Barts bills itself as “the worst kept secret, situated somewhere on Sloane Avenue”.
It’s a genuinely quirky gem, tucked away within a large 1930’s apartment block in the heart of Chelsea. As, indeed, are many other unmarked doors leading to cosy, intimate lounges – only seeing as those belong to genuine residents, they’re not usually as welcoming.
Made up of one modestly-proportioned room and a Cuban-themed Havana garden, Barts is filled with peculiar pictures, alternative ornaments and the hum of a funk and soul/80s soundtrack. Just like in the 30s.
A haul of 40 cocktails are listed in an authentic, custom-made comic book menu. It’s the place to go for cocktails like Churchill’s Breakfast (bacon-fat washed whiskey, teapot bitters, tobacco and coffee liqueur) and I’m On Fire! (rum, mescal, red wine reduction and chocolate), or to enjoy the famous Barts sharing cocktails – all of which come served in teapots. Have enough of those, and you’ll be ready to tackle the fancy dress box.
Of all the bars in Chelsea, Barts is a genuinely “intimate” one. Access can’t always be guaranteed: it very much depends on numbers in the bar at any one time, so best to always call ahead.
NOTE: Barts is open daily from 6pm-midnight (1am Weds – Sat). You can find out more, and make a booking, HERE.
Barts | Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW
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