This slick and stylish underground members’ club in Bank has it all, from impressive business facilities, to a luxurious lounge bar offering quality cocktails. The elder sister of the equally exclusive Eight Moorgate.
Hidden behind a discreet black door on Change Alley and down a couple of flights of stairs is plush members’ club Eight. Decked out in reassuringly expensive-looking furnishings, the lounge bar has a dark and masculine interior, with large leather sofas, thick carpets and shelves decorated with nostalgic toys and gadgets. The overall look is very sophisticated, as you would expect, and the large area grants enough space for a well stocked bar, three full-size pool tables and lots of comfortable seating areas. Despite the obvious luxury, the look of cosy armchairs set next to a bookcase gives an added touch of homeliness that you want from a members’ club. Past the lounge bar, Eight extends deeper underground boasting a cinema, library and meeting rooms, all ideal for wooing clients.
All of the bars around Bank attract an inevitable City crowd, but Eight’s regulars probably come just that little bit more suited and booted. Expect a business-like working environment during the day where members use the venue for meetings and working lunches, but come the evening there is a much more relaxed vibe with people settling into the bar with some cocktails. On Wednesdays and Thursdays there’s a slightly livelier atmosphere with a live band providing some entertainment and with a Prohibition club night, Blind Bee. While the staff are perfectly polite and knowledgeable, the service as a whole can be slow and sometimes slightly confused. Granted it can get very busy, but you do expect more from such an otherwise slick establishment.
There is a brassiere-style selection of food served throughout the day, covering a nice range of fresh salads, sandwiches and bagels. Available all day and night are the lighter lounge snacks, an American-inspired menu, which includes succulent mini burgers, sticky ribs and chicken wings. Whilst they don’t sound like the type of thing you want to be tucking into in such classy surroundings, they are of course served up with Eight’s trademark slick presentation, so you can get away with a few guilty pleasures on the food front.
Naturally, the exclusivity and surroundings are reflected in the price of both food and drink at Eight, but thanks to the extensive cocktail list and incredibly well stocked bar, bartenders can pretty much whip up any request. From the Blind Bee cocktail list – a selection of drinks inspired by their Prohibition-themed nights – comes Little Sister, a fresh mixture of vodka with cucumber, mint, coriander and lime, and the Queen of Hearts, a delicious and sweet blend of rum, Cointreau and berries with a sparkling finish. All of the cocktails are well balanced and taste incredibly fresh, with the menu including many of the classics. Aside from the impressive cocktails, Eight also stocks a number of premium spirits and a wide selection of fine wines.
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If you’re not lucky enough to be a member (£800 a year plus VAT and a £75 membership fee) or know someone who is, tables are sometimes available for non-members, but of course this is subject to management’s discretion and a minimum spend. Well worth a look-in if you’re after a luxurious and discreet meeting place.