• Baltic bar
74 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8HA
020 7928 1111
Opening Hours: 
Monday - Saturday: 12:00-15:00-17:30-0:00
Sunday: 12:00-16:00-17:30-0:00
Vodka isn’t the only house speciality you’ll find here.

As soon as you step in off the street you’ll know that this place is different.

Firstly, there’s the aroma that hits you as you enter the bar area. Side-by-side with every brand name you can think of are vats of maturating flavoured vodka. Pear vodka, cherry vodka, strawberry vodka, caramel vodka…the list is almost never-ending.

Then there’s the food. Owner Jan Woroniecki comes from Poland but the food here is influenced by dishes from places as diverse as Georgia, Russia and Hungary. If you get the chance, try the dumplings followed by one of the house stews.

Finally, there is the stunning architecture (think White Cube gallery with a rustic element) and hidden depths, including a private dining room for 30 that overlooks the restaurant.

It’s all this that gives Baltic such an idiosyncratic feel and keeps us coming back.

Our little known fact about Baltic:
The building used to be a factory for religious artefacts – check out some of the reminders on the façade of this Grade II listed building. Despite being derelict when Jan bought it, the atmosphere owes much to the exposed brickwork and wooden beams that he has retained.