The Whistling Shop Emporium

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Cocktail and spirit history is a fascinating world – if you’re a total, or at least passing, booze nut. But even if you’re not, now the realm of alco-history has been rendered engaging territory, thanks to the efforts of the chaps over at East London’s Whistling Shop.

Forget the old vision of history as a land of textbooks, boring lessons, rote facts and mind-numbing figures. Instead, imagine a land – okay, so a small room, just right for eight or nine guests dropping £95 per head – where history comes alive. And dives into a glass. Well, several…

Over two-and-a-half hours, the laboratorially-eager Whistling Shop team bring you ‘The History of Rum’ in a six-course fixed pairing menu, replete with costume changes, sound effects, visual projections, scents, props, delightfully baffling culinary concoctions (‘Fat Man’s Fingers and Edible Charcoal’ anyone?) and of course cocktails galore. Stretching right from the spirit’s naval past all the way through to the present day, via sugar plantations, Havanan bars, quirky punches, smoking purple skulls, and a host more surprises, this really is a marvelous way to spend an evening. Especially if you want to blow the socks off a certain date, client or good friend – because, both at this price and enjoyable complexity, this is certainly an experience to be shared. Combining supperclub, experiential theatre, and the joys of a great bar in one demure room, it’s definitely a barrel of (rum) fun. Plus the promise of more spirit categories in the future already has our whisky-loving taste-buds moist with anticipation…

Source: The Worship Street Whistling Shop