Après London- A cool ‘Sex in the City’ Cocktail bar

A heaving Oxford Street gives way to a trendy side street, where Après London drinks bar and club lives. It’s my Sex in the City moment post work,shopping cool cocktail bar. Après is a nice little find around the busy West End and Mayfair area, conveniently situated opposite Selfridges. It has an outside area for summer drinks and tasty nibbles and some very comfy leather seating inside by the bar to relax and chill out in post a busy day at work.

Apres London, Terrace area

Apres London, Terrace area

Serving an eclectic mix of cool cocktails ranging from some fabulous martini and mojito concoctions with a twist to wine and beers, as well as non-alcoholic cocktails with some pizzaz!

Cucumber cooler

Cucumber cooler

Mojito with a twist

Mojito with a twist

When we arrive at the bar it’s fairly busy and the Thursday night DJ who is too ‘Cool for Skool’ starts setting up next to us. To the left of us a couple on a date and another table of very chic London girls are sipping cocktails and avidly catching up on the gossip over some cool tunes. I notice it’s mainly Londoners in here, everybody is achingly on trend and looking very London, there are a few wealthy looking ex-pat types but it feels quite local in here as well.

ApresLondon

ApresLondon

After the initial cocktail we veer towards the menu, which is certainly a fun eclectic mix of some different and favourite cuisines. We decide on some beef sliders, steak tacos, hummus with fresh large green olives and hot pitta bread, as well as chicken satay sticks, simple but good ingredients, which certainly hit the spot.

Beef Sliders

Beef Sliders

Well stocked bar

Well stocked bar

Apres has an easy and fun atmosphere for a quick drink and bite to eat. It’s a lovely relaxed spot with cool tunes and an even cooler DJ, who was good when we were there on the Thursday evening. Weekends the basement club is also open and holds bigger numbers, there is a doorman policy at the weekend and you can ring ahead to reserve a table as it does get busy with the cool set.

For a few cocktails and 2-3 tapas style dishes the average cost would be £30-35 per person. The location is easy for Bond Street/ Oxford Street tubes. http://www.apreslondon.com
Apres

Ratings:
Atmosphere: 7
Food: 8
Drink: 9
Overall Experience: 8

Cocktails with the Cast of Ghost and One Man,Two Guv’nors at The Paramount Hotel monthly Post-Performance Parties

 Want know where to find the Great White Way’s leading men and ladies following their bows? Paramount Hotel has the scoop. Beginning this Spring, the legendary Library Bar becomes the stage for an ongoing series of monthly late-night “happy hours” where hotel guests, theater aficionados, and New Yorkers who appreciate a fine cocktail and a bit of drama can mix and mingle with Broadway stars.

Library Bar at The Paramount

Sultry and sophisticated.. theatre folk

Beginning on April 10 (and taking place on the second Tuesday of every month for the remainder of 2012) the cast of the highly anticipated theater adaption of hit movie Ghost will haunt Paramount Bar. To toast the occasion, a signature Ghost-inspired cocktail featuring coconut rum, pineapple juice, and blue curacao will be served.

The Paramount Hotel

On May 31, the British invade as highly-acclaimed London import One Man, Two Guvnors takes over the Library Bar; the cast will host happy hours on the last Thursday of every month throughout 2012. The libation of choice for these evenings: a New York spin on the on a Pimms Cup featuring Pimms, lemon juice and simple syrup topped with club soda and garnished with orange wedges, blueberries and blackberries with a nightcap toast for the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee on the evening.

And in case hobnobbing with theater A-listers wasn’t enough, guests who show a ticket stub from that night’s performance of the show hosting the happy hour at Paramount Bar will receive 10% off their total bar tab.

Additional events with new shows such as Nice Work If You Can Get It starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara will be announced in the coming months.

All cast happy hour events begin at 10:30pm and run until 12:30am; there is no cover charge and all events are open to the public. Featured cocktails for each event are priced at $7.00 per drink. Reservations are not required.