"A well balanced bar that is exactly the kind of place you want to leisurely sip cocktails"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
When you have the likes of Tony Connigliaro backing your cocktail bar then chances are it’s going to be pretty damn fine. And guess what? The Zetter Townhouse is pretty damn fine. With a menu designed by London’s king of cocktails, this hotel bar was never going to struggle to pull in the customers beyond those paying for a night or two in the swanky rooms above. But it’s not just the drinks that do it for us at the Zetter Townhouse bar, it’s the dashing interior that mixes up classic with contemporary style to create a balanced bar that is exactly the kind of place you want to leisurely sip cocktails.
Dark, cosy and deceptively large, the bar throws together taxidermy, decadent upholstery and fine art with irreverent flourishes of fun. This is no sleepy, snooty hotel bar but a cocktail lounge that offers more than enough value for your money, in terms of drinks, décor and decadence.
We drink the Koln Martini, Sazerac and perfect Manhattan and there are no complaints. Mixed behind the apothecary bar, the drinks arrive in no time at all and each is as balanced as you would expect from a Tony C. bar. House cocktails cost £9.50 and off menu drinks begin at £10.50, and you should expect to pay a 12.5% service charge.
What we pay is well worth drinking in a place that feels like a hot mess of a salubrious drinking den tucked away on the western wing of some exclusive old town house. The drinks, the service and the atmosphere are impeccable – in fact, the only sour note was passing the hotel’s games room and ping-pong table on the way to the basement bathrooms and leaving without hitting a ball. But then you can’t have everything…
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T.A.O reviewed The Cocktail Lounge at Zetter Townhouse on Thu 22 Jan 2015