Cellar Door

Nightlife, Bars Covent Garden
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Cellar Door (David Axelbank / Time Out)
David Axelbank / Time Out
Cellar Door (David Axelbank / Time Out)
David Axelbank / Time Out
Cellar Door (David Axelbank / Time Out)
David Axelbank / Time Out
Cellar Door (David Axelbank / Time Out)
David Axelbank / Time Out
Cellar Door (David Axelbank / Time Out)
David Axelbank / Time Out

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A gaudy neon arrow points the way to this tiny basement, where cabaret, lounge singers and drag acts ensure things go with a swing.

Classic cocktails are mixed with three categories of high-end brands, and priced accordingly: if you’d prefer your martini made with Tanqueray 10 or U’luvka, expect to pay a couple of quid extra. House cocktails include the Starbucks Must Die (Martell VS, Kahlua, own-made vanilla-infused vodka and a shot of espresso); a compact wine list caters for cocktail refuseniks, and snuff is available in assorted flavours (snorting straw provided).

Customers arriving before 8pm can enjoy cut-price drinks.


Venue name: Cellar Door
Address: Zero Aldwych
Transport: Tube: Temple
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This place never fails to entertain. Cellar Door used to be a men's bathroom and has a somewhat salacious history. The cabaret here is not for the abashed - it’s a wonderful style of witty, lascivious, self-deprecating humour all in song. Sing-a-longs are highly encouraged. They have a solid cocktail selection and are happy to make any classics off the menu. Though seats are very limited so be sure to get in early (usually performances start around 8pm).

Tip: make sure you get in earlier if you want prime position seating for the live cabaret or burlesque show

Good For: something different, small groups, casual drinks, live music.


Cellardoor is craftily hidden just outside One Aldwych... I have literally walked past it a dozen times and not realised it was anything other than an old public toilet. Inside is a small and dimly lit bar with space for about 25 - sofas and small stools around small tables - and a small piano. Each evening entrance is free with guarenteed live entertainment including burlesque and music. They also have a high tea and tease afternoon each Saturday and as an addition a burlesque lesson beforehand. As part of a hen do we opted for the latter which is what really let the place down for me as the lesson was so unorganised. We literally were cramped up by the bar and just waved our hands around a bit. The high tea was actually very good and the music and singing was fun. The burlesque was OK however I dont think the venue is the right shape and size for it. If we had just gone to the free evening show and for cocktails I probably would have been impressed however for the cost and the lack of organisation I was really disappointed (as was the bride to be!).

Great bar with a fine selection of spirits including Absinthe served in style. Our occasional visits to the bar have been great. The cosy atmosphere of the bar is without question given its size but that is its only limitation. Singers, live music and lots of laughs to be had at this friendly bar with great staff

Saturday 20th Oct 2012 This place is a complete waste of time. You have to prompt them to serve you the free glass of wine you are entitled to if you have guaranteed entry by paying 20 quid. Don't do it, by the way, the place was half empty on a sat night. Not only that there is no atmosphere, the DJ was hopeless and the owner arrived late on with a large party, promptly crammed himself into the best table in the place, pushing paying customers out of the way and showed no respect for people who had been there all night. There has to be a better venue in London than this....I suggest you find it!!!