A luxe-looking member’s bar in Kingly Court.
The enigmatic cocktail list at this Soho ‘speakeasy’ comes with a separate coded sheet in case you actually want to know what’s in your beverage. Otherwise, you can take a gamble and pick a tipple from the lyrical, lusty tale that’s used to sort-of describe each drink. I say crack the code – ie, match the letters – every time.
Disrepute is technically a member’s bar. Non-member walk-ins are accepted, although expect a degree of faffing and detail-taking on the door. I’d recommend booking, as you’ll probably find yourself in a luxurious booth or in a corner decorated with gold and turquoise couches. Our reservation-less experience was to be shunted down a less opulent passageway at the other end of the room where the atmosphere was lacking and the service was slow. The scandalous John Profumo and his hot date Christine Keeler might once have met on this very site – but you could hardly kick off a passionate tryst down this lacklustre end of the room. After commenting, staff said they’d be more than happy to move us, so kudos for that.
But I didn’t fancy carrying on with my cocktail much. A Babycham reduction made it particularly sweet, but it also had an unexpected lemony scent and acidic balance. My companion’s drink tasted and looked remarkably similar. And at around £12 a pop, they weren’t cheap. Disrepute is alright for a one night stand, but not for an affair to remember.
4 Kingly Court
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Ok so I’ve never been to a private member cocktail club in Soho before & I never really thought I would (until it was on Timeout offers). This place is SW-AN-KY, and the staffdidn’t make me feel too much of a peasant when I arrived, which was nice. The place is right opposite the famous Cahoots, and everyone knows where that is.
The cocktails are a little pricey (between £11 - £16), but a lot less than I was expecting from the gorgeous decor & great service. The idea is that you have to read a little description / story which should determine your drink choice. It’s an interesting (hipster) concept, but as I have the world’s shortest attention span, I couldn’t help myself to flick to the back of the menu to see the actual drinks (I’m a spoil sport, I know). I had the tequila based drink (numerous times) which was amazing.
Overall, a really fun place to take you non-London friends to trick them into thinking that this is just an average night out and that you are fancy.
This is one of the best bars in the area and I have been to a few of them. They serve quality cocktails, using the best ingredient and a descent strengh with great flavour and not too expensive. The decor was very stylish, music was good (although would have been amazing if there was a live swing band as well), staff are really friendly and at attentative and is a great venue for a date or catch up with friends although I was advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment and I will definitely be back. The only thing I thought could be improved was that where we were sitting by the arch, the seating felt very squashed together and could have been a little further apart.
Managing, somehow, to get myself a membership at D.R.P has honestly been one of the most exciting things to happen to me this year so far. Sad? Perhaps! But it really is a special little spot so knowing that I get to pop in as I please is extremely exciting. Firstly It's one of the most beautiful bars I have ever been to - exquisitely decked out so that you feel as if you are almost stepping back in time and you settle yourself on a crush velvet banquette. Secondly the service is everything you want from a members bar - quick, attentive and not a hint of pretentiousness. Thirdly in a busy city where you often have to jostle for the bar and are treated to brusque service as a result it is rather nice to be greeted like an old friend, ushered in from the cold and served a welcome drink whilst you peruse the menu. A menu that contains the most incredible cocktail concoctions and the palest crispest rose at reasonable (for central london) prices - just in case you were wondering!
Great new bar beneath the streets of Soho
Echoes of scandals past ( Christine Keeler / Profumo Affair ) , and a certain electricity in the air that suggests there are more to come.
No daylight here - and you are given keys and a notepad on arrival.
Fancy talking to another guest , just ask the staff to pass the note.
Some pretty wished cocktails too ( ask the staff for guidance - the backstories are good )
I loved the place - so much better than the Kingly Club, which it has replaced.
It was the start of a BIG night out.
I sense if we had stayed at Disrepute it could have been an equally big night in.
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