BYOC East | Aldgate Cocktail Bar
How to walk down stairs:
STEP 1 – take step one
STEP 2 – take step two
Repeat until you reach the bottom.
And if you’re in the right part of Aldgate when you do it, you’ll find an all-new branch of BYOC there.
Like its Soho counterpart, this speakeasy cocktail bar also comes with a restaurant on the ground floor run by James Cochran, who trained at the Michelin-starred Ledbury and used to run Hackney’s FIX restaurant. But more importantly, also like its Soho counterpart, it leaves the alcoholic part of the cocktails to you.
Allow us to explain.
Having booked online, you’ll arrive, clutching your own treasured bottle of spirits, into the welcoming snug of BYOC East, which maintains the old speako feel of its sibling venues, with dim, candlelit tables and bartenders in suspenders and newsboy hats. This particular establishment, however, has also taken inspiration from the “great British Library” and is filled with 1,600 books (which might be a subtle way of evoking a quiet atmosphere …but don’t read too much into it.)
For £25, you’ll be able to indulge in a two hour session, during which one of BYOC’s expert mixologists will get to know your own personal palette and tastes before taking your poison of choice – be it gin, whisky, absinthe, or paint thinner – and making something unique for you. A little bit adventurous and quite a bit boozy, the cocktails will be designed on the spot and prepared with homemade purées and syrups made from fruits, spices, foraged wild ingredients, and some top-shelf mixers.
…Leaving you with plenty of time to finally get round to reading Great Expectations.
NOTE: BYOC East is now open from 6.30 till late, reservations should be made online HERE.
BYOC East | 19 Bevis Marks, EC3A 7JA
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