Artesian | Marylebone Cocktail Bar
Remember that dream where you were drinking smoke from a floating pillow while surrounded by giant chrome ants?
Not a dream, buddy.
You were at Artesian.
And you were sitting on one of their plush purple sofas inside their decadent lounge, with its mirrored pagoda bar and décor inspired by the old Victorian cabinets of curiosity, ruminating on the fact that the place has won the title of World’s Best Bar. For the fourth year in a row.
Order a Join The Colony, and two cups – one with freeze-dried strawberries, pistachios and salted corn, one with Absolut Elyx, almond milk, juniper and bergamot – will both be served on the back of a giant chrome ant.
Choose an Anti-Hero to experience a mix of Don Julio Reposado, muscat, verjus, smoke, and bloody orange balanced on top of a silver Lego elephant. (Legend has it that the order for all the components crashed Lego’s website for a full 24 hours).
Or take a trip to the afterlife with Heaven is for Sinners, a heady mix of nutty Zacapa 23 rum, spicy Furikake seasoning, pineapple, mango and vanilla-scented tonka. All served in a hot molten stone while the drink itself is kept cold.
These are of course, but a small few of the many ever-so-slightly insane concoctions on the menu which has won the place more awards than we have space to list here.
Which for them? Is a dream come true.
NOTE: Artesian operates a no reservation policy but if you want to contact them you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0) 20 7636 1000.
Artesian | Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA
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