Francesca Gillett spent an evening at A Shot in the Dark, a hidden bar on City Road for a drink and some food and came back quite happy.
At 6pm on a Wednesday, most cafes will be winding down with their last few cappuccinos while the majority of bars will be yet to welcome their first customers. But not for A Shot in the Dark on City Road.
The stylish, dimly-lit coffee bar was heaving with both large groups of students and older couples when I walked through the doors not knowing what to expect.
Its dark exterior means the cleverly marketed café-stroke-bar is easy to miss amid the endless takeaways and spice shops, which are part of City Road characteristics.
Like a fancy independent café, A Shot in the Dark offers a wide range of coffees, teas, hot chocolates, milkshakes, smoothies and cold drinks – but some with a twist.
I ordered a hot chocolate with Malibu off of an extensive menu of hot drinks fused with alcohol and was served an extremely generous ration of rum – almost two and half shot’s worth – which filled almost half a glass.
For a slightly pricey £4.50, it was a surprisingly tasty combination and went down a treat while I perused the food menu which was remarkably varied for such a small kitchen.
Platters of cheeses and tapas were up on the board as well as traditional café lunch favourites like jacket potatoes and toasties.
Prices might look a tad expensive but I was told the portions, like my shot of Malibu, were incredibly generous.
A Shot in the Dark has cracked a niche with their clever marketing fusion of café meets bar.
People check in to the stylish café around the clock, for a cooked breakfast at 8am until a boozy close at midnight or 1pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
With creative drinks ideas and a chilled-out atmosphere, the café bar is a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of City Road.