Some restaurants have bars. Others, like Rockpool, have bars which are a destination in their own right.

Rockpool is a commanding presence on the cocktail and bar landscape, with polished service, elegant and properly made cocktails, great glassware (important) and urbane, knowledgeable barkeeps.

It may not be as razor sharp as it was in the heady early days when bar stars David Nguyen and James Connolly were shaking an making but Rockpool’s classic drinks are still a benchmark. They like to keep it real too, with updates on drinks such as Aperol sour which they call the Italian Sour. If you wish to eat, the bar menu is truly magnificent, and the by-the-glass wine list is, as expected, superb.