Since opening in 2007, 1806 has offered an experience that’s part theatre, part history lesson. The cocktail bar is set in the building that once housed iconic theatre restaurant Tikki and John’s Crazyhouse. The stage has been turned into a bar, but the viewing mezzanine remains, giving 1806 an opulent and unique feel.
The carefully constructed menu begins in the year 1806, when the word "cocktail" was first defined in print. There's a classic mix to represent each decade since. Each entry is given context through a detailed history of where the drink comes from, who first mixed it, who first drank it and how it’s evolved over time. There’s also plenty of original cocktails along the way.
In recent times, 110 whiskies have been added to the already groaning shelves behind the bar. Don’t worry if you’re among the uninitiated. The knowledgeable bar staff will walk you through a whisky tasting flight – the drinking equivalent of a walking tour, unpacking the subtleties and regional differences of each dram.
If you really want to nerd out, 1806 offers a cocktail masterclass, a “gin odyssey” and a cocktail degustation for groups.
Nibbles and small plates are available over the bar. Larger cheese and charcuterie boards are perfect to share. For the sweet tooth, there’s a whisky-infused chocolate brownie, served warm.
The atmosphere can be quiet and calm at times, allowing you the opportunity to concentrate on your cocktail and conversation. Take your time and order another.
For larger groups, you can book out The Understudy, the private space underneath 1806 with its own menu and intimate atmosphere.