Bloomsbury Club Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Bloomsbury
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Venue says This summer our outside bar will be transformed into a Palm Terrace in partnership with Diplomático rum. Very exciting! Join us from June 22

An unstuffy hotel bar with a stunning, starry terrace.

With a twinkly, cosy, vine-clad terrace beckoning us into The Bloomsbury Club bar from the street, I was taken aback by the frosty manager who said there’d be no space – outside or in – for me and my friend for at least two hours. Perhaps we weren’t as preened as the average punter. But on a detour (okay, snoop) around the rest of the hotel we found the indoor section of the bar, where seats were offered up by more friendly waistcoated staff. I’m so glad we persevered.

Wood-panelled and dressed to the nines, The Bloomsbury Club oozes plush appeal: English gent’s club meets library, the cabinets filled with booze rather than books. The analogy is apt, as the bar takes its inspiration from the group of writers and artists who hung out together in this area in the early twentieth century. There’s a drink named after each of the Bloomsbury Set’s ten core members, so you can sip on a Virginia Woolf or a Duncan Grant (a gorgeous whisky drink with a maraschino sweetness).

The room is decked out with chesterfield armchairs, punctuated by modern, teal velvet stools. A semicircle of high-backed chairs rings the bar, a prime spot where I was able to soak up the expert mixology while peering at a jazz duo twanging at the foot of the room.

So plan ahead if you want a seat in one of the leaf-covered alcoves on that alluring terrace. But don’t be disheartened if it’s full – the indoor bar is the real deal.

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Bloomsbury Club Bar says
A moody & atmospheric space set in the heart of literary Bloomsbury. Taking influence from the 1920s and 30s, the drinks menu celebrates the golden age of cocktails with a strong, seductive mix of forgotten classics and innovative new creations. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle.

The bar, housed within The Bloomsbury hotel, is furnished with plush leather armchairs, atmospheric lighting and wall-to-wall bookshelves, and leads on to the enchanting outside space, a twinkling grotto perfect for those long summer evenings. With a vast selection of premium spirits, including a rare and fine spirits cabinet from around the world, the bar is home to an array of liqueurs, aperitifs and carefully crafted cigar list to suit any mood.
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By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Bloomsbury Club Bar
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Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3NN
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
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Average User Rating

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tastemaker

This is a beautiful bar and I'm so annoyed at myself for not discovering it sooner.  The setting is lovely and you feel like you are somewhere in continental Europe rather than the middle of London.  The cocktails are about £10 to £15 so a little on the high side, but they are expertly made and worth it - try the milk and gin one for a nightcap.

tastemaker

This place is pretty hidden in the basement of the Bloomsbury Hotel but is worth seeking out. The décor is very 1920’s cocktail bar with very low lighting, velvet chairs, wood panelled walls and 1920’s music playing – would be great for an intimate date! There is also a terrace with twinkly fairy lights to sit out on in the summer. The cocktails are themed by famous writers, actors, poets and artists who frequented Bloomsbury in the 1920’s, so I opted for a ‘Duncan Grant’ which was quite similar to an Old Fashioned with Whisky, Maraschino liqueur and Orange Bitters and my Boyfriend had a ‘Leonard Woolf’ which was made up of Bourbon, Ginger Syrup, Fennel Pollen and Orange Bitters. We then tried a Lytton Strachey (Calvados, Salted Caramel, Cloudy Apple Juice and Walnut Bitters) which was the bartender’s own creation and a John Maynard Keynes (Bourbon, Crème de Cacao, Green Chartreuse and Peychaud Bitters). 


All the cocktails we tried were excellent and accompanied by a big pile of nuts and olives which were consistently replenished. They also do bar snacks which looked nice, but we were on our way to dinner so didn’t get to try them. Overall this is little hidden gem and well worth the £10 price tag for cocktails which are expertly made!


This is such a lovely place to have drinks and nibbles !!! The bar inside is just beautiful and reminds me of an old private men's club and the terrace is just WOW ! incredible to find a place like that in London !! Prices are affordable and the cocktails are really good ! great bar !