Courtesy of @Blogandduck:
Speakeasy's and Soho go together like ale and pork scratchings. For a warren of entertainment, vice and danger (like the one sandwiched between Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue), the drinking dens that inhabit it should be clandestine and tenebrous and alluring.
Once you have squeezed past the serious, black suited gentleman on the door, you are not disappointed by what you find at the bottom of the stairs; a thoughtful throwback to 60's Americana. The warm is a mixture of faux stone and wood panelled cladding. Kitsch patterns adorn both the walls and the floor. The whole placed is bathed in the sort of glowing bar light that gives you one of the few reasons to lament the smoking in pubs. How glorious this place would look with the dense mist of tobacco smoke. Pop art boxes are ticked via pictures of Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Murray and Arnie eating burgers.
Burgers add to the Americana feel, well Sliders to be precise, as trendy Hackney foodies Lucky Chip have a 'pop up' tenure here under the name 'Slider Bar'. Wonderfully fun food and well worth checking out in its own right.
Back to booze though, and whilst cocktails are their priority, The Player still has a decent bottled beer or two that are worth checking out. Alex, our knowledgeable and enthusiastic waiter, suggested the Goose Island 312. They also had a Brooklyn EIPA as well, amongst others.
The Player Bar is members bar so is off limits to the hoi polloi after 11pm, but it is well worth checking out; for a cocktail, a decent bottled beer or slider.