Artesian

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Venue says Artesian is at the forefront of London's sophisticated bar scene, showcasing the city’s largest collection of rums, Champagne and cocktails.

Although Artesian is tucked inside one of central London’s elite hotels, it does its best to maintain a down-to-earth edge. It’s a stunning room – epically tall ceilings, doric columns, blinging chandeliers, you get the picture – but you’ll never feel out of place on the more casual side of smart-casual. That’s probably down to friendly staff (on the smarter side of smart-casual, of course) who chicane around tables with complementary canapés.

While there’s people-watching to be done (there are a fair few media darlings propping up the bar), you’ve probably come for the cocktails. And with Alex Kratena – head bartender and a star of the drinks industry – crafting wacky drinks that come with their very own hashtag, there’s certainly the wow factor. Cocktails demonstrate spectacular balance, even when using mad ingredients (‘vodka, shochu, artichoke, coffee, yuzu, passion, coriander’, runs one description). And presentation is taken to showstopping levels… although it probably should be at £18 per glass.

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Winner of Drinks International's 'World's Best Bar' for four consecutive years, Artesian creates classic and innovative cocktails at the top of Regent Street and minutes away from Oxford Street. This perfect date-venue elevates bar food and drinks out of the ordinary and into the gourmet.

Artesian is at the forefront of the sophisticated London bar scene, showcasing the city’s largest collection of rums, an extensive Champagne list, alongside an inventive menu of cocktails and blends.

The team behind Artesian have helped to receive numerous accolades in the last four years. Artesian has scooped ‘The World’s Best Bar’ for four consecutive years from Drinks International Magazine.
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By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Artesian
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Address: The Langham
1C Portland Place
London
W1B 1JA
Opening hours: Open noon-2am Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun. Food served noon-midnight daily
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
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Tastemaker

Knowing this was a pricey bar and at the top of some of the list when considering the best cocktail bar in the London/World, a couple of friends and I visited when we had a special occasion to celebrate and we were not left disappointed. The location, inside the Langham Hotel, is perfect to set the scene as you walk up the stairs into the entrance lobby. We had a reservation at the bar and were swiftly seated by the waiting staff who additionally checked our coats in for us. We tried a couple of cocktails each at a comfy low-level lounge table in the middle of the bar. The presentation of the cocktails is imaginative with beautifully craft glasses and cocktails even served in rocks, yes rocks! The cocktail menu is well coordinated with a variety of options to please a manner of taste buds and the snacks were a delight as we enjoyed the evening. A wonderful experience at a bar that offers superb service and electric atmosphere. The final bill being the only sour note at the end of the night, but it was expected and worth it for a treat.

 

Tastemaker

I’ve been to The Artesian in The Langham many times over the years as The Langham is a favourite for execs in my industry. But last week, on the back of an industry event held here in London, it so happened that I spent 3 long and boozy nights there in a row. Let me compliment them on their extraordinary professionalism and mastery of hospitality! The staff are all without fail incredibly friendly and helpful and manage to keep the vibe cool and relaxed despite the rather grand setting of the hotel. By day 3 of our drinking spree they knew who drinks still or sparkling water, what the choice of rye bourbon of my Louisiana friend is, and that my drink is spicy bloody mary. They are also very nice about the opening hours and we definitely overstayed without them ever making us feel unwelcome. Amazing, really. And unlike many other grand hotel bars it feels like everyone is welcome here (although they always keep a table or two saved for hotel guests too!).

The cocktails are as well crafted as ever (and eye-waveringly expensive, most are in the area of £21 once you factor in the service). But the complimentary spiced nuts that are always replenished may well be worth the price of the drinks. One thing I noticed is the shift from their artisanal cocktails (the ones with all that flourish and theatrics, served in cactus pots, or skulls, etc.) to the more traditional ones. As the London mixology scene has exploded, craft cocktails can be found just across the road in Soho, and they cost less. I suppose that’s to explain why The Artesian has slipped down the best bars of the world recently recently. But let me say: not in my books. It remains one of my favourite bars and worth the splash on a special occasion.


