Low, Slow & Juke – a hip joint for cocktails and southern charm – Westminster, London
Just down the road from Westminster Abbey is the newly launched Low, Slow & Juke. With a menu promising smoked cocktails, craft beers, smokehouse meats and some good ol’ Southern charm of course I had to go and check it out. At No1 Abbey Orchard Rd, this place is just off the main road going down to Victoria. With a discreet door on the street you go down the stairs to the basement bar. Blues music pumped out of the speakers and it was full of other like-minded people curious to sample the new menu.
We started our night with a few cheeky cocktails. The cocktails range in price between £8-9 for the most part, very reasonably priced for London. With many having a smoky base they were delicious, maybe a little too delicious as they went down all too easily. The Rhubarb and Rosemary Daiquiri took top place for me closely followed by the Pear Fizz. When I go to a venue that prides itself on it’s cocktails that is usually what I will try, however when I saw Beavertown Pale Ale on the list I knew I had to have it. Difficult to find in most bars this is one you have to try, it is easily one of my favourite beers.
With a variety of drinks being tried out it is always a good idea to keep some room for food. Low, Slow & Juke have a menu made up of slow cooked meats and sides. With everything from baby back ribs, beef brisket and deep fried mac ‘n cheese to name a few, my favourite dishes were the chilli and caramel chicken wings and the BBQ chicken. The salads were pretty good too, red cabbage slaw and the green slaw for me, not too much dressing and plenty of crunch.
One of the things that I always like to check out are the bathrooms. Weird I know but I always think front of house can look amazing but the loos usually let you in on what it’s like behind the scenes. Filled with ‘posters’ of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and the like, with the appropriate music of the deep south piping through the speakers, the Ladies at L,S & Juke are pretty cool. I could easily have spent more than the necessary amount of time required in there just looking over the music history adorning the walls.
Low, Slow & Juke is open Mon-Friday from 11.00am-11.00pm