510b Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AB
Three Sheets is the cocktail world’s best example of beauty in simplicity. This tiny space in London’s Dalston is the result of the uncluttered philosophy of brothers Max and Noel Venning – there are 30 seats, a single shelf of spirits and a dozen cocktails to choose from. It’s this execution of the basics and the creation of easy-on-the-palate twists on classics that has made this bar a firm favourite of the trade – there isn’t another place in London where you’ll find more off-duty bartenders per square foot.
The go-to cocktails at Three Sheets are the Shiso Miso, an Old Fashioned by blueprint, with Japanese whisky, miso and shiso leaf the building blocks, and the French 75, a carbonated gin, lemon, moscato and orange flower mix poured from a bottle. Indeed, many of Three Sheets’ ingredients are pre-batched for consistency, simplicity and speed. In a cocktail world of complexity and one-upmanship, there’s beauty in that.