a pool table in a room

Laura and I were thrilled to explore Virgin Atlantic’s JFK Clubhouse this week before our flight to London. The Clubhouse is like a candy shop for grown ups: cocktails, savory food, pool table, massage facility and waiter service. The space is a true oasis with seating areas suited for everyone and quickly became one of our favorite lounge experiences.

a pool table in a room

Pool table and literal bubble chairs. Nice. 

a restaurant with tables and chairs

For a complimentary full meal or light bite, you can head to the bistro with waiter service. 

a man sitting in a chair

A feature which truly separates this lounge from most is its table service.  Everything on the menu is free, you can have as much of it as you like (we had two of most things ; ) and someone will bring it to you with a smile. Yes, unlimited cocktails, wine, tapas, entrees, desserts and coffee! From the bar (see menu below) we loved: The Bramble, The Caipirinha, The Virgin Redhead and the Lanson Champagne. From the kitchen we absolutely loved: The Carrot & Parsnip Soup, The Glazed Pork Belly, The Smoked Salmon, The Guyanese Curry and the Chocolate Lava Cake. Keep em coming! 

a menu with black text

One of each please! Virgin is famous for cocktails and they don’t disappoint. Especially the Caipirinha. 

a menu of a restaurant

You cannot go wrong with the smoked salmon appetizer or the curry. Sensational!

a drink with ice and a berry on top

The bramble, served with style. A British classic.

a hand holding a glass of beer

In the end I decided not to steal this glass, for fear that it would shatter in my carry on. 

a bowl of soup on a table

No idea what this soup is, but I’m sure it was tasty. 

a plate of food on a table

The chicken curry is seriously satisfying. Have as many as you want, it’s all free. 

a dessert on a plate

The Clubhouse offers a surreal amount of amenities, food and drink for an airport lounge and as such, access is very limited. To enter the lounge you must be flying Upper (First) Class on Virgin Atlantic or hold high elite status with Virgin Atlantic or Delta. Fear not, we booked a one way Upper Class flight on Virgin Atlantic for just 40,000 miles per person. We recently booked Virgin Atlantic flights using American Express Membership Rewards points during a transfer bonus where they were offering a 1.35x bonus on transfers to Virgin Atlantic meaning we only used 30,000 of our Amex points to get the 40,000 Virgin Atlantic miles needed for the flight. 

Have you been to a Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse? Are you planning on going now?

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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