Clerkenwell & Social

Sunday 13 March 2016 by


Clerkenwell and Social, Cocktails, Bar, London, Pizza

Clerkenwell is one of my favourite spots to eat and drink. It’s packed full of great places – from tapas to cocktails, coffee to burritos. There’s Smithfield market around the corner, and little coffee shops in almost every hidden courtyard. One of the best spots for cocktails, however, has to be Clerkenwell and Social. This two-floor bar is set back in St John’s Square, has been decorated with books, no less, and offers a beautiful fairy-lit terrace for the warmer evenings.

Clerkenwell and Social features various menus (check out their brand new lunch menu for some great Spring dishes) but it’s most famous for its pizza. This is your Mecca for pizza and cocktails, trust me. The pizzas go from £8 to £12, are two-for-one on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and – the best bit by far – come as gluten free too! Any pizza you fancy, it’s just an extra 90p for a gluten free version. Dreamy, right? Try their melanzane – tomato, mozzarella, roasted aubergine and parmesan. The pizzas are served fast and hot, on crispy thin bases and generous helpings of cheese. Make sure you order quick though, as the gluten free ones go fast, and pizza only gets increasingly popular the more Moby Kick’s you drink!

Clerkenwell and Social, Cocktails, Bar, London, Pizza, I See Lychee

As for cocktails – I’m obsessed with their I See Lychee (part of their two-for-one offer between 5pm and 8pm), which is sweet but with a kick of chili, and comes with blackberry and cotton candy. Their cocktails are delightfully gimmicky, but beautiful to look at, and all carefully curated for the best taste. The range isn’t huge, but they are all mixed with their homemade bitters and syrups, making every cocktail a masterpiece. There are even literary-themed ones to fit with the décor, including the Oscar Wilde, a punchy Bellini for anyone with a sweeter tooth.

The atmosphere at Clerkenwell and Social is always buzzing. Even when it’s cold, the terrace is packed, and inside is even busier. Thursday nights are jazz nights, and Fridays offer DJs their own sets to get things really exciting. It’s a perfect blend of chilled and energetic, and situated so centrally, there really is no reason not to go!

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  1. I keep meaning to go to Clerkenwell to eat I have heard so many good things about the area and am always lured in by a good 2 for 1 cocktail offer.

    Emma Inks

    • Fran

      There are SO MANY good places to eat! Clerkenwell & Social are great for cocktails – try somewhere like Polpo or Cubana for food and Workshop for coffee. You’re also SO CLOSE to Exmouth market, so you can go to Caravan for brunch. Paesan on the corner of Exmouth market is also rather excellent for cocktails.

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