Friday, November 03, 2006

Boisdale of Belgravia

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and to celebrate I went to a jazz cigar bar/restaurant near my office with a few friends after work. Despite having walked passed it literally thousands of times I never visited Boisdale's so it was time I had a look.

Boisdale of Belgravia is a restaurant with two little bars which also happens to sell a wide range of whiskeys and cigars. As a person who enjoys whiskey and a cigar now and again I was tempted into visiting.

The bar is decorated in the style of a gentleman's club but with the ambience of a classic 1940s jazz bar and restaurant. The place was packed when we got there and it was a game of musical stools all evening but despite that I think that everyone who was there had a really good time. I can't be 100% sure because I consumed a lot of whiskey and as a concequence was having a really good time of my own which made it a bit difficult to determine exactly how much fun other people were having.

I can say that the bar food was very good and that the selection of cigars is quite good. Richard Pite’s Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band started playing at about 10:00 and they were okay. They were not as edgy as I would have liked, keeping mainly to old Sinatra songs whereas I was hoping for something a little more Bad Plus, but what they played they played well.

I tired a new cigar whilst I was there, a Cuaba Divinos, which turned out to be a very good smoke. It had a tight draw to start out with but opened up after a few minutes and was a medium bodied cigar with lots of peppery spice flavours and a nice aroma. It is a very small cigar but is well constructed and burns slowly (lasting nearly 30 minutes). I was glad I tried it.

Final thoughts on Boisdale's, well if you are in the neighbourhood and enjoy good food, drinks, cigars and jazz then it may well be worth you visiting. The bar gets busy from 18:00 and the band starts around 10:00. They chucked us out at 01:00, but there were lots of cabs around so it was easy to get home.

My friend Bob took a few photos and here are a few.




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