Undergoing a recent refurbishment nearing the £1m benchmark, Embargo República (or Barg’s to our chum Prince Harry) is the place to go if you want a class night out. Located on The Kings Road, one is definitely feeling like royalty after spending a night here. If you’re looking for a posh night out of Cuban influence with a contemporary twist (think Eton meets Fidel Castro) then this is definitely a place that you’d want to hit up. If there’s someone in the group who isn’t up for a taste of something new, you may politely tell them to ‘tumba’.
After a big splurge on renovation you would think that Embargo República would be pretty swanky, and boy isn’t it just. You even enter the venue through a cigar shop - the scent of rich tobacco really helping to take you away to a Latin paradise. Embargo’s has that unmistakable Cuban charm, with parquet flooring and an earth tone theme to their colour palette. There’s also a flashing dance floor which makes you come over a bit 70s, although forget Boogie fever, it’s much more likely you’ll wake up with an actual fever, hungover left from a raucous night. The small bar area has a lounge quality to it, with ceiling fans and vintage furniture. Try and see how many Ché Guevaras you can spot about the venue, it becomes somewhat of a game here: especially if you’re already seeing double. Thanks, Rum.
Music: House, Hip Hop, Chart, Commercial, Latin
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Train Station: Fulham Broadway
Address: Embargo República, 533 King's Road, London, SW10 0TZ
Chart toppers play abound in this place, and when Embargo República claims they bridge the gap between Cuba and Chelsea, well, they aren’t lying. Music can often vary depending on whether you go to Wednesday Republic night, Thursday for Havana Rocks or another themed evening, but either way it sure does make for an interesting night out. Who would have thought that modern tunes would work so well with a Cuban rhythm? And if you’re one for cocktails, then you’ll definitely feel at home here. Cocktails, punches and shooters are a tad pricey but don’t break fully the bank, coming in at average price range for SW3. They also have more than 20 different rums available - thank you, Cuba! Another stellar Cuban export is the cigar, which coincidentally you can get straight from the bar. Legend has is that in the 19th century, Cuban cigars were rolled on the thighs of Virgins, but please don’t try that here because, that’s gotta be the creepiest chat up line ever.
The dress code here may not be complete and total fancy dress, but they expect that you dress smart. Despite everything being prim and polished it’s all very laid back once you’re in. And despite what bitter Bettys have said, the staff are actually quite friendly. (Can you remember the last time the DJ listened to your request, and then actually played it as well? No? We didn’t think so.) With the Chelsea pricing, it’s not what we might call a student joint, but is definitely the kind of place worth digging deep for a special occasion. Embargo’s is the perfect party location.
A definite must if you’re looking for a bit of culture and sophistication; Embargo’s will satisfy anyone looking for something new. A night out here is sure to leave your wallet empty, but you know, there’s a high possibility of featuring in the next episode of ‘Made In Chelsea’, and that’s like money in the bank so...