Once a tailor’s shop, Discount Suit Company now takes measures of a different kind.
Having transitioned from rundown corner of London to a hip paradise, Spitalfields is looking rather sleek nowadays. However, there’s one building around here that still looks rather rundown. Discount Suit Company is an old, tatty-looking shop that would probably be your last choice to buy a suit from. A wise choice, because they don’t actually make suits. Discount Suit Company is, in fact, one of London’s best hidden cocktail bars.
Ignore the misleading facade which promises “alterations while u wait”, or you’ll be waiting a very long time. Discount Suit Company is the former stock room of the tailor’s shop above, and getting in is a bit of a stitch-up. For first-timers, the trick is to spot the small black door at street level, and head down into the bar.
Discount Suit Company is a cosy little place that can be a bit of a tight fit sometimes. Between the low ceilings and small floor space, the bar will fill up rather quickly. Little touches of its past life remain, from mannequins to sewing equipment, but the squashy sofas and cosy armchairs are welcome additions.
Happily, the cocktail menu is reasonably priced, with drinks clocking in at around £8 each. A blend of original concoctions and forgotten classics means you’ll be discovering new favourites in no time, such as the Texan Tommy. Made with bourbon, madeira, ginger beer syrup, and chocolate bitters, it’s an intriguing addition to our cocktail bucket list (don’t pretend you don’t have one too).
Other tantalising options include the Manuka Fizz, featuring olive oil gin, and hints of lemon and tonka bean. On the classic side, Two Irish Men will add a proper whisky kick to your diet. Discount Suit Company also have a new guest cocktail each month, meaning that this menu will always hold something of intrigue.
If you get peckish, try the cheese board filled with cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy – just remember that they can’t adjust your clothes if you overindulge… Topping off the speakeasy experience are Discount Suit Company’s powerhouse playlists. A huge supply of vinyls means your evening drink will be soundtracked with a top mix of motown and soul, although you’ll be a little hard-pressed to find space to dance.
Between the cocktails and the cosy vibes, Discount Suit Company is beginning to look like a pretty good fit. Ooh, suits you sir!
Location: 29 Wentworth Street, E1 7TB. Nearest station is Aldgate East. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 5pm-12am (Monday to Thursday), 2pm-1am (Friday to Saturday), 5pm-11pm (Sunday).
Price: entry is free, and you can book in advance. Cocktails will cost you around £8.
More information: head to their website.
Featured image: @the_lord_1982