London’s most famous department store has partnered with a French crystal brand to launch the Baccarat Bar. The intimate setting forms part of Harrods’s Brompton Street branch and opened on July 17th 2020. It will serve an exclusive cocktail list that pairs top class ingredients with the elegance of Baccarat’s glassware collection which graces some of the world’s best venues. Selected champagne and a limited food menu are available too, designed to complement the drinks list on offer.
A private entrance on the corner of Hans Crescent is in place, enabling the discreet level of privacy that some clientele might require. Designed for late nights, the bar is licenced to remain open until 12pm so it’s not restricted by the regular store opening hours, although access is available to the bar if you’re already inside. Harrods and Baccarat both specialise in the very top end of the drinks market of course – the new venue will have just 23 seats – but cocktails have grown to become part of the fabric of an evening out in the UK.
According to 2019 CGA data, 9 million UK customers now consume at least one cocktail as part of a night out and the number of outlets serving them was up 75% to 42,000. Newspapers and TV shows now suggest ideas for new drinks and classic recipes to try at home, and they’re even part of our gaming experiences. Alongside many video game titles, bar-themed slots such as Drinks on the Beach, offered by NetBet and other casino sites allow players to recreate the cocktail experience wherever they are.
A look at the Baccarat Bar’s menu reveals eight different colour-coded sections, each featuring artwork from students at the Royal College of Art, London. 16 cocktails are available on the menu, every one of them is served in a unique crystal glass from the famous collection. Each of the cocktails, four of which are available as non-alcoholic pours, is designed to convey a particular emotion from power and passion to creativity and imagination. The glasses are also available to buy too, should you want to recreate the experience at home, prices range from £135 to £530 a pair.
Dining as well as drinking? The food menu includes Baccarat’s Foie Gras Burger and Oscietra Caviar. With the hospitality industry returning to a “new normal” for the second half of 2020, the aim will be to rival some of the newest and hottest five star venues in London such as Kwant and Nolita Social.