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aqua spirit (Bar)

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Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street, entrance at 30 Argyll Street, Soho, London, W1B 3BR
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified] Average Price: £0
Tel: 0207 478 0545 | Email to aqua spirit | | Transport: Oxford Circus | Write review

aqua spirit Review

It’s hot outdoors. It’s hot indoors. That tall, dark, handsome plumber comes over to fix the leak under the sink. He taps away while you’re standing there producing more sweat than Drogba playing on his head. The heat sizzles your skin and roasts your insides, there just seems to be no escape, when suddenly PSSSHHHH. The heat is too hot to handle and plumber loses his grip, water spraying everywhere. Finally, relief from the relentless, punishing heat. That crisp, cool water is oh-so soothing. But now you and plumber are both soaked from head to toe...

HA! Dream on. Firstly, this is London. Heat is almost a luxurious commodity. Secondly, tall: until I put my heels on. Dark: only when the lights go out. Handsome: after a few too many.

When I hear the word aqua, I immediately replay this plumber fantasy in my mind. And so it was, in this fantastical frame of mind, that I lured a friend to join me at the West End bar and restaurant(s), Aqua.

It was a girls’ night out for drinks, and knowing it was a rather classy affair, I wore my favourite frock. Aqua is a very new bar - and two (!) restaurants - having been born into the world in September 2009. So, on the approach of Aqua’s 1st birthday, it’s quite timely to assess whether or not she has suitably passed the teething stage.

Having discerned my surroundings and matched them with my standards perfectly well thank you very much, we took our seats. I felt comfortable in the mysterious lighting, revealing only what was needed to be seen. Perhaps I was nostalgic for my teenage years of not wanting that ever-so huge zit publicised under the glaring lights. Or perhaps I liked being less obvious when staring at the couple kissing in the corner. Either way, somehow there was a seduction to be experienced. The bar and restaurants are separated by gauze – a nice touch for those eating and drinking, and for those just drinking. There is a real life Statue of David standing guard between the two, and as I walked past, I was delighted to hear him comment on how gorgeous my dress was. Blush blush (and not to mention the strut to follow).

Delightful fragrances of Japanese cuisine wafted through the gauze from the restaurant. Squizzing at the menu, my friend and considered having a bite to eat, but as it was the end of the month (it’s always the end of the month for me), we thought we’d stick to drinks (until pay day). The food is definitely for the more prosperous of persons but it’s certainly nothing to look down your nose at, as from what I could see, the quality was good.

From there we walked down a long passage, which looked like something out of Ripley’s; mirrored walls and floors so shiny you could move with your own shadow. We walked towards the Spanish restaurant, Aqua Nueva. Having travelled to Barcelona, I’ve know real tapas and I was pleased to see the menu was authentically Spanish. The lighting wasn’t as mysterious as that of the bar, so we shuffled our way outside to the gorgeous balcony to join the dozens of young ladies with their fake eyelashes, giggling over their equally grandiose boyfriends, many of whom work in the fashion industry. I’ll admit, I was a little jealous.

Right, the drinks: served with flowering rose buds, the Rose & Li is simply divine. I won’t give too much away as it’s so delicious it needs to be tasted to be understood; the Aqua Kyoto is gin with sake, served in a clay vase-cum-jug; and the Nueva Sangria is something not to be missed, either. The menu reflects perfectly the mix of Spanish and Japanese themes. There’s also an incredible mix of non-alcoholic cocktails, which, in my opinion, are just heavenly health drinks. I would have them for my breakfast if I could!

Aqua, ahhhh. PSSSSHHH. You can’t lose whatever season. The drinks will cool you in the summer and warm you in the winter. And in the words of terminator, or a very friendly plumber: I’ll be back.
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Customer Reviews for aqua spirit

Average (based on 2 votes): 2 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“An excellent venue, we couldn't fault it.”
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Michael Harris, London (6 years 10 months 19 days ago)

“Totally awesome! Went for a night out in town with friends and after reading the raving reviews, we decided to give Aqua Spirit Bar a try. And, yes - it’s a winner! We all agreed that Aqua is THE place to hang out after work or on weekends. Their list of cocktails is endless with really innovative ingredients that made me drool just reading about! But best of all is the service and ambience - an attractive waitress with an inviting smile brought us to our table on the rooftop. The view from the rooftop is just amazing - you're right in the heart of the city, yet you feel like you're on holiday. This place is really special, like an insider's tip. Once you’re there, you’re wondering what took you so long to discover this gem!”
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Peter P., Macao (7 years 28 days ago)

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aqua spirit Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 1:00am Friday: 12:00pm - 1:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 1:00am Saturday: 12:00pm - 1:00am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 1:00am Sunday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 1:00am    

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aqua spirit Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: [Other/Unclassified]
  • Average Price: £0

aqua spirit Food Menu

Food is not available at the bar.

Updated 13/03/2014

aqua spirit Drinks Menu

Aqua Spirit cocktail list

Updated 13/03/2014

Item Description Price
Iron Lady Tanqueray 10 gin stirred with fresh basil, Cherry Heering, Saint Germain liqueur, served in a wine glass over ice. £ 14.00
Ginger Collins Tanqueray gin shaken with fresh ginger, lemon juice, gomme syrup, finished with lemonade, served long over ice. £ 11.50
Spanish Garden Ciroc vodka with white wine, green tea syrup, vanilla sugar, basil, grapes, served long over crushed ice. £ 14.00
Japanese Velvet Nashi pear sake shaken with pear purée, homemade lemongrass syrup, apple juice, lemon juice, sweetened with honey, served martini style. £ 11.50
Rose & Li Veuve Clicquot Brut NV with rose liqueur, lychee and flowering rose buds, served in a flute. £ 14.00

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Updated 27/07/2010

aqua spirit Hire Details

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T: 0207 478 0540
E: reservation@aqua-london.com

Updated 03/09/2013

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