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24 April 2014
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Absinthe Bar at Brompton Bar & Grill CLOSED

243 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP

Bars Knightsbridge
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  • Wine: £14.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sat-Sun -3.30pm) 6-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)

Square Meal Review of Absinthe Bar at Brompton Bar & Grill CLOSED ?

Given that it’s billed as ‘London’s first absinthe bar’, you might reasonably expect cheeky Can-can girls & lecherous libertines up for a bit of the old ooh-la-la in this wine-red & green basement lounge. However, on a recent visit, the vibe was about as saucy as a soirée with a Salzburg pensioners’ choir. Liven up proceedings with absinthe La Clandestine (made to an original Swiss recipe) served in traditional style with a slotted spoon, sugar lump & iced water drizzled from an art-nouveau glass fountain. If that sounds too hardcore, risk death in the afternoon (Champagne & absinthe) or morning-glory fizz (whisky, absinthe, egg white, bitters & soda) from a terse list that would benefit from some more interesting mixes. The lack of signage outside & a rather unconvincing bartender also suggest that the house cocktail here should, perhaps, be renamed ‘passing whim’.

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