Tastemaker

Formerly one of the world's top bars (It dropped out of the top 50 a few years ago due to team changes) - the Artesian is certainly an impressive place to go to for cocktails. It's surprisingly down to earth in some ways, a more casual vibe and REALLY loud music (almost too loud I think) - though the cocktails are an eye watering £18 per person. 


Of course, these aren't JUST cocktails. Expect plenty of theatrics, style and generally substance to back it up. I give only 3 stars however, because ultimately, the cocktails here just aren't the best you can find in London, and certainly not for £18. The general London cocktail scene is far higher than it was before, and a few props and backstory aren't enough to warrant prices anymore. They genuinely have to be bloody good. And the cocktails here ranged from not great, to just good. Nothing more I'm afraid! Still, a brilliant little place that's worth visiting once or twice, but don't stay for more than 2 rounds....

tastemaker

Amazing service with nibbles 🎉 greeted by the entrance, staff were friendly, welcoming and also very knowledgeable with recommending what to drink. Cocktails were presented as per picture, little quirky being in a plant pot and spoon. My friend would have preferred a martini glass I'm sure... none the less it was amusing to watch her drink from a wooden spoon. Almost has me at 5 stars... will be a place I would go again but I have tasted better 🙌🏻✌🏼

tastemaker

As grand and chic as the hotel which hosts it, Artesian definitely takes the cocktail experience to the next level. Every drink has a story, a twist and a presentation you’re bound to carry with you long after you’ve sipped the last drop of the very tasty concotion in front of you. Ever wanted to drink tequila from a real cactus pot (real cactus included)? Try ‘La penca de la vida’, a smooth mix of tequila, montelobos and aloe vera. For a visual extravaganza, ‘Cocoon’ is a must. You will be presented with an elegant black box, resembling a jewellery case, open it carefully and you will see dozens of purple butterflies fluttering above your cocktail. Don’t worry, they are not real, but the projection screen inside the box does a pretty good job of creating a visually tasty cocktail. The list of discoveries goes on, with a hint of things to come already in the title (‘Forged by flames’, ‘Mind your step’, 'The calm before...' etc.) Artesian is certainly not a spot for a usual night out and will probably not become your go to weekend venue, but it does offer a unique experience, engaging your senses for a special cocktail experience. Definitely worth a visit for a night out with a twist.

tastemaker

Voted Best Bar in the World for 4 consecutive years..... Now I know why!

I came here to celebrate my bday and boy did I do good in choosing this location.. The drinks are nothing like you'd get in ordinary bars.. The cocktails have layers of flavours and the designs are just mind blowing! Such attention to detail and style... At £18 a pop you'd expect nothing less and boy do you get nothing less!

Immpecable service and beautiful decor... Go expecting to explore your cocktail palette but go prepared as its easy to get carried away and spend a fortune! God knows I did lol

I highly recommend the "chamelion crystals"and "suspended in time"! Those are the names of my favs! They won't disappoint


I loved this bar. Cocktails were impeccable and the staff was nearly perfect. My only complaint is that some of the ways the cocktails are delivered are very gimmicky. Focus on the cocktails themselves and you won't be let down

Tastemaker

This bar's reputation is huge: "the best bar in the world" and does indeed live up to this. Staff are elegant and refined but in no way look down on you which is refreshing. Quite the opposite in fact - they are friendly and patient with all questions. The decor is elegant and the cocktails are sublime. They are not cheap (£18 for alcohol and £10 per mocktail) but they are crafted to perfection and presented in a way that had everyone whipping their phones out for a photo opportunity. The snacks provided were also delicious - nuts coated with a spicy rub created in-house. The perfect place for a memorable evening. No reservation policy so you could be waiting a while for a table but don't let that put you off. 

moderatorStaff Writer

Great location, imaginative cocktail list and a very high-end feel.  Worth a visit to see what all the hype's about!