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Grubser's Cocktail Bar & Lounge (Bar)

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22 Fish Street Hill, Monument, London Bridge & Bermondsey, London, EC3R 6DB
Cuisine: Bar
Tel: 02072831213 | Email to Grubser's Cocktail Bar & Lounge | Transport: Monument | Write review

Grubser's Cocktail Bar & Lounge Review

Best for: great tasting made-to-order cocktails.

Great: place to go if you want City drinking without the heaving masses.

Madame is in the house. Well, Madame is in the house of theatrics. I am currently playing ‘Madame’ in Jean Genet’s play ‘The Maids’ and, as ever, these things tend to spill beyond the stage for the duration of the run (and a bit longer, if I’m honest). You see, Monsieur is in prison. Unbeknownst to me, my ‘maids’ penned some false letters and my Monsieur was arrested! They turned against me and now I need an escape. Oh, I must get out, get away. I need solace, I need contemplation, I need cocktails.

But where does a single girl go in The City? Does she join the marauding crowds of men in their favourite haunts on the main stretch or does she move a minute or two further on to somewhere a little more gentile? Gentile tonight, I think; main stretch next week, if Monsieur is still incarcerated (no girl wants a bloke in prison). So we, I, she venture forth past the main bars around Monument tube to Grubser’s Lounge, just at the end of Fish Street Hill.

I leave Madame at the door and she rushes upstairs, dark glasses firmly on face, to spend the night ensconced, incognito and away from public gossip while I head straight for the bar and the squashy bar seats. I - the real I - have no bloke in prison. I’m fine, thanks very much. So is the barman; a sweet man and a genius in the cocktail making stakes.

Mates arrive. One has a Cosmopolitan. It could be a reincarnation of Sex in the City as we’ve noted many a time before. Without the sex, though. No blokes, see. Cocktails in the City instead.

We discuss blokes, Italy, romanticism v straight in there, honesty and what three years and no sign of the L word means. And yes, we do know what it means. I have a Green Apple Martini, nice and dry with an apple bite and two French 75’s; gin, lemon, sugar and Champagne. I hoist a couple upstairs to Madame. She is French after all, and has a sophisticated palate (so she says), though I swear the way she keeps frantically peering through the railings to see who’s there definitely verges on the ridiculous. That and her mad gesticulations to me for another drink. Friends have Kir Royals, a Strawberry Cheesecake (yes, pudding in a glass) and that SITC Cosmopolitan.

Alcohol needs food and as Grubser’s sadly doesn’t offer any, we have to leave. I go upstairs and pull the now alcoholically subdued Madame off the sofa. She doesn’t shut up though. Apparently she likes the decor, the vintage look, very reminiscent of her 1950’s Paris, she says. The pictures on the walls are crooked though. How very lax! There’s a woman who has maids to do everything. Apparently her sofa is more comfortable than the seating downstairs. We receive a lecture on how important it is to sit on furniture before buying it. The woman doesn’t shut up.

Safely shoving her in a taxi, friends and I head off to Liverpool Street for food and more wine. Madame approved of Grubser’s Lounge. Though, overall, I know she was ready to go home. She does like a bit of drama despite protestations and we thought it was great for girly meetings of a more contemporary kind.

Would I go to Grubsers again? Yes I would. So would my friends. And I’m sure Madame would too if she needs a little respite but then again, if Monsieur finds himself locked up full-time, I’ve no doubt she’ll use the place for meetings of a more salacious kind. My thoughts; good for cocktails, for away-from-the-main-stretch drinking, and for those essential girly chats (with a few nice looking men thrown in for good measure).

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“I loved their cocktails. Their service was fast and they had really nice music. The decor is also of a very high standard and all in all it's a cool bar to chill out after work”
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Mr Christoffer, London (5 years 9 months 14 days ago)

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Grubser's Cocktail Bar & Lounge Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Friday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Saturday: Closed
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00pm - 12:00am    

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Special offers, discounts and deals at Grubser's Cocktail Bar & Lounge

We offer 2 For 1 Cocktails ALL DAY on Monday. On Tuesdays we offer 2 for 1 Mojitos and on Fridays 2 for 1 Martinis!

Please note that it's not only during happy hour BUT ALL DAY!

Updated 21/05/2011

Grubser's Cocktail Bar & Lounge Hire Details

We have 2 opportunities for private hire at Grubser's Lounge.

You can book the entire venue for your party or function. Alternatively we offer the mezzanine area as a space for private functions.

Updated 21/05/2011

Name: Entire Venue
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 1500
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 150
Notes: Hire the entire venue for your private party or business function. We have no hire fee and a low minimum spend of only £1500.
Name: Mezzanine Floor
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 300
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 60
Notes: A lovely mezzanine floor area that can be booked exclusively for you and your guests. With a low minimum spend of only £300 it can be the ideal space to entertain your guests.

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