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Blame Gloria

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars
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Blame Gloria

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

From humble beginnings can come great things; that’s certainly the case for this former public loo, now an outrageous little cocktail den beneath the streets of Covent Garden. It was hard to get a table on a Tuesday evening – clearly Blame Gloria has already earned a loyal following – but the bar itself felt a little over the top. It’s a sister to Tonight Josephine, which has become a drinking destination thanks to its lurid neon. As such, this spot has gone for more of the ’gram gold: yet the interior – a mix of green and pink lined with flowery velvet booths and neon-pink striplights – felt a touch reductive.

The drinks needed some work too: a Lemongrass Collins was tasty but more of a minty lemonade than a cocktail, and at the other end of the spectrum the Ziggy’s Stardust was overwhelmingly strong. But service was swift and cocktails are 2-for-1 during a daily happy hour. The real hit at Blame Gloria, though, is the toilets. We’re talking disco balls, dance anthems to wiggle to while you do your business, walls plastered with cut-outs of female icons and hand-sewn messages above each loo (mine said ‘don’t be a dick’).

If you’re after a splash of ’70s extravagance with your tipples, then pay Blame Gloria a visit, even if it’s just to spend a penny.

Blame Gloria says
Gloria always threw the wildest parties. She had the best legs in Soho. Some say she dated Hendrix. She owned an infamous B&B in Covent Garden. When she ran out of dosh she moved into the basement.

She still throws the best parties.

Bring your dancing shoes and an open mind.

By: Emily Watson



Address: 20 Bedford St
Transport: Tube: Covent Gdn
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-11.30pm; Fri 4pm-12am; Sat: midday-12am; Sun: 4pm-10.30pm
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5 out of 5 stars

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We randomly discovered Blame Gloria as we were walking by and the sound of their cocktails and "hidden bar" feel were too tempting to ignore. We walked down the stairs and were instantly impressed by how cool this place is! It's so colourful, quirky and insane - TV screens, crazy posters on the walls, colourful wallpapers and funny details (like a frame in the women toilets reading "Don't be a d***k"!). The menu definitely didn't let us down either - so many options, from classics with a twist (delicious pineapple Negroni) to other imaginative creations, it offers something for everyone. Their version of espresso Martini is definitely worth recommending! So happy to have found this place, can't wait to be back!

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