Drinks at Le Bateau
A Fun Drinking Experience in Stylish Surroundings
Le Bateau is open six days a week and at night the bar comes alive with cocktails, bubbles, beer and great music. We have a wide range of draught beers and lagers, craft ales, whiskeys from around the world, rum, vodkas, tequilas, gins, classic cocktails and bespoke cocktails.
We see ourselves as a place for grown-ups to enjoy some grown-up drinking, in relaxed surroundings with the widest range of drinks for the discerning palate. That isn’t to say that we don’t like our customers enjoying themselves and we have a daily Happy Hour (three hours actually from 4pm to 7pm) when cocktails are priced at two for £12 and Prosecco is just £12 a bottle.
Beer, lager and cider.
Like all decent bars worth their salt these days, Le Bateau offers over 20 beers, lagers and ciders. Eleven of these are on draught, including premium Dutch and Italian lagers, a range of craft beers and IPAs from the Beavertown and Eight Arch breweries, a heritage cider from Ireland and, of course, a nice drop of the black stuff. We have bottled craft beer and lager from around the world as well as Rekorderlig fruit ciders.
With low and non-alcohol beers now back firmly on the menu, we have a range of really excellent alcohol free alternatives available in bottles, including brews from Brewdog and Heineken. We also have a gluten free IPA from Lawless Village for those with wheat intolerances.
Wine & Fizz
We select our wines very carefully to ensure that our customers have both choice and quality. Our reds, whites and rosés are produced in both old and new world wine producing countries to provide a good range for all tastes and pockets. Choose your wine by the glass for light drinking or by the bottle when ordering with food.
If it’s fizz you’re after, again we have a range of promiscuous Proseccos to add some sparkle into your day. And you can get a bottle of our house Prosecco Mionetto for just £12 during our Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm six days a week (we are closed Mondays). For those with only the finest taste, we have Veuve Cliquot Champagne or, if you really want to push the boat out, bottles of Vintage Dom Perignon to really make thing go pop!
We pride ourselves on having some of the best cocktail mixologists in Dorset and there’s literally no cocktail that we can’t make for you. All your classic cocktails like Martini, Mojito, Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Daiquiri and the king of hangover cures, the Bloody Mary are available; in fact all Classic Cocktails are Two for £12 during our Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm Tuesday to Sunday.
We have a range of special Le Bateau cocktails, created specially by our bar team, for you to sample too. Riders on the Storm (Absolut citron, peach schnaps, orange and cranberry), Honey and Smoke (Mezcal, honey syrup and ginger beer) and Diamond Blue (gin, creme de violet, blue curaçao, fresh lemon and prosecco) are all sure to hit the spot. If you want something we don’t have on our menu, just ask and we’ll do the alchemy while you wait.
The ‘ginaissance’ is now in full swing and there are now twice as many British gin brands on the market than in 2011. We are a nation of gin lovers and in 2018 Brits bought almost 55 million bottles; we can safely assume that this figure only went up during lockdown. Le Bateau stocks over 12 different gins which can all be com plemented by our range of Double Dutch tonics.
But we don’t believe that it’s just gin that should receive the ‘craft’ status and we’ve made it our mission to have the widest range of spirits in Ashley Cross. We have whiskeys not just from the Highlands but from Ireland, America and Japan. We have over 16 dark and light rums from all over central America and the Caribbean. If vodka’s your thing we have six premium brands for your to try. And for those that like to get all Pancho Villa on us, you can line up seven different tequilas.
Soft Drinks & Hot Drinks
We have a huge range of soft drinks and mixers. We have coke, diet coke and lemonade on tap as well as coke in bottles. To keep you healthy (or to top up your cocktails) we have a wide range of fruit juices and to keep you up all night we have the obligatory Red Bull. The Double Dutch range of tonic mixers perfectly complement your vodka or gin.
If it’s a little early (or indeed a little late) for alcohol, and the weather’s not quite warm enough for a cold drink, we have plenty of hot drinks. Our barista coffee is made for you while you wait and to your specified requirements by our skilled bar staff using freshly-ground Bad Hand coffee beans (we sell these by the bag if you you fancy having a go yourself). We can knock up a decent hot chocolate (our deluxe version includes marshmallows and sprinkles), which can be jazzed up with a syrup shot. If you just fancy a decent cup of tea we can do that too; we also have a range of Teapigs herbal teas for all the ‘tea hipsters’ out there.