Dry-Friendly Bar: Be At One

Oh, the Espresso Martini.
Whenever I saw it on a drinks menu I would get positively giddy ordering it. There was something about the mix of espresso and alcohol that I loved so much. Getting a buzz within a buzz.
So when I saw it on the mocktail menu at Be at One, I did a double take. Could they really do an espresso martini without alcohol? I was almost afraid to order it for fear of being deeply disappointed.
Max the bartender at the Be At One in Guildhall was more than pleased to make it for me — in fact, he insisted I order two for the happy hour 2-for-1 special and offered to drink the second one for me. He said the secret was in the Italian orgeat almond syrup and gave me a “shot” of it to prove his point. (For a split second I felt like my old self getting free shots from the bartender!) The drink itself was creamy and smooth, though a tad filling due to the half and half so I’d save it for dessert.
Be At One has a long list of mocktails — including a real virgin Virgin Mary — so you won’t feel out of place in this drinkers’ bar.

Decor: Dimly lit, post-work and weekend crowd

Price range: GBP4 (a great deal!)

Several locations throughout London and the southern U.K.

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