BAR OF THE WEEK FOR LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK: SEE, EAT AND DRINK IN SOHO

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If you’ve always wanted to explore Soho or if you already call it your second home, this bar is a must-see, must-drink, must-eat kind of establishment. El Camion is a Mexican restaurant and late-night venue that sits in the heart of London’s social scene, just waiting for you to go along this London Cocktail Week.

El Camion, Soho

In Three Words: Vibrant, Buzzing, Authentic

The Lowdown: How do you choose where to go in Soho? It’s basically just winding streets crammed with delicious looking eateries and unusual establishments to stop for a drink. Well, wonder no more, because El Camion is the best place to get authentic Mexican food and an expertly created cocktail.

With a relaxed yet buzzing vibe, you’re invited to indulge in a margarita or four, and then casually move onto their awesome quesadillas and tacos- El Camion has something for everyone. Downstairs is the late night Pink Chihuahua bar, serving incredible drinks in a funky, colourful and very cool atmosphere.

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Your Plus One: A friend who likes a good time – El Camion is a place for fun, frolics and just general enjoyment. Don’t be surprised if you pop in for a tequila-based creation at 5pm and still find yourself grooving downstairs at two in the morning – it’s the kind of venue that once you’ve arrived, you don’t want to leave.

The Decor: Upstairs incorporates bright and colourful tablecloths, exotic Day of the Dead paraphernalia, glinting tequila bottles and a wall of over 300 hot sauces. It’s a sunshiny burst of primary colour. Downstairs embraces the more funky aspects – neon lights, vivid graffiti blazing from the walls, and little grottos in which to get the party going.

Cocktail Highlights: One of the claims to fame of El Camion is that their head bartender, Dick Bradsell, was the inventor of the Espresso Martini. He’s gone on to create their signature drink, the Pink Chihuahua – a fruity, frothy burst of flavour that has a delicious sherbet aftertaste.

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Something to Soak Up the Booze: Everything at El Camion has a fresh, authentic Mexican taste – you could almost be sitting in a bar in Tijuana. Don’t leave without trying their amazing burritos, which are available with beautifully seasoned meat or packed with vegetables if required. The crispy coated jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheese are also un-missable.

Burning a Hole? With most of the cocktail coming in at £8 or £9, this place is certainly not going to break the bank, and you can tell they’ve been created with an eye for detail. Food is also incredibly decently priced, considering the size of the portions and the quality – this is definitely one of the best gems in Soho for a well-priced evening.

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Overall: El Camion ticks so many boxes – it’s funky, fresh, offers a brilliant late night menu, a super downstairs bar and is also the kind of place you can simply wander into for a few drinks with friends. Come once and we can guarantee the welcoming staff will make a friend of you – don’t be surprised if this lovely Mexican cantina soon becomes your regular haunt.

BOE Magazine

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