Oh Gloria, you absolute scandal. With your crazy parties and your oh so tasty cocktails, you’ve fast established yourself on Covent Garden’s late night scene.
Who’s Gloria? Gloria was the bad girl of the seventies and eighties party scene. She partied with Jimi Hendrix, danced with the best of them – she even showed Bowie how to achieve that perfect going out look.
Well, Gloria threw the biggest parties alright, but then she ran out of money and had to retreat into the basement of an old Chinese restaurant in Covent Garden.
Did that quash her party spirit? Hell no. She’s now throwing the kind of parties that will make you love her in the evening and curse her in the morning. And so Blame Gloria was born.
Editors Note: Blame Gloria is reopening on 4th July. This review was written and photographed prior to lockdown.
Even though it only opened last year, the bar has quickly established itself as one of Covent Garden’s hottest late-night spots. No surprise
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It’s hard not to have your head turned by Blame Gloria’s eclectic interior – floral patterns, neon colours, low level lighting – it’s almost like Glozza knows that the mark of many a good bar lives and dies on Instagram and decided to rise royally to the challenge.
But there’s a lot more to this bar than just a pretty face.
First up, there’s no point in running a cocktail bar if you don’t know how to make a cracking cocktail – particularly not in Covent Garden, which isn’t short of a brilliant cocktail bar or two.
Luckily for all of us, Gloria has you covered. The cocktail menu is relatively short but inventive – old classics given a new twist and some completely new inventions you won’t have heard of before but will be happy when you do.
The mixologists at Blame Gloria really know their Advocaat from their Zubrowka and are are more than happy to help you choose your tipple of choice.
I plumped for the Plum Sake Negroni first. Made from Bombay Sapphire, Campari and Plum Sake, it came with a well-advised warning that it was going to knock my socks off – safe to say it did, but in the best way possible.
Now that I come to think of it, as did the Tommy’s Margarita (Casco Viejo tequila, agave syrup and lime juice) that I followed it up with.
Great as the cocktails are, we were promised a party and that’s what we got.
80s and 90s chart bangers blared from the speakers (Gloria’s heydey don’t you know) with a few underground tunes thrown in for good measure.
Blame Gloria encourages you to be your most outrageous self, on the dancefloor and off – it’s what she would have wanted.
Blame Gloria: Practical Information + Map
Blame Gloria’s Happy Hour runs daily from 4-7pm – two for one cocktails and Peronis.
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