Adventure Bar team set to open new cocktail bar


The team behind the Adventure Bar group are set to open a more “grown-up” bar with a “refined but fun” cocktail list.

They have developed The Escapologist in Seven Dials in London’s Covent Garden in a basement space that was once leading cocktail bar Detroit and more recently Earlham Street Clubhouse.

Working with bar design specialist Finch Interiors, they have created an inventive interior inspired by the idea of a Victorian members’ club for escapologists. “It is like an accessible secret society where escapologists come to have fun,” explains director Kieron Botting.

With a ceiling painted with stars, it will feature wood panelling, quirky portraits, comfortable booths and banquettes, and other creative design features.

Hidden behind a giant portrait on one of the wood-panelled doors will be an intimate room with four booths in a grand interior reminiscent of a masonic lodge.

With table service throughout, the bar will specialise in twisted classic cocktails such as a Chocolate Orange Negroni and a Rum and Maple Old Fashioned, making it a suitable successor to Detroit which was opened by legendary bartender Dick Bradsell in the 1990s.

Kieron added: “The cocktails will be a little more of a refined twist on the classics – upgraded from what we have done at Adventure Bar with more bespoke signature drinks. It will be a little more grown-up but still tongue in cheek.”

The bar, which will also specialise in high-quality pizzas, is due to officially open in Earlham Street on Friday (April 1).

Kieron has headed Adventure Bar with other directors Tom Kidd, Tobias Jackson and Bryan Lloyd for the past 11 years. It has grown to three Adventure Bar sites in Clapham, Battersea and Covent Garden.

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