Photography by diffordsguide.com
Words by Simon Difford on 30-Sep-2019
13a Gerrard Street, (nr Macclesfield St), London, W1D 5PS, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 434 3559
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-3am
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Bar nibbles
Epitomising the modern speakeasy, ECC Chinatown, was the first London outpost of Paris' Experimental Cocktail Club, is reached through an unmarked doorway that sits between two brightly-lit Chinese restaurants. You could easily miss it, though the door security staff and something of a giveaway.
The bar bills itself as offering the feel and service of a private members club without the cost of membership. Set over three floors - two floors with a bar on each, and a third for the toilets. The bare brick walls have been augmented with a tin ceiling, Chinese mural, small cocktail tables and low slung comfy chairs, though we'd recommend sitting at the zinc-topped bar.
On the menu is a short collection of signature cocktail creations, from short sour-style mezcal drinks to refreshing and bitter long gin cocktails.
No matter the night of the week, the atmosphere tends to be warm and buzy.