Concealed behind two hefty vault-like doors under Grove Street lies one of Bath’s best known secrets - Opium cocktail bar.
Opium is a treasure trove of wonders. Those who are lucky enough to stumble upon it during opening hours are met with a hugely atmospheric space, with walls adorned with classical artwork, nautical trinkets and hunting memorabilia. Dimly lit with shadowy corners, its a real feast for the senses as soon as you arrive. There’s even a breath-taking vaulted ceiling painted in fallen-angel motifs in their cosy back-room.
Those that delve further into the depths of this quirky bar are likely to stumble across another surprise - the secret room. Dressed up to the nines, the secret room is nothing less than gaudy; with a mix-mash of neo-classical, nautical and art deco elements, it’s an impressive sight that we can’t help but love. Miles away from minimalist and trendy bars, it’s a completely unique setting that has to be seen to believe. If you’re looking for something different, then you definitely need to hire the secret room for your next birthday - you’re going to dig it.
And we haven’t even started talking about the cocktails. With margaritas, negronis, and cosmopolitans on the menu, they’ve mastered the staple collection of old favourites down to a tee; their old fashioned is a particular favourite of ours. But if you want to test their knowledge and get a bartender to make something different, you’re in good hands; they can mix up just about anything you fancy, no questions asked.
Out of sight, but never out of mind - make this boujee cocktail joint your regular hangout and you’ll definitely establish yourself as one of the coolest cats in town.