Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
Time Out says
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.
52 Cambridge St
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I got a new job close to this bar and was excited to try it - and in fairness the venue itself and cocktails are really good. We were welcomed in, and shown the menu, and the staff were initially very attentive. Unfortunately I then had some of the worst customer service.
They accidentally charged us three times for one cocktail when we'd only had one, charged us twice for a different cocktail (when my friend had already paid and left) and hadn't priced one of our bottles of wine correctly. When we mentioned the mistakes, the bartender claimed 'it's impossible' that he made a mistake. We really had to argue our point, and had to ask the manger to correct it. We felt really insulted that they accused us of not paying our bill in full.
I don't normally post reviews, but honestly I was so disappointed as I was really excited to try this place.
I came here with a friend for a couple of after work drinks and as I walked into this fantastic find, I suddenly pictured myself with my girls having the most amazing cocktails laughing over silly discussions. It's also a place where you can get cosy on a date night or even have work drinks! I loved the whole concept of the cocktails being based on movies, the bar staff are so passionate about what they do they explain in great detail how the cocktail is created and why it is based on a particular theme, the place is awesome! highly recommended and I also recommend the girl with the dragon tattoo - its like a whimsical forrest in a glass! sublime!
Great set up with the snug room and the fire place, the separate table tennis room and the cocktail bar. The décor with the open brick and the wood gives it a very cool look and some very cool pieces of art work add to the great look of the place.
Live a couple of streets from here and absolutely love this place.
The vibe varies slightly depending on how busy they are - Sunday seems to be all about chilled out locals, where as many of the big offices close by have discovered the place for after work drinks.
The guy running the place is a good laugh and really friendly - certainly knows his booze! Does around 10 signature "artwork" cocktails but will also whip up a classic on request - and they are amazing - like mind blowingly good combinations. Smoky whisky and maple syrup Lake McArthur is my favourite and they whip up the best expresso martini I've ever tasted.
Pimlico has been desperate for a place like this and I truly hope it continues to thrive.