The League of Darkness
Neil Marshall, director of The Decent and Dog Soldiers, is opening a pop up bar over Halloween to promote Kraken rum. There aren’t many details at the moment, but the general idea is to scare the absolute bejesus out of you, then furnish you with a stiff drink to help you cope.
Details: 31st October-1st November | A Secret Location | £20
The Emerald City at Queen of Hoxton
The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop is once again switching its theme for the season, and this time it’s taking a whirlwind to the Emerald City (Oz, not Dublin). You can expect green beers, hot buttered rums, a light dusting of Wiccan magic workshops and storytelling in their cosy wigwam.
Details: Throughout November | Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
Doña is a female-led, female-operated mezcal bar in Stoke Newington with hot pink walls, and live music every night. The talent behind it – Thea Cumming & Lucie Massey – are responsible for launching London Mezcal Week, and Dangerous Don mezcal, so they know the area relatively well. This one’s been officially labeled as a pop up, but it seems suspiciously permanent, so watch this space…
Details: Throughout November | 92 Stoke Newington High St, N16 7NY
Mix It is described as an “interactive bottomless cocktail-making experience” and, well, there isn’t a much better way of putting it. You’ll get two hours to mix your own drinks using the bar’s encyclopaedic stash of spirits, garnishes, and mixers – or, you can enlist your own personal barkeep to bend them for you.
Details: Until 3rd November | The Montague, 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ | £39pp
Coffee roasters Origin will be keeping you up late once again this month – but this time, it’ll be thanks to their after hours coffee cocktails, craft beer, natural wine, and small plates. And, you know, all the caffeine too.
Details: 7th & 21st November | Origin Coffee Roasters, 84 Scoresby Street, SE1 0XN
If you took all of Christmas, compressed it into an extremely festive hand-grenade, and detonated it inside a bar …you’d get something like Miracle. It’s a pop up cocktail joint that started in New York, then spread across the US, and then the world. Now it’s in London. At the Henrietta Hotel, specifically. Expect over-the-top decor, unique Christmas cocktails, and bespoke glassware.
Details: 12th November-23rd December | Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
The Espresso Martini Society
After a trio of pop ups vending the world’s longest espresso martini menu, all of which went down extremely well (apparently, all told they served some twenty thousand cocktails), the Espresso Martini Society are returning this festive season with an all-new concept: bottomless espresso martinis.
Details: 22nd November-14th December | Ko Coffee, 258, Pentonville Road, N1 9JY | £25
Sin Gusano at Milk Bar
Sin Gusanto is a roaming, nomadic mezcal bar, this month making its home in Soho coffeeshop Milkbar. It’ll act as both a pop up mezcal tasting experience (flights and cocktails), and a Christmas bottle shop if you know anyone whose booze cabinet could do with some stocking.
Details: 29th November-21st December | Milk Bar, 3 Bateman Street, W1D 4AG
The Midnight Apothecary
Why go to the Midnight Apothecary?
1) It’s in the rooftop garden of the Brunel Museum;
2) You get street food and award-winning botanical cocktails, with ingredients grown in the garden itself by ‘The Cocktail Gardener’, Lottie Muir;
3) You’ll get a tour of The Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, which is an underground chamber half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe;
4) There are unlimited toasting marshmallows;
5) Tickets are a fiver. A fiver.
Details: Throughout November | Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue SE16 4LF | £5
The Mind Palace
A Sherlock Holmes-themed cocktail bar has just opened next to the pop up immersive experience The Game Is Now. It’s called The Mind Palace, and it’s a pretty good place to sharpen up by destroying any of the weaker brain cells that may have been holding you back. They even have immersive cocktail games, like “The Case of the Poisoned Chalice” to help you do it.
Details: Weds-Sat throughout November | Doyle’s Opticians, W12 Shopping Centre, W12 8PP
Gosnell’s Upstairs at Coal Rooms
London’s only meadery has opened its doors.
And it’s created quite a buzz.
Perched above Peckham’s Coal Rooms in the old, Grade II listed station ticket office, the space has been taken over by mead-makers Gosnells for the foreseeable future. They’ll be serving up their original and vintage brews, as well as more adventurous numbers from salted to barrel-aged and pink hibiscus-infused meads, and iced mead cocktails for the warmer days.
Details: Wed-Sat throughout November | 11a Station Way, Peckham, SE15 4RX
Drams in the Dark
In the dark about whisky? Then try literally drinking it in the dark. It’ll help to heighten your senses of taste and smell, and give you a much deeper appreciation for the spirit. And if the whole thing is hosted by a whisky author like Blair Bowman, at a Scottish restaurant & whisky bar like Mac & Wild, all the better.
Details: Fridays throughout November | Mac & Wild City, 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN | £40