Barrio Soho, London
Barrio Central has re-opened it’s doors as Barrio Soho after a redevelopment. Already known as one of Central London’s best cocktail spots, the new name comes with a new food menu by head chef Ernesto Pavia. Original from Peru with a wealth of experience, this sees Barrio Soho return to a more traditional menu focused on authentic flavours.
A few minutes away from Oxford Circus on Poland Street, the bar is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street but with the eccentricity of Soho in full force.
Happy hour cocktails run until 8pm Monday-Thursday, allowing for some fun post-work weekday drinks. The happy hour menu features classics including Mojitio and Margarita, as well as a few twists on classics like the tasty Papa Don’t Peach.
The drinks menu also boasts a small collection of beers, wines and a much larger selection of cocktails. I went with a happy hour cocktail followed by a Day of the Dead amber ale, which complimented the spice really well.
The food menu included classic Mexican dishes, as well as a few bar favourites with a twist. The small dishes are designed to accompany your choice of cocktail, wine or beer, meaning you don’t have to feel guilty for ordering quite a few things from the menu.
The mushroom empinadas above were especially tasty.
The fish tacos packed a punch, generously filled with well cooked pieces of fish and plenty of chillis.
The chicken wings were a definite highlight of the menu. You can’t go wrong with chicken wings and a beer, and with a mexican flavour these are a must purchase with any drink at Barrio.
And if you’re just looking for a classic shareable bar snack, the sweet potato fries were delicious and came with a garlic and lime mayonnaise – and at £3.50 won’t break the bank.