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Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown

Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown

Address 13A Gerrard Street; London W1D 5PS
by Macclesfield Street
Neighbourhood Soho – Chinatown | See on map
Tube Leicester Square [Northern, Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 7434 3559
Website http://experimentalcocktailclublondon.com/
Price GBP 5 entry charge after 23:00.
Hours Mon-Sat 18-03. Sun 18-24.

Having conquered the French (and many would argue, the world) cocktail scene with a trio of Parisian bars, Romée de Goriainoff, Olivier Bon and Pierre-Charles Cros have brought over their original venture, ‘The Experimental Cocktail Club’ to a seedily seductive Chinatown location.

Spanning three floors and mixing the industrial with the ornate (check out the third floor bar made out of an old piano and the teapot lamps and flamingo wallpaper in the bathrooms), the location’s lack of signage (take a look at the website for a door-identification clue – you’ll need it) and high-end prices keep the clientele on the elusive/exclusive side.

Drinks are culled partly from some of America’s best bars, partly from their own selection, and include nine new elixirs created especially for the new venue. At over £10 a pop they’re not as cheap as the neighbours’ dodgy stir fries, but with ingredients like goji liqueur and cigar-infused bourbon floating the menu, you’ll be getting your money’s worth.

The doorman can be a proper cunt (book in advance and arrive as a single group to avoid problems) but once inside the staff couldn’t be more charming – a problem when you’re asked to check out the three vintage numbers made with super-rare spirits and costing upwards of £120. There’s an experiment that’s bound to go horribly wrong.