Adventure Bar Covent Garden is a subterranean cocktail den located on Bedford Street. Having recently survived a raucous booze filled maraud through the cocktail menu at Adventure Bar on Clapham High Street, I prepared myself for a similarly wobbly night.
Given Adventure Bar’s location, access is gained by meandering your way through a sea of tourists and effervescent Londoners that make up the demographic of Covent Garden - one of London’s busiest areas. There is respite at the end of the journey, as you escape the minefield of map-holding, back-pack wearing and seemingly confused travellers and descend in to this underground drinking cave. The bar itself is a long tunnel like cave with tables and banquette seating lining the length of the site. There are areas for larger groups at either end of the venue and sufficient space for a table-side dance, should you be that way inclined. The design has some nostalgia-inducing touches with shout-outs to the eighties, including the cocktail menus - hidden in VHS cases of Tom Cruise's ‘Cocktail’ – a particular highlight.
This underground fun hub is a great option for the area.
Atmosphere and Clientele
The entire population of Adventure Bar Covent Garden seemed to be preparing themselves for a night out. You are likely to find 25-35 year olds from media and design backgrounds, which belong to the professional contingent of Covent Garden offices, alongside people having pre-drinks before heading on out. Loud music, lively atmosphere and moreish cocktail list had no trouble converting the ‘I’m only staying out for one quick drink’ bores in to all-nighters. Wallet friendly happy hour pulls in an early crowd - this both ensures a lively atmosphere almost directly from work and, makes up for the relatively early midnight closing time.
The cocktail menu at Adventure Bar has both classic and signature cocktails. The substantial list of signature drinks are great for someone who wants to experiment with different spirits and flavours. The fun and friendly waiter, Natasha, was eager to suggest cocktails, never getting one wrong, and was on solid form all night. Despite not being the cheapest cocktails in the world there are a few that stood out: Boom Ting - a fiery tequila based cocktail that’s perfect for those who want a little kick with their drink; Any Given Sundae – A Vodka and Kaluha matrimony that is a great boozy milkshake and adequate substitute for dinner; and King Pong – A fruity concoction consisting of Vodka and Aspall’s Dry Cider (and comes with a free ping pong). Each will set you back around £10 (outside of happy hour).
Adventure Bar Covent Garden is a fun and lively cocktail bar that serves its purpose well – providing a tourist-free, booze-heavy, fun time party venue for West-End Workers and pre-club drinkers. Come here as part of a big night out or to try great cocktails, avoid if you plan on proposing.