Dirty Martini is a New York style cocktail bar located in Convent Garden, on the famous piazza. It is the perfect venue for an evening, whether it be for after work drinks or a special occasion… Martinis all around!
Visiting on a Thursday evening, the atmosphere was vibrant and enjoyable. With an overwhelming choice of cocktails to choose from, it's no easy job tearing yourself away from the place. From fruity variations of the original martini to an amazing chocolate martini, which I would definitely recommend for any chocolate lover, however, maybe accompany it with a refreshing fruity cocktail so as to avoid it becoming 'sickly', you have all the choice you could possibly wish for. There is also a food menu, should you wish to line your stomach before letting the cocktails commence.
I would definitely recommend visiting between 5pm and 10pm on a Monday to Thursday and 5pm to 8pm on a Friday and Saturday due to the happy hour offer they have between those times, however, on a Sunday evening knock yourself out with happy hour lasting all evening. Happy hour consists of all martinis and a selection of other tempting concoctions being reduced to half the original price and with free entry… Need I say anymore!
The bar staff make the cocktails fresh in front of your very eyes, and very skilfully, the cocktail making alone is enough to entertain; transporting you into a scene from the film 'Cocktail' itself, all that you'll find missing is Tom Cruise.
Music is also played throughout the bar, ranging from older classics to newer hits, so again there is something to suit the majority. There is also a cloakroom directly in front of you as you walk down the stairs, should you wish to alleviate yourself of your coat or jacket.
As another underground gem of London, phone reception can be a bit tricky, however as the descent into the bar is not very drastic, you will find phone signal is not lost altogether, which is perfect if you are meeting someone or expecting a call.
With a buzzing atmosphere, great deals, good music, tasty cocktails and a nice change to your average bar, dirty martini should definitely be a must on everyone's to-do list.