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Tonight Josephine Waterloo

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Waterloo
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(17user reviews)
Tonight Josephine Waterloo

A cocktail bar for meme-loving millennials.

Night out or photoshoot? It’s the dilemma of our modern times. Tonight Josephine wants your visit to be the latter. It’s a bar, sure, but it’s really one epic photo opp in a hundred shades of pink. It’s like a Venus fly-trap for Insta-obsessed millennial feminists. ‘Why the fuck can’t I have fun all the time?’ asks a sign outside. ‘Well-behaved women don’t make history,’ screams a neon sign at the bottom of the stairs. ‘Wear the pants, boss lady,’ insists the wallpaper. This tiny basement bar is plastered – literally – in cyber-sayings and meme-material. It’s silly, sassy and utterly shameless. It wants you to be too – and then to post about it on social media. Josephine is that girl who is desperate for likes.

The menu is as loud as the music (late ’90s denim-clad girlband B*Witched was blaring out of the speakers during my visit), with cocktails that are pretty to look at but sugary sweet. The Violet Femme, a purple, gin-based drink, came with a tube of Parma Violets balancing on its fluffy egg-white top. Love Potion, a tangy concoction featuring pineapple syrup, strawberries and prosecco, was sipped out of a glittery sugar-rimmed glass. The flavours weren’t anything to write home about but the drinks matched the vibe of this brash, hot mess of a place. There’s also a small wine and bubbles list, bottled beers, cider and shooters: Skittles-infused vodka if you really want the sugar to go to your head.

When it came to the hashtag potential, I ended up obliging. Two cocktails down, Tonight Josephine’s ‘lady garden’ sign just spoke to me. After all, if you don’t post about your night out on social media, how can you be sure it even happened?

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Tonight Josephine Waterloo says
Well behaved women don't make history. Josephine De Beauharnais, one of history's most famous lovers, started as a nobody but with sass and a little bit of luck, she became Empress of the French. Join Josephine's girl gang for cocktails in Waterloo. We'll hook you up with the night of your dreams.
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Venue name: Tonight Josephine Waterloo
Contact:
Address: 111 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8UL
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:5
  • 4 star:6
  • 3 star:5
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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tastemaker

Thought this was a cute little cocktail bar and really liked the details added like the wallpaper in the toilets and the different glasses for different cocktails. Good selection of cocktails and around £10 a cocktail which isn't cheap but is pretty standard for London. 

We booked a table for 4 and the man who showed us to our table was really friendly and attentive, he brought our bottle of Prosecco over straight away and explained how we ordered our pizza, he then came back over later to make sure we got our pizza and to check it was ok. The bar staff were really friendly as well and it didn't take long to get served which is always a good thing! It is small and gets busy so we were very glad we had the table booked! Music was good and overall was a fun night, I would definitely go back!

tastemaker

Super-stylish basement bar right opposite Waterloo station. The venue is VERY instagrammable, with its neon signs and pink hues. The cocktails are lovely too, but it's small and seating is often reserved, so if you just rock up for a drink, you are unlikely to get a seat.... which is awkward as there's hardly any standing space either. 

tastemaker

Tonight Josephine is the ultimate girl power cocktail bar (sorry guys). I visited with a group of girls and we loved it all. Cocktails were great (especially on happy hour which is 5-7pm), music was brilliant and there were some great photo ops. Only thing was that it was very crowded for a small space which made it pretty hot inside.

I would definitely recommend, but book a table in advance as there isn’t much standing room.

tastemaker

Way too busy on a Friday or Saturday, you can barely move. Mid week isn't too bad but the tables get reserved very quickly so make sure you book one way in advance. The happy hour is one you have to take advantage of, and if you sign up to their mailing list via the website, you'll even get a free drink! 


Super fun place, although a lot smaller than expected. Girls night fun and good happy hour!

tastemaker

Decent club with good music, very conveniently located. Free entrance, which is a massive plus. The decoration is really cool. A great place for a girls’ night out. 

tastemaker

A bit of a novelty and absolute gold for your instagram, though I'm sure that might wear off after a few visits. The cocktails are decent but once you're outside the realms of happy hour they can be a bit pricey.  Take advantage of a free cocktail by signing up to their email newsletter.  It's a lot smaller than I expected and the music is very loud which is a bit of a personal bug-bear but if you're only there for one or two rounds it's manageable! 

tastemaker

As the reviews before me have stated, this bar is instagram heaven. If you want some good pictures for the gram, Tonight Josephine is the place to go. Happy hour is a perk, but obviously very busy too. It is quite a small bar and the cocktails are average but it’s good for a girly pre-drink before a night out. Personally I couldn’t spend longer than an hour in there because it is quite small and it isn’t somewhere I felt like I could relax and just chat as there was barely any seating or standing space.


