Spice & Rye | A Hidden, Whisky Laced Speakeasy
Some things aren’t particularly improved when laced with whisky.
Shoes, for example.
But some things are made all the better – like, for instance, gorgeously clandestine, low-lit speakeasies fashioned after the old, underground bars of 1930s America.
But don’t just take our word for it – because that would mean missing out on the most atmospheric, hidden bar appearing in London (for only five days) this month.
Instead, rally your most discreet and discerning companions, and make your way to the subtly incongruous, time-warping spice shop set on an innocuous Fitzrovia street. Once inside, you’ll surreptitiously share a knowing wink with the enigmatic shopkeeper, who – once she’s sure you’re on the level – will bundle you through a secret entrance hidden somewhere in the shop, beyond which you’ll find a dimly lit tunnel leading to…
The space itself will be decked out in authentic 30s style, with sumptuous armchairs huddled round candlelit tables, old bookcases stacked with a world class selection of whiskies, and an antique cash register propped up behind the sleek, art deco bar. Soundtracked by a live jazz band throughout the evening, you’ll sip your way through a set of bespoke cocktails created especially for the bar – like the Chapel St. Sour, muddling Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or and Rinquinquin with lemon and toasted coriander seeds; and the Bloodstone, combining red vermouth, Cocchi Torino and cassis with a coffee-infused single malt aged in port casks. Or, if you’re after something harder, you can score drams on the rocks and tasting flights of very special Glenmorangie bottlings…
They’re pretty neat.
NOTE: Please note Spice & Rye is now sold out, as mentioned below there will be a few spaces for walk ins however please note these are not guaranteed. Spice & Rye will be open Wednesday 21st – Saturday 24th March, 5pm-11.30pm weekdays and 1pm-11.30pm Saturday. There’ll be a few spaces for walk ins, but to avoid disappointment we would recommend you reserve your two-hour time slot below. Tickets are £10pp and include a cocktail of your choice or a dram of Spios!
Spice & Rye | 14 Percy Street, W1T 1DR
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