This intimate, literature focused, little Art-Deco bar may appear quintessentially quaint, but it offers up some of the best cocktails and dishes in Dalston.
The colourful interior is an eclectic mix of palm leaf wallpaper, silver trinkets and cherry wood bookshelves. Indeed, literature is the theme here, with the cocktails being categorised into Beatniks, Gonzo, Dystopian and True Confessions. However, far from being pretentious, the mantra at Victory Mansion is to 'leave your sophistication with your coat' - bar tenders
Ex Ottolenghi head chef Sam Browne-Wilkinson has created a selection of British/European small plates, which are inventive and seasonal (as well as being very reasonably priced). Octopus, orange, fennel, candied garlic, was beautifully balanced, and snacks of Buckwheat & beetroot crackers, with pistachio and yoghurt disappeared in a matter of minutes.
The cocktail menu is fun and zingy; the Grapes of Wrath - Glenlivet, port, red grapes, lemon, cider syrup, bubbly - was a particular highlight.
With affable and knowledgeable staff - all dedicated mixologists - this is the perfect place for relaxing with friends and sipping cocktails long into the night.