Go: To Forge

Previously known as Abacus, the lively restaurant and night time spot has had a face lift. Having been revamped, it is a somewhat smarter venue than before. Now named Forge this enormous space in The City is a regular haunt for after work drinks. I was invited down to see what is so great about the new and improved Forge. 

Upstairs is the main restaurant, where a certain olympic diver / national treasure dined, and a bar area. Downstairs is another bar with booths, open pan space and bar stools. This is the cocktail region. Adjacent to this is the club. A restaurant, two bars and a night club in one venue? I told you it was enormous. 

We began with a cocktail downstairs. The cocktails have no names, just numbers. I had the number 82: Zubrowka Vodka, Champagne, lemon juice, peach syrup, sugar syrup, cucumber juice and green cardamom. A lethal concoction, I suspect, but it went down a treat. A bottle of Prosecco later (shared) and it was time to try the bar upstairs. Another cocktail for my friend, a glass of wine for me, a charismatic waiter served us both. The men of The City chose this opportunity to make their advances to no avail, obviously. After we slurped these next drinks down we checked out the club before departing. No one had gone in there yet from the other bars. This suited us as we decided not to give into the allure of a late night out but we snuck in a quick dance to (some absolutely fantastic) tunes before darting off to catch the last horse drawn carriage tube home. 

The venue is really quite extraordinary, it is refreshingly un-cramped despite its huge popularity. The space is unique and well presented throughout. There are many men in a suit much to many a single female's delight, should you be that way inclined. For those less impressed by banker-esque chat up lines this could be a low, but there are worse things. And on the flip side the service from all of the staff we encountered, hosts, waiters and bar tenders were extremely friendly, kind and helpful. I have yet to try the restaurant or the night club but I look forward to enjoying both, in particular the former (I'm more of a foodie that likes her bed than a late night raver). Overall my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will definitely be back, even if we have to forge our way in! 

Address:
24 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND
Nearest Tube: Bank

Opening Hours:
Monday - Tuesday     11am till late
Wednesday - Friday   11am till 3am

Dress Code:
Smart/casual. No sportswear permitted / trainers or ripped Jeans

Website:

Upstairs At The Bar


Downstairs At The Bar

Downstairs In The Club

The Location

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