By Rose Crosby
Having battled some miserable wind and rain, the warmthand cosiness of Barrio was more than welcome. Combine that with a relaxed mixture of salsa music, a bit of jazz, some delicious food and cocktails, and you have a recipe for a very chilled out and enjoyable Sunday evening.
Barrio has a range of their own ‘in-house’ rums which they put to good use in their cocktail menu. There is a wide range of cocktails available including, for a great price of only £5, a selection of ‘Amigo Hour’ cocktails (Sunday-Thurs until 8pm) including one of the best mojitos I have tasted.
To start with we ordered from the full price cocktail menu, I had a ‘South Sea Sour’, which was a tropical twist on a London classic: Beefeater gin, Santa Teresa Rhum Orange, lemon, pineapple, grenadine and Peychaud’s Bitters. It was absolutely delicious.
The other cocktail was a ‘Tropic Plunder’, a rum-based cocktail using the Barrio House Rum Blend, Pisang Ambon Banana liqueur, mango, passion fruit. An absolute delight for any of you tropical-fruit-and-rum-lovers.
We also ordered some food from kitchen to help us soak up the cocktails as I am a terrible lightweight and yes, I was feeling a little light headed after just one cocktail! We ordered Calamari (which was so incredibly good that we just HAD to order a second portion – oops!) as well as some spicy lamb ‘Chilli Gonzales” nachos and some ‘Carne Asada’ tacos.
After this we decided to order two more cocktails (a Margarita and a Mojito), from the ‘Amigo Hour’ menu this time, as I previously mentioned, the Mojito was incredible, as was the margarita. And for only £5 its a good job we left when we did otherwise I might have needed carrying home!
As someone who loves all things Latin American, be it cocktails, music or food, Barrio Central is a great find and a lovely place to take refuge from the cold. On Friday and Saturday nights there is a downstairs room open so that you can dance the night away. I, for one, will be returning in the near future to do just that!