Hidden? It’s not another
‘speakeasy’, is it?
Yes, but a pretty cool one. And unlike
most, this place is genuinely a bit
tricky to find. Head into the unmarked
glassware store, tap a light switch
and – voila! – watch the bookcase
slide into the wall.
My mum always told me it’s
what’s on the inside that counts.
And a wise woman she is too. The
interior is like a bonkers medieval
castle; a blend of large grey bricks
and impressionist art. There are also
cosy alcoves for chatting with pals.
Hidden House is the most casual of
the three – more of a chill, post-work
vibe than an affected cocktail lab.
Who’s making the drinks?
The bartender Xiao Ming previously
worked at tucked-away bars
Revolution and Fubar. The selection
is smaller than other venues, but
there are still plenty of great drinks.
What should I order?
Most of the drinks are cheeky takes
on familiar cocktail standards. The
Bourbon Mai Tai (instead of the
traditional rum; 60RMB) plays with
the balance of sweet and sour, and
the London Mule (65RMB) is a zesty
affront, packed with fresh ginger,
cucumber and lemon juice. Among
the more creative drinks is the
Silver Gin Fizz (60RMB), which adds
a splash of elderflower to the creamy,
By Sean Silbert