Cocktails are back on Hanway Street, y'all. Come find find this little not-quite-Soho, not-quite-Fitzrovia nook of joy.
Making a Murder
We’ve been running cocktail bars a good while, and we’re getting the hang of it, so this is how we plan to go - great drinks, not over-complicated but with that spark of intrigue. Inexpensive, but not short-poured. An outrageously experienced team who still actually enjoy their jobs. A bar that’s sexy in a way that can only bespeak beauty and filth combining in harmony.
They’re a bunch of heroes - see below for notable achievements. Sure, we’ve won a bunch of cocktail competitions and stuff, but who cares about that?
JK, we’re not that naff. This is actually here so we can just toss out valuable SEO terms, because sound business sense. Don’t, like, read it or anything. Weird.
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Once used a fire extinguisher to clear a sink blockage and saved a happy hour.
Once put a Toddy in a hot water bottle for a TimeOut shoot. It was intended as a joke, certainly not received as such, and he still gets shit for it online.
Following a guest shift in Amsterdam, Olly got so lost that he just gave up and started a new life as a rickshaw driver. It's now his retirement plan.
Once served a very confused Drake a round of Tequilas with gold in them, when he'd actually asked for them 'cold'.
Once went all-in on a game of strip poker, testing the mettle of her opponents from within a binbag with holes for limbs. They folded.
Once stayed for drinks after a job interview. Those drinks were seven martinis. That job was this job. HIRED
Once leapt the bar to smack a Mai Tai out of a customer’s hand, having learned of their nut allergy. Monin orgeat doesn’t contain any allergens, though...
Cocktail masterclasses are great, right? Sure…sometimes. In short, we think that classes which teach you one or two specific drinks you’re clearly never making again are bullshit. The good news, though, is that when you’ve been making cocktails a loooong time, you’ll start to see the rules, the basic hoops to jump through to make things taste good. So that’s what we teach. Classes are £35/head, last for roughly 90 minutes (depending on group size), and feature a damn fine amount of booze and laughs.
Wee update - sorry, guys. We'll be holding off on the classes for a little while until all the restrictions are lifted...
Find Us // Doing Time
Our little Cocktail bar is just off Oxford Circus, between Soho and Fitzrovia.
Monday - Thursday:
5pm - 12am
Friday & Saturday:
5pm - 2am
CLOSED (for now)
The Cocktail Trading Co.
Our first ever full-blown lease, and still a kid we’re crazy over-protective for. See her in her full glory here (link), or, for her full full glory, just go have a drink there, obviously.
Her Majesty’s Secret Service
When old friend and colleague Ben Alcock came knockin', we just had to answer the door. Our first collaboration in Bristol, HMSS is a dear sister to us, and a lot of fun.
Stokes Croft, Bristol
The second Bristol site with dear Benny is a real pretty thing. Drinks have evolved into tipples both refined and great, and there's even delicious food. Plus Stokes Croft is, like, super edgy, though I guess maybe not anymore if we've just said that.
So, a couple notes for bookings - we only do about half the venue each night, to keep the bulk of it free for walk ups, 'cos that's a vibe. We also only do bookings up until 9pm, with a maximum group size of 6, though we can bend the rules here early-week. Finally, if your enquiry is in the next few hours, it’s probably better just to pop your head in - every single person in the company pulls shifts and we can’t always hunker down and check emails during service!