Don’t be fooled by the name, you will be far from wanting to escape this place. The Escapologist invites you to ‘party like it’s 1899’, which we all know was the party year. Also, the year Hugh Hefner was born and the Jägerbomb was invented we think... Themed bar, The Escapologist, sits in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden as an alternative to the glitzy, somewhat cheesy West End watering holes. Instead, The Escapologist is the perfect hotspot for those seeking a sophisticated, chilled out evening in one of Central London’s most unique bars.
Oooh we love a good theme and the Escapologist’s is immediately noticeable as soon as you enter. The Victorian style - described as part ‘modern men’s club’, part ‘masonic lodge’ - makes itself known through lots of dark mahogany and leather quilted seating. It’s classically cool and really indulgent feeling, although strangely cosy too. The low-lighting also makes it a pretty perfect spot for an intimate date; sleek and vintage. It’s also underground which we all know makes it the height of cool. If you’re not sipping on a cocktail below the ground you just don’t cut the mustard these days, mate. In fact, it’s never been more trendy to be a mole or a badger. The Escapologist is aaalso quite the authentic throwback with no service or Wi-Fi which is a bold decision, given our generation's need to snapchat everything. It does however mean you can be fully committed to those around you without checking your emails or how many pokémon are nearby. Albeit pretty unusual, it’s actually quite refreshing.
Dress Code: None
Train Station: Covent Garden
Address: The Escapologist, 35 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LD
Take advantage of their 2 for 1 happy hour everyday from 5pm to 7pm, and tuck into a Flaming Zombie featuring three different types of rum and served in a skull shaped glass, or maybe you’d prefer to pop a bottle of Peroni Rossa instead, yep that’s also 2 for 1! Their Porn Star Martini is a popular choice amongst visitors, and you can catch a bartender often making over twenty of these at a time, impressive (but y’know- still no badger.) Tunes regularly played are the mainstream, bubblegum pop, sing along kind. The one’s where you can’t help but go into karaoke mode… Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake.. Easy listening stuff. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, The Escapologist also offer an extensive list of 12-inch pizzas for £12, or if you’ve got a sweet tooth maybe one of their Sweetzzas (a dessert pizza) will satisfy your needs. ‘Death by Chocolate’ features a sweet base with nutella and white and milk chocolate chips. Call an ambulance; we think we’ve overdosed on chocolate.
The bar certainly attracts an older, more sophisticated crowd of 25 and over - the post-work crowd and customary scattering of cute couples. Sometimes getting away from the younger crowd is what you’re after when finishing a long days work and The Escapologist is ideal for that. This bar is all about reverting to a simpler time and connecting with one another as if truly in the Victorian era, which is a concept we wholeheartedly support. It’s makes a really nice change to witness the crowd conversing using their mouths instead of their Whatsapps. The Escapologist also have some of the best staff you could come across: friendly, chatty, and energetic, they make your experience that much more amazing. The space definitely has the ‘Wow Factor’ too so is a perfect choice for private functions. You want a birthday bash? Check. Hen do? Check. Food fight? If you paid them enough, maybe. They’re pretty accommodating.
There are dozens of bars in Covent Garden, but none of them quite have the effortless cool of The Escapologist. We really love how this venue feels ‘off-grid’ due to the lack of 21st century technology making it that much easier to switch off. You can pull a complete Harry Houdini, just venture down the stairs of The Escapologist and poof- you’re unreachable. Perhaps the name doesn’t really allude to the Victorian vagabond Baron Von Took and how he escaped the gallows, but instead our ability to venture to Covent Garden, and truly escape the world.