Tonight Josephine is perfect for cocktails and hedonism.
When it comes to pink perfection, one Waterloo bar is queen of them all. The most outlandish offering from the Adventure Bar team, Tonight Josephine is a fuchsia temple to hedonism and femininity, bedecked in neon and glitter. An invitation here is an invitation to do exactly as you please, whether that be classy or downright debauched. At Tonight Josephine, there’s only one rule: you do you.
Tonight Josephine is inspired by the first Empress of France, Josephine de Beauharnais, the famed nineteenth-century party animal and wife of Napoleon. Here she is, with absolutely no time for haters.
Josephine was smart, beautiful, and talked her way out of her appointment with the guillotine. She also gave literally zero fucks about what people thought of her, an attitude which the bar has kept alive. It certainly explains why Tonight Josephine’s greeting is a favoured quote of Kate Moss: “why the fuck can’t I have fun all the time?”
This is a pretty appropriate motto for Tonight Josephine, where neon slogans to girl power stretch as far as the eye can see.
Between the glittering pink walls, mirror ceilings, and the red roses adorning Tonight Josephine’s ‘Lady Garden’, the whole place is an Instagrammer’s paradise.
Step into the bathroom and you’ll find even more attitude. Police mugshots of rule-breaking celebrities adorn the doors, so if you’ve ever wanted a picture with Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, or Justin Bieber, here is your chance.
Tonight Josephine’s outlandishness extends to the cocktail menu. The sweet-sounding No Time For Napoleon is served with a macaroon on top, and the Midnight Flower blends gin, pineapple juice, and lavender syrup. Catching the eye, however, is the Flaming Zombie. Three types of rum piques interest, and the whole thing is set on fire for d-r-a-m-a. Not for the faint of heart!
Tonight Josephine is the perfect place for your bande de filles to set up camp. Gentlemen are obviously welcome too, but they’ll need to be as fearless and fabulous as the ladies to get in, because this place does nothing by half. Peace out, queens!
Location: 111 Waterloo Road, Lambeth, SE1 8UL. Nearest station is Waterloo. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 5pm-12am (Sunday to Wednesday), 5pm-1am (Thursday), 4pm-2am (Friday to Saturday).
Price: entry is free, and you can book in advance. Cocktails range from £9 to £11.50.
More information: head to their predictably pink website.
Featured image: @tonightjosephine