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Description

Housed in a grade II listed building on the site of the former Bridewell Palace, Voltaire is a swanky Square-Mile hotspot opposite Blackfriars station. Decorated with a cool and contemporary interior, and complete with spacious, private alcoves; Voltaire is a cocktail bar and cigar terrace that is a popular drinking spot amongst the City crowds. Enjoy a few drinks by the bar or hire one of the private vaults for a more intimate evening. Originally built to house a Bank's treasures, the vaults offer guests a private space, complete with comfy sofas, cool wall art and your very own iPod dock so you can be DJ for the night.

The cocktail bar offers a variety of Afternoon Tea options by day with inclusions such as cocktails and champagne, and as the evening approaches, enjoy expertly crafted cocktails and a formidable range of sparkling thirst-quenchers; from half bottles and nine litres, to vintage years alongside a range of mouth-watering gourmet bar bites. If this isn't enough for you then head outside and make use of the cigar terrace,  where Cuban cigars are on offer. Monthly cocktail masterclasses and quarterly cigar masterclasses book up fast.

Voltaire is a luxurious spot, perfect for just about any occasion. With a cool following and a VIP feel it is sure to give any event something a little extra. The alcoves are the perfect spot to kick off a big night out or catching up with friends after work. Book yours online now!

*Calls to the bar are charged at 10p per minute + network extras.

 

What's on

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Champagne and Oyster Evening

Champagne and Oyster Evening

Thursday 22 February 2018

This February, Voltaire welcomes champagne and oyster aficionados to a special tasting event. Guests will be treated...

Cigar and Whiskey Masterclass

Cigar and Whiskey Masterclass

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Whether you’re new to cigars or a connoisseur, appreciating them with fine blends of whiskey always makes for an...

Gin 'n' juice

Gin 'n' juice

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Join Voltaire and Fair Trade Gin for a fun evening dedicated to great conversations, good music and some good old’...

Offers / Promos 4

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Offer Details Availability
Happy Hour Monday - Saturday, 5-7pm *** Walk in to crack a cold one open with colleagues or sip on cocktails with friends during our Happy Hour! Get draught beers for £4.50, craft beer of the week for £3.75 and Prosecco for £5, Alternatively, enjoy 50% off all our cocktails and house wines. for 2 to 12 guests Monday 17:00 - 19:30
Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 17:00 - 19:00
Thursday 17:00 - 19:00
Friday 17:00 - 19:00
Saturday 17:00 - 19:00
Champagne & Oysters Evening for £15 per person On the 22nd of February, Voltaire welcomes champagne and oyster aficionados to a special tasting event, courtesy of Pommery Champagne. for up to 20 guests Thursday 19:00 - 21:00
Cigar & Whiskey Masterclass for £40 per person on the 27th of February Whether you’re new to cigars or a connoisseur, appreciating them with fine blends of whiskey always makes for an interesting evening on Voltaire’s cigar terrace. for up to 12 guests Tuesday 18:30 - 21:00
Gin 'n' Juice for just £10 per person on the 07th of March Join Voltaire and Fair Trade Gin for a fun evening dedicated to great conversations, good music and some good old’ Gin & Tonic! for up to 20 guests Wednesday 18:00 - 00:00

Info

No Door Charge
No queues normally
Splash the Cash £££
City of London
18
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
Smart casual
Happy Hour, Champagne & Oysters Evening for £15 per person, Cigar & Whiskey Masterclass fo …

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
13:00 01:00
13:00 01:00
13:00 01:00
13:00 01:00
13:00 01:00
12:00 01:00
12:00 17:00

Special Opening Hours

Day Open Close Notes
Monday 2nd April 2018 - -
Friday 30th March 2018 - -
Monday 7th May 2018 - -
Monday 28th May 2018 - -

Location

Voltaire
Voltaire Cocktail Bar 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB

Area:
East London

Nearest station:
Blackfriars (Tube)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £5.50
Pint of Real Ale £5.50
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £5.50
Cocktail £11.00
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £10.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £6.50
Bottle of House Wine £18.95
Bottle of Champagne £62.50

Menus

Voltaire Drinks Menu Download
Bar Food 5 pm-11 pm Download


This venue serves Afternoon Tea and Burgers food.

