The Natural Philosopher

Cocktail Bar in Bethnal Green

The Natural Philosopher is a neighbourhood cocktail bar in Bethnal Green on Hackney Road. It is apparently themed after a Mac repair shop (random but pretty cool!). As you enter the bar (keep an eye out for the small sign) there is a computer workshop upstairs and a small amount of seating. The main area is down a small flight of stairs with the bar lowered into a well in the ground. Something I actually haven’t seen before!

Cocktail Bar in Bethnal Green
Cocktail Bar in Bethnal Green

It felt intimate and cosy, almost like you were in someone’s living room with rugs, a grandfather clock, paintings, plants, red plush stools and ornate mirrors.

Cocktail Bar in Bethnal Green

​The Cocktails

This funky cocktail bar in Bethnal Green take inspiration from the natural world using foraged ingredients to create cocktails themed around herbal medicine. They keep the seasonal menu simple and short with a small selection of cocktails available for £9:

  • Gorse – Tequila, Gorse, Acid
  • Barley – Scotch, Barley, Soda
  • Turmeric – Gin, Peach, Turmeric, Lemon
  • Rooibos – Cascara Vermouth, Rooibos,  Botanical Soda
  • Woodruff – Vodka, Woodruff, Bitters

Don’t fear if they are not for you as the staff will make you classics or twists on classics or basically anything you want (ours were still £9).

We started with the Tumeric and a Clover Club (gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and an egg white). After telling our bartender what we liked, our next couple of cocktails were made to our preference!

Cocktail Bar in Bethnal Green

First up we had a white rum based cocktail with raspberry dust, cacacha, raspberry syrup, lime and botanical soda which was light and fresh. Second up was the absolute winner of the night with aged gin, herbal liquor, sage. pineapple juice, lime, ginger and chilli. The chilli gave it a real kick without being too powerful. We would order that again in an instant!

Cocktail Bar in Bethnal Green
Cocktail Bar in Bethnal Green

Overall

We loved this cocktail bar in Bethnal Green and were gutted that we had not visited sooner! The cocktails, service and atmosphere were all spot on (plus you get small crisp snacks with the cocktails which always makes me happy). Happy Hour also runs from 6pm-8pm Tues-Thurs with a selection of classic cocktails available for just £6. Keep an eye out on their ‘whats on’ page on the website as they also have comedy nights!

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