Cobbler’s Martin Lange knows how to run a bar. The Argentinian ex-pat has been pouring drinks for more than 20 years. Savile Row was a long time coming, taking him and co-owners Trent Goodwin and Kahan Mills more than 18 months to complete.
In the 1950s, the space was a butcher shop. More recently it was divided in two as a pair of clothing shops. The trio tore down the wall separating the two spaces, re-stabilising the building in the process.
It was worth it. Hidden behind a bright orange door, the space is a combination of wallpaper, brick and art-detailed walls (painted by Lange’s brother, Alex). Most prominent is a back bar of 750 spirits, spotlighted by a large overhanging chandelier. There are hundreds of whiskies, 50 gins, 50 rums and 20 tequilas. There are also 20 cocktails (with matching illustrations), a few beers on tap, 15 white wines and 15 reds.
Upstairs, there are tables, chairs and booths, with drinkers looking down on the bartenders at work.
The bar is named after the Mayfair street known for its traditional bespoke tailoring. As a tribute, a room downstairs is adorned with framed pictures of animals in suits. Lange hopes to tailor the experience and service just like the suit-makers on Savile Row.