A word from the chef:
Indulge in a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, pastries and cakes during the afternoon or you can order mouth-watering gourmet burgers in the evening.

Our Review

Voltaire Blackfriars - London Restaurant Bar Review

Voltaire Blackfriars - London Restaurant Bar Review

If you’re planning a night out in Central London for food and drinks, you’re more than likely going to be checking your bank balance with one eye closed the next day. To save myself from such a fate, I decided to visit Voltaire; a snazzy...

Read our full Voltaire Blackfriars - London Restaurant Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
Champagne Library Private Room 20 40 £1,000 £1,000 £750
Voltaire Cocktails & Champagne Bar Venue Hire 100 200 £4,000 £4,000 £3,000
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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We went for the afternoon tea, which felt lacking in heart and love. Everything at least seemed like it was pre-made rather than home-made, and it was just a bit sad all-round. Nice settings and the staff were friendly, but think the menu could do with an overhaul - starting with making the scones from scratch, and having a renewed selection of sandwiches. Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-17
by on February 19th, 2018
2

Very enjoyable afternoon, with yummy scones and the oolong tea was divine. Nice friendly staff, without being too in your face. I booked ahead, and they even managed to produce a gluten-free high tea for my friend. Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-17
by on February 19th, 2018
4

Lovely venue, staff were very friendly, We enjoyed our experience ....will highly recommend. Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-14
by on February 16th, 2018
4

Nice venue, polite staff, good cakes & sandwiches. Shame the tea wasn’t loose leaf tea and not having them all in stock, Also out of the 3 mini cocktails, I could only class the expresso martini as a cocktail, putting gin with cranberry and limoncello with prosecco are mixers. All in all not with nearly £90 Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-11
by on February 13th, 2018
2

a very good and enjoyable afternoon experience. The afternoon tea was very good, the staff very courteous and helpful. A lovely environment. An all round enjoyable afternoon. Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-10
by on February 12th, 2018
5
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Sadly the service was incredibly slow and the vault did not live up to our expectations, the music wasn’t very loud and there was nothing notable about the place, we left after one drink. It is a shame as the concept is great but the experience overall was very underwhelming Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-09
by on February 11th, 2018
1

Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-03
by on February 7th, 2018
4

Very good. Staff very professional Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-03
by on February 6th, 2018
5

Lovely afternoon tea for a lazy Saturday afternoon. So much cake that we could eat it all. The chocolate mouse cake was amazing Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-03
by on February 5th, 2018
4

Excellent surroundings, attentive servers in a relaxed atmosphere. Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-03
by on February 5th, 2018
5

Visited Voltaire on 2018-02-03
by on February 5th, 2018
4

We had a brilliant afternoon tea with very tasty sandwiches and totally gorgeous cakes. The atmosphere was very relaxing and the surrounding were all clean and comfortable. The staff were attentive and friendly. Would recommend it to family and friends, and will be coming back. Visited Voltaire on 2018-01-29
by on February 4th, 2018
5

Lovely venue and tempting and unusual cocktails, but service sadly lacking. I was told my drinks would be delivered to my table (that I had booked) but after waiting 15 mins for my cocktails, found them sitting on the bar. Visited Voltaire on 2018-01-26
by on January 29th, 2018
3

Always a great night, many thanks. Visited Voltaire on 2018-01-25
by on January 29th, 2018
5

Visited Voltaire on 2018-01-19
by on January 24th, 2018
5

Lovely experience and majority of food was nice, however some bread was stale on sandwiches. Visited Voltaire on 2018-01-13
by on January 15th, 2018
4

Great tea and excellent service Visited Voltaire on 2018-01-11
by on January 13th, 2018
5

Great chilled out place with the most amazing ‘spicy poppadom’ cocktail Visited Voltaire on 2018-01-09
by on January 11th, 2018
5

