Vaults at Voltaire

Words by Ian Cameron on 27-Feb-2013

Address: 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB , United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7438 8059
Door: Open door/walk-ins
Style: Hotel bar
Food: Bar Snacks
Established: 2013

Review

The signature features of this basement site near Blackfriars Station are the nine below-pavement vaults, each uniquely decorated with digital wallpaper depicting the cellars of Champagne and kitted out with iPod docks. They seat between two and eight - ideal for everything from intimate first dates to raucous after-work office outings. Plus you can smoke. The separate main space serves as the bar for the Crown Plaza hotel above: you'll find a long bar and large banquettes in a contemporary designed space. A DJ spins the decks at all times.

The reference to Voltaire reminds that this is predominantly a champagne bar, with the full range of Pommery accompanied by just a few other bins from other houses. Prices range from the affordable (£55 per bottle of non-vintage brut, £11 per glass) up to the stratospheric (£1,200 for a bottle of Cuvee Louise 1990). There's also a range of classic and original, full-flavoured cocktails which come in extravagant glassware. A range of 'spa' cocktails come with little cosmetic gifts (face-masks, lip balms etc).

An excellent vibe and a superb welcome mark this out from a glut of City watering holes, though the suited/booted crowd remain the target clientele.