Art and alcohol is a well-known association. The consumption of spirits often provides the inspiration for song lyrics or looses painters’ fingers on the canvas. It is also often depicted or sung about.
The Clarendon Cocktail Cellar, housed within the Artist Residence boutique hotel in residential Pimlico, takes a twist on classic cocktails with house-made tinctures and infused spirits and new names inspired by famous works of art. The menu is an assortment of coasters with the cocktail’s name and composition on one side and a reproduction of the corresponding painting on the other side.
“A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, named after Georges Seurat’s painting of the same name, is a variation of the Tom Collins with oleo saccharum, tea, and tapioca pearl. The “Campbell’s Tomato Soup”, inspired by Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans”, is obviously a declination of the Bloody Mary but, instead of plain old regular vodka, you can have your pick of olive oil vodka or bacon bourbon. The substitution of pepper by a few drops of peppercorn and horseradish tincture will give the drink a nice kick. “Lake McArthur” after James MacDonald’s painting takes the classic daiquiri cocktail to a whole new direction by adding Islay Scotch to the Gold rum based drink and replacing sugar syrup by maple syrup.
The association with art doesn’t end at the drink menu. Through a partnership with the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho, the walls of the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar display new artwork every month.
To enjoy art both in its visual and liquid expressions head to the Artist Residence, walk down the narrow entrance hall and take the staircase towards the basement. The subterranean bar awaits you at the bottom of the stairs with its brick walls where works of art hang and its panelled ceiling. Seating options include read-leather bar stools athe curved bar giving the perfect opportunity to learn everything about the inspiration behind your cocktail from the bartenders (thanks Warren!), comfy armchairs and a recess room ideal for groups. The low lighting emanating from vintage marine lamps and typewriters converted to lamps provides a cosy and intimate vibe to the bar. All in all, the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar is an ideal location for a night out whether you’re on a date or going out with some friends.
And if you’re interested in cocktail making, cocktail masterclasses are available on request!