A Crystal Palace cocktail bar serving decent cocktails in a slightly dated setting.
In Crystal Palace, one of London's many mini-villages south of the river, most of the drinking and dining action happens in the commercial hub known as The Triangle - a trio of roads lined with bistros, gastropubs and local specialists in cuisines from Indian and Thai to North African and European. If they want a drink, most people who live here head to the pub.
Cocktail Embassy is a bar that's trying to change that mind-set, but whether it will win over residents with its dated look and awkward collection of mostly Prohibition-era/style cocktails – heavy on booze and light on mixers – remains to be seen. The menu is a combination of out-there concoctions such as vodka with raspberries and beetroot, through to made-over holiday tipples, although decent classics can also be knocked up on demand.
The cocktails we tried were good. A Sun Leaf (spiced rum, vanilla, orange marmalade, mint, lime juice and orange bitters) was simply presented and nicely balanced, despite losing its sweet-sour power towards the end. A Mai Tai, served in a heavy, straight-sided glass goblet with a slice of house-dried fruit and a layer of 'rum float', bore no resemblance to most of its more conventional cousins. However, Cocktail Embassy’s décor is stuck in the early Noughties, and its ambience is far from cosy: shiny black chandeliers with electric flickering candles, leather seating all facing the L-shaped bar, loud flock wallpaper, and lighting that was way too bright. It’s not a place that invites you to settle in for the night, whereas plenty of the nearby pubs do just that.
|Venue name:||Cocktail Embassy|
76 Westow Hill
|Opening hours:||Sun-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thur 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat 5pm-3am|
|Transport:||Crystal Palace Overground and rail.|
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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
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This is a must for Cocktail Lover's that's me , and most of all the staff are Engaging and more than helpful, Love the fact the do my most lovable Champagne Runirt, love the staff, And most of all the Amazing Denis and Anastasija , So welcoming 🍾🍾👍👍👍👍🤗🤗🤗💃💃💃❤️️❤️️❤️️🎉🎉🎈
First of all there are two different floors and on weekends downstairs plays different, more upbeat music where you can dance, but on the ground floor it feels more like a lounge for people who prefer to sit all night and unwind in a different setting. Very interesting cocktails, with an additional of a happy hour 7 days a week and Sunday all day. Great local and destination bar.
Classic and creative cocktails, friendly and knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere, and a wide variety of top notch liquors, bitters, and the like. Highly recommended!
Husband and I came to visit my daughter in London, she took us to Cocktail Embassy on Christmas, they had really nice Dj in the downstairs bar, he played old tracks like Luther Vandross and Mary J Blige songs, we loved it. After couple of hours of dancing, we went back to our reserved table upstairs (that was free on Christmas) and we enjoyed the rest of the night with amazing cocktails and very kind staff. We had Christmas to remember.
There are a few points I would like to highlight regarding Cocktail Embassy (CE)
1. The staff
Unlike the pubs where usually the staff is low-paid and might have no experience at all, CE personnel looks well-trained and professional, dressed smartly and is extremely friendly. And the General Manager is on duty from time to time among the barmen, so he knows what's going on.
2. The cocktails
The cocktails are the "face product" of CE. They are prepared in front of you and presented in the proper glasses and perfectly decorated (the fresh mint leaves are really fresh and the dried orange is what CE do themselves). Your impression begins far before you make the first sip. And the cocktail list is always updated, so you won't get bored with one and the same drink. Want to try something special or your way? Just ask.
3. Other drinks
Fancy a double single malt whisky with no ice and cola? Why not to have it in CE, while your friends are enjoying their cocktails. They have a great selection of perfect brands for those who know what "peaty" or "cherry cask" is.
4. The interior
Did you know that at CE there is a lower-ground hall? If you want a private party or more romantic "corner" for your date, you might feel more cosy there with the lights low to minimum. There is a second bar downstairs, so you can order your second round without a hassle. The main ground floor hall is lighter and busier and looks quite posh yet vibrant and is great for the small groups of friends (I reckon, 7 people can be comfortably seated at the largest table).
5. The location
Crystal Palace is a green hilly area in South London with spacious parks. You can come here for a perfect view at the City and for a picnic and in the evening you can relax at CE. Being out of the busy Central London has its benefits!
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