Occupying the eastern length of the landmark Brutalist building and accessed via the hotel’s red pill exterior lift, Sweetie’s sumptuous interiors, designed by long-time Standard collaborator Shawn Hausman, evoke an early 1970s Hollywood opulence. Ochre velvet sofas, ruched leather banquettes, mirrored tables, and a six-foot antique phallic sculpture set the tone for this intimate new destination: new wave glamour meets glorious misbehaviour.
Sweeties will offer a menu of naturally mood-boosting cocktails created by The Standard in collaboration with award-winning mixologists, Jack Sotti and Todd Austin. The cocktail menu will be centred around a blend of feel-good ingredients and energising adaptogens and nootropics – including reishi, ashwagandha and holy basil – to allow guests to ease into the night.
Signature cocktails include the pink Frothy Boi with lacto-rhubarb, gin, raspberry, pink pepper and gut-friendly fermented amazake oats, the Pick Me Up made with a blend of 8 adaptogenic mushrooms, brown vodka, buttery cacao and coffee, and the Crystal Healing – a vivid blue cocktail made with spirulina, pepper dulse seaweed distillate, bergamot, and electrolyte-rich coconut ice.
In tune with the wider menu, most cocktails will be available in non-alcoholic versions such as the silky smooth Holy Thursday featuring holy basil, green peppermint, white chocolate and mosaic hops, and the No Whey José with hot and cold strawberry, rose, red rice milk, and a salted coconut and lime leaf foam.
Music lovers will not want to miss the WAP, Purple Rain or Roots Manuva serves.
Sweetie’s will play host to an evolving line-up of international DJs playing expansive classic and contemporary sounds on its custom-made stack-style Funktion-One sound system. They will follow in the footsteps of a handful of artists including Honey Dijon, Arca, Robyn, Louie Vega, Benji B and Horse Meat Disco, who have all played the room’s bespoke sound system at private parties and give a flavour of the sounds to come – whether it be DJs spinning rare vinyl cuts to a sunset cocktail or losing yourself under the huge disco ball at 2am.
From 24th February, Sweeties will be open from 5pm on Wednesday to Saturday each week. The venue has room for 80 (seated) to 150 (standing). Reservations are recommended and can be made at www.standardhotels.com/london/features/sweeties