You’ll be in cocktail heaven at Eve.
Bless me, father, for I have sinned. I covet delicious cocktails, am envious of those who drink them, and am greedy for even more boozy libations. I blame it all on Eve Bar, a wickedly tempting Covent Garden spot which invites you to repeatedly indulge the three most fun of the seven deadly sins: greed, lust, and gluttony. The cocktails flow freely, and you’re invited to ‘resist everything except temptation’. Yeah, like we really needed an excuse…
Steering gleefully into the good versus evil theme, the whole bar is a neon-drenched, low-lit paean to indulgence, temptation, and original sin. The Holy Trinity of any good cocktail bar, really. Eve is decorated with stained glass windows, juicy red apples, and other cheeky little reminders of the perils of temptation.
Despite the knowing decor, Eve will welcome saints and sinners alike, whether they take a pew at the bar, or in their little underground bower, affectionately nicknamed ‘Eden’. Although as Adam and Eve once found out, it’s a difficult task to leave Eden… maybe you should just stay?
The brainchild of feted London chef Adam Handling – Adam and Eve, get it? – you’d have to have the willpower of a saint to resist the menu of bar snacks. Handling’s spread includes cheese and truffle doughnuts, smoked cod with caviar, and more out-there plates like frog popcorn, flavoured with garlic and parsley.
Still, the main event here is to dive headfirst into the cocktail list, which offers another clever extension of the theme, featuring drinks such as Paradise Lost. A curious combination of rum, pandan, banana, ginger, popcorn, and matcha, this bubbling, smoking cocktail looks more akin to a mysterious potion than a drink, but it’s sure good for the ‘gram.
Other intriguing drinks include Adam’s Apple (gin, apple cordial, and Calvados), and the finely balanced Good & Evil, which mixes Reyka vodka, cream, cold brew coffee, maple syrup, and Fernet Branca. The cocktails are divided between three categories: Innocence, Temptation, and Indulgence – although I doubt you’ll be feeling particularly innocent when you leave this place…
Location: 34 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HF. Nearest stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 12-11:30pm (Mon – Thu), 12pm-late (Fri – Sat), closed on Sundays.
Prices: cocktails are £12-13, snacks are £4-7.
More information: on their website.