In Victorian times, gentlefolk often fell prey to pickpockets whose accomplices would distract victims by causing a racket in the street – hence the name for the latest reboot of this 1840s boozer (formerly The Carpenters Arms). Original wine-gum tone wall tiles and the well-worn Victorian gothic bar (lit by globe pendants) produce an agreeably down-at-heel Dickensian vibe. The Racketeer is now more cocktail bar than pub.
This neighbourhood cocktail bar and bottleshop is located moments from King's Cross, this fresh new venture is popular with the after-work crowd and includes outdoor seating, a secret basement bar as well as a secret garden at the rear.
This is somewhere to dip, not too deeply, into your own pocket for well-executed cocktails. Charcuterie and cheese platters help alleviate hunger pangs; accompany them with draught craft ales from Neckstamper and Purity breweries, or the quirky yet accessible wine list. An on-site bottleshop adds to the appeal so you can take home most of what you please.