If it’s good enough for Made in Chelsea’s poshest star Mark-Francis Vandelli, it’s good enough for us! We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the swanky, celebrity-spotting wine and cocktail lounge that’s 68 and Boston. 68 is the wine bar, which is dimly-lit and the perfect place to enjoy a cheese board and a glass of red, and Boston is the upstairs cocktail den, which is snug and secluded, with dark wood panelled rooms and impeccably dressed bartenders. We headed to Soho to go and see why it’s such a celebrity magnet…
68 and Boston is located on Soho’s famous Greek Street, seconds from the iconic Soho Square in the heart of the West End. If you’re getting the Tube, it’s about a three minute walk from Tottenham Court Road station.
This new Soho haunt is the brainchild of Eric Yu, Luca Cordiglieri and Martin Malley, three of the biggest bar connoisseurs in the business, so we expected the drinks to be flawless and the service faultless. And we were right.
Though it’s not obvious at first, 68 is the wine bar which is downstairs, and Boston is the upstairs cocktail lounge. We decided to work our way up, so took a table in the wine bar and started scanning the menu while trying not to stare at Chelsea star Mark-Francis who was swirling a big glass of red in the corner.
I immediately liked the fact that they price their wines identically: a glass is £5.50, carafes are £14 and bottles are £20. It gives you the opportunity to try something you wouldn’t normally, without getting hung up on the price - big tick. We chose the El Monstruo de las Montañas Malbec and the Pueblo del Sol, Sauvignon Blanc, and also the charcuterie and cheese sharing board for two, with some olives and bread and oil. Service was quick and friendly, the wine was delicious and the creamy cheeses and salty meats were the perfect accompaniments.
The place is warm, romantic and dimly lit, and we really had to drag ourselves upstairs to see the cocktail lounge. We’re glad we did, because it is definitely the star of the show. It’s a post-war style bar, with little hidden rooms and an assortment of seating options in different nooks and crannies. We were immediately approached by a bartender in a white tux, who showed us to a seat, poured us some water and a bowl of nuts. We took his recommendation for drinks; I tried a Rose Tinted (£10) which was a refreshing, fruity blend of gin, elderflower liquor, lime juice, bitters and prosecco, and my drinking partner tried the Spanish ’75 (£10), which was a deliciously fresh gin cocktail with a lovely taste of rosemary. The bartenders were friendly, chatty and certainly expert, and we had a truly enjoyable evening of good food and drink.
We’ll definitely be going back when we’re feeling a little more adventurous to try their Squid Ink Martini and Chorizo Old Fashioned!
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