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Published on February 2nd, 2016 | by Greg Dillon


The Bootlegger, Leadenhall

The Bootlegger, Leadenhall Greg Dillon

Summary: The Bootlegger will definitely get you in the mood to party like it’s the Roaring 20s all over again


Great Speakeasy

Everyone loves a speakeasy.  What better era to celebrate drinking in than the era when it was banned? The funny thing about the prohibition era is that it was also an era of great hedonism and partying. This was the era that was christened the Roaring 20s by none other that F. Scott Fitzgerald, renowned for his novel The Great Gatsby that sought to capture just how wild it was.

So it really should be of no surprise that this is the era so many bars like to model themselves on. And The Bootlegger is one of those bars that do the era justice.

There are a good few speakeasies around London these days, but this one is definitely different. Rather than pronouncing it’s presence with garish neon signs and the likes, The Bootlegger sinks quietly into the background, making for an exclusive and exciting atmosphere inside.

Entering down a flight of stairs, you soon find yourself underneath the hustle and bustle of London in a bar that would not look out of place in the era it seeks to represent. It is decorated with reclaimed bricks and flooring directly from the period, candle lighting and classy vintage furniture.

Bootlegger cocktails

The bar comes complete with an antique till and working gramophone, just to give it that extra edge.  These fit it perfectly with the wider decor and you would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into 1920s New York when you arrive.

Once you’ve settled in to the authentic surroundings it’s time to get yourself a drink. The Bootlegger offers a wide variety of drinks, taking inspiration of course from the era it is attempting to recreate.  Fortunately for us in modern times there is no risk of a police raid!

Take for example their Across Borders cocktail, a drink made to celebrate the prohibition movement of alcohol across state borders.  This cocktail is a combination of Don Julio with a tangy splash of lime, a pinch of fresh chilli and a touch of vanilla sugar.  The mix is wonderfully, with a little bit of everything to tantalise the taste buds.  The chilli and lime are perfect, with a bite and heat to really make things interesting.

Another interesting option available is The Button Man and His Gat.  This blend is made up of sweet vanilla vodka and amaretto, woven together with zesty lemon, pineapple and herby basil.  This is a sweet, yet subtle fusion that will definitely have you going to the bar for more.

Bootlegger cocktails

Alongside an interesting and varied cocktail list, The Bootlegger also offer live Jazz music and Charleston acts to fully capture the prohibition spirit. Thursdays are dedicated live music nights, with interesting genres like Jazz, Blues and Motown. This creates an easy going and smooth atmosphere that you will never want to leave, especially when combined with the fantastic selection of drinks and bar foods on offer.

The Bootlegger will definitely get you in the mood to party like it’s the Roaring 20s all over again, only this time it won’t be illegal!


The Bootlegger, 25-26 Lime St, EC3M 7HR

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Greg authors multi-award nominated GreatDrams.com, a site for whisky drinkers and learners alike and can be contacted on greg@greatdrams.com or over at Facebook.com/GreatDrams. He is also a freelance brand strategist for hire specialising in creating compelling brand positioning / propositions, creative platforms and all things strategic for whisky and other luxury spirits.

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