Woodford Reserve Lounge at Sager + Wilde Paradise Row

Sager + Wilde Paradise Row Lounge 2

The Woodford Reserve Lounge at Sager + Wilde (at Paradise Row restaurant/bar/terrace not the Hackney Road wine bar) offers a subdued earth tone retreat from the world with a lofty perch above the Bethnal Green bustle.

I dropped by recently for an elbow bend at the new lounge with Head Bartender Marcis Dzelzainis – recently nominated for the International Bartender of the Year award at the Tales Of The Cocktail Awards in New Orleans – and Woodford Reserve Brand Ambassador Tom Vernon. Marcis shared a few of his more notable Woodford cocktail recipes while Tom informed about what’s doing over in Versailles, Kentucky – home of the Woodford Reserve Distillery.


Marcis’ Olive Oil Old Fashioned lulled my palate in an extra yummy way. Think of the drink as a toned down and less bitter version of the classic cocktail with fuller mouth feel and more (but mellow) vanilla notes. A touch of sandlewood syrup makes it even more distinctive and subdued.

As for the news from Kentucky, I forget what Tom said was kosher or not to mention (blame it on the second Old Fashioned) but keep your eyes out for the UK launch of a double oaked Bourbon, a rye, and more.

The setting itself, the lounge upstairs above the bar, was a masculine but cushy den of a space that I’d love to see my myself imbibing again soon.

Sager + Wilde Paradise Row is located at 250 Paradise Row, E2 9LE. Find out more at sagerandwilde.com and woodfordreserve.com.

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