Two Americans walk into a bar. Not just any bar though. My friend and I got the opportunity to visit Le Magritte Bar & Terrace in Beaumont and let me tell you, we were absolutely buzzing about it. A venue that takes inspiration from American boozers, the gorgeous gem’s specialties range from US-based whiskies to bourbons and crafty cocktails. It was only fitting that a New Yorker like myself checked it out to see if it lived up to the hype.
Located right inside the ever-so-fancy hotel, The Beaumont, we instantly felt like we were out of London. Boasting 20th-century paintings, plush armchairs and a covered terrace, the ruby red venue oozed elegance. (They also offer authentic Cuban cigars if you fancy one). From the gorgeous lighting framing the sleek bar to the leather high-top stools and bucket of Champagne bottles on the counter, everything about the bar alone screamed opulence.
The chef had prepared an array of snacks – fab if you’re looking to pick on a few nibbles while catching up with friends. The staff gave us complimentary olives and almonds to munch on as we decided on our drinks.
For tipples, my friend opted for the Oasis 1925 (£20) which was a heady mix of in D’Azur, Muyu Jasmine Verte, Champagne syrup, D.R. Harris Pick-Me-Up bitters and a splash of lemon juice. If you like a classic gin fizz cocktail, then you’ll love the freshness of this upscale drink. You can literally taste the complexity of the herbs, while the Champagne syrup gives it that extra hint of sweetness.
I decided to try something a bit different and opted for the Meditation 1937 (£20) which was a marriage of Naked Grouse, Laphroaig 10, Fonseca Porto 20, Cynar and orange bitters. This one was strong, which was fair play – the waiter had warned me. Still, the cocktail was unlike any dark liquor drink I’ve had before. It encompassed a nuttiness with just a slight taste of chocolate.
We started off with light airy kale chips (£6), which had a sumac flavour to give each crisp a little bit of a savoury edge. We moved on to French toast (£10), delicately diced squares, topped with bacon, jam and truffle. I’m not going to lie; it sounded a bit odd, but trust me when I say that it’s a flawless bite of breakfast. Moving on, we tried the devilled eggs (£7). They were extremely light and were paired to perfection with a chunk of caviar and a bit of green onion. Finally, we finished off the snack game with chickpea fries with jalapeno ketchup (£8). The sticks by themselves were crunchy and still maintained that hearty bean flavour while the spicy sauce made the dish feel like an elegant take on chips.
The DesignMyNight Digest
With a swish location in Mayfair, this gorgeous American bar is fabulous for those looking to impress their plus one. The snacks were familiar flavours but elevated with a modern twist. I mean truffle on French toast and chickpea fries? Come on. And the interiors really shine, as the vintage portraits and sleek bar make this venue feel extra special. I'll admit the cocktails were a bit on the pricier side, but you're definitely getting your money's worth in its quality. Moral of the story? Don't sleep on these hotel bars, especially ones like Le Magritte.
💰 The damage: £109 for 4 drinks and 4 snacks, plus service charge.
📍 The location: The Beaumont, 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF
👌 Perfect for: Luxe date nights and work drinks.
⭐ Need to know: The French toast is a must-have snack.