Sweeties at The Standard
Sweeties at The Standard: A 70s Hollywood Oasis in the Sky
Welcome to Sweeties at The Standard, an electrifying cocktail bar nestled on the 10th floor of The Standard hotel in King's Cross. The moment you step into the iconic red bubble lift, you'll realize that this is no ordinary night out. As it ascends, you're serenaded by a quirky robotic voice, setting the tone for an extraordinary experience that awaits.
The King's Cross hotel is renowned for celeb-spotting, private parties, and being perpetually in high demand. And now, it's home to Sweeties, a bar that's a blend of tasteful sophistication and unbridled vibrancy.
Sweeties' Theme: 'New wave glamour meets glorious misbehaviour.' While the definition of this theme may elude us, one thing is clear: Sweeties exudes an air of cheeky indulgence. Here, a second drink is almost inevitable, and that sly smile across the room is hard to resist. It's like a grown-up, more chic version of Geordie Shore's Holly Hagan: fun, fit, and flirty.
The drinks menu is a work of art, curated by Zoe Burgess, founder of drinks consultancy Atelier Pip. Try the 'Let’s Go' with Campari, vermouth, orange, yuzu, mandarin, and pink grapefruit for a delightfully bright, floral experience. The 'Kiss Me,' made with gin, sour cherry cordial, and lime, delivers a zesty, citrus-infused punch. Classic cocktails are also on offer, typically ranging from £12 to £16, an irresistible value for the view from ten stories high.
But be prepared for that Saturday morning hangover because you'll want to do it all over again.
The Space: One side of Sweeties is adorned with floor-to-ceiling glass, offering a dazzling view of King's Cross that somehow transforms the neighborhood into a glamorous spectacle. A colossal disco glitter ball hangs from the ceiling, while plush velvet sofas invite you to lounge in style. The Funktion-One speaker system ensures that the music is as fabulous as the surroundings, thanks to a rotation of trendy DJs.
Versatility: Sweeties adapts to your mood. Whether you're celebrating, on a date, or just in the mood for a light dance into the early hours (open until 2.30 am Thursday to Saturday), it's the kind of place that accommodates both a fantastic start and finish to your night. Yes, your head might ache the next day, but the memory is so enchanting that you'll be eager to return.
SquareMeal Review of Sweeties at The Standard: Silver Award
Looking for a pre-dinner drink with a touch of city magic? Sweeties has you covered. Located on the 10th floor of The Standard hotel in King's Cross, this swanky cocktail bar is accessed by one of London's coolest lifts, offering breathtaking views of the city as it ascends.
Interiors: Sumptuous and moody, Sweeties encapsulates 1970s Hollywood opulence. It features velvet sofas, leather banquettes, mirrored tables illuminated by red lamps, and even a quirky six-foot phallic sculpture - just in case you needed a conversation starter.
Cocktail Menu: The cocktail list is divided into three sections, each designed to cater to a different stage of your night. The cocktails are as visually stunning as they are delicious. Try the 'Crystal Healing' topped with coconut-scented foam, or the 'Pick Me Up,' an exquisite blend of adaptogenic mushrooms, brown vodka, cacao, and coffee. There are also non-alcoholic versions for the dry January enthusiasts.
Food: The food menu offers bar snacks like truffled popcorn and bread with parmesan, perfect for curbing pre-dinner hunger.
Service: The staff is warm, laid-back, and as glamorously cool as the surroundings. They are prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly.
Entertainment: Indicated by the massive glittering disco ball above, Sweeties hosts international DJs, taking the atmosphere to new heights into the early morning hours.
Slick and Stylish: From start to finish, Sweeties offers a seamless, stylish experience that's essential for your London hit list – if you can secure a reservation. It's a super sweet spot for unforgettable nights high above the city.
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