Bar Americano is another impeccable offering from Matt Bax, the maverick behind Bar Economico, Bar Exuberante and the now-closed Der Raum.

Tucked at the end of Presgrave Place, the pint-sized World Class venue is standing room only.

Behind the bar, you’ll find internationally acclaimed bartender Hayden Lambert. By day, Lambert serves a stream of those in the know seeking a quick espresso and almond biscotti.

Come 5pm, the focus turns to perfect balanced cocktails, taken from Robert Vermeire's iconic 1922 tome Cocktails and How to Mix Them, with the menu changing seasonally.

Taking its cues from Italian aperitivo culture, Bar Americano brings with it a serious approach to espresso and cocktail drinking. Office workers lean against the bar, loosening their ties, while cocktail aficionados quiz the staff about the finer details of their concoctions.

For our money, we’ll take an Americano to start, progress to a Chicago Fizz and slam a quick espresso before rushing out the door again. It seems the proper etiquette, when in Rome...