October: Menu Launch at Megaro Bar

When the folk at newly opened Megaro invited us down to try their brand new cocktail menu I jumped at the chance. Held on a suitably rainy Tuesday night, it was a pleasure to hide away in a beautiful basement bar, with loads of lovely members and some damn fine cocktails. One of our members @Charlotte_Fi shares her experiences of the bar, the cocktails, and the evening.

After a long summer of gin and tonics in the garden and one too many Pimms beside the BBQ, the invite to sample the newly expanded menu at Kings Cross cocktail bar, Megaro, announced the beginning of autumn not a moment too soon.

Open since July, Megaro had decided it was time to revisit the cocktail menu and launch a bigger, better beast. After months of deliberations and mixing, the new menu was ready and waiting for tasting. Luckily for us, the best people (or should that be guinea pigs?) to call in were the London Cocktail Society for the first night’s service. As the bar has been set up, and is being run by some familiar faces from behind the bar at the Zetter Townhouse, the menu had quite a lot to live up to and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Located beneath Karpo, the basement bar feels intimate without being diminutive, and the various booths and old cinema seats allow private liaisons throughout the room without anyone feeling like they’re sitting on someone’s lap…unless they wanted to…

We started at a table by the bar with a Perry Mason and the Perjured Parrot made from Four Roses Small Batch gin and a Borsh Mary 1.2 with Mamont vodka. Perhaps a strong choice to kick off a Tuesday evening, but selected canapés were on hand to provide some welcomed sustenance, with full info on provenance and ingredients on request. The first of the canapés was inhaled with little questioning I’m afraid, but the following salmon cream cheese cigars and venison sausage rolls were exactly what was needed to accompany the cocktails; perfectly formed and absolutely delicious.

Having finished the first round, we opted for the signatures Hokkaido Collins with Nikka Pure Malt Black, and the Fig French 75 with fig infuse Martell VSOP and Perrier Jouet. Both were spot on, although the Collins definitely won the popularity contest, and the accompanying scallop ceviche with orange and pea purée was worth a return visit on its own.

The bar itself is a masterpiece; set out as half-dark room, half-photographic studio, and the menus in old photography viewing plates perfectly complement the stylish yet relaxed venue, rather than distracting from a seriously considered cocktail menu. The muted gold disco ball suggests evenings of dancing long into the night, but as we heroically stopped at two cocktails each to ensure we were able to get to work the following day, the rest of the menu is definitely awaiting a second visit for tasting as soon as possible…

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