Tucked away from the bustle of Chinatown in London’s Soho is the unassuming but dangerously sexy Opium bar. You may need night vision giggles to find your way to your table but try not to knock into anything, keep your cool and prepare to hang with the cool kids. This is where those in the know take their drinking late into the night; open until 3AM on Thursday through the weekend you’ll be kicking yourself as to why you didn’t know about it sooner.
Firstly, let us point out this place serves dumplings. A side of light and fluffy king prawn dumplings are seemingly the perfect accompaniment when working the liver late into the night. Gone are the days of chips and burgers, replaced by dumplings filled with perfect little balls of scallops, lobster and crab and samphire. If that doesn’t win you over we’re out of ideas, but, we will persevere.
The cocktail menu is lethal but sits just on the right side of classy (there’s no flaming lamborghinis to be found), focussing on the classic spirits being brought into the modern age when teamed with fresh lychee, ginger, lemongrass, carrot and rose champagne. Boy, does this place impress. Great for a naughty end to a successful date.