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Before you can contemplate trying the incredible cocktails and delicious food, you've got to locate Opium. A secret bar if ever there was one; find the nondescript green door, then get buzzed up the long dark stairway to the cool and chic setting above.

Opium Cocktail Bar & Dim Sum Parlour is a chic, hidden venue in the heart of Chinatown. Run by experienced London bar moguls Dre Masso and Eric Yu, Opium certainly has some pedigree behind it. The decor is oriental themed but again keeps an element of freshness with a twist that makes it modern and current; metal finishes on miss-match Chinese furniture gives Opium, a contemporary London feel that is very welcome. Expect 3 floors of amazing Asian cocktails and food with a contemporary London twist - just a little teaser to get your appetite going.

The drinks list and ingredients for food dishes will change seasonally to reflect their freshness, a great selling point. Perfect for a fine dinner and drinks evening, Opium would certainly impress a date or be a good place to have a meal with friends. Fire-cracker cocktails set the evening off with a bang, alongside some stunning dim sum nibbles; expect a cool and trendy crowd, who are distinctly in the know, how else would they have found this Chinatown gem?



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15-16 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London, W1D 6JE

Central London

Nearest station:
Leicester Square (Tube)
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Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £5.80
Cocktail £10.50
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £8.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £7.20
Bottle of House Wine £28.00
Bottle of Champagne £65.00


This venue serves Asian/Oriental food.

A word from the chef:
Opium fuses classic Chinese dim sum and other dishes with a contempary London twist, adding new additions to older staples. Try their Dim Sum platter at £16 with siu mai and har gau or their Cantonese barbecue pork bun at £6.

Our Review

Opium Chinatown - London Cocktail Bar Review

Opium Chinatown - London Cocktail Bar Review

Hidden in the heart of Chinatown, Opium Cocktail Bar & Dim Sum Parlour is a secretive spot for late night foodies, boozies, and trendsetters from all around London. Set in arguably the most touristy district of London, Opium is a gem among this...

Read our full Opium Chinatown - London Cocktail Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
The Den Private Room N/A 35 £800 £1.2k
The Apothecary Private Room N/A 40 On Request £1.8K
Venue Venue Hire N/A 120 £8k £10k
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Great cocktails and a very cool ambiance. Got involved as part of a London food tour and Opium was a definite highlight. Bar tender was very attentive and dim sum was great. We are addicted, will be back for sure.
26 Jul 2016 by Mark

Amazing secret bar with the best cocktail list! Cozy and intimate but works for either date night or a speak easy for a group of friends . A little pricey but worth it
18 May 2016 by Jo
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Had an amazing Friday night and absolutely loved Opium & waitress who was serving us. Unfortunately, I forgot my bag at the bar and realised it only on Sunday afternoon. I called the bar and the manager said that they don’t have my bag; however he promised to check with my waitress and will get back to me. I never received a call back and I had to call more than 15 times to get hold of someone. The manager confirmed one more time that they don’t have my bag. On Tuesday, I went to Opium to check again. Manager confirmed one more time that they don’t have my bag. However, I asked to speak to my waitress who was serving me on Friday. The waitress recognised me and said that she knows where my bag is. She was very helpful and she made an effort to find my bag, which I really appreciate. I was shocked the way the manager dealt with this situation. He obviously, never tried to look or find out where the bag was. He never got back to me and he never spoke to my waitress, although he promised. Also, I never received a reply to my email that I sent on Sunday afternoon. He hasn’t apologised and the fact that my bag found so easily when in my presence was totally ignored from his side. Very frustrating.

Reply from Opium

Hi Erika, We're so sorry about your poor experience. Unfortunately this Monday was the May Day bank holiday. Our bookings team were therefore taking some well-deserved rest and not responding to emails, and the telephone was only being answered while someone was in the building (after 5pm on Sunday). It seems that your waitress had put the bag somewhere different to where we normally keep lost property. As such the duty manager checked our lost property and couldn’t find your bag. We will ensure she goes through some disciplinary action and re-training, to ensure that this mistake is not made again. I understand how distressing it must have been for you to not have access to your beloved trainers over the weekend. However, on the plus side we did manage to re-unite you with them on the next working day!
04 May 2016 by erikarementsova

Came here for cocktails. The cocktails were really good - had a great mezcal cocktail. I wasn't too impressed with the overall service. They stuck us on a table that was too small so we requested to be moved. We felt the host could have been more accommodating. But the cocktails and dim sum were good so worth a visit
03 Apr 2016 by ZoeWright

