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Scarfes Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Holborn
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Scarfes Bar
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Time Out says

This bar at the five-star Rosewood London hotel is named after the London-born artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (former illustrator for The Sunday Times and New Yorker). His work can be seen adorning the marble walls here, providing a great backdrop to a swanky-looking spot.

There's live music here seven nights a week – usually jazz, soul and blues. Keep an eye out for cabaret nights and special seasonal events, too. And to drink? Cocktails such as a Thyme Out (Bombay Sapphire, Yellow Chartreuse, thyme, orange bitters and lemon juice) and a Three Blind Mice (Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Cocchi Americano, Cynar and artichoke oil) alongside Champagne, wine and craft beer by the bottle and on draught.


Scarfes Bar says
Scarfes Bar, among the best bars in Holborn, is inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentlemens' club. It features a roaring fire, low-key lighting, a collection of cosy velvet armchairs and shelves filled with more than 1,000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antique dealer. The bartenders are true connoisseurs of their craft, from advising on beers and matching wines to preparing specially-curated cocktails, some of which are poured from a stunning silver urn that takes centre stage on the long wooden bar. Complimentary live music seven nights a week further adds to the conviviality of this artfully social bar where potions and paintings meet.



Address: 252 High Holborn
Transport: Tube: Holborn
Menu: View Menu
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 4pm-late, Bar snacks served Mon-Sun 3pm-midnight
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5 out of 5 stars

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This is a classy bar for a very classy occasion. Think cozy fire place, marble walls, old school bookcases and very comfy armchairs to sink into while sipping away on a delicious cocktail. It’s no wonder Scarfes bar always makes its way on the list of best London and European bars. The drinks are top-notch, the bar nibbles very tempting and the atmosphere extremely cozy. Complement this with live music seven nights a week (a mix of jazz, soul and blues) and you have your next date spot sorted. 


I came here for some after work drinks and when you walk in you feel a little like you have wandered into a gentleman's club with lots of wood panelling, roaring fireplace, and a grand piano, it does look really impressive and beautiful. We ordered some cocktails and some of the Indian style tapas for the group. The drinks were really good but incredibly expensive so I probably wouldn't stay in here for a whole evening. There were some very interesting ingredients in some of the cocktails including Salamander Blood, Kombutcha, Birds Nest and Horny Goat Weed which probably explains the price of them to some extent. It reminded me a little of Oriole which has a glossary at the back of their cocktail menu to explain what all of the weird and wonderful ingredients are! The tapas was very yummy but quite small for the price. Overall I would go for one or two cocktails before heading out to dinner but I think it's too pricey for a whole evening. 


I would highly recommend Scarfes bar for relaxed after dinner drinks. Decorated in a gentleman’s bar style with wooden shelves lined with books, the atmosphere is quite relaxed and casual. The drinks are expertly made (as you would expect for the price!) and are whimsically based on characters such as Mary Poppins and Harry Potter. Aside from cocktails, the bar has an extensive range of wines, draughts and spirits.

The bar is named after caricaturist Gerald Scarfe and the walls have surprisingly up to date satiric illustrations which give the bar a quirky edge. The atmosphere from bar is far from being “stale” and this is helped by the friendly but attentive staff. There is a small selection of bar food available based on Indian cuisine. The sharing platter is not for quantity but it is very tasty! There is also live jazz music in the evenings.

In all, I was most impressed by how relaxed the bar was but everything was to the best quality. The atmosphere was relaxed but lively and fresh. The venue is not for a budget but the quality does meet the price. The bar was not packed out for a Saturday night in Soho and we were not felt rushed to move on. The bar opens until late so it makes a great venue for a few after dinner drinks in a fantastic hideaway right in Central London.


Walking in here makes you feel like you should be wearing furs and pearls and- if it all possible- relying on someone else's waller to be ordering your cocktails for you. Despite the price, it was honest to god the best cocktail I've ever had- even browsing through the menu felt like a luxurious treat! 

It's a stunning place with a relaxed, stylish vibe and even a live quartet playing gentle blues on the Friday night my friend and I stopped by. The mastery of the bar staff is exemplary and if you want to know what a cocktail with a lightly blowtorched meringue topping looks and tastes like, I'd head over here at your earliest convenience.