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Seven Tales

7 Tales

Housed in the basement of Jason Atherton’s new Japanese restaurant Sosharu in Clerkenwell, Seven Tales is a destination bar in its own right that captures the buzz of Tokyo’s late night drinking dens. Interiors are gritty and urban, from the pink neon “drink saké stay soba” sign and black-and-white comic strip-style wallpaper to a vending machine dispensing sugar cubes.

Drinks take their inspiration from Japanese culture and err on the bitter side of the flavour spectrum via Italian bitters. Beautifully presented, many of the sips feature carved blocks of ice and flower garnishes.

The bar makes a hero of Japanese whisky in a number of its cocktails, such as the Cold Tea, featuring Nikka Blended whiskey, house ‘tea’ and toasted coconut; and the Travelling Man – a twist on a Manhattan made with Nikka All Malt, Lapsang Souchong-infused Cocchi de Torino and a nori tincture. Saké, shochu and umeshu also make cameos on the menu.

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