Half way down Lower Marsh sits Carriage 34. As you walk in, immediately you are transported back to a different era, its moody low lighting, chandeliers and simple yet slick wooden design has a real elegance and charm of the 1940′s.
The main feature of the venue is three screens hosting images of passing scenery with adjacent ‘train booths’, spacious leather seating with a table in between so you can sit opposite your date and enjoy the train ride. It’s a lovely concept and sets a great romantic feel for a date – a first date in particular. The music is a mixture of soul, swing and blues so you couldn’t help but tap your foot in time to the rhythm.
To start with, we were greeted by a cheerful barman who recommended ‘The Waterloo Brew’ which was rum shaken with guava juice, lime juice and Chambord then topped with ginger beer – our definite favourite of the night.
My date had a ‘Last Train to Paris’ – currant flavoured vodka with Chambord, crème and raspberry purée – sweet and very delicious. But if you’re unsure what to choose, just tell the barman what flavours you like and he will create something outside of the menu just for you.
After the lovely refreshing cocktails we decided to liven up the evening a bit by heading to Cubana down the road for some dancing and more cocktails. Carriage 34 is relatively new so is still on the quiet side but is sure to busy up in the coming weeks, a fantastic bar to start your evening in Waterloo.