Basement Sate

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This new Soho nightspot offers a compact list of cocktails, the promise of desserts, and a rota of DJs throughout the week.

Poor old pud: always the bridesmaid, never the bride. But after years of being picked last, dessert’s finally getting a white wedding, as going out in the evening specifically for a sweet has become a bit of a ‘thing’. 

It started innocently enough, with gelaterias and cafés staying open until late, for people-watching until the small hours. Then came the ‘dessert bars’ in pâtisseries and restaurants. Recently a dedicated pudding bar pop-up (called the Pudding Bar) set up shop in Soho.  And now we have this, a permanent ‘cocktail and dessert bar’. 

Once home to The Player bar, Basement Sate still looks and feels like a low-key cocktail bar – but gives pudding equal billing. 

Half the menu lists cocktails, the other, ambitious desserts. But while our £11 ‘chocolatine’ (a celebration of cocoa in all of its forms, from plain slivers and mousses to cakes and brownie bites), was outstanding, others were outlandish. The £8 ‘London-Brest’, a tenuous, deconstructed take on the Paris-Brest (choux pastry with a praline cream centre), was actually a messy, ill-judged jumble.

Cocktails were equally hit-and-miss: our l’Entrée des Artistes, a milk-based rum and sherry cocktail infused with salted caramel and bitter notes of coffee (£11), was exceptional. But when asked to create a sour-style mocktail (£7), the handsome bartender simply omitted the booze from an existing drink, thereby removing its balance and rendering it sickly sweet.

Basement Sate’s execution doesn’t live up to the new-trend hype, so the honeymoon period for this pudding bar might, we fear, be over all too soon. 

Venue name: Basement Sate
Address: 8 Broadwick St
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road; Leicester Square

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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Sola T

I wouldn't recommend this for people that are looking for a crazy night out with loud music and dancing. But if you are looking to escape the buzzing crowds of Soho and have a sit down somewhere quiet and enjoy a nice cocktail- this is the place. Perfect for a date night- get one of the booths if you want more privacy. Great for a catch up with friends where conversation is more important than the crowd or music. The vibe is always chill, so you will always get to relax when you are here. And the cocktails are quite delicious! 


This is a good bar to go to after dinner if a date is going well. I like the deserts here and the cocktails are really well crafted. The only negative I find is that the table service can be really slow because there are only two bartenders for the whole place and when it is busy it might take some time for your order to be fulfilled. 

Lizzie W

This place is really hidden away. On a street in between two retail shops is a red door, no signs, no bouncer, no nothing! But boy do you miss out if you walk by!

It's all about dessert and cocktails - fancy, tasty dessert and cocktails and they pull it off very well. 
Down the stairs into a fairly dark bar with bar stools, comfy sofas with low tables and some private booths you are greeted by staff who seat you. I've never been on a weekend so it has always been fairly quiet and we have never had a problem with picking our own seats.
The menu is a combination of about 10 cocktails and 10 desserts (beer, wine and fizzy also available) which change every few months. I went about a year ago and had the most amazing puddings and drinks but when I went last week everything on the menu was completely different. They also said they were prepping for another change of a few puds and cocktails in the weeks to come so I'll probably have to go again! 
Both my bf and I had had a pretty big meal so were in no rush for dessert so I took the time to decide (I was toying between 3). I had decided on my cocktail and bf was going to go for wine as doesn't like cocktails however waiter made a few recommendations of cocktails that went better with the puddings I was thinking about getting, also taking the time to explain why (sweetness, bitterness, sour combos). So in the end I just went with the waiters recommendations and my bf, who is a chocolate fiend, went for the only chocolate option. 
Cocktails range from £8-£12 and all desserts are £6-£8 so it isn't cheap but only a little more expensive than a dessert in a chain restaurants. The service, presentation and quality make it well worth it! 
To give you a taster my bf had The Kinder Surprise; brownie, milk chocolate & tonka whipped cream,
caramelised hazelnuts, praline foam, caramelia pearls, which was amazing. We had to wait 20 minutes as the chocolate shells that are made in house were still setting but again this was fine. I had Break an Egg; lime & passion fruit curd, coconut mousse & crumble, passion fruit jelly, coconut shave, which was so fresh and went well with my cocktail 'still workinonit; vodka, moscato s'asti syrup, cucumber, yellow chartreuse' which was also very refreshing. Highly recommend going especially for a special occasion or with someone who loves desserts and cocktails!

Harry B

Mixed feelings about the place. The deco is nice, staff were quite friendly, deserts are good. I know it's supposed to have a DJ etc but I found the music too loud for any kind of conversation involving more than 2 people. Oh and they don't serve coffee.

Dan C

A good bar, with good drinks, but overpriced. If you host a party there, please make sure to keep all communications and keep a regular eye on the bar bills and spend. They require a minimum spend, then do not keep you up to date until the end, when you may get left with a huge bill. A lax attitude to the tab, alongside a lack of contracts can cause loud conversations later on and paying a vast amount of money. Be aware.


This place is the absolutely perfect spot to go after dinner if a date has gone well!  Hidden in Soho, your date will be impressed when you lead them down an unmarked stairway on Broadwick St, to end the night on a cocktail and pudding fuelled high!  Full details and lots of photos on my blog here:

- Nina
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Alexandra Goldsmith


The first thing I noticed about Basement Sate was the great, relaxed atmosphere and stylish furniture. My friend and I both commented how we felt like we were in a beautiful living room, which was very relaxing! The Beet Me Up cocktail I ordered was delicious, with just the right amount of ginger. The parfait cassis which accompanied my cocktail had a great mixture of textures and lovely fruity kick. I'd definitely recommend this bar for an after dinner sweet treat or post work sugar hit.