Friday, March 27, 2009

I ventured out to Barts on Sloane Avenue having been tipped off by a friend at work. It claims in the same breath to be both "a new concept for eating and drinking" and London's worst kept secret.

I'm not going to give the game away and just leave this signs as clues for you...

Chelsea cloisters


We were greeted by a shifty looking chap in prohibition era get up who asked us for a password before letting us into the drinking den.

Barts bouncer

Once inside we were overwhelmed by the design. Its brilliant. Quirky. Inspiring. As if it has been curated by someone with far too much time on their hands. We loved the "computer says no" Mona Lisa and the luggage racks. It transforms a room in an apartment block into a speakeasy by paying attention to minute details.

Speakeasy decor 3

Sordid phone booth

A dressing up box encourages everyone to get stuck in too...

Dressing up box

... which was embraced wholeheartedly by the buzzing crowd.

Speakeasy scene 1

Thirst aid

The evening was sponsored by Glenmorangie who were launching their soda siphon (which we've covered before). Drinks such as Glen'Malone (whisky, ginger, lemon grass and soda) and Sweet as Candy (whisky, candied orange, rose cordial and soda water) initially put some of the girls off. But once they'd got past the idea of whisky there was no stopping them. Personally, I loved the gingery cocktail and thought the idea behind the event and its execution were fantastic.

Glenmorangie trio

Glenmorangie bar 2

It would be a great venue for a Le Nez event, or better still a whisky event or two. I'm quite keen to organise a party there soon. I just hope this article is enormously unpopular and no-one finds out where it is!

Barts sign

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Douglas Blyde said...

Mm, and you said you were going to give me the details...

Browners said...

Douglas my Man! Welcome to the Beam Team blog. I will of course give you the details. Check your email.


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