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Experimental Cocktail Club

Experimental Cocktail Club

Cocktail Bar and Speakeasy££££
Chinatown, London
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    Has a stamp of approval from CNN and Time Out London
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    Daria M.
    "Old Cuban is the best cocktail I've ever had!"(14 Tips)
    Sophia E.
    "The kota ternate is so good, i want to lick the ice cubes!!!"(6 Tips)
    "Excellent cocktails!! Tried Saint Germain Des Pres and Ambrosia."(4 Tips)
    Fatma G.
    "Great intimate vibe and people knowing what they're doing"(4 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • old cuban
  • kota ternate
  • good for dates
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  • Mihnea M.heart icon on user image
    Mihnea MiculescuAugust 15, 2014
    Arguably the best cocktail bar in Soho - 'La Medicación' is always a solid choice. You usually won't need to book (just play nice with the bouncer), but a table could be tricky. Can get a bit loud.
  • Cheen T.
    Cheen The CuriousJune 9, 2016
    A speakeasy above the Chinese bakery. Walk too fast & you'll miss it. Interesting cocktails. We enjoyed our rum-based concoctions
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    You'll find mirrored ceilings, ancient Parisian architecture, tiny couches, total intimacy and a small cover charge after 11 p.m. Check out the toilets, which sport flamingo wallpaper. Read more
  • Kostasheart icon on user image
    KostasAugust 31, 2019
    Excellent cocktails!! Tried Saint Germain Des Pres and Ambrosia. Nice atmosphere and service. I believe the music was too loud. Some seats are uncomfortable (the good ones are not avail. when crowded)
  • Justine R.heart icon on user image
    Justine RJune 24, 2016
    Authentic experimental cocktail bar with very cool atmosphere. Unexpectedly hidden in the middel of busy Chinatown. Pricey but delicious cocktails. Careful, they charge 5£ entry after 11PM!
  • Nathan F.heart icon on user image
    Nathan FisherMay 2, 2015
    Can't go wrong with most of the cocktails on the menu old Cuban is one of my favourites. Book a reservation early to make sure you don't get bounced around for seating.
  • Merve A.
    Merve AltıntaşMarch 8, 2019
    Very hard to find but worth it cool place! Best cocktails ever! Try saint german! Look for a black door don’t give up :)
  • Naa P.heart icon on user image
    Naa PilarJanuary 14, 2015
    I loved the drinks! So delicious. Dj was great! Her name was pinky, I wish she had a link for the music playlist. The coat check guy was super nice. Other waiters could have been nicer :-/
  • Paul C.heart icon on user image
    Paul CampbellSeptember 1, 2014
    Suitably mysterious, followed by excellent service, smiling barstaff. Far less pompous than its Irish cloneterpart. Oh, and a really very tasty, creative cocktail. Thumbs up.
  • Liis S.heart icon on user image
    Liis SaarJuly 12, 2015
    One of our favourite coctails bars in London. Great selection of quirky delicious coctails and busy yet intimate atmosphere. Service is always top notch!
  • Melanie
    MelanieOctober 30, 2014
    Great cocktails but pricey, good buzz for a before dinner drink. Would defiantly try again but maybe book first as places seems to fill up quickly.
  • David R.
    David RosenbergSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you ask really nicely they will make you a Drunken Viking which is no longer on the menu but so good. When they apologise for having no celery bitters, keep a straight face if you can.
  • BarChick
    BarChickJanuary 26, 2012
    This place is great, and open till after 2am, so if it does go as well as you hope you can stay all night. Ring ahead & look good, these French guys don’t let in anyone who doesn’t suit their style Read more
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardOctober 2, 2012
    You won't be let down by the quality of the drinks, which start from about £10 for regular cocktails and go up to £250 for vintage ones - how often do you get to drink gin from 1950? Read more
  • Ellie S.heart icon on user image
    Ellie SMarch 3, 2015
    Great atmosphere, bouncer gets easily agitated so go in pre-split little groups. Don't go for a mojito - try the house cocktails, they're worth it!
  • Tom H.
    Tom HoweOctober 9, 2013
    Hard to find but Its halfway down Gerrard Street, black nameless door usually with a well dressed man outside with a clip board. Recommend making a reservation before arriving!
  • Duckduckrunheart icon on user image
    DuckduckrunFebruary 8, 2015
    The cocktails are super cool! I'd say it's either a hit or may not like it and you may prefer the traditional cocktails you get everywhere else...this place is for adventurous ones
  • LMheart icon on user image
    LMApril 15, 2017
    Finding the club was like a treasure hunt! The doorman had bookings written down in a child's book (haha), great drinks, great service and supercool vibe!
  • Yiota P.
    Yiota PapJanuary 25, 2015
    Difficult to find but once inside you'll love it :-) great decor and atmosphere and really good cocktails. The old Cuban is a must-try
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMay 2, 2012
    Experimental Cocktail Club is perhaps the closest we have to a genuine hidden drinking den, and the fact it's on the tourist strip of Gerrard Street makes it even more interesting. Read more
  • Audrey B.
