Saturday, December 31, 2022

This little piggy makes an excellent cocktail

A review of Fitzrovia speakeasy The Lucky Pig


The Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia rather reminded me of a bar I once went to in North Beach, San Francisco. Dark and hidden in a basement, this speakeasy styled venue mixes a distressed interior with a clientele who look as if they’ve come straight from their desks at Saatchi & Saatchi.


The Lucky Pig's bar is well run and though busy, there was no struggle to get a drink
The Lucky Pig’s bar is well run and though busy, there was no struggle to get a drink
The Lucky Pig is decorated in an eccentric style and the atmosphere is lively
The Lucky Pig is decorated in an eccentric style and the atmosphere is lively


Cocktails are the order of the day and the bar staff here make them exceptionally well. With the majority priced at between £9 and £9.50, a Gosling’s Dark & Stormy presented in a jam jar and a drink named the “Southside Royal”, combining Bombay Sapphire, champagne, cucumber and mint, were both excellent.


Cocktails at The Lucky Pig are well presented and superbly made
Cocktails at The Lucky Pig are well presented and superbly made


Classic cocktails such as an Old Fashioned and a gin martini, equally, were interpreted perfectly and the staff and manager, Olly Hornby-Smith, formerly of Soho House and Match Bar, were efficient and knowledgeable. Live music is a regular feature here and the crowd of media types most definitely got into the spirit.


Guest beers on offer included 1936 Swiss beer and canned Hobo Czech lager
Guest beers on offer included 1936 Swiss beer and canned Hobo Czech lager
Though the contents of the can were not especially impressive, the wit of their marketing team amused
Though the contents of the can were not especially impressive, the wit of their marketing team amused


The Lucky Pig change their guest beers monthly and we tried both the Swiss 1936 beer and the Hobo Beer Company craft Czech lager. The 1936, which I’ve tried elsewhere, was a winner but we thought it a little curious for a venue to be charging £5 for Hobo, a beer in a can that frankly tasted “tinny”.


The Lucky Pig sadly did not score highly in the dining stakes. Priced at £14.90 per dish, which I’d suggest is surprisingly highly for what essentially are snacks, are such things as spicy chilli dogs and burgers. My companion commented that the chilli dogs were “beyond inedible” and I must say the burgers were bland and disappointing. Platters of cured meats (£16) and vegetable mezze (£14.50), which, of course, are virtually impossible to get wrong were perfectly acceptable and if you are to eat anything, these are much better bets.


For a fun night’s drinking in a genuinely eccentric setting, The Lucky Pig definitely strikes all chords. Just be sure that you pig out in advance.


The Lucky Pig, 5 Clipstone Street, Fitrovia, London, W1W 6BB. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7436 0035. Website:


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  1. The Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia reminded me of the time Paris Hilton purchased a pet pig as her latest accessory in 2009. PETA fired off the following statement: “calling the hotel heiress a “wretched example” treating animals like they are disposable as her friends and lovers.
    Paris Hilton America’s queen of sleaze is now trying to keep up with the Kardashian’s.

  2. The Lucky Pig’s bar area creates an appearance of elegance from a bygone era. It reminds me of a scene from Woody Allen’s “Play it again Sam” I will give it ago.


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