Published on October 31st, 2014 | by Sophia Longhi0
Beaufort Bar, The Savoy Hotel
Summary: Bring your credit card and prepare for an evening of decadence.
The Savoy. It has been standing on that spot on The Strand since the grand old year of 1889 and just the mention of the name inspires images of timeless glamour, lavish luxury, and age-old decadence. For special pre-dinner drinks, an extravagant date or simply the promise of a luxurious, leisurely space to unwind in, there are not many places that could top it.
The Savoy’s American Bar came in at Number 8 at this year’s World’s 50 Best Bars and if you decide to turn up for a drink it would be fair to say that you should expect a wait at the door. However, there is a new bar in town, one that people are still finding out about, and if you venture a little further through the Thames Foyer on the ground floor, you’ll discover it for yourself.
Built on the old Cabaret stage, the Beaufort Bar oozes Art Deco opulence and there seems to be something little seductive about its nature, as if it’s black and gold walls are letting you into a secret as you walk in – and having hosted countless famous personalities over the years, it probably has its fair share to choose from. The door host is extremely welcoming (perhaps more relaxed in this cabaret setting?) and shows us to our table, informing us with enthusiasm about the new cocktail menu.
It is the raved-about, new cocktail menu that brings us here. Created by award-winning Head Bartender, Chris Moore, it features a range of new cocktails unique to the Beaufort Bar. The menu itself is a work of art: designed like a children’s pop-up book, it is full of hand-drawn illustrations and is actually available to buy as a limited edition menu, launched specially with the new selection of cocktails.
We start with a glass of Louis Roederer champagne (as you do) while we peruse the menu with fascination and delight. We are particularly interested to try one of the cocktails that have been inspired by past guests. Coco Chanel and her little black dress is the inspiration for the Coco, and Ol’ Blue Eyes with a Jack Daniel’s base is, of course, named after Frank Sinatra. One of the most popular on the menu, The Impressionist, theatrical and dramatic, is designed with none other than Monet in mind.
The latter, we are told, is a must-try. It arrives at the table with a smoking red rose to a chorus of oohs and ahhs. The smoke is actually known as ‘rose fog’ and the accompanied description on the menu includes a quote from Monet: ‘For without its fog, London wouldn’t be a beautiful city.’ Pure theatre and indulgence, the £26 price tag is a fair price to pay for a memorable cocktail and unforgettable experience.
The cocktail list is a hearty read and it covers everything from modern adaptations to vintage classics. Designed to entertain and excite, it does exactly that. Another notable choice is the Pan American Highway with a Bacardi 8 Rum base poured over a single block of ice and served in a beautifully elegant coupette. Dark, smooth and rich – sex appeal in a glass.
The Beaufort Bar makes a grand statement when it comes to bar lounging and the setting is nothing less than exquisite. Gold leaf adorns the alcoves and you are invited to sit on black leather armchairs at dark, polished tables. Every last detail has been considered, including the gorgeous vintage glassware. With the piano tinkling and a bluesy voice singing into the night, we have been immersed into a glamorous by-gone age and it’s fabulous.
Hosting nightly Cabaret shows and a Cabaret and Burlesque extravaganza every month, The Beaufort Bar has brought some of the sparkle and pizazz back to The Savoy. There is no booking policy so come early, bring your credit card and prepare for an evening of decadence.
Beaufort Bar, The Savoy Hotel, Savoy Way, WC2R 0EUShare This Post