Black Rock Tavern | Liverpool Street Whisky Bar
We write about a lot of new openings.
And we appreciate that, being the high-flying, elusive, spontaneous hot-shot you are, it’s not always possible to actually find the time to visit them.
So if there’s one new place you visit this month, we strongly recommend you make it the Black Rock Tavern. If not purely because it’s an all-new, deeply handsome, five-storeyed temple to whisky in the backstreets of the City, then for the private Nudge Members’ launch event next Thursday, where you’ll sip cocktails, sample whiskies, and blend your own bottle to take home with you after.
In? Good. Here’s how it’ll go down.
You’ll begin by heading down Worship Street, forlornly noting where the acclaimed Worship St. Whistling Shop used to stand, before remembering that the very same (award-winning) team are behind the Black Rock Tavern. You’ll find it on a corner a little further down, perched on top of the Black Rock bar (which the team opened three years ago with a focus on whisky, and which remains nestled in the basement as a more serious drinking den).
They’ve completely renovated the four floors above it into three hotel rooms, a whisky blending workshop, and the more casual Black Rock Tavern, sporting moody Japanese-styled interiors with bamboo lining the bar and ceiling, and specially commissioned artwork adorning the soot-coloured walls.
Complimentary welcome cocktail in hand, you’ll be free to soak up the atmosphere and take a peek at the 40-50 curated whiskies behind the bar, handpicked from their full whisky library (standing at 250+ bottles). Then, whistle suitably wetted, it’ll be time to head up to the blending room upstairs.
Here, you’ll settle in for an hour-long expert-led session of ‘vertical’ whisky tasting, sampling six drams of single malts before blending your own 250ml customised bottle from your favourites, which you can take home at the end of the night.
Of course, if you don’t want the night to end there, you can head back down to the tavern, or outside if the sun’s out, and try out a couple of the bar’s new cocktails, which you’ll find on a specially discounted Nudge Members’ menu for the rest of the evening. And don’t worry if you’re a little merry by this point.
We have a feeling you’ll blend right in.
NOTE: Please note, this event has now sold out. The Nudge Members preview takes place at Black Rock Tavern on Saturday 14th September, from 6.30pm. Tickets cost £30, including a welcome cocktail, the blending and tasting session, and an exclusive discount cocktail menu, all worth over £100 – book yours below. You can find out more about the bar itself right HERE.
Black Rock Tavern | 9 Christopher Street, EC2A 2BS
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