Describing itself as London’s leading cocktail bar chain, Be At One is an upcoming star on the bar circuit. Will Be At One Fenchurch Street, surrounded by city slickers and business types, retain the pretension free attitude and old school vibe that the chain is known for?
You can hear the music and chatter pouring from the bar, long before you enter the slick, modern space. Unusual for a bar of its size, a DJ stand is set up next to the bar and spins some classically dance inducing numbers. Expect a décor of comfortable, bright leather sofas, which contrast neatly with the wooden panelled walls and vibrant cocktails.
The Atmosphere & Clientele:
As a teenager, many boys dream of entering a club occupied solely by women: Be At One is sort of like a manifestation of said dream. Preened and dolled up, the clientele of Be At One Fenchurch Street fit quite neatly into two categories, the aforementioned ladies who are ‘out out’ and chaps dressed in work suits and patent leather shoes up for a dance and drink.
The Drinks & Music:
The extensive menu, paired with a plenty of bar staff, means you’re never waiting long for a well-made, delicious cocktail. The bartenders are keen and knowledgeable about the choices available, and very good at guessing the kind of thing you are after: from the simple bitter classic of the Negroni to the divine sweetness of the White Mocha Tini, you are sorted for drinks here. Music keeps the buzz going, with a selection ranging from Pharrell’s Happy to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean - even early on a Friday night you can see hair flicks and toes tapping.
Reminding me of what All Bar One could have been, Be At One Fenchurch Street is fresh, vibrant and lively place to head to for a few pre-drinks in the city. Distancing itself from its competitors by offering uncompromisingly good cocktails, Be At One retains a quiet sense of class about it. The friendly manager of the branch, Anthony, even hinted at a new two floor branch of the bar opening in Soho, so watch this space.