Opium Bar

Opium Bar, Bath: Hours, Address, Opium Bar Reviews: 4.5/5

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5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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A vintage and curious cocktail bar found in some of Bath's unique vaults; we're in the heart of this World Heritage City. A quirky and delightful secret for the lucky few that venture to find it, Opium is tucked away under the landmark Pulteney Bridge much like the old Laudanum and Opiate dens of the Victorian era. The bar is stocked with a wide range of international beers and spirits and staffed by bartenders who can mix and concoct these ingredients into the most wondrous (and affordable) cocktails you've ever indulged in. It's easy to imagine yourself in the company of Sherlock Holmes, H.G Wells, Janis Joplin or William Burroughs as you sip your perfectly made cocktail. Check out the secret room for parties. To appreciate the beauty of the place, have a virtual tour on our website.
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JesamineSomerville
Southampton, UK18 contributions
Friends
Read the following but wait for the caveat: What a beautiful bar and an incredible selection of cocktails in an expertly stocked bar.

BUT the current manager is an arrogant and abusive character with absolutely no sense of customer service considering he works in the centre of Bath and caters to a multitude of people.

We were a group of hens, not particularly offensive people, and were welcomed warmly and treated to beautiful drinks. However the manager proceeded to spout an incredibly aggressive diatribe about vaping indoors when a young member of our party had a puff - this should not have happened and I do not condone it, she should have gone outside - causing her to cry, which was, despite having several drinks, an emotional reaction to quite a traumatic situation and not in my opinion solely due to alcohol consumption.

Following this, the manager in question proceeded to ask a member of his staff to “check the floorboards” when the SAME young member of our party came down the wooden steps into the bar after vaping outside (as per his rules). Sadly our young friend overheard this, as did I, and was again incredibly upset.

Some words were exchanged for which (whether justified or not) I apologise on behalf of the party.

However, tellingly a young bartender who apologised to us himself for the upset, later caught up with us and told us that he had questioned the manager about the incident and had been asked to leave.

I feel there is little else to say.
Written June 25, 2022
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I was called by the lady who wrote this comment, asking me to talk to manager and was insistent to talk to manager only and finally told me her complaint. As the owner of Opium Bar, I take every step to make sure the place is first of safe, presentable and fit for purpose and I take comments such as this seriously. I therefore as promised, started investigating to remedy any issues that we may be lacking. After talking to my manager , who is an extremely polite and experienced handling staff and customers I asked him to make his statement which is presented at the bottom of this comment. We then went through the footage of the recordings that we have to keep by law for 30 days, in case of an incident happens , and at great expense of our time, managed to find and go through it , to get to the bottom of this case. What I saw proved my manager's action. The group concern were part of a hen night who has taken Secret room , which is a karaoke private room and having a party and as the nature of the room, you expect people to be loud and enjoying themselves. Couple of people from the party then decide to go to Opium bar which is a public bar and with the music played suitable. They then started waping in the bar which is not allowed and the manager asked them to leave which they did and went back outside and then to the Secret room. Few minutes later another few from the same group came in and did the same and again were asked to leave again which they did and later cam back in and pushing other people to get to the bar and were loud and asking for different music to be played and upsetting not only my staff but other customers and during all this another friend came in heavily footed jumping on the stairs and at this point my manager said this could had caused an accident. In all and all it was not a great time for my team being busy serving other customers, being shouted at. I therefore back my manager for acting the right. His statement is as follows: Regarding vaping, it is not allowed indoors People do not need to consume nicotine because you do not want to go outside. I mentioned it to two members of the group previously as the hen party disturbed other guests by shouting at bartenders and skipping the queue at the bar. The party then continued to jump down the stairs, and as they were in high heal shoes which made the noise louder and could create an accident to follow, Again a valid thing to ask people in a cocktail bar is to be mindful of others. Screaming at bartenders and asking for music to be louder and changed persistently is not how a bar can operate. I apologise for any confrontation, however I can not have one group ruining the atmosphere for the rest of the guests we have. At the end of this , I must say that we have been here for the last 13 years and have never had any issues apart from couple this months , as a result of people acting the same in our public bar as the private room they hire , which have completely different atmosphere and they have to be reminded of that which is difficult. Thanking you to take the time to read this reply to the comment made on my bar.
Written June 30, 2022
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Sambuca S
14 contributions
Couples
AMAZING. This has to be the quirkiest bar we have ever been to. Drinks amazing, staff amazing, decor amazing. My wife and I (both in our 50's) had the pleasure to meet the owner, an absolute diamond guy. Nothing was too much trouble for the bar manager "Ali" again, another diamond guy. We were privileged to be given a guided tour of the secret room and the history of the well.....yes it has a 20ft well. Incense filled the air with soft relaxing music. Whether your 18 or 80 you have to visit this amazing bar. 👏 thank you for making our trip to Bath memorable
Written March 10, 2022
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sandieTS
Easingwold, UK32 contributions
Friends
Wow! What a wonderful quirky bar this is! Subterranean setting within the cellars under Pultney Bridge. Each room is different filled with an eclectic mix of treasures which should work together except they do.

Being slightly older (61 yr old school friends) one always wonders if we’ll be made welcome in trendy bars (I’m aware that use of the word ‘trendy’ indicates my age) however the wonderful bar staff here were really friendly and their passion for their products was palpable and helped create a great atmosphere.

