Party Earth Review Greeted at the battered, paint-speckled door by a man in a waistcoat, first-time visitors to Experimental Cocktail Club can hardly be blamed if they find themselves a bit skeptical, unless of course they’re already familiar... ... read full review
13A Gerrard Street
London W1D 5PS
Bakerloo Line: Piccadilly Circus; Piccadilly Line: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus
020 7434 3559
M–Sa 6pm–3am, Su 6pm–midnight
Covent Garden / Soho, London –
Greeted at the battered, paint-speckled door by a man in a waistcoat, first-time visitors to Experimental Cocktail Club can hardly be blamed if they find themselves a bit skeptical, unless of course they’re already familiar with the cutting-edge Paris original.
Located on one of Soho’s busiest and most tourist-laden thoroughfares and tucked inside a multi-story Georgian townhouse, the venue offers an unlikely and well-hidden oasis for cocktail connoisseurs and thirsty travelers.
Lively couples and smartly-dressed groups of friends climb a wooden staircase that leads them to an art nouveau paradise of fine upholstery, mirrored tile ceilings, oriental wall hangings, and antique objets d'art.
While the smaller bar on the second floor creates a mellow speakeasy feel with its exposed brickwork and large frosted windows, the third floor bar and lounge is the busiest and most bustling area of this French-themed drinkery.
Populated by pretty people in designer dresses and dapper duds, the venue is full of glamorous guests chatting at the bar or huddled around vintage glass tables to quaff specialty drinks like the Saint Germain Des Prés, an especially potent blend of gin, elderflower, egg white, and cucumber juice.
Although the bar boasts house DJs who play everything from alt hits to Hall & Oates favorites, there’s also live bands on Tuesdays and a classical music experience on Sundays that even combines free massage services from 7–11pm.
A safe haven from the chaos of Soho, Experimental Cocktail Club is a place for well-heeled guests to take their chances on wildly innovative cocktails in a wonderfully relaxed setting.
Upscale young drinkers, cocktail connoisseurs, couples out on the town, French tourists, models, and actors, 20s to 30s.
Live music on Tuesdays, styles can vary weekly. Ambient or DJ-spun classical on Sundays and an indie/alternative selection all other nights.
Selection of French meats and cheeses. International newspapers available on Sundays. Free masseuse available on Sundays from 7–11pm.
Cover charge £5 after 11pm. Cheese and charcuterie plate £12. Beer £6.50, champagne £12–£27/glass or £60–£80+/glass, cocktails £11+.
Dressy: lounge suits, cocktail dresses, glitzy tops, heels, a few tuxedoes.
Tuesdays for the live music and lively crowd, Fridays and Saturdays for an exciting experiment or three and a packed house, or Sundays for classical sets and a free massage.
The Player (8 Broadwick Street) is a fun members-only bar that serves great cocktails and has a dance floor.