London Cocktail Club

Bars and pubs , Cocktail bars Covent Garden
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Firstly, it’s not a club: anyone can walk down the stairs of the former Grape Street Wine Bar into this dark basement bar. It’s owned by the same team behind the other LCC in Goodge Street, and is cut from the same cloth: a post-work, hair-down, ties-off celebration of the consequence-free side of drinking.

Inhibitions are unwelcome, as are any intentions of solitude or complex conversation. It’s loud, extroverted and unashamedly cheesy – the soundtrack on our visit included sing-yourself-hoarse anthems like ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and ‘Greased Lightnin’ (no room for boring full gerunds down here).

But although the staff are also straight out of the Brian Flanagan school of good-time bartending, they’ve got some serious skills, and the cocktail list is irreverent and engaging, if liberally misspelled. It opens with the maxim ‘Good cocktails ani’t cheap and cheap cocktails ani’t good [sic]', and proceeds with a South Seas rum theme through sections such as ‘Stowaways’ (classics at £7.50) and ‘The pantry’ (food-inspired drinks, £8) up to a £15 zombie, that full-on flaming rum concoction guaranteed to start a party/stop it in its tracks before it’s even got going.

We began with a Bramley Apple Smash – gin, elderflower and apple, served imaginatively in a cloth-topped jam jar with a biscuit chaser; a Hello Treacle had Scotch, ginger wine, syrup and angostura, over ice in a Tate & Lyle tin. A straight-up Vesper was presented more soberly, but was assertive and well made.

Food is of the party-snacks variety: sharing plates, stuff on sticks, deep-fried alcohol sponges, but is a lot more considered than the Coldland ad this makes it sound like. Dishes like rump steak and horseradish skewers, or smoked mackerel and caper on toast, complement the superior drinks well.

This is not, you will by now have realised, the place for a contemplative pint. After a few hours of racous socialising, strong liquor and informal karaoke, you’ll probably see your drinking companions in a new light, if you can see them at all in the gloom. But for sheer fun, it’s hard to beat.

Venue name: London Cocktail Club
Address: 224A Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Open 4.30pm-11:30pm Mon-Thurs; 4:30pm- midnight Fri-Sat
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Holborn tube
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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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Adam S
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This is a really cool little bar. As others have mentioned, it is pretty small and therefore gets really busy, but the cocktails make it all worth it... They're a little expensive, but if you go during happy hour it's great value for money. 

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What a night, tried to drink our way thought the menu, all of which was amazing! I woke up with two new friends crashed in my apartment and seem to remember tweeting a picture of me drinking out of a Tate & Lyle tin which im pretty sure hasn't happened before. Would recommend this place to anybody who likes a party and loves a good drink!!

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amazing night out! i had sooooo much fun! the cocktails where affordable, the staff are hilarious, and all my party had a great time! thank you LCC!

Sarah G

Booked a space here for pre theatre get together. I was surprised to arrive a few minutes early for my booking and be told it wasn't open - but they were very friendly and let me sit while they set up. Monday's is happy hour all night.

My first impressions was it was a pretty scuzzy place. The photos make it look quite smart but it is actually pretty grimy and old. But that didn't put us off - between the 7/8 of us we tried a good range of cocktails in the 90 mins or so we had. They was a huge variety - menu could be better arranged to help choice by spirit. Service at first was really friendly and attentive. Could do with a way of attracting attention in the relatively dark bar after it gets busier - we were in an alcove which made things trickier.

From memory I had one with a burning passion fruit that was delicious - one called "The Dude" a creamy rum one - that was too creamy for me and a delicious and perfectly delivered twist on an espresso martini called Bump n Grind.

I would definitely go back as it was good value and fun but i would be sure not to wear my best glad rags as the place left me feeling like a little soiled! 

Joss B

This is a great little cocktail bar just, with an incredibly creative cocktail list that is sure to have you trying multiple different things, and at no more than £9.50 a cocktail it is not too badly priced by London standards. That said the sharing cocktails aren't cheap (up to £100) even with a large number of straws sticking out of them. it can take a while to make the cocktails but that's because they make them well and with a bit of a show so what does it matter when the place also has a fun atmosphere and a great playlist.

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The worst bar you could ever go to. Music is lame, barmen are rude, cocktails are very expensive and extremely bad. Got sick for the whole night afterwards. Don't recommend this place at all. It should just be permanently shut!

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Great fun night out BUT be warned: if you think booking a table in advance gets you one... it doesn't. I booked a table for 10 for by birthday, by email, which was confirmed. When we arrived our 'table' was a ledge by the bar which we actually couldn't get to. After some very dodgy explainations, the very lovely waiter helped us grab some chairs and take over some space. Sadly the manager refused my request to talk to me. Shame on him.

Accepts Time Out Card

2 for 1 on drinks

Please present your Time Out Card before placing your order. Maximum party size of 4. Drinks may not be added to a tab. Maximum of 1 round of drinks per group. Valid on cocktails only (excludes sharing cocktails).

This offer can be redeemed on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu between 4:30pm and 11:30pm. Don’t have a Time Out Card? Get yours here.