Nestled below the already petite Balls & Company – a Soho restaurant specialising in meatballs, and whose charm is belied by that mischievous name – is Company Below: an even tinier gem of a cocktail bar, where the jewel-toned atmosphere aims firmly at the romantic.
The cocktails are accordingly bijou, and play on a botanical theme. The Vane’s Decline, a concoction of spiced rum, rooibos tea, rosewater, black pepper, and Angostura bitters, offers a beautiful interplay of floral flavours; The Evergreen mixes sake, fir tree liqueur, walnut butter, lemon, and egg white to delicious and riveting effect. Other signature drinks feature ingredients ranging from plum vodka and aloe vera to thyme liqueur and celery bitters; all are worth your while, so don’t be put off by the uncharted culinary territory.
Lest you sip a bit too quickly, a menu of comforting bar snacks is there to do some sopping. Company Below’s take on the bao trend, stuffed with slow-cooked short rib, packs a good deal of satisfaction in a bite-sized portion. Order polenta chips and squid ink arancini on the side, and you have the makings of a decadent night out.