The London Cocktail Club

I am a sucker for cookery shows on TV to the extent that I have not got the food channel on Sky in case the non-stop excitement of an all day cookery channel means I am never able to leave the house. This addiction meant that I saw the first few shows of Raymond Blanc’s, The Restaurant, before tuning out and moving on to Saturday Kitchen, Baking Made Easy and whatever else was around to encourage my obsession. So, if like me you missed most of The Restaurant, it may come as a surprise to know that JJ and James were the winners and have now opened the London Cocktail club in Fitzrovia which is primarily a bar rather than a restaurant.

Espresso martinis

I was invited to visit the bar on its launch last night. It is in a basement just off Goodge street with a great vintage looking antique wood fit-out and lots of intriguing looking bottles of spirits behind the bar. Unfortunately the graffiti painted entrance is not really in keeping with the rest of the bar but if you ignore that the inside is pretty cosy. Service is excellent, and all the staff are really knowledgeable about the cocktail and bar snacks menu and very skilled in their mixology skills. Special mention must be made of JJ and James (a Melbourne boy) who are both super enthusiastic and gracious hosts.
Scotch eggs

The cocktails are excellent. From light and elegant bellinis (£8.50) to kick-start the night espresso martinis to sweet and fabulous porn star martinis (£7.50) they are impossible to fault. Get the Brixton Riot (£7.50) which is set alight at the bar if you want to impress so someone. However the food is really just standard bar fodder rather than restaurant quality food. Cups of parmesan popcorn (£1.50) don’t taste that different to what is on offer at local cinemas and scotch eggs are served cold rather than freshly cooked with a runny yolk. The must-order dish is probably the lamb koftes (£2.50) which have a great spicy kick to them and are teamed with a creamy, garlic heavy tzatziki sauce.
Porn star martini

JJ and James told me they are hoping to roll out their bar but if they are going to sell themselves on their food I think there are a few changes which need to be made.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of The London Cocktail Club.
Essentials: The London Cocktail Club, 61 Goodge St, Fitzrovia W1T 1TL (Ph 020 7836 9533) Tube: Goodge Street
Price: Pricey
If you liked reading this you might be interested in my review of the recently opened Vinoteca wine bar and restaurant in Marylebone or for great Porn Star Martinis try Dollar Grills and Martinis in Exmouth Market.
POSTED BY: Cara ON February 2nd, 2011
CATEGORY: Restaurant - Bar, W1T

11 Comments on “The London Cocktail Club”

  1. Amy said at 8:13 am on February 2nd, 2011:

    Wow the cocktails look delicious, shame the same can’t be said for the scotch eggs! Still if it’s operating as a more of a bar than a restaurant then the booze is the important thing I guess.

  2. Swedish Meatball said at 9:13 am on February 2nd, 2011:

    Whoooaaaa – cocktails look great! What’s in the Porn star martini? Feels like I’ve had it but not sure – is it a champagne passionfruit martini?

  3. London Lady said at 9:53 am on February 2nd, 2011:

    I love flaming drinks! Always a sucker for a fun gimmick. Shame about the food though.

  4. Emily said at 12:17 pm on February 2nd, 2011:

    Yum! I just wrote a post on another cocktail club in Chinatown! You should give it a visit, you’ll definitely like their amazing drinks! x LondonZest

  5. Meaghan Luby said at 4:11 pm on February 2nd, 2011:

    aw, so lovely! i like the rosemary sprigs on the cocktails…
    thanks for posting! love your blog, btw

  6. Katherina said at 8:00 pm on February 2nd, 2011:

    That looks amazing – I think I’d stick to the porn star martini…

  7. Grazing Kate said at 11:03 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    I could eat one of those Scotch Eggs right now – oh no, is it only 11am?!

  8. tori said at 3:00 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    Somewhere out there is a Brixton riot with my name on it. Promise.

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said at 10:59 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    Haha that is exactly why I cannot get cable tv! I mean I sit there transfixed in hotel rooms watching it, what are the chances of leaving the house when food shows are on at home? 😛

  10. Gourmet Chick said at 4:31 pm on February 5th, 2011:

    Amy – you are right, booze is the key!

    Swedish meatball – Exactly, the champagne is added as a shot afterwards and called the money shot as you can have it as you want (?!)

    London Lady – me too

    Emily – Will have to check it out

    Meaghan – Thanks very much

    Katherina – love the porn star martinis

    Grazing Kate – well they are like breakfast in a bite size snack so I am sure 11am is fine

    Tori – Quite a funny cocktail name

    Lorraine – I know, it is a slippery slope…

  11. luci_overington said at 11:22 pm on February 15th, 2011:

    Porn Star martini is one of my favorites. I’m a bar tender and I have a recipe on my blog should you wish to make one yourself!

    I came across your blog on the association of food bloggers- it looks great. can’t wait for a proper read!

    Luci. :)

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