This bar ceased trading on Sunday 31 May 2015.
The Old Raj style of this hidden gem on Victoria Street is enchanting and surprisingly cavernous. It’s also home to some of the country’s best bartending talent.
The Victoria Room has had a long history of hosting extremely good bartenders, and their cocktail list and delivery of quality confirms that the craft of the cocktail is alive and well.
The list is broken down by continent, which is a novel way to explore the world of well-made classics. Homemade ingredients are used with aplomb across the menu, which comprises a balance of new creations and unearthed drinks from times of yore. If you’re in a big group, tasty punches are the ticket. The ‘nuclear submarine’ is the clear choice, with three punchy rum cocktails served up in a hollowed out watermelon. Brilliant.
The high ceilings, textured wallpaper and abundant palm trees also make it a perfect setting for friendly and romantic dinners. The menu has a Mediterranean slant that works perfectly, regardless of whether your primary focus is eating or drinking.
Slink into the plush Victorian sofas with small or large groups and watch your night disappear in a flurry of casual chat. If you’re just in from the theatre or a long dinner, you can grab supper on Fridays and Saturdays right up until 2am.
Weekend afternoons are seeing the revival of high tea with the landed gentry quaffing French Champagne and loose-leaf tea and enjoying a well-made cucumber sandwich or a fluffy scone. It’s a good tradition and The Victoria Room does it well, with just the right amount of pomp and pageantry.
For whatever reason you come to this diverse venue, you won’t be disappointed. It continues to win awards and for good reason. Come for one experience and you’ll be sure to want to come back to indulge in the others.