Having recently moved to Bath for work I started to collate a list of the best places to go from my work colleagues and new friends. And when Maria and Luca came to spend the Easter weekend with me we took the opportunity to explore some of them.
I keep falling in love with this city*. The love affair with Bath started about eight years ago. I am one of those people that has a 'feel' for a place, or not as the case might be. I'll happily meander through the streets and sit in the parks and cafes and soak it all up. And Bath has always drawn me to it. So when I got the opportunity to move here for work, I happily embraced it as a chance to explore Bath - and all its secrets. I'm fortunate to have my life in London while simultaneously starting a new one in Bath. But unlike London, which is almost impossible to get your head around, or a feeling for as it is ever-changing - which is both its wonder and its woe! - Bath is an intimate town which is a lot easier and more convenient to navigate and discover! *Interesting fact: Bath is by title a city not a town. Not due to number of people living there (Shoreditch probably has more people per square mile than Bath has), but because Elizabeth I granted it a Royal Charter in 1590.
Here are the not-so secret places we went to in our bar hopping excusion around Bath:
Hall & Woodhouse http://hall-woodhousebath.co.uk
We love the staircase running through the centre of the three floors and the terrace on the top floor which is great for sunny days.
The Circo Lounge Bar http://www.circobar.co.uk
This classy lounge bar is part of the Halcyon Hotel. Think quiet nooks for cocktails and conversations. But if you go a little deeper into the bar, there is the less-quiet club area, including a daybed! It was a perfect place to catch up on all our gossip...Like when the discussion turned to men and style, or the lack thereof, and Luca quipped, totally deadpan, "Why, don't they have Pinterest?" #metrosexual. Circo's delicious French 75s were only helping the giggles to get louder & louder.
The Porter http://theporter.co.uk/bar-and-lounge
I think this might be my favouirte so far. On the first floor of this restaurant/boutique hotel is a quaint little cocktail bar, done in the style of what I would imagine is a modern Georgian home - comfy couches, with slick shabby chic decor. A great place for a date or a girly catch-up. Plus there is an underground club area - a lot of places in Bath are underground, so don't be misguided by the small areas upstairs.
Opium Bar http://www.opiumbars.com
Hidden in the vaults beneath Pulteney Bridge is the Opium Bar. It has interesting and quirky design features, a laidback vibe and something a little more exotic, with its Russian granny-style furniture and spicy incence, befitting its name as an enchanting den of some sort. I love the beautiful and dark mural on one of the vault walls.
Don't believe that it was awsome ? Go see for yourself ;)
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