There’s no flashing neon sign, no overly made-up ushers and certainly no velvet rope at Little Black Door; it doesn’t need it. In fact, it’s only when a crowd gathers down what seems like a dead-end corridor after midnight that you know it even exists.
The venue feels like you’ve stumbled into the basement of an old New York townhouse. So much so, in fact, you half expect silhouettes to shuffle blissfully unaware past the frosted backlit “windows” behind the bar. The rest is exposed brickwork, Gothic metalwork and a gorgeous lighting scene. The whole place is atmospheric and unbelievably cool.
High tables framed by a handful of booths fill the space, the latter of which are for those who want to tuck into the fancier-than-bar-snacks menu – think foie gras hot dogs, salmon tartare cones and spicy prawn skewers.
Little Black Door’s strength is it does well serving both the needs of a quiet couple looking for an atmospheric post-dinner drink, or a more excitable crowd spending the whole night (and early hours – thanks to the DJ and quality of music, it could go that way if required). Chances are, you’ll start with the former and end with the latter. A top night out sorted.
The bottom line Top spot treads the line perfectly between fancy and funky.
Little Black Door