Experimental Cocktail Club

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Experimental Cocktail Club Experimental Cocktail Club in London's Soho district is a classy cocktail bar with unique drinks. Check out this amazing London speakeasy at Party Earth. London England 51.5118201 -0.1309982
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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

  • Tube:

    Bakerloo Line: Piccadilly Circus; Piccadilly Line: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus

  • Phone:

    020 7434 3559

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  • Hours:

    M–Sa 6pm–3am, Su 6pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Experimental Cocktail Club Review

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Experimental Cocktail Club in London's Soho district is a classy cocktail bar with unique drinks. Check out this amazing London speakeasy at Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

For a real treat, try the vintage cocktails. A dry martini made with gin from the 1950s will cost a cool £150, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Crowd

    Upscale young drinkers, cocktail connoisseurs, couples out on the town, French tourists, models, and actors, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music on Tuesdays, styles can vary weekly. Ambient or DJ-spun classical on Sundays and an indie/alternative selection all other nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Selection of French meats and cheeses. International newspapers available on Sundays. Free masseuse available on Sundays from 7–11pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge £5 after 11pm. Cheese and charcuterie plate £12. Beer £6.50, champagne £12–£27/glass or £60–£80+/glass, cocktails £11+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dressy: lounge suits, cocktail dresses, glitzy tops, heels, a few tuxedoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    The Player (8 Broadwick Street) is a fun members-only bar that serves great cocktails and has a dance floor.

Experimental Cocktail Club User Reviews

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Claudiu K. Jun 25, 2013
this is great!
Posh prohibition-style bar in Chinatown
Emily F. May 4, 2013
Hidden in an unmarked building on Chinatown’s main street, you’ll find the Experimental Cocktail Club, a speakeasy-style establishment that offers exactly what its name suggests: experimental cocktails. The plush and dark interior attracts a crowd of both in-the-know hipsters and curious bar-goers, and the atmosphere gets livelier as the night goes on. The drinks are on the pricier side, but it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve never had anything like the mixtures on the menu. With fun names like “Winter is Coming” and “Winnie the Pooh”, the unique drinks are delicious. Bartenders are helpful and knowledgeable, and the menu changes often as new cocktails are invented seasonally. You could make a night of chilling with friends at ECC, or make it a stop on a bar-crawl. Its great location near the lively bar scene of Soho means it’s a convenient place to stop and try a fun new drink.
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