One of the worst clubs I have ever been in London!I would advise everyone to not even think of visiting the toilets they are just gross.Furthermore, staff and especially the bar manager is really really really rude!!!Don’t go there if you don’t want to ruin your night!

tastemaker

My new favourite new bar in Waterloo area, just a stones throw from the station, Tonight Josephine,is perfect for a girly catch-up. It's all pink and lovely on the inside, with neon signs and a badass feminist theme - the whole place is just asking to be instagrammed! The cocktails are tasty and reasonable, especially when on Happy Hour (or with the free voucher available on their website, you're welcome!)

tastemaker

Tonight Josephine, brings together all things we girls love! Neon lights, cocktails, Bieber, Insta opportunities and all things pink! A really good spot for a girls night out! An additional perk is a daily happy hour from 5-7. One thing I would recommend is to book in advance as it's very popular!

tastemaker

Went here after it was getting cold a Bar Elba, which I learned they are owned by the same company and have the same cocktail list - I would steer clear of the cocktails as I didn't enjoy them at Bar Elba, so stuck with Prosecco. Really cool interior, loud music and good vibes. The light up signs are great! It was very busy on a Thursday night.

tastemaker

If Instagram were a bar, it would potentially be the pink, feminist, neon haven that is Tonight Josephine! 


We were tempted by the' £16 for four cocktails' voucher you can buy through Time Out's shop. What they don't tell you however, is that on booking, you also have to pay a £25 deposit on top, which isn't refunded but instead treated as a bar tab. This was a bit annoying as though we wanted to sample a few of the cocktails, we didn't want to spend a small fortune!


BUT the good stuff: The bar itself has a really great story to discover behind it, everything from the lighting down to that JB print in the toilets is designed perfectly for that #Friyay Instagram post, staff were friendly, and the tunes were brilliant – all of it created a great atmosphere. The cocktail menu was really inventive, though after having sampled 8 between us, we felt some were a little hit and miss on taste. Our favourites were the Love Potion 010 and the Midnight Flower...


This place has only been open for a week so it's allowed to have some teething problems, and there is definitely room for improvement. The place was absolutely packed when we first arrived for 7pm, which, in a basement on a hot day without air conditioning, and a 3-deep bar queue is not fun! It got quieter after Happy Hour had ended, but the aircon and crowd control situations could definitely be improved just to make the cocktail bar feel much more, well cocktail bar-esque – more special. We also thought it would've been great if table service was an option. If these were addressed, I'd love to come back and try some more of the menu!


Overall, Tonight Josephine is a nice, refreshing, and bang-on-trend addition to London's quirky bar scene – definitely worth a visit later in the evening for good times before starting a night out.




Saw this bar being advertised and had to visit. I'm so glad I did. What a find! Beautifully decorated and right up my street. I will definitely be visiting again, can't wait to make my way through more drinks on the menu. The Love Potion is by far my favourite at the moment. Big thumbs up all round.

tastemaker

So there's a new bar in town baby..... And better believe I was there! Haha

When you enter or should I say descend... You're greeted to a pink haven where all dreams can be made reality!! The decor is cute and 100% Instagram worthy.. The cocktails on the other hand lacked expertise and precision. They looked pretty but I tried 3 and all had many flaws so I moved onto prosecco...

That was a shame because I came for the cocktails... The staff were friendly and dishing out "protection" with each cocktail but sadly I dont think the cocktails are worth the asking price... No depth ,flavour or adventure to them at all.

Would I return? Maybe for the Happy hour for a few glasses of prosecco which goes at £3 a glass but that's it.


Love this bar. Can't believe it's only just opened, well oiled machine already. Decor is great if you like that sort of thing, but regardless of what you probably think this bar is, I can guarantee you'll have a great night. It's a party no matter what time you head down. The staff are like your mates and up for a laugh and the drinks are made to absolute perfection. Highly recommend.


Bien Joué Tonight Josephine! What a wonderfully refreshing change. This place is absolument parfait. Perfect! I loved everything from the moment I stepped foot in the venue, walked down the pink stairway and was blown away by the decor. The drinks are a mixture of classic and fun cocktails, all of which were delicious (the one's I tried anyway) and the staff were so accommodating. I can't wait to visit again, the perfect after work spot. Merci beaucoup xxx

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