I went there with a few friends for my birthday and I wasn't disappointed at all. Great choice of cocktails and Dim Sum. The staff is very friendly and they do provide a great service. I will definitely come back soon. Remy visited Opium on 18 Feb 2016
22 Feb 2016 by Remy

I LOVED THIS PLACE!!!!!!! I came here for my birthday two years ago, Speakeasy, secretive, cute, wonderful waiting staff! my friends loved it, its packed but in a non claustrophobic way, had six of my friends at a table, could all hear eachother and ate a plenty and not too expensive! was lovely , coming back with my boyfriend! xxxxxxxxxxxx amelia visited Opium on 22 Feb 2014
29 Jan 2016 by amelia

been too a lot of bars in London and this one ...was perfect. if you want a nice snack (the dim sum is yummy), good mixologist making you delicious drinks, great music and easy atmosphere... this is the place. We were in the Peony room and Ramsey made great drinks for us. Recommend a reservation as they were full , but we made one and no problems going in. Will come again.
17 Nov 2015 by Caleb
1 person people found this helpful

There was a knucklehead bouncer at the door who kept me and my guests waiting for 10 mins, even though we had a reservation. He said he was only there temporarily, and when I gave him the feedback, politely, he said he was only working there and really didn't care and it was a temporary job anyways. Upstairs we waited for our drinks for 20 mins until I raised it w/mgmt, then the waiter came by and showed me his already opened bottle of wine for me to taste. Decent decor but they really don't know what they are doing. Tom visited Opium on 28 Sep 2015
30 Sep 2015 by Tom
1 person people found this helpful

A cosy and quiet cocktail bar where me and my friends were enjoying lovely cocktails. Loved the deco and the staff was very friendly (from door man to bartenders). I will definetely coming back when I am at China town next time.
14 Sep 2015 by tomaskb

A little quiet and oddly cold temperature-wise for a Friday night but the cocktails and dim sum were excellent. Staff lovely and helpful. Will definitely be coming back sometime soon.
16 Aug 2015 by emily2015

China Town hideaway with great drinks but go on a thursday -Saturday as the third floor isnt open till then try the Opium number 5 The dumplings are good Bao nice
17 Jun 2015 by anonymous

A really nice speakeasy hidden behind a jade door in Chinatown. Serving delicious dim sum, the menu is an oriental food fiend's dream. Or you could ask to go straight to the bar and order a couple of drinks
08 May 2015 by madinamaz
1 person people found this helpful

Went here for a date recently. Can't deny how super cool it is. A def hidden gem. The cocktails were really good and we had some dim sum. Also very very tasty. 4 cocktails and a few baskets of dim sum came to around £80. Not cheap but money well spent
06 Mar 2015 by victorialoves
1 person people found this helpful

Another great night at Opium. It's just so effortlessly cool and everyone I take this is always wowed. I'd say the bouncer could be friendlier especially as all the staff upstairs are so friendly. Not the best impression at the door. Had a War of Roses cocktail and asked them to make an Old Fashioned. Both delicious and had the veggie dim sum basket which was tasty. It definitely isn't wallet friendly but worth it.
20 Feb 2015 by GuyNT

Brilliantly sticky dim-sum and some amazing dragonfruit cocktails. Walked past the door a whole bunch but such a utopia once you find it. prettiest little pad in china town! x
30 Jan 2015 by Katie

Just had another great night here had a fab evening with smashing cocktails and lobster dumplings to die for, the staff are very friendly and efficient making this a great place to go for a good evening out
19 Oct 2014 by stevethehat

Had drinks in the Attic at Opium and went down to The Apothecary as well- very cool. Really enjoyed Opium- the cocktails were fresh and inventive and the dim sum was lovely. Great ambience and service as well. Would definitely recommend it.
21 Sep 2014 by Laurie

I went here a couple of months ago on a first date - my date chose it as a place to impress, and it certainly worked! Cocktails were great, dim sum was really tasty, a cool place for a first date for sure. Ambience good, service good, worth a try.
14 Jul 2014 by vilberie

Food was superb and excellent value but the drinks are really expensive. but will go back very soon for the dim sum but heading on for a few beers somewhere else.
30 Jun 2014 by rooservelt

I actually found it massively disappointing. Drinks were average and service wasn't great either. The photos really make the place look fantastic, however I found it to be a complete let down - I was quite embarrassed to take friends there!
12 Jun 2014 by pcrouthers

