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The Tale Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Mayfair
3 out of 5 stars
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The Tale Bar
Venue says All are welcome to celebrate the essence of Playboy’s heritage, with classic cocktails or afternoon tea in an intimate, relaxed setting.

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A nod and a wink to when Heff and the girls ran the show 40 years ago.

There can only be a few work-related things that have you beaming from ear to ear and rubbing your hands with glee. The prospect of two weeks’ annual leave on the horizon, possibly. An unexpected pay rise, certainly. A call to review the new cocktail bar at the Playboy Club? Definitely.

All teal, black and gold with curtained walls, smoked mirrors, and leather and velvet vying for attention, it’s a homage to the club’s past – and exactly how you would imagine a swinging ’70s cocktail lounge to have been in Hugh Heffner’s heyday. And yes, there are still Bunny Girls fitting the traditional brief: long-legged, thin-waisted, ample-bosomed and stuffed into tight-fitting costumes, all topped off with that bunny-ear headband.

The cocktails, you say? Yes, nearly forgot. All brand-new creations made well, with emphasis on flavour rather than strength. Collars and Cuffs (£13) washed the roof of the mouth with lime, moved to chocolate and finished with rose syrup, while 14 Old Park Lane (£11) was a refreshing passionfruit and apple drink that dissolved into a hint of Disaronno. Both came with inexhaustible bar snacks and a service charge. All worth it to finally work out where my headband fetish comes from, though.

The Tale Bar says
Afternoon Tea

Our Bunnies are waiting to serve you and your friends a truly unique Afternoon Tea with a twist at The Tale Bar. Immerse yourself in Playboy’s vintage history while you enjoy a mouth-watering selection of homemade savouries, sandwiches, and pastries to accompany your choice of Teapot Cocktail.

Cocktail Masterclass

Discover the art of mixology and become a graduate of the bar during an interactive Bunny Cocktail Masterclass experience package in the heart of Mayfair at The Tale Bar. With the help of a bunny, shake, mix, muddle, and most importantly drink three cocktails, accompanied by canapes!

At The Tale Bar everyone is invited to celebrate the essence of Playboy’s heritage and innate style.

Become part of the story as you enjoy classic cocktails or afternoon tea with glamorous Bunny service at this beautiful bar located inside the iconic Playboy Club itself.

Everyone is welcome to make new memories and tell new tales.

No membership is required to enjoy an evening at The Tale Bar in the heart of Mayfair.

By: Dave Faulkner

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Details

Address: 14 Old Park Lane
London
W1K 1ND
Transport: Tube: Green Park
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Users say (2)

4 out of 5 stars

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Tastemaker

The Tale Bar at Playboy Club London is a swanky cocktail lounge in the heart of Mayfair. Plush banquettes can seat up to groups of 4 and more, plus there's plenty of cosy armchairs to sink into for smaller groups.


The 'Playboy Bunnies' and bartenders are incredibly welcoming and wonderful people to chat to. You're well looked after here. Drinks menu are dazzling with excellent choices of classics and eight signature cocktails to try. 


Despite the name and 'Playboy brand' reputation/image, this is no sleazy bar. It's quite classy and open to all. Great for groups and the bar itself is quite secret. This means you're likely to find a table or space to unwind. Highly recommend it and would definitely come back again.

Tastemaker

Situated next door to the Parklane Hilton is the newly opened Tale Bar, renamed from 'Salvatore's' after the self proclaimed cocktail-maestro's departure. I would imagine it signals a welcome change from the previously Italian-run model that refused to place girls behind the bar, irregardless of cocktail-shaking talent (I'm sure there's a pun to be had there somewhere).

As you would expect of the area, it once boasted the world's most expensive cocktail and still features a menu with some eye-watering prices. Nevertheless the standard options are pretty much the same as any other cocktail bar in London and although it labels itself as a club-bar-restaurant, its strengths lie firmly and solely in its cocktail bar status.