The Bloomsbury Club Bar | Atmospheric Cocktail Den with A Twinkling Terrace
If we could have a drink with one person living or dead, we know exactly who we’d pick.
The living one.
And while there’s a highly competitive shortlist for the less-living ones, we can be sure that pretty much every one of the booze-friendly luminaries in the Bloomsbury Set would be on it. And the Bloomsbury Club Bar is where you’d take them.
Snugly planted underneath the Bloomsbury Hotel, the Bloomsbury Club Bar is a ravishingly atmospheric ’20s style cocktail spot divided up into two areas – a main bar with art deco-ey flourishes, leather seating, and dark wood floors/ceiling/everything; and a relaxed, booth-filled grotto, with bare brick walls, and verdant greenery covered in so many twinkling little lights, it’s like you’re stepping into a damn fairytale. And on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can drink it all in while being serenaded by the dulcet notes of a live band, playing jazz, blues and soul.
To drink, you’ll find a cabinet full of fine and rare whiskeys, cognacs and liqueurs, and a new menu featuring a dozen signature cocktails inspired by the mythology of Ancient Egypt. ‘Open up and connect’ under the influence of Meri, the Universal Mother (and also a potent concoction of 10 year-old Bourbon, crème de cacao and Branca Menta); or ‘take a dramatic new direction’ with Anubis (channelled through cognac, dates and cardamom bitters). They’re potent, beautifully presented, and all highly creative.
Struggling to choose? Leave it to the fates – because the menu is in fact a giant pyramid, and if you circle an amulet around it, you’ll find it magically drawn to the cocktail which will transform your life. As conversation starters go, it’s a doozy.
To eat, you’ll find fancy bar snacks like a Paxton & Whitfield cheeseboard, truffle fries and aged beef sliders. And if all of that’s not decadent enough, there’s a cigar menu too, all drink-paired…
…in case you’re looking for a match.
NOTE: The Bloomsbury Club Bar is open below the Bloomsbury Hotel, Tuesday – Saturday from 5pm-1am. You can find out more, see which bands are playing and book a table HERE.
The Bloomsbury Hotel | 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
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