As someone who loves live music, I'm always looking for a smaller venue to hear some great new talent without having to pay an expensive ticket price.
Tucked into the basement of The Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is Smith's Cocktail Bar, which holds a regular "Music Marmalade" jam night, where musicians can perform and play songs, or those who are microphone-shy can enjoy a drink and soak up the atmosphere.
I decided to go and check out the music, and enjoy a meal and a cocktail or two while I was at it.
My friend and I had a delicious meal at The Brook Green Hotel's dining room before heading downstairs to Smith's Cocktail Bar and enjoying the tunes of the Jam Night.
Our meal was impeccable, with plenty of vegetarian options all cooked to perfection, and delicious combinations of flavours. The desserts in particular were divine, with generous portions and reasonable price tags considering the great quality.
For those heading to the Marmalade Jam Nights I would definitely recommend eating at the restaurant above beforehand.
The Jam Night itself is held in a relaxed, comfortable bar with plenty of delicious drinks on offer. To give you a flavour of the music played during the night, the video above by The Rocky Wolf shows the Marmalade Jam House Band performing "It's Love" by Jill Scott.
The incredibly talented House Band played a few tunes with Chelsey, the evening's host, before inviting more talent to come up and sing a song or two each. The singers were of a brilliant standard, each with a very different style but equally fun to watch.
The set list included popular songs by Joss Stone, Jeff Beck, The Weeknd, Stevie V, Jamie Woon, John Mayer and more, so there were plenty of tunes that you could recognise and sing or dance along to - as many people were!
As well as listening to the music, myself and my plus-one enjoyed a few marmalade-themed drinks, including a Marmalade Mule and a Marmalade Margarita, both orangey-tasting variations on the typical flavours. The drinks were an average of £9.50 each, but there were also cheaper classics on offer at the bar.
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Overall, the night was laid-back and thoroughly enjoyable, with attentive, friendly staff and a cosy atmosphere. The value of the cocktails was also surprisingly good considering the taste and quality, with classic cocktails starting from £6.
The soulful, fun music and delicious, sophisticated cocktails lent the bar a vintage speakeasy feel that made for a wonderfully pleasant night. Whether you're performing, eating in the restaurant above, or just feel like listening to some brilliant talent, make sure to head down and check the night out for yourself!
Getwestlondon gives Marmalade Jam Nights at Smith's Cocktail Bar five stars out of five.
Address and contact details: Smith's Cocktail Bar, 170 Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith, W6 7PB - 020 7603 2516
Opening hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 5pm to 12am; Fridays and Saturdays 5pm to 1.30am; Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays closed
The next Marmalade Jam Nights at the bar fall on: Wednesday October 5, Wednesday October 19, Wednesday November 2 and Wednesday November 16.