90-92 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DP
From Watson and Crick to Darwin and Newton, Cambridge has played host to some of the greatest scientific minds of our time. And now the city’s finest thinkers have an inspiring new venue to conjure up ground-breaking theories, whilst enjoying exceptionally good cocktails in sublime surroundings. We’re talking about The LAB, the science-themed cocktail bar on Regent Street, which relaunched in October after a major refurbishment.
Elegant and sleek – channelling an art deco, prohibition, speakeasy aesthetic – The LAB pays homage to the world of science, from its signature cocktails (Hawking’s Big Bang; Flash Gurdon) served in conical flasks and beakers, to its décor (famous scientists grace the walls alongside neon sign ‘Let’s Get Experimental’).
The LAB was fittingly invented by scientists back in 2018; cancer research specialist Professor Tony Kouzarides, Director of The Milner Therapeutics Institute; Dr Jason Mellad, CEO and co-founder of Start Codon; and Mill Road Surgery’s Dr Peter Niemczuk.
The directors wanted somewhere for like-minded souls to network (and be able to say: ‘I was up late last night at The LAB!’), but created such a beautiful setting that it became popular far beyond the scientific demographic.
The LAB closed in March 2020 with lockdown, and has since been thoughtfully reimagined, doubling in size and adding food to its table service offering. There’s a focus on seasonal tapas-style dishes, from vegan arancini and Canarian potatoes to loaded fries and sharing churros, with local suppliers including Hot Numbers and Cambridge Wine Merchants.
Although branded as ‘1920s decadence with a twist of science’ The LAB is accessible to all, with events capacity for everything from formal college reception evenings to LGBTQ+ disco nights, and a late licence at weekends.
Whether you’re a molecular biologist or a martini-lover, The LAB is sure to deliver in true innovative style!