Went there on Tuesday night. Only the top floor was open as the other two were being refurbished... this meant going up 4 flights of stairs for my wife, in high heels. Once we got there, the air conditioning was not on and we had to ask a somewhat moody waitress for it to be switched on (she claimed it already was... it wasn't). The drinks were good, sevice from two of the three waiters was good, the third was less than average. The venue is nice and a bit quirky. Dim-sum on offer was good. I would go there again but would recommend getting a table around 7:30 when the atmosphere picks up.
12 Jun 2014 by randika
1 person people found this helpful

Took advantage of the DMN email with the offer and it was great! Didnt know about this place until I got the email and it really is a secret gem. So cool that its just a non-descript green door and then it opens up to 3 floors (i think). Dim sum was lovely and the cocktails were different. No mojitos here! Quite expensive but worth it for the quality and experience
23 May 2014 by victorialoves

A really enjoyable night. The cocktails were quirky while still being incredibly tasty. Definitely a great secret find to take friends along to. I plan to go again! Thank you DMN!!
15 May 2014 by palmthee

Cosy, funky, unpretentious, cool, has the advantage of not being rammed (although I was there on a Mon eve! But if booking is required as seats are allocated then prob always will be that way). Perfect first date venue - the "hidden" element adds an extra cool point.
29 Jan 2014 by chrisdating

1st time visiting Opium and would highly recommend. Thanks to DMN for organising as i would never have stumbled upon this hidden gem. One of my favourite bars in london. Ideal for drinks with friends/dates/corp team night outs. Will be taking another set of friends soon and claiming bragging rights for "discovering" this very cool, exclusive-feeling bar. Cocktails were amazing

Reply from Opium

Wow... What a lovely review! So happy you discovered us too! Well... So glad DMN introduced us ;)
20 Dec 2013 by djg03

3rd visit to Opium and as good as ever. Dim Sum best in the west end and vodka cocktails in medicine bottles just what the doctor ordered! Thanks DMN for arranging the "den" for my party.

Reply from Opium

Delighted you enjoyed your night with us again before Christmas. Hope we see lots of you in 2014... Happy New Year :)
18 Dec 2013 by telson
1 person people found this helpful

Cool west-end crowd, amazing drinks and very unique interior. My fave place is to sit at the Kitchen table watching the bartenders stir up cocktails as if I had a private cocktail maker in my house. Everyone I have brought loves Opium and also loving their concept of deep-house music on weekend nights! Definitely in my top 10 London venues!

Reply from Opium

Hello Simone... So glad you loved your night with us... Looking forward to exceeding expectations again next time you're in!! We're currently putting the finishing touches to our new cocktail menu... It's GOOD!!!
07 Nov 2013 by anonymous
1 person people found this helpful

Went here with 9 friends for my birthday drinks on Saturday night. The service was terrible. The place was half empty so I couldn't understand why it took so long to order drinks and for them to come to the table. The dim sim also took forever to come out. One of our party ordered prawn toast and waited 45 mins and was told the reason it was taking so long is because it was being made from scratch. Then when it did come out it was stone cold. So we sent it back and they still tried to charge us for it. We will not be going back. Shame considering the good reviews on here.

Reply from Opium

Hello Talktomikey, I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience with us. I can 100% assure you that this is not the norm for us. Please get in touch and allow us rectify the bad experience. If you email info@opiumchinatown.com - FAO Maria, I'll make sure we get to the bottom of this!
15 Oct 2013 by talktomikey
1 person people found this helpful

Seriously cool place and the cocktails are beyond anything! Deff right into my top 5

Reply from Opium

Great to hear it Sarah ;) Top 5?? That's pretty cool... Looking forward to hopefully seeing you over the festive season!
23 Jul 2013 by sarah25
1 person people found this helpful

Went last night, was really cool! will def be back again!! Lovely dumplings!!

Reply from Opium

Nice one Sheldoncooper... Have you been back yet?? You should consider spending NYE with us... Just putting the finishing touches to our night now!! It's def gonna be a great night! EEK!!
24 May 2013 by sheldoncooper

My new favourite bar in london! Amazing cocktails, delish food and quirky cool interior! Really feel like you've stumbled across a hidden gem that no one knows about.

Reply from Opium

Nice one pauljones... Favourite place in London?? Wow... Cheers :)
17 May 2013 by GuyNT

Even though this place is in China Town and still plays on the asian-inspired theme with dumplings..it's so different. I mean the crowd is so much west-end/east and cool and the place is a great hang out for drinks and catching up with friends! My new little fave place in central London.

Reply from Opium

Good to hear it steak_n_chips!!
04 Dec 2012 by steak_n-chips

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