The Bloomsbury Club Bar: Classic and Forgotten Cocktails

By a woman smiling holding a drink in black and white Emily Gray |
2nd June 2016

If there was ever a golden age for cocktails then it would be the 1920s and 1930s and well, 2016…with the opening of The Bloomsbury Club Bar.

Housed within The Bloomsbury hotel, the bar looks to the hedonistic Bloomsbury Set for inspiration, mixing up forgotten classics and new innovative creations. The Virginia Woolf is tart yet fruity – blending together No.3 gin, fresh lemon juice, raspberry shrub, egg white and Cochi Americano; whilst her husband Leonard Woolf is more simple and classic – Makers Mark bourbon, ginger syrup and orange bitters. 

Classic cocktails will include The Blood and Sand (inspired by the 1922 film of the same name); the tropical Mary Pickford, The Bitter Truth Apricot Brandy and the Toreador – a mix of Quiquiriqui mezcal, Don Julio Blanco tequila and fresh lime. Said to be the Queen Mother’s favourite drink, Gin and Milk will be the signature cocktail – a combination of Hayman’s Old Tom Gin with full cream and sugar gomme.  

As well as cocktails there’ll be over 60 different whiskies from around the world, liqueurs, aperitifs and craft ales and a cigar menu with drink pairings created by Hunters and Frankau. Feast on the likes of crispy Welsh lamb goujons; salt and pepper squid; potted brown shrimp with toast and tuna tartar on Guinness bread with avocado whilst you work your way through the cocktail list.

With a decadent, moody atmosphere, the bar runs across two areas – the main bar and the outer terrace. Inside there is a subtle English colonial influence and the walls are lined with artwork and books which are synonymous with Bloomsbury Set. The more secluded outside bar has a relaxed bohemian feel think exposed brickwork and a glittering ceiling of fairy lights. It’s the perfect spot to settle in for the night drinking cocktails, discussing the big ideas, literature and politics of the time as the Bloomsbury Set did or you know what happened in the last episode of Billions..  

 The Bloomsbury Club Bar: Opens June 2016, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NN, www.doylecollection.com

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