Published on March 23rd, 2014 | by Gavin0
Fat Sam’s Grand Slam @ GOAT
Summary: Open until 1am, Goat is a cool space for some after-hours drinking
Great for locals
Goat is a New York style Italian bistro that opened up a little over a year ago to much acclaim on the Fulham road in Chelsea. The venue is a former pub situated over 3 floors and has remained true to its origins, keeping much of the 350 year old building’s original design features, but with a few modern touches. Every other Thursday, the upstairs bar hosts Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, a 1920s speakeasy night, and I went down to see what it’s all about.
GOAT is a brisk 15 minute walk from Gloucester Road station and I almost miss the door, as like any good speakeasy bar, the entrance is hidden, and the only clue was given by a lonely bouncer standing outside. I’m guided through a black curtain and up the creaky staircase and soon enough I’m hearing the unmistakable sound of the fiddle.
This week’s Fat Sam’s happened to be a few days after St Patrick’s Day, so the team decided to give the evening an Irish twist with a live (drunken) fiddler, waitresses in Leine dresses, and whisk(e)y cocktails to boot. The cocktail menu changes for every Fat Sam’s Grand Slam with a different sponsor for each event; this time it’s the turn of Tullamore Dew blended Irish whiskey. All are priced at £10 and of the 5 on offer; I go for the Jack Chase, a blend of Tullamore Dew, sherry, and just a dash of chocolate bitters. A great slow sipping drink and reminded me of a whisky sour.
While I’m sat enjoying the fiddle, I’m let in on a secret. Goat hides a secret VIP room that you wouldn’t even know existed unless invited. I’m led down a dimly lit walkway and soon enough I’m in the intimate bar with about 20 guests enjoying drinks (including a Chelsea celeb or two). The secret bar is a quirky little space and non-VIPs can take advantage when not at capacity, so make sure you request a table when you arrive!
It wasn’t quite the night of Irish jigs and raucous behaviour promised, but looking around, all patrons were happy enough to just chill out in their small groups. Open until 1am, Goat is a cool space for some after-hours drinking for those local to the area.
Fat Sam’s Grand Slam @ GOAT, 333 Fulham Rd, SW10 9QL