    Audrey BRUISSONMay 18, 2014
    In love with this place, those fantastic cocktails, those really friendly bartendesr, this beautiful deco and atmosphere! Huge crush!!
  • Morgans Hotel Group
    Morgans Hotel GroupAugust 7, 2012
    The unassuming and unmarked door on the main street of Chinatown hides a staircase to the 1st & 2nd floors and one of the coolest cocktail clubs in OUR LDN!
  • Ashley C.heart icon on user image
    Ashley ChanOctober 14, 2019
    The Kota Tenate is one of the most “experimental” cocktails I’ve had- milky but completely clear. Definitely don’t miss this choice.
  • Paul G.heart icon on user image
    Paul GallagherAugust 15, 2017
    Live music every Tuesday evening. Killer cocktails, especially the Old Cuban. Friendly service. I'll be back.
  • MEININGER Hotels
    MEININGER HotelsApril 7, 2014
    Right in the heart of Chinatown, among Chinese restaurants, with no sign, just a scratched, dark door: the entrance to the Experimental Cocktail Club London.
  • Melanie
    MelanieJanuary 4, 2014
    If you lucky to find the right door, this place is amazing. You have all different kind of cocktails, choose the right drink :)
  • Lizzie P.
    Lizzie PApril 24, 2016
    Hidden gem which is tricky to locate but worth it!
  • Kristopher B.heart icon on user image
    Kristopher BoronMarch 30, 2018
    The cocktails are superbly crafted. The staff are uber friendly! Well worth the time to check out
  • Kim P.heart icon on user image
    Kim PhamMay 10, 2015
    A classic speakeasy with locations in NYC & Paris. Book ahead or come early, there are only a handful of tables!
  • 💎T
    💎TAugust 22, 2014
    If you could actually find the place, they make amazing and honestly very special cocktails. It's definitely worth a try.
  • Angela L.
    Angela LiuApril 12, 2015
    lovely cocktails and nice vibe at this little hidden gem on the very touristy china town main street
  • CBM 
    CBM June 16, 2012
    Delicious and delightful! Call ahead to reserve a table or sit at the bar and have the mixologist craft you something mind blowing.
  • Thunder C.heart icon on user image
    Thunder CatJanuary 17, 2015
    Fantastic cocktails and lovely decor - the entrance is "hidden" in the heart of China Town but the doorman outside give the game away. Booking is recommended but not essential.
  • Magda A.
    Magda AdamskaOctober 15, 2013
    Blue cheese and dill & cumin cocktails. Sounds weird but they taste absolutely delicious.
  • Roy
    RoyAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    While the classic Old Fashioned isn't on the menu, they'll make the best one you've ever had if you know to ask!
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencDecember 5, 2015
    Favourite spot when in London. Great intimate vibe and people knowing what they're doing
  • erin g.
    erin gaughanApril 15, 2013
    Great cocktail club - be sure to stop by if you're in the area. Much better than all the other places around. St. Germaine des pres is an amazing concoction!
  • Laci W.heart icon on user image
    Laci WhiteFebruary 24, 2015
    Anything and everything assuming you can find the entrance. Smaller and more intimate than you might guess.
  • Katie Z.
    Katie ZecharOctober 29, 2021
    Delightful staff and tasty cocktails. The seats are comfy if you can grab one!
  • Jo G.heart icon on user image
    Jo GarveyFebruary 26, 2013
    The Kota Ternate is hands down the best cocktail I have ever had! Fabulous bartenders, fabulous cocktails!
  • KittyNelheart icon on user image
    KittyNelFebruary 9, 2014
    Handsome Jack! Unbeatable taste in the best hidden bar in central London! Luv it!
  • Sara Y.heart icon on user image
    Sara YFebruary 12, 2016
    For people accustomed to late nights, this is one of the only options in central London. Good cocktails but light pours.
  • Sonia L.heart icon on user image
    Sonia LouroJanuary 13, 2019
    Very cool night cap spot. Chilled vibe and awesome cocktails 🍹
  • Ngan N.heart icon on user image
    Ngan NguyenMarch 30, 2016
    The Kota Tenate is so, so good. Favourite cocktail there by far.
  • Milky
    MilkyJanuary 15, 2014
    Kota Ternate is something to die for! Great little hidden place, book ahead!
  • Tim B.
    Tim BradshawJuly 16, 2011
    Quite a find in this part of town. Classy cocktail joint. Get there before 11pm to avoid paying on the door. You don't always need a reservation.
  • Tuğçe E.heart icon on user image
    Tuğçe Erten BarrettFebruary 18, 2014
    I tried Havana this time, and isn't it strong! It is great for whiskey and tobacco lovers though.
  • Haji A.heart icon on user image
    Haji AkhundovMarch 24, 2015
    This place is awesome! Love the cocktails! Must try the Old Cuban!
  • BarChick
    BarChickNovember 21, 2011
    Dress a little sexier, and turn up early, or book ahead, they have been known to send you home if they don't like the look of you. C'est la vie... Read more
  • Ministry of Waxing
    Ministry of WaxingApril 26, 2012
    A perfect place for that classy, intimate date. Dress smart, make a reservation, and enjoy the delicious cocktails.
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