.Step in off the street, walk down the stairs and transport yourself to the world of Izakaya. This Japanese style drinking house is cosy on tap with an air of unfussy cool. The decor is inviting enough to always leave space for a dancefloor if needs be. Oriental prints on the wall chime in harmony with red lanterns which distil shadowy intimacy to those underneath. There’s some cult black and white classic projected on the walls such as Harakiri, the 1962 samurai drama. Behind the bar, there’s a Kirin and Leffe beers on draft but all eyes should be on their bartenders as they mix, shake and stir cocktails with a confidence that would unnerve Tom Cruise. Their music policy is house and funky with the likes of DJ Bubbles spinning there frequently and if you nip out the back for a smoke, you’ll find yourself in alley huddle with steel staircases climbing to the sky and the churning sounds of the city within earshot.