A subterranean bar in an unusual location on the edge of the city, ‘Discount Suit Company’ is an underground speakeasy that once was the stockroom of the tailors above. Sitting in the centre of Wentworth Street (part of the Petticoat Lane Market) it’s surrounded by street traders and fabric shops, but once the hubbub of the trading market ceases, the street falls silent, unless you know what’s lurking underground! This is the perfect location for a secret speakeasy.
Stepping down the wooden stairs through a velvet curtain into the small dimly lit bar, my date and I were greeted by a very friendly waitress. While our eyes adjusted to the moody lighting, we could hear the super cool funk and northern soul playing through the speakers, setting the scene for a very relaxed and somewhat vintage experience. Luckily it wasn’t busy when we arrived so we managed to get a seat (there’s not many), within half an hour it had filled to capacity so we timed it perfectly!
The decor of Discount Suit Company is wood panelling with exposed brickwork, pipes and beams, think Wilton’s Music Hall’s grungier little sister. It is an atmospheric and sexy little bar that gives the feeling you’ve stepped in to a laid back and informal 1960’s spy drama.
The cocktail menu is small, yet well tailored to suit all tastes, it hosts around 10 cocktails, all delightfully named and full of very eccentric flavours and ingredients. So eccentric that my date and I were a little befuddled as to what to choose, but our trusted waitress was only too happy to sit down and talk us through it all. She really knew her stuff and wanted to get to know what we liked, I replied “something sweet but manly” (don’t laugh) so she recommended the “Goldfish Bathtub” which was spot on. My date got a “Skipper” – a delicious blend of rum and white port, which was slightly sweet and packed a punch.
We sampled a few more of the flavoursome cocktails but the “Goldfish Bathtub” was a firm favourite. We didn’t get anything to eat but nibbles are available if the form of olives or you can go for a Neal’s Yard Dairy cheeseboard if you need proper snackage.
Discount Suit Company is a quirky, relaxed and intimate speakeasy with personable service and killer cocktails, a quintessential bar for a date in East London, now go reserve yourself a table!