Heavy, floor-to-ceiling red velvet drapes, mirrored walls, glittering chandeliers roughly the size of a house… Blinq doesn’t do things by halves.
The dramatic décor is over the top, but for once, we find that the ostentatious go-big-or-go-home aesthetic actually works. Sinking into the plush velvet seats with the lilting tones of Édith Piaf in the background, we’re just a tux and evening gown away from being straight out of a scene in The Great Gatsby.
The bar’s theme is “classic”, and each night of the week the music is different. Of the same era, but ranging from French to British to Italian. The tunes apparently get livelier on busy nights, however, and we’d be keen to see the difference that makes – though we think all that’s really needed is the buzz of a few more conversations.
It’s quiet when we visit – there are only around four other guests – so it feels a little subdued. Not unpleasant, but so relaxing that we start to get sleepy.
This is, first and foremost, a mixed drinks bar, with a crowd-pleasing menu that’s unusual enough for those who want to try something a little different, but with plenty of straightforward classics, too.
Unfortunately, on our visit, they’ve run out of ingredients for several of them. Staff are very apologetic, and keen to point out alternatives that we might enjoy. When these arrive, however, we’re somewhat disappointed to find that they aren’t served with the same finesse that the setting would suggest.
It’s an up and down experience which is, for the most part, very good. With just a few tweaks, this could easily be one of the most impressive lounges inthe city.
The bottom line Decadent luxury that needs just a little bit more refinement.