Bar Nancy is the sort of watering hole everybody wants to have in their neighbourhood – a sophisticated and relaxed spot, where food and drink options abound. It’s a comfortable, well-rounded place for an evening of eating and drinking at the bottom of Ruckers Hill in Westgarth. Its cherry-hued front room, with walls lined with bottles and large mirrors, has a big bay window and a comfy sofa where you can play the roles of both people-watcher and -watched. Follow the short corridor to the second room, with its fireplace-warmed leather booths, or, bask outside in the fairy-light strung courtyard.
The Westgarth establishment also knows how to mix a knockout cocktail. Try a smoky martini (made with Ardberg Islay Scotch whiskey and a splash of orange oil), or the Cobbler’s Dream (Rittenhouse Rye, Carpano Antiqua Formula and St Germain and Peychaud’s bitters, served in an absinthe-rinsed glass). They also carry a solid selection of local and imported beers.
The bar also offers a tapas and supper menu including organic beetroot chips with mint tzatziki, grilled haloumi on a crunchy section of baguette with rocket and prawn lemongrass skewers.
Quiet by weeknight, save for the odd live band, Nancy makes for a low-key evening out, with a little extra bustle on a weekend.