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Open to all before 10pm, Bitter Sweet later becomes a members-only DJ lounge. So sign up for free membership online if you plan to enjoy late-night cocktails in West Soho. Set in a slightly claustrophobic submarine-like basement, these premises were originally the Pinstripe Club (Christine Keeler and John Profumo’s trysting ground back in the scandalous 60s) and later morphed into the Kingly Club. Pinky-white interiors have replaced the Bond-lair white leather of old, and the cocktail list now includes classics such as aviation, sazerac and negroni – although our vieux carré was served over too many ice cubes and quickly became dilute. Signatures include vanilla monk (vodka, Frangelico, Kahlùa and cream), spirits start at £120 a bottle, and early-bird deals include £10 off Champagne as well as half-price wine and cocktails. Related to Dirty Martini’s two West End bars.

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  1. Bitter Sweet is tucked away in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, specialising in bespoke cocktails concentrating on bitter and sweet flavours. Using various bitters, created from a blend of herbs, fruits and spices, just the slightest dash of these will bring out all the flavours together and take Bitter Sweet‘s cocktails to another level.

    Located where The Kingly Club (known as the ‘haunt of the rich and infamous’) used to be. And before that, in the swinging sixties, it was known as The Pinstripe Club, attracting stars such as Oliver Reed, Steve McQueen, George Best, Richard Harris, Audrey Hepburn, and even Marilyn Monroe. The Pinstripe Club was closed down as a result of the 1963 Profumo scandal, where secretary of state for War John Porfumo was forced to resign over allegations he covered up an affair with Christine Keeler, the mistress of a Russian spy at the height of the Cold War...
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