Fifty Five Bar & Lounge

Address: 31, Jamestown Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 7DB, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)207 424 9054
Website: view Fifty Five Bar & Lounge’s website
Door: Open door/walk-ins
Style: Cocktail bar

Review

Fifty Five is a pimped-up boozer turned cocktail joint that you might first think is strangely reminiscent of the bar in Coyote Ugly. It's busy, loud, and a young and trendy crowd knock back lurid-coloured cocktails while bartenders theatrically give each other a leg-up to reach the top shelf on the back-bar.

On closer inspection, it's carefully contrived (in a good way) and the unpretentious atmosphere does not translate to poor quality drinks. It might offer 190 cocktails on the menu, have a daily happy hour and other initiatives called things like Mojito Madness or Martini Tuesdays, but it's all controlled and even at its busiest times, when people are spilling out on to the pavements and it's three deep at the bar, we found the drinks well-made by bartenders who care about what they serve. Even the bar is spotless.