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First Edition Cocktail Lounge

Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AB

((((* Tapas
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
Main course: £5
Food spend: £12
Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 17:00 - 23:59.

Excellent cocktails and food. Had a fabulous evening and will definitely visit again.

Shelley 06 May 2018
from Exeter

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With the look of a vintage book store from the outside, The Book Cover is actually a swinging speakeasy-style bar, specialising in creative cocktails with an eclectic jazz soundtrack. Filled with quirky 1920's style, and accessible only with a special password, this is a truly unique setting to enjoy Prohibition-era glamour.

To complement the bold selection of cocktails, The Book Cover menu serves up all kinds of mouthwatering tapas dishes. Fresh seafood flavours include salt cod fish cakes with curry mayonnaise, moving on to hearty meat options like black pudding and emmental toasties. Vegetarians can enjoy treats like crispy polenta with parmesan, and there is a selection of sliders, including confit lamb burger with green chilli mayo. For groups, there meat and cheese boards, perfect for sharing, while a simple selection of desserts includes indulgent truffles and honeycomb.

The cocktail menu at The Book Cover in Exeter is truly unique, and uses the finest homemade infusions alongside premium spirits from all around the world. Signature creations use orange-marinated cognac, Dooley's rum infused with cherry and pineapple, fresh basil leaves and homemade rhubarb soda to craft unforgettable mixes.

A beautiful speakeasy bar with an intimate feel, The Book Cover is an 8-minute walk from Exeter Central Rail Station.

First Edition Cocktail Lounge

Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AB

Contact +44 1392279393

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Customer reviews for First Edition Cocktail Lounge

3.9 ((((* (based on 47 reviews)
82% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • (((** 3 June 2018 by Sophie from Newton Abbot

    We were the only people in the place at the time of entering as we were there for the time it opened. They were good at getting drink and food orders. However for a tab they said they needed a card for the table, that was OK with me. The trouble was when they did not give me it back before I left, as I paid with cash I forgot. So the next day I needed to cancel my card and order a new one. I have since learnt from the bank that this is illegal and they should not be holding cards behind the counter because it takes a couple of seconds for someone to take pictures of the card to commit fraud. Maybe they should review their policy.

  • ((((* 20 May 2018 by Mervyn from Exeter

    The food was the best we have had out in quite a while, the only drawback was that it was snack finger food only and not proper meals. I had chicken wings and there were 5 small wings and that was it.I wish that we could of had a more fulfilling meal as what we had was really good. A bit dissapointed really.The staff were excellent and very helpful. The venue was a bit dissapointing as I had been told that it was an Art Deco bar and it was a bit of a mismash of ideas. I would be happy to go back if all I was looking for was a small snack.

  • ((((( 6 May 2018 by Shelley from Exeter

    Excellent cocktails and food. Had a fabulous evening and will definitely visit again.

  • ((((( 31 March 2018 by Sarah from Tavistock

    Great fun restaurant excellent tapas and amazing cocktails would highly recommend and has lovely staff

  • (((** 12 February 2018 by Amy from Bristol

    The evening was good, though I thought it would be more of an experience. There was an entrance lobby but no-one to greet us. There was supposed to be a password to get in, but they’d given up on this. We were told we would be sat in the restaurant, so I was disappointed to be sat at bar stools on a table next to the bar. The food wasnt great eg we ordered chorizo which actually seemed to be German sausage in batter. The drinks however, were amazing. Overall, I was expecting more.

  • ((((( 29 January 2018 by Andrea from Exeter

    Lovely! Wonderful cocktails, food and atmosphere.

  • ((((( 16 January 2018 by Kimberley from Exeter

    Amazing place, the decor is beautiful, gorgeous food and cocktails and warm wonderful attentive staff. The perfect cocktail mix for a great evening.

  • (**** 2 January 2018 by Julian from Exeter

    The meal was adequate a little dull perhaps. The service was well meaning but entirely untrained and amateur, one of our waitresses started clearing away plates whilst we were obviously still eating. The barman didn't know how to make a brandy champagne cocktail, he obligingly tried, but it was foul, {too many bitters} yet we were charged £11.00 for it even after we explained! This is supposed to be 1930's Speakeasy themed, I took the trouble to dress in sympathy with that, the staff however do not, quite the opposite. The photo's on the website are misleading, showing prohibition style dress, even needing a password to gain entry, however, no-one greeted us on our arrival, we had to find our own way. The music was wholly wrong, and on a rather short, unimaginative loop which became irritating quite quickly. The website clearly implies a clandestine "Speakeasy" atmosphere, yet the reality failed to even approach anything near, it's windows are huge and directly next to the pavement, quite inhibiting and not prohibition likely! What is clearly needed here, is a manager, older and more informed, to keep the theme going and train the staff. There is a huge choice of venues in Exeter, people will simply be underwhelmed and go elsewhere. If you are going to be edgy and out there, then be that, honour your website theme, work at it, make a determined effort to operate a joint that gets people talking, take a risk. Rick's Cafe American would be a good place to start. Play Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald music etc. Come on you only live once, assemble a disreputable past while you still can.

  • ((((( 14 December 2017 by Sandy from Exeter

    We have been to The bookcover about 4 times now, and really enjoy the whole experience. The Tapas are always served well and very tasty, the cocktails excellent, and the staff friendly and welcoming. Its a great quirky place to go either as a couple or with friends. We went one Friday and there was a table magician, which was good fun. There is always music playing, but it is not so loud you cannot chat, which is a definite plus in my book.

  • ((((( 12 November 2017 by Anon from Exeter

    Magical. Restaurant was incredible and the Chicken wings were so delicious.

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