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Published on March 23rd, 2014 | by Gavin


69 Colebrooke Row, Islington

69 Colebrooke Row, Islington Gavin

Summary: Most unique cocktails in London


Bar / Laboratory

Before visiting Islington’s 69 Colebrooke Row, I’d heard lots of glittering reviews from industry insiders and locals alike, as well as winning more awards than I’ve had hot dinners.  The bar is owned by “molecular mixologist” Tony Conigliaro, who is just as much a scientist as he is a cocktail guru.  He is often described as the Heston Blumenthal of the cocktail world, and if The Fat Duck is Heston’s magnum opus, then 69 Colebrooke Row is Tony’s.

First things first; the place is no bigger than a box room in a 2 bedroom flat, and it’s a wonder that they’ve managed to fit a few tables in the underground bar.  Everything is intimate, from the 1920s music, to the closely spaced seating and the relationship between bartender and guests.  There is a drinks lab above the venue and the staff wear white coats to give a sense that this is more than your average drinking hole.

Prairie Oyster

And the drinks certainly don’t disappoint with the most unique set of cocktails you can find anywhere in the world, and work so beautifully.  The Prairie Oyster is the finest cocktail on the planet bar none and left me speechless in amazement for about 5 minutes as the flavours kept hitting my tongue.  I’m still to decide whether it is technically a drink as it looks like an egg yolk that’s filled with tomato juice, shallots, and herbs, with a horseradish vodka and sherry jus; all taken in one hit from a porcelain oyster shell.

If you are looking for a party atmosphere then you are in the wrong place, but if you are a bit of a geek when it comes to your drinks ‘The Bar with No Name’ is mecca.

The Bar with No Name, 69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA

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Born and raised in Croydon, South London, Gavin is a lover of cocktails, a passionate foodie, and a self-proclaimed ‘dancing god’. A (relatively) normal guy that decided to start blogging about his experiences around the city he loves.

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