Opium is a hidden gem amongst the back to back bustling restaurants of Gerrard Street.
At street level you are presented with a door with a simple wall plaque on which the establishment’s names is emblazoned. Three windy flights of creaky wooden stairs up through a haze of burning incense and you reach a cosy den of nooks and hidey holes in which to sit and enjoy a quirky cocktail or two and perhaps some king prawn dumplings to wash them down. The food (albeit a limited bar snack menu) is outstanding and is available late into the evening/night, perfect for the munchies that tend to kick in at about the 11pm mark. Depending on what night you go they may also open the Apothecary Bar and Cocktail Kitchen. This bar is definitely worth a visit or two.
We love how the drinks are presented in a ‘First Course’, ‘Second Course’, ‘Mains’ format in their menu.
The cocktail range is vast and out of the ordinary.
You cannot go wrong ordering their dim sum platter!
The perfect drink to soften the blow of autumn onset. This is a sweet twist on a classic drink with a mild poke of spice.
Vodka and Ice Tea and Iced Tea Vodka are two very different things. One is basically a cocktail while the other is a vodka infusion. Really the latter is just tea flavoured vodka that has been either artificially flavoured or infused using tea leaves. Brands of tea flavoured vodka are detailed below.
This is both a popular and potent classic cocktail with vodka being just one of 5 spirits that make up the toxic mix of alcohol.
A Cosmopolitan cocktail adopts just that in attitude by mixing alcohol with alcohol and topping up with just a dash of juice. If you want to intoxify your guests then this is the one to serve up! Short and strong, small sips are recommended to avoid peaking too early in a room spinning, dizzy head, hazy eyes drunken disaster!
Warming heat of vodka plus silky smooth chocolate equals heavenly, boozy simplicity in a glass.