Speakeasy


Bart's

London-West London

  • Night Out
  • Speakeasy
  • Jazz & Blues
4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

It takes some finding, this bar, hidden as it is in an otherwise anonymous apartment building in Chelsea behind a black door (look out for the Mickey Mouse wallpaper).

It takes some finding, this bar, hidden as it is in an otherwise anonymous apartment building in Chelsea behind a black door (look out for the Mickey Mouse wallpaper). Then you’ll need to ring a bell and bide your time it’s definitely worth booking ahead to make sure they let you in. The space inside is tiny but very charming, a Prohibition-era inspired room (yes, another one) with quirky trinkets and vintage doo-dads peppered all around the place. There are stuffed animals, antique mirrors, flea market sofas and grand chandeliers. Regulars hold a key-card to gain entry and there’s a sense that this is a bit of a private club , which can be a bit intimidating at first, but once the cocktails kick in this is soon alleviated. Drinks aren’t cheap no surprises there, but they are good inventive, fresh and prettily presented. Classics combine with more experimental concoctions like the Pickled Ploughman, a mix of gin, Chambord, grapes, honey, grenadine – and Stilton. It sounds odd but it kind of works, though it is perhaps an acquired tastes. The rum-based Yogi Bear comes garnished with Haribo sweets and tobacco liqueur crops up in more than one drink. If you’re feeling a bit less adventurous, maybe stick to the Alchemist, a refreshing blend of vodka, apple, elderflower, cucumber and mint. They also do a small range of cocktails designed to share and there’s a good selection of spirits, wines and champagnes. There’s a cool little outdoor ‘herb garden’ with shisha pipes available as well as those all-important patio heaters (this is England after all). The quality of the drinks makes it worth braving the slightly insular Sloane Avenue atmosphere.