St James Bar at Balcon

Dirección: 6 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AN , United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2200
Sitio web: View bar's website
Estilo: Bar de cocteles
Recomendado para: Cocteles
Guía de precios: Lujoso
Alimentos: Botanas
Dueño: Sofitel

Reseña last reviewed on 2011-10-19

The Sofitel St James hotel has had a major makeover and they've turned the bar into a sumptuous Coco Chanel-inspired boudoir, with rococo flourishes, rich fabrics and gold leather banquettes. The largely all-Franglais-speaking atmosphere make this feel like a little bit of the George V in Paris dropped into central London - cosseting, immersive and luxurious. An oil painting on the ceiling of a large rooster keeps it relatively real.

Sit at the beautiful amethyst-underlit bar and peruse the short list of brown-spirit heavy 'vintage cocktails' (our Vieux Carre was served on hand-cracked ice) ahead of some more modern mixes made using more white spirits and house infusions, though the Pepe Le moko skilfully mixed El Dorado 8-year-old rum with Ardbeg whisky and maple syrup. A Bloody Mary came with a delicious celery sorbet float that worked well though a smoked salmon cocktail (muddled fish with peach vodka and lemon juice) might have tasted authentic but was a step too far.

The bar snacks are good too - little salamis and hot edamame beans that don't stop coming. First rate, five-star service helps the drinks go down. Hotel bars of late have really upped their game and this doesn't disappoint. 4/5

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