Barts | A Genuinely Quirky Gem In The Heart Of Chelsea
Barts bills itself as “the worst kept secret, situated somewhere on Sloane Avenue”.
Brought to you by The Inception Group (the same people behind Mr Fogg’s, Cahoots, and more), it’s a similarly quirky gem, this time 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 from 7pm-late Wednesday-Thursday and 5pm-late Friday-Saturday. You can find out more, and make a booking, HERE.
Barts | Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW
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