Food and Drink

Síbín Bar Relaunch Review


Reviewed by Dee Ryz

Stepping into the Síbín at the Great Scotland Yard Hotel feels like uncovering a hidden gem. Tucked away in the heart of London, and in homage to its name, this recently relaunched spot takes the speakeasy vibe to a whole new level, mixing a bit of historical charm with a dash of modern style. Its discreet entrance whispers exclusivity and the promise of something a little different.

Inside, the bar feels like you’re hanging out in someone’s incredibly stylish kitchen. A chic, low marble bar encourages mingling, while luxe velvet seats and wooden panelled walls create dark, cosy corners for more intimate chats. With no windows, the place has an intimate, secretive atmosphere that really sets the mood.

A standout feature of Síbín is its ceiling – an artistic installation of 1904 bottles, meticulously arranged to depict the Scottish Highlands. This unique element not only pays homage to Scotland’s rich heritage but also serves as a mesmerizing focal point, adding depth and character to the bar’s ambiance.

The drinks menu is just as impressive. With a huge selection of whiskies and spirits, and an extensive list of champagnes and wines, there’s something for everyone. But, I do have to say, the bespoke cocktails really steal the show. Each one is a masterpiece, like the ‘Shebeen’, which mixes Singleton 12-year-old malt whisky with Eau de Vie, Campari, pineapple, and bitters. Then there’s the ‘6 o’clock Swill’ – a show in a glass with its dramatic, smoke-filled bubble that pops to release a captivating, smoky aroma, thanks to a mix of Tanqueray Ten gin, yuzu, camomile, and vetiver gris. Not to mention, cocktails like ‘Clandestine’ and ‘Bootlegger’ are packed with innovative flavours, perfect for those who love a twist on the traditional.

The food is just as thoughtful as the drinks. We enjoyed canapé-style bites from the menu including cauliflower croquette with truffle mayo, a delightfully light tapioca cracker topped with king prawns, and a waffle topped with lobster and dill. They were perfect for nibbling as we sipped our drinks. The tangy lemon meringue tart is a must-try too!

Not just a ‘bar’, Síbín, offers live jazz music nights every Thursday and Friday. They will soon be featuring gigs from university music students, to add a fresh, energetic vibe to the mix, drawing in both hotel guests and locals alike.

Located near major London landmarks and just a stone’s throw from the Embankment and Westminster tube stations, Síbín is incredibly easy to get to. It’s not just a bar—it’s a destination.

It’s worth noting that Síbín comes with a price tag to match its luxurious offerings. While it might be on the pricier side, you definitely get what you pay for. The gorgeous, luxe surroundings and the high-quality drinks and bites make every penny spent feel worthwhile. It’s the perfect spot for a night out if you’re looking to treat yourself to a blend of intimate luxury and a bit of mystery. Whether you’re after a unique cocktail or a cosy spot to unwind, Síbín delivers an exceptional experience.

Overall, Síbín easily earns a five-star rating. The attentive service, stunning interior, and expertly crafted menu items ensure a memorable evening for all who visit.

Rating: 5/5


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