Augmenting an already successful enterprise can surely only make it better, like when Time Warner added AOL and finally secured all the free CDs. Now an already successful food-spot's adding a boozer: The Eastside Inn Bar.
Still in soft launch before an official Thursday kickoff, Eastside's a sudsy addition to the vaunted Farringdon eatery, serving up seasonal cocktails (plus bar food from Michelin-starred head chef Bjorn van der Horst) in a comfortably modern, wood-floored space with red leather seats, a huge black & gold hemispheric hanging lamp, and a fireplace flickering below an ornately framed mirror, who tearfully swears it was a cartoon rabbit that did it. Alongside the classics, the summer drink menu ranges from the Absolut-fueled chili/passion fruit/ginger/cucumber Goa, to the Bells/port/mint/lemon Highland Fling, to the Hendricks, Chambord, cucumber & raspberry Jimi Hendricks, guaranteed to make all the ladies foxy. There's also a selection of punchy after dinner drinks including the Makers/Remi/Martin & Ricard "Man after Midnight", the "Night of St. John" (eases together rum, homemade saffron bitters & Creme de Mure), and the Tanqueray/Jaeger/Dubonnet "Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels" -- which you might place in your mouth after allowing a woman named Madonna to lure you into a faux-Jewish religious cult.
Top-flight bar snackery comprises hot bites like the secret-recipe Eastside burger, roasted bone marrow w/duxelle 'shrooms, and shredded & breaded crispy pork belly, plus cold stuff like house-made gravlax and the ginger-dressed, cereal-coated raw yellowtail "Snap, Crackle and Pop" -- also what happened to the life savings of people who found out free CDs can be very costly.