Located just down Hackney Road (Shoreditch / Hoxton way) lies The Looking Glass Cocktail Club, a hidden gem slightly off the busy buzz of Shoreditch.
What a lovely venue – as you go in there is a small and cosy bar area but through the Alice in Wonderland “secret door” (who doesn’t love a secret door?!) there is a much larger space with tables and sofas. Definitely a speakeasy feel but more spacious then other competitor bars, not as dark (so you can actually see things), friendly staff and more of a fun feel to the bar.
Popcorn (refillable!) accompanies the cocktails which are inspired by connecting the story of cocktails and music from all different eras. We had:
Era: 1900 COTTON BLUES : EL Jimador Reposado, Mezcal, cocoa nibs and coffee bean infused sweet vermouth, Tentura, Peychaud’s bitters & tobacco liqueur spray. Full bodied flavour.
Era: 1960 ONLY FOOLS: Aba Pisco, Ancho Reyes Verde, Cointreau, homemade banana & peanut liqueur with strawberry conserve, lime juice and egg white.
B & W: Jamaican rum, Aluna coconut rum, homemade smoked hemp seed syrup, Tentura, Galliano and fresh lime juice.
Era: 1985 STAYIN’ ALIVE : El Gobernador Pisco, homemade floral liqueur, Cynar with a touch of lemon juice. Topped with prosecco.
We particularly loved the B&W served in a tiki cup and Stayin’ Alive which came with gorgeous sparkles. The Looking Glass Cocktail Club have DJs playing later in the evening – perfect for catch up with friends and definitely for a date night.
East London Girl: Looking Glass Cocktail Club