There’s a new pop up mezcal bar in Stoke Newington, and an all-female team are calling the shots.
It’s called Doña – which we’re told is the feminine form of the honorific title don – and it’s run by long-time friends Thea Cumming & Lucie Massey, both of whom have impressive mezcal CVs under their mutual belts: collectively they’re responsible for launching London Mezcal Week, Dangerous Don mezcal, and pop up supperclubs Slap Ya Pappa & Cuppa Gumbo.
The space they’ve created is quite something: it’s dark, it’s underground, and it’s absolutely soaked in red & pink hues. They’ve parked it under a kebab shop on Stoke Newington High Street (although, if you’re after a really nice bite to eat, you should head to Wander just down the road), and they’ve dressed the space with beautiful frills of flamingo-pink feathers, fat flowers, prickly cacti, and decidedly non-prickly velvet seating.
The drinks are obviously very agave-leaning, although despite having their own mezcal brand, the Dangerous Don only makes its way into but one cocktail: the house signature Doña, which is blended with hot ginger liqueur & sour mixer. Beyond that, there’s hibiscus-loaded Fiorella; a blackberry & pear cider-addled Rebecca; and a few others, along with any other classic mezcal-style number you care to ask for.
And the cherry on top? There’s live music every night, with a particular focus on female performers – and every Friday is jazz night, with an array of up-and-coming musicians billed to appear.
Not that this place needs jazzing up in the slightest.
NOTE: Doña is still popping up, open Wednesday-Saturday, 6-11.45pm. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Doña | 92 Stoke Newington High St, Clapton, N16 7NY
If you’re more into tequila… head to Del 74, just down the road