Whilst I appreciate we’ve been allowed to stay beyond our allocated time slot and have not been forced out, I felt it was more to do with neglect. As soon as the afternoon tea was served, no one bothered to ask how we were and felt the staff were not warm and friendly, with the exception of the last waiter who served us with our extra coffee orders. Aside from that, the ambience was nice and seating area were comfortable. Visited Voltaire on 2018-01-08
by on January 10th, 2018
3

IT was A dissapointment. not the same as the picture on internet. Everything was dry! Visited Voltaire on 2017-12-29
by on January 1st, 2018
2

Voltaire is fabulously amazing. Customer service was to the perfect to the t. The exprience was great and will come again. Visited Voltaire on 2017-12-30
by on January 1st, 2018
5

Really enjoyable and nice place for Christmas party. Visited Voltaire on 2017-12-14
by on December 18th, 2017
4

Booked a Vault for 5 of us for afternoon tea. Excellent service and even though it was December, the vault was snug and warm. Afternoon tea was delicious and plentiful- definately recommend for a special occasion and something a little unusual! Visited Voltaire on 2017-12-08
by on December 11th, 2017
5

The food was all dry, the sandwiches had clearly been left out way too long. The sandwiches didn't teastes that great, nothing special certainly not worth the money we paid for it ! The waitress came too early to see if this food was ok, that we hadn't even started our sandwichs to see if they were ok. There wasnt any offer at any point, to top up the hot water in our teapot, nor was there any waitresses who came to check if we wanted mote tea! The Service wasn't great, when I asked the manger if it was possible to get some containers for the left overs and the bill, he said that his waitress would do it and ignored me. The containers they brought out where big boxes far too big to fit in any normal handbag! There was no one to greet up when we cam in and we were standing around waiting. When we told them at the end that the sandwiches were dry (coz we didn't get another time to ask and they were no where to be seen) no one offered to reduce our bill or take off the 12% Service charge that is automatically added! Really not impressed and would not recommend! Visited Voltaire on 2017-12-02
by on December 5th, 2017
1

Really great Afternoon Tea experience! Visited Voltaire on 2017-12-02
by on December 4th, 2017
5

Wonderful cocktails - good value happy hour! Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-28
by on November 30th, 2017
4

What a lovely treat for my friends 40th birthday. Lots of T and lovely food. All freshly made. Service was great. Very attentive staff. Watch out for the 12.5 % service charge. Probably the norm in London so was not expecting it!!! Cocktails were lovely but very pricey. All round lovely experience. Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-18
by on November 20th, 2017
4

I was concerned as it was a hotel bar, that it would be very nice, but very quiet. On the Thursday night I went for my birthday, it was very busy indeed. Which creates a nice atmosphere. We had pre booked a vault - a small private area and had our own waitress who was great. Friendly, helpful and patient! Prices were reasonable, drinks were good, and food was tasty. We were 8 people and the booth we were allocated originally was too small even though it says for up to 10 people. We were moved to the furthest vault on the right (as you look at them) which was far roomier. All in all, a great night. Thanks. Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-16
by on November 18th, 2017
5

Empty bar but drinks took 25mins and food almost an hour. When it arrived it was lovely but took ridiculous amount of time considering we were only table! Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-11
by on November 14th, 2017
3

This has to be the best place for evening drinks I’ve been too. Service A* Atmosphere A* Drinks menu A* (listen to the bartender) 100% I will be coming again Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-11
by on November 14th, 2017
5
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Very nice bar and restaurant, staff were friendly and polite. The tea for two was nice, it would have been nice to have a selection of sandwiches, the scones and cakes were very nice. The seating area was clean and beautifully decorated. Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-11
by on November 13th, 2017
4

Lovely food and ambience, great value for money Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-11
by on November 13th, 2017
5

My friend and I had a delightful time at the Voltaire. We had the classic afternoon tea and it is was nice. I have done other afternoon teas and in comparison this one is was different i.e the sandwich fillings and the additional treats were welcomed. Sandwiches could have been bigger or more and the scones were rather small but baked beautifully also the teas was excellent, Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-08
by on November 10th, 2017
4

