Run by the team behind Kings Cross’s Simmons bar and The Chelsea Pensioner, Simmons Camden is an eccentric cocktail den, offering an inventive selection of beverages, many served in dainty teapots and teacups. For the indecisive drinker, a cocktail slot machine on the bar will make the decision for you.
We met up with head barman, Jason Quick to get some insider knowledge on the bar and him.
Name of bar:
Describe your bar in a few words:
It’s a bit like my nan’s living room – kinda kitsch but not too kitsch – loads of old school paraphernalia – lampshades, teapots, teacups
What’s your signature drink:
I think most people would say one of our happy hour cocktails. Probably the Mirror Ball or the Slow Sailor.
Best thing you’ve ever overheard at the bar:
I had a girl come up and say “do you know how hard it is to speak to you” and I said “no, why”and she said “because you are so intimidatingly good looking” – I was pretty happy for the rest of the night! It’s the first time I’ve ever been called intimidating.
What do you think will be the next big trend in drinks?
That’s a hard one. I think maybe Sherry, that’s getting some attention or maybe rum, dark ones.
If you had to have one drink before you died, what would it be?
Definitely an old fashioned
Jason’s Brockmans cocktail creation: The Elder Mary Martini
- 50ml Brockmans gin
- 10ml martini extra dry
- 12.5ml homemade elderflower and rosemary syrup
- Fill a boston glass with crushed ice and water to act as a water bath for the metal shaker
- Pour all ingrediants in to a metal shaker full of ice
- Place Shaker in the water bath (only the bottom third of the shaker needs to be submerged) and stir until the point you see ice form across the metal shaker. (looks cool)
- Fine strain in to a chilled martini glass
- Finish with a twist of lemon
Fancy trying it? Get down to Simmons and ask Jason for one of his Brockmans Elder Mary Martini’s.