Last week, Team Coco babe Hannah Tan-Gillies headed down to buzzing Shoreditch for a genius cocktail evening of epic proportions at TT Liquor’s Cellar Bar.
Now there’s definitely no better way to get over the winter blues than by indulging in a few cocktails (or five); and we’ve just discovered the best place to explore some genius new cocktail combinations.
Located in Kingsland Road, TT Liquor may look like a specialist liquor store on the outside but offers plenty of surprises. Once inside, you are immediately greeted by floor-to-ceiling shelves of spirits and curiosities. Beyond that, you are led to another sitting room where you can catch a glimpse of the private cinema, and eventually down the subterranean labyrinth of TT Liquor’s the atmospheric Cellar Bar.
Back in the Victorian era, TT Liquor used to be an old police station; and you can definitely feel the history of the building when cosily tucked into the dimly lit alcoves of the cellar bar. These alcoves used to be the holding cells for prisoners; but now feature handsome leather banquette seats and plenty of charm.
Here, we experienced TT Liquor’s new genius-themed cocktail menu. The entire menu is an homage to some of the greatest inventors of our time from Marvin Gaye to Madame Cliquot.
The genius menu has been hailed as the Cellar Bar’s most ambitious one to date, with each cocktail individually crafted by a member of TT Liquor’s team. Some highlights include a Liberace-inspired concoction that offers a refreshing twist to traditional whiskey sour. It is made with Bling, Balvenie 12, Montenegro, Disaronno, Cranberry, and Citrus.
The ‘Death Ray’ — which was inspired by Serbian American inventor Nikola Tesla — is another instant favourite and is TT Liquor’s version on a hot buttered rum. It is made with a special mix of Rebel Hell Rye and hot spiced butter & brown sugar.
During our visit, we were also treated to one of TT Liquor’s ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ tasting session, which brings together groups of people looking to learn more about a specific spirit. That Thursday, we learned all about the history and different kinds of rum. We were also treated to a few funny stories from our friendly bartender Sacha and even had a few sips of ‘Diplomatico’ as well. Diplomatico is a Venezuelan dark rum that will surely leave a lasting taste sensation for rum lovers and rum-novices alike.
But no matter what your poison may be, one thing was clear. The Cellar Bar at TT Liquor is definitely the best place to enjoy an evening of fantastic cocktails with equally fantastic company.