Gatsby-esque private parties managed to elude the attention of the police, and “speakeasies” popped up in the major US cities. The speakeasies were illegal establishments which sold liqueur and hosted parties for the secretive socialites.
The prohibition era may have come and gone and steered clear of the British shores… but that doesn’t mean that London isn’t filled with these hidden gems. Referred to as “London’s best kept secret”, Barts, in the heart of Chelsea, is a quiry ‘speak easy’ style bar which is the brainchild of Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes, the successful duo behind Maggie’s and Battersea’s Bunga Bunga.
Alongside its' extensive menu of wines and eccentric cocktails, Barts have recently unveiled their new Bloodshot Bloody Mary Menu. The drinks on this menu are made with Bloodshot Vodka, an artisan liqueur created from over twenty different ingredients, and are blended with an eclectic range of flavours. Favourites include ‘The Mary Tudor’, a blend of Bloodshot, Rose Jam, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup and served with a garnish of Rose Jam on Toast and ‘The Devil’s Punchbowl’, a warm drink served in a teacup and saucer and made with Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Bloodshot, Merlot, Cloudy Apple Juice, Cloves, Cinnamon and Ginger with a side of Chilli Chocolate.
The inconspicuous tavern is easily accessible from Sloane Avenue, but don’t tell all your friends about it! After all, Gilkes and Stirling would hate for Barts to be the talk of the town.
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