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The scene:The best summer London’s had in seven years probably wasn’t the best time for Megaro to launch.

This incredibly dark basement bar opposite King’s Cross station should come into its own when winter blusters in, however, making a stylish retreat from the seasonal gloom. Taking its inspiration from the movies, the small space is draped in red velvet curtains and there’s some cinema-style seating, while the soft candlelight gives the bar all the brightness of an actual film screening.

The grub A teeny selection of small plates matched to the short list of ‘heritage cocktails’. Changes regularly, but standouts on my visit included the rump carpaccio with black sesame and soy (£6) and dark chocolate-coated honeycomb (£3) – the latter being basically a gooier, more luxurious version of a Crunchie bar. Its sultry-sweet flavour is complemented by the Land Of Grace cocktail (£8.50), made with Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum, white port and clover honey.     

Behind the bar Ten of Megaro’s own cocktails (from £8.50) made with niche spirits and homemade cordials (sample ingredients: crysanthemum cordial, cardamom sweet tea, lovage salt). Plus Brooklyn lager, two whites and two reds.

Bill please Bottled lager £4.50; wine from £4.50/ £23 per glass/ bottle. 

Verdict Classy for King’s Cross, but not suited to a simple drinking sesh. 

23-27 Euston Road, NW1 2SD  
megarobar.co.uk  
King’s Cross 


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Megaro - bar review: 'Classy for King’s Cross, but not suited to a simple drinking sesh'
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