Nice friendly service and enjoyed the half price wine. Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-08
by on November 10th, 2017
4

Nice place, advised staff friend didn't like butter before visit, on the day put butter in all sandwiches. Advised lady friend don't like butter, so took away, and then brought out sandwiches all with no butter! Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-04
by on November 6th, 2017
3

Lovely afternoon tea at Voltaire! I had special dietary requirements and they went out of their way to accommodate me. Highly recommend. Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-26
by on November 3rd, 2017
5

Really good, customer service was amazing! Visited Voltaire on 2017-11-01
by on November 3rd, 2017
5

We had a great time celebrating our wedding anniversary. The host greeted me by name and the ladies serving us were genuinely friendly. I worked in Hospitality for 21 years and I recognise good service. The sponge cakes were very dry, but who cares about sponge cakes when the service is so good?. Thank you. Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-25
by on October 28th, 2017
4

Lovely afternoon tea . Great selection and all products tasty and fresh . Would recommend Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-26
by on October 28th, 2017
5

Lovely experience, great service and very tasty afternoon tea. Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-21
by on October 23rd, 2017
5

A little more tea would have been nice for the price. Everything else very good Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-11
by on October 13th, 2017
4

Pretty poor to be honest. It's such a shame, this place has such potential. The vaults are great and generally speaking the staff are really, really nice HOWEVER every time we come there are huge waits for drinks and they're very understaffed. We waited an hour for our first round of drinks (15 cocktails off their menus). Every time we've come there's been this issue with there simply not being enough staff to cope with Happy Hour. This irritated me even more because I could see people getting annoyed with the waitress. If they could sort this out I think it'd be an amazing place and we'd probably come in every other week or so, as it is we keep coming back every couple of months hoping it'll be better and it never is. Not sure any of my friends will agree to come again. Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-06
by on October 8th, 2017
2

very chilled atmosphere....service was a bit slow as it took a while to flag a waitress down when in our vault however they were apologetic- first visit and will def be going back.v friendly staff! Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-06
by on October 8th, 2017
3

Fab evening in the vault Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-06
by on October 8th, 2017
5

Excellent service and a lovely cosy evening with my partner Visited Voltaire on 2017-10-04
by on October 6th, 2017
5

The Bar is amazing, the atmosphere is really nice and staff are so friendly. Defiantly recommend Visited Voltaire on 2017-09-29
by on October 2nd, 2017
5
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Absolutely lovely day. The manager and waitress were very welcoming and made sure we well looked after. The food itself was amazing. Will definitely be back Visited Voltaire on 2017-09-16
by on September 19th, 2017
5

Venue is lovely quiet great location. Service was good attentive staff. My only comment was that the afternoon tea was very average nothing special Visited Voltaire on 2017-09-16
by on September 18th, 2017
3

Amazing service, amazing cocktails, amazing vibe, all round solid evening. Would recommend to anyone looking for a classy yet affordable bar in Blackfriars. Visited Voltaire on 2017-09-06
by on September 8th, 2017
5

Perfect for a date had a good time staff were friendly and attentive. Will definitely come again! Visited Voltaire on 2017-08-31
by on September 3rd, 2017
5

was a lovely day, the staff were very helpful and made the afternoon tailored to our needs! Visited Voltaire on 2017-08-19
by on August 21st, 2017
5

Awesome place hidden away below the bustling streets of Blackfriars! We booked a vault for 4 people and had the best time, just something a bit fun and different! Make sure you come during happy hour - 1/2 price cocktails (which are actually really well made, not watered down and not too strong!) £15 bottles of prosecco and 1/2 price wine - what more could you want?! Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, would definitely come again. Visited Voltaire on 2017-08-17
by on August 21st, 2017
5

Lovely Afternoon Tea. Friendly service and the food was delightful. Visited Voltaire on 2017-07-31
by on August 2nd, 2017
5

