Untitled might sound like a bar with no name.
But that distinction goes to Tony Conigliaro’s other cocktail bar. Which is called “The Bar With No Name“.
It’s his third personal venture after Bar Termini (which, confusingly, has a name) and it takes inspiration from Andy Warhol’s Factory; the 60s tin-foil plastered den of creativity frequented by artists, radical thinkers and porn stars. So naturally, it’s in Dalston.
The interior is a pretty low-key affair, with accents of polished concrete and silver-leaf walls that are punctuated by rotating, locally-created artworks. By day, it’s designed as a hub for creatives and freelancers, with the irresistible twin attractions of a long communal table and coffee from Dark Arts; but by night it transforms to an eccentric cocktail den, with Asian-inspired bar plates, and a signature menu of 12 cocktails designed to evoke their namesake, from sight through to taste. They’re each served up in bespoke 3D-printed vessels, and comprise characteristically bizarre ingredients, from chalk to truffle, that have been carefully experimented with in Conigliaro’s Hackney lab.
It was a testing time.
The results include Violin, which, stopping short of including actual strings, has essences of oak, pine, beeswax and black pepper (probably to meet some sort of “health and safety” requirement for at least one “edible ingredient”). Or you might try the safer-sounding Sicily, with citrus, verbena and orange blossom; or Ghost, which, obviously, tastes of oak, clay and chocolate.
Apparently nobody puts Swayze in a cocktail.
NOTE: Untitled is open 5pm-1am, Tuesday-Saturday, and 5pm-11pm on Sundays. You can book online HERE.
Online bookings are for parties of 2 to 6 people. Booking time slots are for 1 hour 30 minutes, or 2 hours for parties of 5 or 6. You’ll have to specify in the ‘Special Request’ field if you are coming for either ‘Drinks & Bar Snacks” or “Meal & Drinks”. Please note that they also allocate seating areas in the venue for walk in customers, which are not available to book.
Untitled | 538 Kingsland Road, E8 4AH
Like Tony Conigliaro’s cocktails? You can also find them at the Zetter Townhouse.