Sick of rooftop bars and microbreweries playing host to your weekend wind down? Looking for something classier than the local pub but want to steer clear of the Valley?
From the street Cobbler Bar doesn't look like much, but open the door to this speciality whiskey and cocktail bar in West End and it's like opening the door to a world of Edgar Allan Poe with dimly lit tables, melted red wax candles and floor to ceiling wooden shelves filled with not books but every single genre of booze, malt and spirit imaginable.
It is like stepping into a “Narnian Gentleman’s Club” via the Pagemaster's library and immediately makes you want to pull up a leather padded bar stool and scan the 300 odd (give or take) whiskeys imported from across Europe, Asia and North America, bop your head to the sounds of 50's rock and cast your eyes over the ever changing cocktail list, which stretches from the traditional to the tropical to the innovative and quirky.
The interior may be different and atmosphere exceptionally hipster-preppy-grunge, but the best part (and what makes Cobbler truly unique) is the BYO policy. For food. These guys are so focused on pouring the perfect cocktail or sourcing the best whiskey for your palate and that there's no time to think about a menu. No no. Here you can bring in as much pate, cheese and quince paste you heart so desires, which leaves the professional and skilled bartenders to focus on what they do best. (Although, it is worth noting that if you bring a group of girls in for drinks on a Saturday night between 4pm and 8pm, you'll automatically score a complimentary cheese platter. Yes, you read correctly – deluxe cocktails and FREE CHEESE).
For a great night out that won't leave you hoarse from screaming at your neighbour over the music, Cobbler Bar is the place to be. And despite the fact you will have dishes to do when you get home, it's so worth it.