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Clarendon Cocktail Cellar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Pimlico
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Venue says Join us for Aperitivo Time! Get £5 spritz cocktails and complimentary nibbles, every Monday to Friday, 4-7pm.

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

An underground cocktail bar with drinks themed around famous works of art.

Tucked away in a residential dead zone near Victoria station, this subterranean bar is cute and cosy, but unfortunately lacks pizzazz. The decor attempts to trick people into forgetting they’re still in Pimlico – it’s a mishmash of circa-2010 Shoreditch-by-numbers elements, with the triple whammy of exposed brickwork AND wood panelling, plus metal signs pinned all over the walls. The lack of a solid theme extends to the menu (printed on coasters), where cocktails, all £10 or less, are named after famous paintings – from the Scream (mezcal, lime, cassis) to A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (gin, Oleo Saccharum, lapsang souchong). While these were both overwhelmingly smokey – though they did go down easy – the Son of a Man was a winner. Combining both three- and ten-year aged apple cider brandy with amaretto, peach juice and cinnamon, it was like a perfectly tart, totally potent fruit pie. Staff were warm, and kept us topped up with popcorn to nibble. And props to the playlist: we were lulled with a drinking soundtrack of gentle Americana from the likes of the Shins. A perfectly pleasant bar, but its location – and lack of self-assurance – won’t draw the kind of crowd it seems to be looking for.

Clarendon Cocktail Cellar says
In 1852 this very building was bustling with countless ladies and gentlemen on a quest for top notch drinks in a splendid atmosphere. Tucked away in the dark recesses of an old Victorian pub with a sordid past, renowned bar manager Stephen Ruse and his CCC team have transformed the cellar into a diamond in the rough; a hidden cocktail bar beneath Artist Residence and the streets of the ever changing Pimlico neighbourhood.


Address: 52 Cambridge St
Transport: Tube/rail: Victoria Station
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Users say (6)

4 out of 5 stars