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Experimental Cocktail Club

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Like its Shoreditch sibling, Joyeux Bordel, ECC is from the same stable as à la mode Parisian thoroughbreds such as Prescription in St. Germain-des-Prés. Beyond the scruffy door, guarded by a friendly (or otherwise) greeter, you’ll discover a moody boho pile packed with Pinteresting people and arranged over the upper floors of a Chinatown dwelling: opinions of the full EEC experience are invariably divided, although few would dispute that it delivers consistently good drinks knocked out by keen-to-please/snottily superior staff (make up your own mind). Expect to shell out at least £70 for a quartet of contemporary spins on classic recipes: the line-up varies, but those we have loved include the Martini Suissesse (a blend of absinthe, vermouth, mint and orgéat that tastes like pimped-up Pernod) and Old Cuban (a rum, ginger and shampoo coupe). Steer clear of cocktails made with vintage spirits – unless you're feeling really flush and really flash.


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Experimental Cocktail Club

13a Gerrard Street ,London W1D 5PS

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Dec 2012

Editor's pick This place is hugely overrated. If and when you get in (door staff are idiots – just say a random name and usually it works) it is full of disappointed tourists, who presumably found it somewhere in a guidebook, or were just unlucky enough to Google it. The staff are arrogant (because it is meant to be French; they're not…) the drinks are average at best and there is a stale, musty odour throughout the place. Go to London Cocktail Club if it's open, otherwise just pony up the cash and join a proper...

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Richard J.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 5

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13a Gerrard Street ,London W1D 5PS

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Aug 2012

Just not worth the hassle of those idiotic door staff. I can only assume they must be supplied by a charity rehabilitating people with personality disorders. If you can get in (it's more or less pot luck without a booking) it's no better than average. Honestly, go to Purl or Night Jar instead – they're in a completely different class.

Jonny L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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13a Gerrard Street ,London W1D 5PS

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May 2012

Editor's pick The Experimental Cocktail Club has annoyed many a potential customer with its hard-to-find, no-number door and its discriminating, supercilious doormen. But the former is all part of its secret, speakeasy appeal; and despite the latter, we have managed to slip through the net twice. Last night my fiancee was wearing a Barbour jacket which I suspect the doorman (not noticing the authentic dog hair and Dorset mud) thought was incredibly Shoreditch, so he let us in despite becoming distinctly frosty...

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BoatLady's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Dec 2011

This is my type of place – hard to find, marked only by a beret wearing doorman. Feels nice to be on the guest list and no charge to get in before 11pm. Delicious cocktails brought to your table, nice tunes, dark and intimate. Loved it.

Emma S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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13a Gerrard Street ,London W1D 5PS

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Oct 2011

I really wanted to love this place. After getting a taste for “speak-easy” cocktail bars from recent visits to New York and LA, I was looking forward to my first visit to the ECC. And it was all going so well. We sailed past the doorman, who scrubbed Helen's name of his list (my name isn't Helen so not too sure what that was all about), went upstairs and ordered our slightly unusual but expertly made cocktails. The bar was nice, but somehow seemed a little too try hard, and if you looked closely...

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Amy R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 2

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13a Gerrard Street ,London W1D 5PS

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Sep 2011

It was a lot worse than I red from the reviews! They charged us £5 to get in at 11:00 on saturday which already sounds like a cheap Soho back street late bar trying to cash in! Drinks were awrful and uninteresting and the door man kept us in the queue for 10 min saying it was full and when we got in it was half empty! Don't bother with this is place. There are a lot better cocktail bars in London.

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Aug 2011

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It's never a good start when your first experience of a place is a rude doorman and sadly it set the tone for the whole place. Our service was slow and our waiter rude. Cocktails are a mixed bunch, some were very good some were very bad. At one point our waiter mixed up our drinks and then when we asked him to clarify what they were he informed us it was blantantly obvious (it really wasn't – it's an experimental cocktail club!) and then said it was our fault he had made the mistake!? Finally...

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T W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 2

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Feb 2011

Love it Love it Love it Loooove it!!! I just saw the reviews of this bar and I totally disagree with them. Please dont listen to this. I regret that people might had bad experience but how can you write “I have never been treated in such a way” ? How can someone even rate the drinks and atmosphere when you did not even enter the bar? Please stay fair! This bar is just amazing, cool people, music … just good vibes everywhere. The staff is so friendly and professional. They know everything about...

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Madeleine E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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  • Cuisine: Bars
  • Area: Soho
  • Champagne: £70.00

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