What is this craze for members’ bars? Everywhere you look there’s a
new one opening. If it’s not Circus, then it’s Teatro; and there’s the K
Bar and Saks. When is someone going to open a bar that will actually
allow ’normal’ people (ie: who aren’t something to do with TV,
advertising or the arts) in?
I’ve got nothing against bar owners restricting entry after a certain
time (say midnight) because no-one with an ABC1 rating wants to end up
drinking schnapps with a German backpacker, but it’s getting out of
The day will come when you can’t go out for a drink unless you are
related to a member of the Royal Family or have been out with a Spice
Apart from the bad taste this sort of snobbish exclusivity leaves in my
mouth, I feel a bit saddened that certain people are so egotistical they
feel they can’t have a gin and tonic unless they’re in a bar where the
chance of them bumping into their window-cleaner is minimal.
To me, ’special privileges’ always meant being invited to stay for a
’lock-in’ and receiving an extra pint of Pedigree, but now it seems to
mean that you get a table by the window and an extra bit of rocket on
The Groucho Club, in its heyday, had an air of exclusivity about it. I’m
not surprised that Soho House doesn’t let journalists become members,
but I think it should extend the ban to the archetypal, self-obsessed
Soho types who seem to frequent this new genre of bar.
As Groucho Marx famously said: ’I wouldn’t join any club that would have
me as a member.’ And on that note, I’ll see you in the Crown and Two
Chairmen at 5.30pm - if they haven’t made it members only.