The Bar at the Courthouse Hotel
May 11, 2018
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to enjoy a cocktail in a prison cell (and in a courthouse building where several celebrities have faced high-profile charges, no less), then the bar at the Courthouse Hotel in Soho is the perfect pitstop for you. Located just off the lobby, and flanked by metal barred doors, the bar at the Courthouse Hotel is unique indeed. The walls are all exposed brick, a juxtaposition with the sleek and modern leather seating and angular lighting fixtures. But the real quirk is the original cells of the courthouse, which have now been turned into individual VIP rooms, complete with Pop Art paintings, heavy metal doors and intimate tables and seating.
The cocktail list is extensive, with each concoction offering a slight twist on many classic recipes. Some of our favourite flavor combinations include the Dickens Mule (lime, bitters, sugar, spiced rum, topped off with ginger beer and a cinnamon stick), The Queenstown Cocktail (lemongrass, lychee, elderflower liqueur and cognac, topped with champagne) and the Pineapple and Cardamom Martini (crushed cardamom pods, 7-year-old rum, pineapple juice and sugar). When it comes to spirits, the bar at the Courthouse Hotel specialises in whisky, brandy, rum and cachaca, and they also feature a small international wine and beer list. Food consists of light bites, sandwiches and platters, but if you’re not that hungry you could always just plump for some fancy bar snacks like the Gouda cheese palmiers.