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
Very cool cocktail bar hidden above some restaurants in China Town. I came here without reservations with 2 friend on Saturday Night. We were able to get seated right away at a cozy booth on the third floor. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and when my friend requested a mocktail the bartender whipped one up right away after asking for her flavor preferences. I went with the...more
Hands down the best dim sum I have ever eaten! It was just perfect!
Opium isn't very easy to find - just a door with a bouncer. He recognised our reservation and asked us to go up to the third floor. Presented with a dark, incense filled stair case, I was slightly concerned at what I'd got me and my friend in to.. but as we arrived on the 3rd floor we were pleasantly surprised!
I have the London Cocktail Week wristbands and wanted to check this bar out for the 1st time and because the lychee martini was being offered at £5. We arrived at 9.30pm and were told the waiting time is 30 mins, but were seated in after 10 mins even though no one had left the bar. Thank god, because it was really cold outside!
Only the 1st level was open due to it being a Wednesday. We were...more
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