Tayer + Elementary: Drinks industry titans launch new bar concept on Old Street
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The years between 2012 and 2015 brought an unprecedented amount of success for Alex Kratena.
While working as Head Bartender at Artesian - the plush bar inside The Langham Hotel, on Regent Street - Kratena presided over a venue named as the World's Best Bar for four years consecutively. Individual prizes including a 'Best International Bartender' and 'Bar Personality of the Year' padded out his trophy haul even further.
Now, four years on from this remarkable run of achievements, Kratena has co-launched his own venue for the first time.
Together with his partner Monica Berg - herself a distinguished name in the industry - the pair introduced Tayer + Elementary to Old Street earlier this week (May 28).
The venue is effectively two bars in one. At the front is Elementary; a bright all-day bar with casual vibes and floor-to-ceiling windows.
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With space for 50, Elementary opens daily from 11.30am, serving bottomless coffee and snacks from TÁTÁ Eatery earlier in the day and then cocktails a little later.
The majority of Elementary's cocktails are served on tap, which means less time waiting and more time drinking, or taking pictures for Instagram, or both.
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TÁTÁ Eatery's signature Iberian Pork Sando is available on a menu split neatly into bites, snacks and mains.
The second string to Kratena and Berg's new venue is found at the back, behind a concrete partition. This is Tayer, a darker and sophisticated spot which also features its own creative studio; Outthink.
Tayer opens later in the day (from 5pm) and serves a constantly changing menu of seasonal drinks.
Kratena and Berg have worked with Jarr Kombucha, Partizan Brewery and Copenhagen's Empirical Spirits to put together a bespoke range of house products, and Tayer wants to offer a wine selection focused on young and upcoming producers.
To eat, visitors will be able to select their own individual plates or share some dishes around tapas-style.
Although TÁTÁ eatery's menu includes dishes inspired from across the globe, there's a leaning towards modern Asian style which makes use of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng - the TÁTÁ Eatery dream team - have put together a menu including Wagyu Don - barely cooked Wagyu beef, honey and soy glaze, yolk and pickles in short grain rice - and Braised Black Bean Aubergine Quesadilla - toasted rice paper with a filling of braised black bean aubergine, served with garlic sauce and a herb salad.
Interiors have been influenced by 'Scandi-functionality and Japanese minimalism juxtaposed with a playful slice of punk', and the venue opens only after Kratena and Berg spent three years perfecting their new concept.
Tayer + Elementary, 152 Old Street, EC1V 9BW. More details here.