Cool tunes and a supremely stocked bar add up to one fun night out. Don’t forget your dancing shoes
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Between the thumping sound system and partygoers keen to duck the cover charge – it’s free entry before 9pm – Mint wastes little time in getting the party started. While punters tear up the dance floor to everything from underground electro-house to Ace of Base and Tone Loc, Ben Tua and his team keep things moving at the bar with bespoke beverages the order of the night. Admittedly, the lack of a cocktail list in such a high volume environment can be problematic, but approachable bar staff ensure your perseverance (speak loudly, speak slowly) is rewarded, perhaps by the likes of a well-balanced Amaretto sour, or maybe a complex Antica Formula Negroni. Then again, purists would probably prefer the likes of Angostura 1824 rum and its top-shelf brethren neat and unadorned. It pays to ask about seasonal specials, too, certainly if the likes of a refreshing “Summer Poncho” of Tanqueray 10, elderflower, ginger, lemon and prosecco are on offer. Although spirits are a strong suit, Mint’s wine offering begins and ends with Martini sparkling, so don’t come harbouring grape expectations. A workable beer selection, however, goes some ways to making amends while Mint’s quirky, backyard themed decor – garden gnomes above the bar; patches of fake lawn by the entrance – reinforces its playful vibe.