Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Movers & Shakers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Movers & Shakers

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Byline: CHRIS KANAL

EACH WEEK WE ASK A TOP LONDON BARMAN - OR BARGIRL - TO SPILL THE BEANS ON WHAT THEIR CUSTOMERS ARE DRINKING AND TALKING ABOUT THIS WEEK: Doris Carabetta, 34, from Nice.

Doris works at Essence, 2-5 Carthusian Street EC1. Tel: 020 7253 6009

What type of city workers do you get in?

Not too many suits - which I think is good!

We get around 85 per cent of what I call 'media types' - graphic designers and so on.

Do the ones at lunch differ from the ones after work?

At lunch, it's more City boys - the lawyers and accountants - and in the evening, more of a fashionable crowd. I'd describe it as Soho meets Hoxton: trendy - but without the attitude. There's a very laid-back vibe.

Do they ever come alone?

A lot of girls come here. Because I'm a woman and I own and run the bar, it has a less intimidating feel and they know it's not a pickup joint.

Are they on work jaunts or just social?

We have a lot of meetings in the afternoon.

There's a room in the basement for corporate events - and in the evening it turns into our dance floor. I DJ there myself.

What kind of drinks do they order?

The Mojito is very popular and gorgeous.

The bar's called Essence so we do essence of flavours - strawberry, almond and so on.

It's Valentine's Day. What would you recommend as a good colleague-seducer?

I'd go for the Pure Essence: vodka, strawberry liqueur, fresh stawberries and a sugar cube - all topped with champagne- What's the most expensive bar bill here?

[pounds sterling]10,000 at Christmas from a work do.

Have you ever been asked to mix up a Flaming Ferrari?

Never. We are more classy, darling.

Have you known any deals clinched at the bar?

No. We are not that kind of place.

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