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The luvvie spirit lives on in this bijou, mirrored pastiche of a Berlin boîte, and you’ll have a gay old time thanks to its mix of cabaret, burlesque, open-mic nights and drag diva divertissements. Walk-ins are accommodated whenever this postage stamp of a room permits, but booking is advisable post-happy hour (until 8pm).When you’re not sipping fizz from a chorus girl’s marabou slipper, try one of the period-piece cocktails – perhaps brown derby (bourbon, grapefruit and honey), sidecar, picador or toreador (forerunners of the margarita). Modern house calls such as gingerbread lady boy or Starbucks must die (a brandy, Kahlúa and espresso eye-opener) are also popular. Otherwise, pucker up to Perrier-Jouët sparklers named after French icons such as Catherine Deneuve and Marie Antoinette. Food is limited to pitta bread and dips, and there’s snuff – if that tickles your fancy.

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Cellar Door

Cellar Door

Zero Aldwych ,London WC2E 7DN

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Dec 2009

This place is great when you want a few cocktails between 5-8pm (happy hour) on a weekday – the drinks are brilliant (though hugely bulked up with crushed ice) if a little on the expensive side, and it's too easy to run up a huge bar tab after spending a few hours in here with a few friends. The place gets completely packed out about 7pm onwards, made difficult by the fact that this place is tiny! (Don't be fooled by the wall mirrors when you first walk in) and a select few people are clever enough,...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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    It took me about five years to actually get to Cellar Door and it was a total anticlimax. The space itself is pretty cool – it’s a repurposed public toilet in the middle of Aldwych. You’d never know it was there unless you knew it was there. Downstairs they make the most of the space with mirrored walls – so much so I kept walking through thinking there was more to it. There wasn’t. Luckily there were two seats along the side so we quickly grabbed those and waited for the acts to start.

    I will give Cellar Door the benefit of the doubt – maybe we just chose a dud night. It was basically a guy on keyboard with...
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