Under The Stairs
Bar, Restaurant, European, British, Vegetarian
Down the twisting set of stone stairs from Merchant Street is, appropriately, Under the Stairs. This is an Old Town basement bolthole open from noon each day. Inside the dimly lit cosy nook, mismatched furniture beckons customers forth. The additional soft furnishings – the vintage clocks, glowing fish tanks – are quirky enough to charm you into staying. In the afternoons, Under the Stairs’ trade is espressos, herbal teas and liqueur-laced coffees and hot chocolates. After dark, however, the expansive cocktail list – which changes every few weeks to incorporate seasonal ingredients into the drinks – is a decent draw. Some of the more recent inventions from this bar’s mixologists include the Mellow Yellow with lemon, vanilla and elderflower. There is also the beetroot and wasabi-tequila margarita and the green tea cooler with pear, cucumber, lime and vodka. One can always make a special request for an assemblage to suit personal tastes. It would be criminal to let the 16 types of rum and Cachaca behind the bar go to waste. Sharing plates are also available to help mop up the copious liquids. Served are items such as pitta breads with spiced hummus and goats cheese and pomegranate seed dips. Not to mention there are more filling mains like rump steak with blue cheese sauce.