Then there’s the cocktails themselves, oh my days, they were all amazing, wonderfully mixed and beautifully presented.

My favourite Bar in Bath, if not England.
Written September 11, 2021
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Sarah
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Friends
We hired out the smaller room for a hen party. The room itself was lovely, albeit too hot even with several fans placed around the room.

Now.. where do I begin.

It became apparent very quickly that the bar staff were on drugs or drunk or both. There were 2 men behind the bar who began arguing with each other after a glass was broken (by one of them) very soon into our booking. The more senior bartender then proceeded to spill numerous drinks (on people), argue with the other bar tender, brake glasses behind the bar, and argue with the customers. At one point he demanded that we show him all of our videos we had been taking as “he is the license holder and therefore has to sign off everything” (this is simply just not true but shows his arrogance and grandiose behaviour perfectly). He got so wound up and angry (over seemingly nothing) that he walked into the other side of the bar with other customers and demanded that they all leave and started arguing with them (it was not time for the bar to close). He then stormed around shouting that he was quitting his job as he had had enough.

We had done nothing wrong at all and had just been having a good time singing karaoke. It was a great shame as we were there for a hen party and it did put a dampener on our weekend.

The senior bartender was totally unprofessional and likely on drugs or alcohol or both. None of us will ever be returning and will advise others not to either.
Written August 2, 2022
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Dear Sara As the owner of Opium Bar, I always try to make sure the experience our clients feel is exceptional and hence always try to motivate my team to do their best. I am still on my annual leave outside UK and on Sunday morning was called by one of my team, asking me to check the footage on our security systems as there had been a problem the night before. What I saw disgusted me that a member of my team whom was in charge of my bar had acted so appallingly and out of place, and started to close the bar at 11:15 rather than the normal 12 thereby ruining the experience for the people who were there at the time. I have never seen a person so out of control and feel really bad for what you experienced that night. I really do not know what had come over him, to act so terribly. Unfortunately the rest of the team, were also subject to the same abuse and were scared themselves, I assure you that I dealt with the matter and the person in question is no longer employed by us or associated with Opium Bars. Unfortunately there was no way I could contact the people who were there at the time, and I was hoping for someone to contact me in order to put the matter right and I thank you for giving me the chance. I have now put measures in to prevent such an incident happening again. Had I been in the country myself, I would have been able to deal with it immediately as I live round the corner. I apologise on behalf of Opium Bar , to you and your friends and rest of my team profusely and urge anyone who had been effected on the night, to contact me on booking@opiumbars,co,uk For me to apologies personally and make good the damage caused. please may I once again extend my sincere apologies and if you are in Bath again I will be pleased to welcome you by offering something on the house, to sweeten the bitter taste ,one individual caused so many. Many thanks Fari
Written August 3, 2022
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Ashleigh J
Doha, Qatar215 contributions
This is a really quirky bar, no piece of furniture is the same!
We really enjoyed our drinks which were presented well.
However we felt the ambience was a bit flat, there is only music in the first room as you walk in so the other parts of the bar is just everyone talking.
Also I think where it’s located underground it’s a bit damp/mildewed so they have incense burning to mask it which is an acquired smell (not for me🙈).
Also no phone signal down there so wifi would be nice ( not the end of the world but was waiting on an important message so had to keep popping up out)
Had to share our table with another couple (obviously didn’t want to say no but probably not ideal during the current times)
Written November 1, 2020
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Kathy S
13 contributions
This has to be the most beautiful bar in Bath. It feels, looks and smells like an opium den.
The music is oldskool hip hop, the drinks are exquisite yet affordable, there are interesting paintings covering every inch of the walls. If Byron or Wilde were alive and living in Bath, they'd be regulars.
Written October 7, 2021
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Amber H
Huntingdon, UK9 contributions
Kyle was the best private bar staff member ever!! We hired the secret room for karaoke and with a private bar staff member on Wednesday night in Bath for a hen party, from start to finish we had the best night ever. Kyle made sure to suggest such lovely cocktails and even give the Bride to be a free shot and cocktail! The karaoke machine was so cool and so easy to use, we didn't stop laughing and singing the whole night. We may have even got Kyle to join in at one point! Thanks so much for the best night ever, such a cool bar with the best vibe! Definitely not one to miss.
Written August 14, 2021
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Julie C
11 contributions
Couples
Little difficult to find but was worth making the effort to do so. Very quirky bar offering a large and different range of cocktails all very reasonably priced. Excellent customer service with friendly staff. Definitely a place to visit when I’m Barh.
Written June 4, 2021
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Ed J
Eastleigh, UK16 contributions
Couples
Amazing little find, secretly hidden behind the main streets and under the road. This cozy little bar not only had amazing cocktails, but from the doorman to the bar staff we experienced great service. The mix match seating and decor adds to the experience. The Rafaello was my wife’s favourite.
When we are next in bath we will be back
Written May 28, 2021
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Ellie N
London, UK10 contributions
Couples
Drinks are tasty (but not amazing amazing cocktails in my very humble opinion - though my bf loved them so maybe I'm just fussy) and reasonably priced. I think there was a happy hour on when I went but I forget. The cocktails come in generous portions. But the real reason to go is the solidly excellent vibes. I was transported to a boujie Paris cocktail bar. Space is surprisingly big and lots of cosy sofas.
Written June 16, 2021
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Opium Bar is open:
  • Sun - Sun 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM