Night in Chinatown (Opium Bar)

Like ‘hidden’ bars that have a bouncer with a clipboard?  Then Opium Bar is a good start…but don’t think that this is the usual wannabe, pretentious bar because the staff are actually nice and know what they’re doing.

We went along on Halloween night for some cocktails at my friend’s recommendation and when we arrived, I’ll admit I didn’t really want to go in.  I had a batman t-shirt and DMs on so not exactly bouncer-approved, but I probably got away with it as it was the official night of horror.

Anyway, all the staff had been given a scary makeover, having come in early to get their faces painted by a professional make-up artist and all looked fantastic.  I didn’t take any pictures but I found this one on their Instagram:


I had one of their Halloween specials; the Corpse Reviver “An enlivening mixture of Plymouth Gin, Lillet Blanc, Blue Curacao, Lemon Juice and Pernod Absinthe sure to reawaken the dead.”  

Their signature Opium cocktail looks pretty special but unfortunately wasn’t as ‘long’ as my friend had hoped, but when it looks like this, surely it’s kind of worth it…no?


The dim sum menu is pretty good but I was surprised to hear it’s actually made by the restaurant downstairs so I’d love to know the mark-up on that!  Our ‘salt and pepper aubergines’ were £9 but really tasty…I even ate all the garlic bits.

I’d recommend this bar for a good catch up with a friend or two, or an after-dinner-date night-drink (or two).

About Hayles

Living in and loving London, I like to cram in as much as possible. I have a lot of different hobbies which I start on a whim and most of the time abandon for something else! My current interests include film, TV, music, comedy, art, photography, theatre and finding new yummy food establishments. Mostly I just love to experience the many joys and wonders that London offers. I started this blog to help me remember what I've actually done at the end of each year, but now I actually really enjoy writing and sharing what I hope is funny and/or useful information.
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