A heady emporium of delight concealed behind a secret jade door in Chinatown, Opium is a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge and dim sum parlour. Set over 3 floors of an historic townhouse, Opium is heavily influenced and takes inspiration from all things Chinese, from the ingredients and flavours used in the cocktail list, to the compact dim sum menu and vintage décor. The attic area has an open-kitchen-style bar, The Bartender's Table, where guests can immerse themselves in the theatre of drink-making. Opium is a late night drinking and dining den, open until 3am at weekends.
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Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour
The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street
- +44 20 7734 7276
This place is difficult- I liked some of their dim sum, but thought it was massively overpriced, and also liked their cocktails- but have had far better for lower prices elsewhere. The main negative point for me was that the drinks were just not amazing. A bit too sweet, a bit too expensive, a bit too...normal. They need a better mixologist, because the bar itself makes it seem like they're...more
Good cocktails, cocktails on fire. The best service I have ever seen in a cocktail bar. Dumpling and dim sum in a cocktail bar. But perhaps not exceptional dumplings.
It is a genius idea. And the execution was pretty good.
The one time something was a bit slow, we were given it on the house without asking. I guess the guy really wanted the tip; good for him. Our group tried a few of...more
Opium is great little speakeasy spot in Chinatown. We stopped by at 11 PM on a Friday night and it was busy but still quiet and intimate, as a good speakeasy should be. I didn't try the food but jumped right to the Nuclear Pina Colada, which at £18 could be considered a rash order, but it was served fully on fire, chock full of enough alcohol for 3-4 drinks, and absolutely delicious, making it...more
It's quite pricey (about £11 per cocktail), but this classy semi-hidden cocktail bar is quiet and has a lovely ambience. Ask the doorman if there's enough room and he'll let you up. It's a good place for a drink if it's a night that's likely to be busy and you want to find somewhere that won't be packed out - I went on St Patrick's Day when there were queues outside every pub in soho, and it...more
One of my friens is very much into the speakeasy mood these days, so we came here for a pre-dinner drink on a saturday night.
Finding the place is the hardest thing, as the small black door is hidden between chineese restaurants.
Inside is quite similar to its neighbour ECC, but I think the bar is only on the top floor while the other floors are for the restaurant.
the top floor has the...more