Moonshine Saloon | Chelsea Bar
If you didn’t know what it was, you’d probably assume it was quite enchanting, beautiful, and able to give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
And in many ways, it is.
Something that the Moonshine Saloon is here to prove. Going permanent after a back-slapping, cattle-driving 12-week pop up, they’re replicating the Wild West by deftly weaving together immersive theatre, bespoke cocktailing, and a lot of big hats.
HOW IT ALL WORKS
You’ll stroll in off the streets of East London (carrying a bottle of your favourite liquor in your holster) and into what appears to be an actual Wild West street, complete with dirt track roads, louvred saloon doors and cowboy gear slung over the verandahs. Here you’ll be greeted by the King of the Moonshiners, Clyde Cassidy – an illicit liquor smuggler and moonshine distiller who’ll train you in the art of concealment, to get your moonshine past the watchful eye of the sheriff.
Of course, if you’re to avoid detection, you’ll need to swing by the tailors shop, where you’ll be fitted up by the resident tailor with a Stetson hat, cowboy shirts & accessories. Suitably dressed, your liquor will be safely stowed away (so as not to arouse the suspicion of the sheriff) and you’ll head down the street and into the saloon itself, where you’ll be greeted by the King of The Moonshiners, and where you’ll begin to see the immersive storyline unfold. While it all plays out, you can join a card game with the colourful characters populating the joint, evade the sheriff’s attempts to get intel on Cassidy, or try your luck at dice.
A bit like both BYOC and Alcotraz (the latter of which is run by the same team as Moonshine Saloon, and acts as a kind of sequel to the storyline) you’ll hand over your smuggled bottle to the house ‘tenders, who’ll fashion your personalised cocktails, using their own tinctures, juices, bitters, and cordials, into cocktails like the Bee Sweetenin’ Gin Sour and the Bourbon Gold Rush.
And when all’s said and done, and your evening is drawing to a close, you can even grab some beer, wine, or additional spirits from their General Store.
Which is generally a good idea.
NOTE: The Moonshine Saloon is open Wednesday-Saturday. Tickets cost £34.99pp and include four cocktails made with your smuggled bottle – book ’em right HERE.
Moonshine Saloon | 28-30 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7DB
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