With its jet black and golden brass interior, Handshake has the feel and look you’d expect from a 1920s speakeasy, as seen through Hollywood eyes. And, unsurprisingly, classics play a big part here, in particular with a selection of cocktails based on vintage spirits – if a Hanky Panky made with a century-old amaro appeals to you, you’ve come to the right place. However, at Handshake, tradition is also a springboard for more creative endeavours, in particular since the bar relocated from Polanco to Colonia Juarez in the spring of 2021 and Dutchman Eric Van Beek took over the creative reins.
The latest menu is a tribute to the Mexican bar community and its resilience and features recognisable drinks, with a twist – an Old Fashioned with brown butter mushroom or a mole and sesame Michter’s Manhattan. Behind Handshake’s secret door, the 2020s really do feel like the 1920s, and vice-versa.