29-31 High Pavement, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1HE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)115 852 3232
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Tues-Sat 6pm-‘late’
Style: Hotel bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: High-end
Food: Bar nibbles
Images By: diffordsguide.com
At the swankier end of the spectrum, this late-night hotel bar has wood-panelled walls, green leather seats and a handsome, marble counter. This is where visiting celebrities performing at the nearby Nottingham Arena tend to stay when they're in town, so you might find yourself sat next to anyone from a comedian to pop star. If it's late, you might have to ring the bell to be let in, but you'll find it atmospheric and luxuriously dark.
On the menu, in addition to classics and house twists is a range of often adventurous concoctions that you'll either love or hate. They tend to be made with flavoured syrups - Banana Toffee Daiquiris, Raspberry Truffle Martinis, or Raisin and White Chocolate Old Fashioned - these we found somewhat more 'exotic' than you'd expect from a chic hotel bar otherwise.
We weren't overly impressed by the service, especially as it wasn't particularly busy and there was only a C-list s'leb in on the night commanding their attention. We thought the feel of the place demanded somewhat more finesse, though it still feels like a pretty special kind of place.