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Fifth Floor Bar (Bar)

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Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, london, SW1X 7RJ
Cuisine: Bar
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Fifth Floor Bar Review

You don’t have to be Carrie Bradshaw to know that shopping and champagne go together exceedingly well. So it’s a surprise that up until three months ago the Fifth Floor Bar at Harvey Nics didn’t really exist. Well, not in the female-friendly, rest your Louboutins and sip some champers before your tooties totter off to spend more dosh, kind of way.

Nope. Instead, the fifth floor of this fashionista’s temple was occupied by a rather dark and dingy, black and red coloured bar. The place didn’t even have any windows. Thinking seedy old man hangout? Yep, you get the picture.

Luckily, the wise people at Harvey Nics’ flagship store in Knightsbridge saw sense and said ‘goodbye’ to the unwelcoming dungeon and ‘hello’ to white walls with painted green botanical motives, mirrored walls and windows. All of which, they interspersed with a handful of pink chairs. Its’ freshness is reminiscent of spring, while the shabby-chic armoires filled with bottles of Harvey Nics champers and the 360 degree bar remind you while you’re there – to drink!

The cocktail menu is extensive, but not daunting, and the helpful staff are on hand to make some very good suggestions. In fact, the bar manager will now forever have a special place in my drinking heart for introducing me to the Quince Cobbler.

Now, quince isn’t something I eat often and I certainly can’t remember ever sipping its’ juices in a drink, but having sampled a quince cocktail, I now feel like I’ve been missing out all this time. A unique blend of Harvey Nics Rouge, tangy quince liqueur, pear juice, apple liqueur and vanilla, this drink is perhaps one of the best cocktails in London.

When I asked my drinking companion what she thought of this super-tasty blend, she took a swig and simply muttered, “If the word ‘gorgeous’ were a drink, then this would be it.” Yes, she liked it… a lot! However, one drink to give a miss is probably the Red Neck, which neither of us enjoyed at all.

The cocktail menu also suggests that Harvey Nics are indeed very in tune with the challenges some of their fashion-conscious clientele face. They know only too well that the new Dolce and Gabbana dress you’ve picked up from downstairs won’t forgive any additional calorie gain. But since they don’t want these calorie-controlled fashion types to miss out, they’ve come up with a special set of drinks especially for them. Ladies (and metrosexual gents), I introduce to you the Sip Yourself Skinny cocktail range. These juicy concoctions won’t give you a beer belly as they’re all less than 200 calories each, and are just as tempting as the rest of the calorific menu.
If you need a break from all the alcohol, full fat or otherwise, then try one of their delicious mocktails. We loved the Raspberry Ripple – but for an extra non-intoxicating punch, ask them to put some passion fruit in it.

And so to the punters. The venue was surprisingly packed for a Monday night, (clearly the recession hasn’t hit those living in Knightsbridge), and the crowd was quite mixed.

Groups of stuffy, suited men (whose wives were probably busy downstairs spending their cash) looked somewhat out of place in this newly made-over, fresh-faced, feminine bar. It seems that having been such a male-dominated bar before, the pendulum has now swung too much in the opposite direction, and now may alienate their male drinkers. But the girls will, and do, seem to love it. On our visit, the bar was brimming with young 20 something’s trying hard to look refined, as well as handfuls of shoppers and 30-something locals who fancied an indulgent after-work tipple (the drinks don’t come cheap).

One thing’s for sure, the curved white sofa seating areas that hug the small tables help to create little alcoves, giving the individual groups a sense of privacy. This may be the reason why the bar is popular with the likes of Jamie and Louise Redknapp, Anna Friel and Pink.

If all the drinking leaves you famished, don’t worry about being forced to eat a dirty kebab on your way home; the Fifth Floor Bar has a great bar menu (as well as a restaurant next door). We recommend the salmon with onion rye bread.

In all, this place is a decadent little gem that’s well worth a visit if you happen to be passing through the area and you’re not in any trouble with your bank manager. The cocktails are great, the staff attentive and the non-pretentious 90s pop playing in the background helps put the whole place at ease.
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Farzana Ali

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“The new Champagne bar looks absolutely stunning. Delicious cocktails and amazing staff are just the icing on the cake!”
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Raffy, Venice (5 years 6 months 24 days ago)

“By far my favourite bar in London, with friendly knowledgable staff, delicious drinks and gorgeous decor where can you go wrong.”
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Claire, Tavistock (5 years 6 months 25 days ago)

“This place is definitely worth a visit if you're within a 50 mile raduis!! Has a fantastic vibe and amazing cocktail list. Love it! x”
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Suzanne, London (5 years 6 months 26 days ago)

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