by zak1980, 22 Feb 2012
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by spanner117, 08 Jun 2008
We get inside. Going downstairs was like what I would imagine the stairways down to hell to be - very dark, worn out and dirty. But maybe the inside would be a pleasant surprise? Hell no, it's smaller than my Blackheath living room! Anyway we find a table, order some drinks. I'm not too bothered about the prices as we're used to paying a lot for quality. What do I get? The cheapest version of a cosmopolitan one could find - I swear it was made of cheap vodka with a pink grapefruit juice. It normally takes a few minutes to mix a cosmo; it only took the experienced Aura bar boy a few seconds - is he that good?!
Anyway, we're here to have a good time so we keep on drinking. By this time (i.e. half an hour later) the little room is busting full capacity. Ah well, at least we're sitting and not having to rub skin with impressionable sweaty teenagers who are taking pictures of themselves. Next thing we know, an 'important looking' member of staff comes over to our table and says: "Leave the table, my customers are here". I mean, if I'm not your customer, pray do tell me, what am I?! I would like to thank my parents for raising me not to start arguments with fools, so we leave the table and agree to finish our drinks and leave this cave.
Meanwhile, the preferred 'customers' walk in looking all very important. Champagne and full bottles of spirits are placed on their table. This group of sorry misfits knock back the drinks straight from the bottle and within minutes jump on top of tables and chairs to dance, lighting up sparklers and waving them in the air. Yhe staff don't even blink an eye at this obvious health and safety hazard - it's standard practice it seems! My friends and I aren't about to risk getting burned alive in a dingy, dark underground cave, so we're offski fast.
From now on, I shall go back to frequenting my usual - genuinely posh - drinking holes, where the staff understand how to treat each and every customer, not the odd one or two who put up £500 in advance. If Aura was all it sells itself to be, we would have spent maybe 3x the £500 - and that's only 4 people!
by Frizz, 30 May 2008
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by duddle, 22 Mar 2007
Once inside, music was crap - the same boring mix you get everywhere in the West End these days. The bar lady that served us was as bad as the woman on the door - face like thunder - and was clearly making up drink prices as she went along (£58 for 4 Jack Daniels and Cokes and a bottle of water!). I've been there many times and never paid so much for drinks. I really wouldn't bother with this place!
by Emma**, 21 Dec 2006
by Anonymous, 07 Nov 2006
Second time was last Saturday and it wasn't as good. Instead of a younger crowd it was more of an older, businessy, celeb kinda night.
So, if you just want to bump into a celeb, go on a Saturday, otherwise for a good time go on a Tuesday (or a Friday is also great I hear).
by BlueBlood, 03 Oct 2006
by Anonymous, 23 Aug 2006
Though it has been around for years, Aura continues to impress. You need to know when to go (dead on Thursday, mad on Friday), and who to go with (the most beautiful and best-dressed of your friends). Try to get there a bit early if you don't have a table; the place is a restaurant and reaches capacity at around 1.00. Door policy is typical of any West End members' club, so expect to queue or be sent away.
If you're able to get in, prepare to go mad and jump onto table tops, which double as dance floors! Once the great music gets loud and the alcohol starts pouring, the crazy beautiful international crowd tear the place apart.
Given how expensive drinks are, it's probably worth paying the £500 minimum spend on a table. At least you'll get your own table to dance on!
by Bachrach (16 reviews), 25 Jul 2006
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