Focus On: Mark’s Bar at Selfridges
Fancy picking up a pair of brand spanking new shoes whilst enjoying a cocktail? Well now you can thanks to Mark’s Bar which has just opened up inside Selfridges, one of the most iconic department stores in the world.
So put on your best party hats and join the festivities this month. The motivation behind this particular setup is to celebrate the first anniversary of Selfridge’s all-embracing male shoe department.
No, you are most definately not seeing double as designer Lee Broom has been specially commissioned to open up Mark’s Bar on the first floor. Deemed as the smallest cocktail bar in the world, our moles tell us that it’s probably a shoe in for the title!
This pop up watering hole is of course fronted by leading restaurateur Mark Hix who already has a restaurant behind Selfridge’s famous doors on the ground floor.
Inside you will find a diverse collection of contemporary furnishings, whilst the bar itself offers extreme portability meaning it can be shifted to any given location.
Pop ups are certainly all the rage in the capital but this special venue really has it all…bar none. The key elements only involve three basic parts, a sideboard not to mention a hostess trolley and a matching drawer set.
All of these have been made with loving care and affection thanks to some intricate design work exclusively produced in the United Kingdom.
In addition to this, nothing but the finest walnut wood has been utilised alongside a number of different brass works. The bar can also be seen as an individual furniture installation piece when it is not being used and sits together as an ideal one off component.
Thirsty for more? It may be small in stature but this pop definately packs a punch. Choose from delights such as Hix Kix involving Morello cherry doused in Somerset eau de vie and finished with Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 as well as Last Man Standing.
This little number incorporates Beefeater 24 London Dry gin, Antica Formula sweet vermouth and a dash of Campari.
Other drinks have taken their inspiration from shoemakers themselves with an intriguing Mocassin Martini featuring Belvedere vodka Kahlua coffee liqueur, white sugar syrup and espresso, a West Country Winkle Picker using Somerset cider brandy and a Dirty Old Boot Martini with green olives.
But wait there is more dear friends. Why not enjoy some tasty treats to go with those cocktails? Things kick off in style with Moons Green beer stix, whilst you can sample a sinful Ronnie’s chocolate cake and an aptly titled Coronation chicken slipper.
Looks like everyone will be having a Merry Hixmas this year.
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