Going off-piste in Soho: Cosy up at Archer Street’s festive pop-up bar Piste
Winter has well and truly arrived. The temperatures have dropped, the woollies are out and hot alcohol is suddenly the trendy thing to drink right now. As much as I love London, we rarely get cold enough to have snow so winter is the capital is never quite as glamorous as it would be in Meribel or Aspen.
However, the team behind the popular Archer Street bar are on hand to transport you from the bustling and chilly streets of Soho to a cosy winter escape. The downstairs bar has been transformed into a pop-up ski lodge bar Piste, which will get you in the festive mood with a range of special cocktails. The bar has been inspired by Scandinavian mountain cabins and Swiss chalets, featuring reindeer fur, vintage skis and a roaring fire, so you can imagine you’re enjoying an après-ski tipple.
Among the drinks on offer will be the ‘King Of The Alps’ made with Tanqueray gin, blended with King ginger liqueur, fresh lime, apple juice and a whole pear and mixed with cinnamon and maple syrup, or the ‘Glow Plough’, comprising of Grey Goose shaken with homemade mulled port syrup, fresh lime, cranberry juice, egg white and finished with a floating glow stick.
Piste is the latest pop-up from the Archer Street team, who change the downstairs area every six months with different themed pop-ups, such as polo-inspired Chukka and Brazilian-themed Barzinho for the World Cup last summer. Meanwhile, upstairs the original Archer Street is open Monday to Saturdays, a spacious two floor venue with 400 capacity.
- Piste at Archer Street, 3-4 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AP. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus. Piste is open Thursday to Saturday from 6pm – 1am. For more information, visit the Archer Street website.
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