The Adventure Bar Group, the team behind Tonight Josephine, Bar Elba and Blame Gloria, have opened The Lost Alhambra bar in Leicester Square.
Described as the operator’s most Instagram-worthy venue yet, the new late-night bar is situated on the original site of the notorious Alhambra Theatre, which opened its doors in 1854.
Once described as the “greatest place of infamy in all of London”, it had a reputation for extraordinary nights out, but was lost in a fire in 1882. The site was rebuilt but later demolished in 1936 to become the Odeon Theatre.
In keeping with the cinematic history of Leicester Square, guests of the newly-revived venue are led down a black and white Escher-inspired staircase before stepping into “the world of technicolour” in the vivid main bar, with psychedelic floors, mirrored walls and neon signage.
The story extends to the bathrooms, where a theatrical voice-over reads a passage about the infamy and debauchery of the original underground bar which shocked visitors to Leicester Square over a hundred years ago.
The Lost Alhambra’s cocktail list consists of quirky twists on the classics, such as the Pisco Inferno, a blend of passionfruit, peach liqueur, vanilla and ginger ale, served in a glittering disco ball, and the Clockwork Orange, a mix of blood orange gin, mandarin liqueur, fresh lemon juice, egg white and Peychaud bitters.
A range of ‘Dress Rehearsal’ non-alcoholic cocktails are also available. Examples include the Matinée Bohemian Raspberry, made with Strykk Not Vodka, raspberry, cranberry, fresh basil and pink grapefruit, and the Matinée Porn Star, combining passionfruit, vanilla and alcohol-free prosecco.
The food menu features dishes from Dip & Flip, including a cheeseburger topped with a gravy-dipped slice of roast beef, cabbage slaw and pickles on a toasted brioche bun, as well as signature wings and loaded fries.