Tucked below a discreet set of stairs just off the Leicester Square, a treat awaits you: the buzzy, party-loving Covent Garden Cocktail Club. Now technically this is a members’ only joint, but anyone can get a membership — just sign up here. And once you’re in, you can expect all of the qualities that make its brethren LCC venues so irresistible.
Drinking here is about frills and fun, so don’t be shy. Get the night started with a Won Ton Bomb: a Jagerbomb gone wrong. Red Bull jelly in a soup spoon served with chilled Jagermeister and a touch of tobasco. Wowza. Standing up at the bar watching the flaring masters at work should take your party mood up to eleven. And then get a bit cheeky and have an Optic Old Fashioned. A Woodford Reserve bourbon sipper that’s served in a flask. Classy, ay? If you need it, bar bites such as nuts and pizza are available.
Come at the right time and you’ll be serenaded with some lively piano playing. But this isn’t the stiff key tapping of five-star hotels, this is a seamless foray into sing-a-long tunes — and we love it.
Best Bars tip: Swing by on Monday for the ALL NIGHT happy hour, or come Tuesday-Saturday between 4:30pm-7pm for 2-for-1 tipples.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips