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Steam & Rye London

Steam & Rye London

Steam & Rye London

Steam & Rye London

Steam & Rye London. Photo: Ming Tang-Evans

Address 147 Leadenhall Street; London EC3V 4QT
by Bishopsgate and Cornhill
Neighbourhood The City – Bank | See on map
Tube Bank [Central, Northern, Waterloo & City], Monument [Circle, District]
Telephone +44 20 7444 9960
Website http://www.steamandrye.com
https://www.facebook.com/steamandrye
Price Cocktails from £8.50. Dinner £20-30.
Hours Mon-Fri 16-03. Sat 18-03.

With its food menu of greasy Americana comfort food and a drinks list that includes cocktails with names like Mile High, Hoochy Mama and Monica Lewinsky, it’d be all too easy to write off Steam & Rye in The City as a glorified TGI Fridays for banker wankers. It also wouldn’t be entirely fair.

The name, of course, refers to the distillation process of grain spirits, and there’s more than a subtle Prohibition era-theme to the bar-slash-restaurant. Located in the stately Bank of New York building, decorated by film set designer Jonathan Lee and using gimmicks like an actual Eastern Pacific dining carriage, it’s Great Gatsby meets Wild West. Slightly gaudy, yet surprisingly fun.

Huge and stretching over three floors, VIP guests can head upstairs to The Cargo Hold, a cosy den crammed with taxidermy and, well, stuff. Commoners are relegated to the First Class Carriage basement bar – if they aren’t chowing down chicken wings, clam chowder and mega sundaes on the Grand Central-inspired main floor. Live performances and period uniforms add to the spectacle.

Behind the place is Nick House, synonymous with Sloane Ranger and social climber hotspots such as Tiki club Mahiki, Highlands-inspired Whisky Mist and ski lodge-themed Bodo’s Schloss, but this is way more accessible. Heck, you can gorge on shrimp or BBQ spare ribs for a mere £14.95 Mondays and Tuesdays. Fun if you’re in this area where alternatives are hard to come by.