Time Out says
A loosely Victorian-themed basement bar in Seven Dials.
London’s Coolest bars are usually found on a rooftop or underground – drinking on the ground floor is so last year. The Escapologist, a Covent Garden cocktail joint from the folks behind Adventure Bar, is one of the latter. But it’s hardly a diminutive basement bar, with a ‘grand hall’ behind a secret door and a ‘vault’ even further underground.
The venue gets its name from a Victorian scoundrel, Baron Von Took, whose supposed last wish before a date with the gallows was to have a drink in one of Covent Garden’s brew houses; as you can probably guess, he managed to escape. Whether or not the story rings true, the bar uses it as an excuse to style itself as a low-lit Victorian gentlemen’s club.
With a 20-strong cocktail menu divided into ‘premium’ and ‘party time’, the theme ends there. But it’s fun: The Flaming Zombie (£11.50) came in a white skull glass with a flaming sugar cube on top, naturally. It was pretty boozy from three types of rum, but balanced by fruity sweetness.
A selection of pizzas should soak up that triple rum nicely. But if sobering up isn’t on the agenda, head down between 5pm and 7pm for the daily happy hour. Unlike the baron, you won’t want to run after just one drink.
Located a stone's throw away from Soho in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden in London, The Escapologist cocktail bar offers twisted-classic cocktails and a menu of high-quality Italian pizzas. With a selection of Champagne, wine and beer, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Step through the secret door and you’ll find the Masonic Lodge which hosts intimate booths perfect for illicit meetings – or just a romantic spot for two. Or head down to the Vault where the party really kicks off, perfect for your work's party or after-work drinks with friends.
Legend has it that in 1898 party-fiend and general vagabond Baron Von Took fled to London shrouded in scandal. With his erratic behaviours landed him a date with the gallows. His final wish was for a drink in one of Covent Garden's numerous brew houses, from which he promptly escaped. His following days were spent in hiding, rebuilding his power base. Since history has a way of smoothing rough edges, his moniker over time became ‘The Escapologist’.
35 Earlham Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thurs 5pm-midnight; Fri 4pm-12.30am; Sat 3pm-12.30am; Sun 5-11.30pm|
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Arrived without booking on a Saturday evening & were kindly invited to come in by the host. Walked down stairs to a dark bar... no seating (as fully booked/reserved) so stood at the bar. We were fortunate enough to catch happy hour. We chose from the list- admittedly a little disappointing & not as alcoholic as I would like. It became very busy too & very loud quickly.
Decent happy hour, was very busy and music was rather loud quite early on. Can't go wrong with 2for1 drinks though!
Nice place but sadly let down, and I mean let down, by a manager who does not really understand customer service.
Shame really as it spoils the whole place.
Went last saturday, the drinks were ok but service really slow on the bar. Management didnt seem to care at all when i mentioned this. I also asked a manager if there was any free tables and was met with a less than polite answer of "have a look around and see if you can find one". The worst experience of the night was the m,usic though, they play some wierd pop mix that frankly belongs more in an old peoples roller disco
Great bar, but probably more suited for winter drinking as it's well underground and gets quite warm. The cocktails are good, service a little bit slow on a busy Friday happy hour, as expected. Friendly staff!
Great bar, I visited last weekend and came back again last night, great atmosphere. The cocktails are amazing and I tried the pizza last night which was fantastic. A special thanks to the manager who gave me a new round of drinks free of charge after I managed to drop mine.
Cracking bar! Visited with friends last weekend and the atmosphere was electric. Everyone seemed to be having a really good time including the staff. Had a voucher which was even better although I would have been more than happy to pay full price, completely worth it. Top bar, highly recommend.
Left feeling scammed. Bought Time Out's 4 cocktails for £16 as very keen to try out new cocktail bars in London. Had to pay £25 to secure the booking, which is over and above the voucher. When we arrived, no table, despite paying £25 for the privilege. Hung around for a while until some people who were leaving gave us their table. Then hung around for some more waiting to order. Sat at a table being blasted by nightclub-volume music (why, in a cocktail bar? I want to talk, not dance). No drinks arrived so sat looking at the Masonic-inspired paintings (again why, in a cocktail bar? Not an all-male and slightly reactionary club). After about half an hour, we left. No drinks, no service, but £41 lighter as a result. I asked for an explanation the next day, but this is apparently just the way they work. Good luck to them, because I won't be going back. Why does Time Out advertise these things?
Great night out of drinks, pizza and dancing. The staff are super nice, which is quite unusual in London these days!
Get more of those drinks in my mouth now!!! They've only been open a short while and I've already been down 3 times. I have a borderline obsession with it. The drinks are spot on, the food...well it's pizza, what's not to love? The venue looks amazing and the staff are great. For fear of someone taking a restraining order out against me I'm probably just gonna leave it at that....but seriously, check this place out.
I visited this place on it's launch night, it's a cheeky little basement cocktail bar playing wicked 90's classics! The cocktails are decent and often have an unusual twist to them, the Chocolate Orange Negroni is dangerously more-ish, i think i had about 3-4...
The bar itself has a bit of a weird set up with a glass cleaning section right in the middle, which is awkward when the bar is busy and I hope they put a decent mirror in the ladies toilets!
It's a shame it's only open until midnight as it feels like the night's only just getting started. -I'll defo be visiting again!