Excellent venue, attentive staff, wonderful evening - sat in the Vaults and had a very enjoyable evening. Thank you so much! Visited Voltaire on 2017-07-27
by on July 28th, 2017
5

Really enjoyed my night at Voltaire. The staff were extremely attentive and the service was exceptional! Will definitely be visiting the bar again soon!!! Visited Voltaire on 2017-07-08
by on July 17th, 2017
5

Good Service and food. Music a little loud for mid afternoon! Visited Voltaire on 2017-07-08
by on July 10th, 2017
4

Amazing and very good customer service Visited Voltaire on 2017-07-01
by on July 3rd, 2017
5

A lovely afternoon spent with family and friends eating lovely sandwiches, cakes, scones and sweet goodies. The prosecco flowed beautifully and we were very well looked after with our drinks. No need to ask for a top up, it just arrived. Plenty of wonderful teas to chose from as well. Would we do it again - yes we definitely would! One suggestion - maybe a different range of filling for some of the sandwiches. Half our party were not keen on duck. Visited Voltaire on 2017-06-26
by on June 29th, 2017
4

What at amazing afternoon we had. I booked the bottomless prosecco afternoon tea for my mums birthday and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! The prosecco was lovely and the food was amazing! Our host Alex was fabulous and never let our glasses go empty. We will definitely be back again. Visited Voltaire on 2017-06-27
by on June 29th, 2017
5

Excellent afternoon tea, vast choice of teas to drink and very tasty cakes and pastries, attentive service and nice and cool inside on a hot day Visited Voltaire on 2017-06-26
by on June 28th, 2017
5

We had the cocktails & afternoon tea option for my birthday celebration. Everything was perfect - beautifully presented and delicious. There is plenty of food and drinks, and we all enjoyed the afternoon immensely. Would recommend. Visited Voltaire on 2017-06-24
by on June 26th, 2017
5

staff were really attentive and they made some amazing cocktails! Not your average hotel bar. Visited Voltaire on 2017-06-23
by on June 26th, 2017
5

Excellent friendly and attentive staff who made our pre-theatre drinks/ meal very enjoyable. We were early and the place was empty initially but began to fill up. I imagine there is quite a buzz to the place as the evening progresses. We enjoyed our cocktail and burger combo. Visited Voltaire on 2017-06-02
by on June 6th, 2017
4

Ok. Cocktail menu was not available, food provided not as advertised, service slow and workmen outside. Room for improvement! However we made the most of it and enjoyed catching up but there are certainly better places to enjoy an afternoon tea. Visited Voltaire on 2017-06-01
by on June 3rd, 2017
2

I visited Voltaire for their budget-friendly burger and cocktail deal a while back. You get a lot for your money and their outdoor vaults offer a secluded and intimate atmosphere.
by on December 5th, 2016
3

Took my girlfriend here on her birthday and we both loved it. great looking place, thel individually named vaults are really cool, and cracking cocktails too. She loved it and we both had a great night.
by on June 16th, 2014
4
1 person(s) found this helpful

Lovely setting, great music, could have been there at the wrong time -after 8:30 on a Fri night - very quite.
by on October 19th, 2013
4
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This place is absolutely amazing! It's a little shame its located in the city cause I am 100% sure that this place would smash up the rest of the bars in Mayfair and West end. It is perfect for a group gathering, hire out on of the cave alcoves and just play your own music with friends. Curl up with some blankets and infra heating. EASILY one of the most unique and cosiest places in London. A teeny tiny tad pricey but so worth it.
by on August 28th, 2013
5

This place is amazing. So cosy and really cool. Definitely in the top of my fave venues in London.
by on April 8th, 2013
3

This is definitely the City's best and coolest place. There is actual caves that you can book for you and your date or a group of friends! They have heaters in each cave (that's located on the terrace) and iPod docks so you can play your own music!!! Newly refurbished and oozes class, quirkiness and style! Shame it is in such quiet area but I will definitely ignore that fact and still go!
by on April 4th, 2013
5

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