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The Best Bars in Soho: 68 and Boston

Ideal for both dates and mates, 68 and Boston is a wine and cocktail bar duo that opened last year on Soho’s Greek Street to a fanfare reception. 

68 refers to the ground floor wine bar, where every bottle is priced at £20; a simple and genius concept that allows flavour to guide the menu, not pound coins. Wine is also served by the carafe and glass, within a rustic, informal setting featuring high wooden chairs, paint-distressed walls, blackboards, bottles and hanging baskets. 

Boston is the upstairs speakeasy-style cocktail bar and boasts a completely different vibe. Finger-clicking jazz music and seductive low lighting set the tone for this intimate drinking den, cut with a dash of 1920s prohibition glamour. Heavy velvet curtains hang over hidden rooms with cosy corners, or alternatively prop up on a high wooden stool and watch the bar in action. 

We recommend that you reserve a table and work your way through the cocktail menu, which includes stalwart classics and house twists, including a chorizo Old Fashioned and the sweetly potent Muriel’s Colony, mixed with rum, strawberry balsamic shrub, sugar, orange bitters and egg white.

While two very different bars, you can easily flit from one to the other and both are open until 2am. 

5 Greek Street, London W1D 4DD, 020 7287 3713, www.68andboston.com

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