conversation to, without feeling like everyone around you can hear your cringe-inducing first date chat – “Oh my god, no way! I too watch Netflix, shower in hot water and breathe air! So much in common, babe. Let’s definitely do this again.” The menu is great for a light bite, but don’t come here expecting an extensive selection of chow or a full-on dinner – this place is all about the cocktails, offering just a little su’in, su’in on the side to soak up the booze so you can still get the nightbus home with a (semi-)clear head. Bravo. We will be back.
Have you ever been to The Four Sisters Bar? Do you go out often in St.Pauls? Will you be checking out this bar for a date night spot?