There’s a new bar opened up in Shoreditch. Okay, that’s not really news, is it? But a smartly curated selection of spirits and a range of superbly crafted hand bottled cocktails make The Liquor Cabinet well worth shouting about. Plus, I blagged a way for my readers to get two cocktails for a tenner! Keep reading for more about this fantastic bar and to find out about my exclusive two-for-a-tenner cocktail special (offer good through January 2014).
Just off Hackney Road in the basement of the Golden Grill kebab shop (yep, where Mezcaleria Quiquiriqui used to be) is The Liquor Cabinet. Open now for a couple weeks, the bolt hole bar offers a pared down, back-to-basics, no nonsense approach to getting one’s drink on. That suits me just fine, and as I told owners Thom Docker and Mikey Seddon when I visited their bar a few nights ago, I might just fall in love with this place.
Thom and Mikey only serve spirits, wines and craft beers that meet the approval of their apparently rather sophisticated palates. I certainly thought their booze selection was pretty close to perfection. Blanton’s Single Barrel Whiskey, Lagavulin 16 Year Scotch, Del Maguey Minero Mezcal? Yeah. Woodford Reserve as the house Bourbon? Double yeah. The boys do pre-made bottled cocktails too, which they reckon is a more efficient way to serve and ensures a better mix than making on the go. As I sipped one of their lovely Old Fashioneds the other night, I certainly had no qualms.
When you go – and by all means you should go soon – tell ’em I sent ya and be sure to ask for tikichris special: two cocktails of your choice for only £10. This offer is good through January 2014.
The Liquor Cabinet is located on Hassard Street behind the Golden Grill at 84 Hackney Road, E2 7QL. Opening hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 5pm to 12.30am and Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 1am. Find out more at liquorcabinet.co.uk.