Thursday, 29 August 2013

Shhhh, Secret Cocktail Bar

If you go shopping for boilers in Nottingham today, you're in for a helluva surprise...

Because on a street somewhere in the Hockley district of the city, there's an unassuming shop front that conceals a Narnia-like secret antechamber with a special surprise entrance opening into a table-service cocktail speakeasy in full swing - and that isn't even the best bit...

Because behind all this fun and ingenious subterfuge there are master-drinksmiths at work, and if you're lucky enough to get a seat at the bar, you'll be treated to a hocus-pocus cocktail magic show with clouds of mint-fragranced dry ice, mugs of tropical tiki delights and familiar old favourites flipped on their side, served with twists and blown inside out.

Meanwhile, an instruction-manual-like drinks menu suggests saucy innovative temptations such as the Not-Quite-Right White Russian, the Cinema Paradiso, the Edison Medicine and- hold onto your hats and umbrellas- for the Mary Poppins Hurricane (Beer is also available.)

If the current fashionable surge in popularity for cocktails is all starting to feel a bit samey, this secret little hideaway will refresh your palette fabulously with lashings of fun, delectable concoctions and cups running over with ingenious quirkiness, so follow our clues and find your way to sample the hottest and coolest new covert liquors and tipples in town. Happy hunting, confidential cocktail fans...

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