Halloween only comes one day a year. But we sent Natasha Matthewman along to GOAT Chelsea’s Halloween party to see if the venue was full of tricks or treats, all year round…
To quote Mean Girls
“Halloween is the one night of the year where a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girl can say anything about it.”
Dressing up is timeless; whether you wish to don a Scream mask and blood-covered dagger, a beloved comic book character’s colourful identity, or entertain Tina Fay’s theory of wearing nothing but lingerie and animal ears. Spoilt for choice this year, I chose to stick with the always appropriate little black dress as I ventured out among the throngs of fancy dressed party-goers for this year’s festivities. I was fortunate enough to be invited to DRINK Bar’s Halloween bonanza, situated on the top floor of the vintage bar and restaurant venue, GOAT.
From the exterior, you would think you were still gazing upon the 350-year-old Goat In Boots Pub, with all the original integrity and beauty of the famous site having been carefully preserved. However, the three-storey venue has been transformed into a relaxed restaurant on the ground floor called DINE, offering à la carte New York-Italian dining, and a chic cocktail bar and lounge upstairs named DRINK. We were also taken downstairs to the underground members bar, the Chelsea Prayer Room; Chelsea’s very own speakeasy channelling ‘20s culture for the modern day professional. GOAT’s décor compliments the rustic, authenticity of the historic location, with a vintage yet industrial feel to it. However, the sophisticated DINE menu – with dishes ranges from char-grilled fillet steaks, wood-fired pizzas and inventive salads to peanut butter cheesecake and a cheeseboard to die for – and classy selection of cocktails radiate the glamour that comes with the Chelsea location.
But in the spirit of Halloween, GOAT was transformed into a haunted scare-fest, with terrifying decorations, ‘spooktails’ including The Doctor’s special and the Zombie Grogg, and an impressive collaboration of imaginative costumes. I have to give a special shout-out to the particularly brave Freddy Mercury – there aren’t many guys that would dare to brandish all in a tight, white (see-through) play-suit; especially when the drinks are flowing fierce and fast. The best 3 costumes were granted membership to the clandestine member’s bar, which was filled with scary surprises to keep GOAT’s members clinging to the edge of their seats. The decorations were certainly immaculately authentic; I was almost sent to an early grave when visiting the ladies’ room, at the pleasure of a ghoulish, blood-covered terror lurking behind the bathroom door.
Before we ventured upstairs, we enjoyed a delectable 3 course dinner at DINE. From the moment we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic and friendly service. Each member of staff had fully embraced the spooky spirit, with freaky fancy dress and creative make-up. Although we felt spoilt for choice when perusing DINE’s extensive menu, the staff were more than happy to make personal recommendations. I decided on the cured beef starter, while my boyfriend chose the (very) spicy meatballs. The first course was complimented by the rum and coconut based ‘spooktails,’ available for the one night only to ring in Halloween in style. For the main course, my partner loosened his belt buckle with a juicy fillet steak, while I sampled the mouth-watering lobster salad. As it was a holiday after all, we kept the drinks flowing with a bottle of Santa Cristina Tuscan red wine. How we still had room, I will never know, but my boyfriend rounded off a sensational meal with an apple pie, while I stuck to savoury with the personally recommended DINE cheeseboard. Each course was delightful, and we couldn’t have been more satisfied.
As we waddled up to DRINK, bellies full and alcohol levels heavily topped up, we were offered a complimentary Chupacabra shots. We struggled to reach the bar through the crowd of energetic party-goers, making shapes to the Halloween inspired playlist; we certainly felt like we burnt off some much needed calories on the dance-floor!
From start to finish, our Halloween experience at GOAT was flawless. Next year, I will definitely be digging in my dressing up box and whipping up the perfect costume.
You can find GOAT Chelsea at 333 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL.
For more information see the website here.