Bars

Jason Allen 01/12/16


The Bloomsbury Club Bar

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 BCB 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’ll be able to drink it all in while being serenaded by the dulcet notes of a live band, playing jazz, blues and soul.

Bloomsbury Club Bar

To drink, you’ll find a cabinet full of fine and rare whiskeys, cognacs and liqueurs, and a menu featuring cocktails inspired by a 1910 tarot deck and the 14 states of being. Feeling melancholic? The Persian Mist promises to lift your spirits. Trying to let your date down gently? The Black Narcissus claims to prevent passion turning into obsession. Indecisive? Well, there isn’t a drink for that, but they do have a Cocktail Diviner on hand ready to uncover your true emotions and channel them into alcoholic form. Which sounds healthy enough.

Bloomsbury Club Bar

To eat, you’ll find fancy bar snacks like a Paxton & Whitfield cheeseboard, steak sandwiches and shrimp & scallop 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-2am. 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

Last Updated: 13th December 2021


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The Bloomsbury Club Bar


The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Central London, WC1B 3NN
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