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Beer Hawk is an online beer retailer, but it's increasingly spilling out into the real world through central London bars. The first opened in Southwark in 2018, and now we have a second in Farringdon... or Charterhouse, as the place is branded.
You'll find it in a distinctive wedge-shaped building that's seen bars come and go over the years. We hope this one's a keeper, because it's really, really good.
First and foremost, the choice of drinks gives nearby Craft Beer Co a run for its money. You'll find 10 on draught, most of which will be unfamiliar unless you're really, really into beer. But then turn 180 and you'll be confronted with a row of fridges, packed to the gunwales with bottles and cans. Drink in, or take out.
Booze procured, you should head upstairs. The first-floor room is a characterful space, shaped like the prow of a ship (which happily justifies our gunwales remark). You could spend a satisfying evening up here, watching the comings and goings around Smithfield Market.
While you're at it, a game or two on the vintage arcade machines might appeal. You don't even need to return to the bar, as help-yourself-pumps can be found along one wall.
This is a magnificent bar; a new treasure for a part of town with no shortage of drinking options. Good luck to the venture.
Quiz night is Tuesday.
Last updated August 2019.