Tayēr + Elementary

50Best Accolades

This eagerly anticipated venue from bartending super group Monica Berg and Alex Kratena landed in 2019, meeting, even exceeding, expectations. A bar of two parts, Elementary is the easy-going space you’ll first step foot in, with floor-to-ceiling windows welcoming you in from Old Street. Here cocktails are served from taps and pre-mixed in bottles, so service is always swift and if the presentation is simple – simple short or long glasses with blocks of ice – the liquid is always delicious. Normally ingredient-led spins on classics, try the Jasmine Mai Tai with rum, orange curaçao, their own Muyu Jasmine Verte, almond and citrus – a sophisticated upgrade on the original. But if this is your first time, the bar’s almost trademarkable One Sip Martini is your first drink. Behind the concrete partition is Tayēr, where things get more serious. Centred by a large square bar, this is the cocktail boutique where creativity knows no bounds. But what connects these spaces is the pair’s mantra of restrained luxury – from the concrete-chic décor to the paired back drinks style to the sourcing of the ingredients – sustainability underpins it all.  After landing in the list at a higher position than all other new entries this year, Tayēr + Elementary is the Disaronno Highest New Entry 2020.

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