Crossroads – a new cocktail bar run by drinks industry duo Bart & Monika Miedeksza – has now opened in Camden.
With so many sad tidings of staple bar haunts like Milk & Honey closing and legendary teams such as those at The Savoy‘s American Bar and Beaufort Bar being disbanded, it is a relief to be able to report some good news, today in the form of a brand new cocktail bar opening in Camden.
Crossroads is opening its doors for the first time today (5th August 2020, 5pm) at the underground bar previously Ladies & Gentleman Camden (sister bar of Ladies & Gentleman Kentish Town). Whilst the bar is new, the husband and wife team running it are old names in the drinks industry, with Bart Miedeksza hailing from Dalston’s bartender favourite, High Water, and Monika (Typing Room and Vagabonds Wine) in charge all things wine.
“It’s a dream come true for me to take over one of the established Ladies & Gentleman bars, and run it as my own. We aim to serve premium cocktails in fine glassware to customers who relish foraged ingredients and seasonal recipes.“
Bart was given the opportunity to head-up the operation during lockdown after working with Willy Borrell, founder of Vestal Vodka and Ladies & Gentleman Kentish Town. The site has been fully renovated and Willy states he has “no doubt that Bart will make a huge success of Crossroads […] I really admire his creativity and enthusiasm for the industry and leaving the Camden site in his capable hands has freed me up to focus on our Kentish Town site and Vestal’s ongoing journey.”
Crossroads aims to be a boutique neighbourhood hangout offering a selection of cocktails using homemade and locally sourced ingredients such as black pepper shrub, cherry infused whisky and bay leaf cordial. Our eyes are certainly on Ace of Spades – a boozy beauty featuring Bourbon, Rooibos, peat and bitters.
When it comes to the wine list, Monika will be responsible for making the very best wine selections for guests, from a list “support[ing] small and independent producers of wines and spirits with a focus on terroir.”
“My wife and I practically grew up in hospitality, met in a restaurant, and moved to London to pursue our industry careers, so opening our own place was always the goal for us. We cant wait to show guests what we have in store…”
Crossroads, Old Victorian Toilets, 213 Royal College Street, NW1 0SG