Who says Halloween is just for kids? Sure, you might be past the trick-or-treating stage, but that doesn't mean you can't get your freak on grown-up style. Here at DesignMyNight, we like to celebrate the most chilling time of year with a chilled down bevvy, so follow our lead with one of these spine-tingling drinks. From chilli-laced tipples to blood-curdling infusions that will literally pop in your mouth, we've rounded up the very best Halloween cocktails that London has to offer.
All Star Lanes: Day of the Dead
From bottomless cocktails to craft beers, All Star Lanes is getting you all liquored up this October. Don't miss their Day of the Dead brunch, taking place on the 29th of October. Hit up the Brick Lane venue for 90 minutes of drinks, a game of bowling, and a live mariachi band all for £40 per person. Make sure you dress up for this one.
Ballie Ballerson: Deadman's Daiquiri
Join the infamous Ballie Ballerson for their Disco With The Dead bottomless brunch and ball pit parties this Halloween. Think blood-red balls and spider webs galore, with a menu that includes the boo-zy Deadman's Daiquiri. Get dressed up and get down to Shoreditch because this one's going to go off.
Gravity Wandsworth: Vampire Kiss & Witches Brew
Too old for knocking on strangers' doors? Get the group down to South London, where Gravity has got something in store for all you big kids. Experience virtual reality games like Zombyte or the iconic Squid Game, before picking your poison from a list of curious cocktails like the sour and fizzy Vampire Kiss and a ghoulish Witches Brew (£9.50 or 2 for £15).
The Alchemist: Dead Red Zombie, Zombie Apocalypse
Enter The Alchemist at your peril, because the naughty UK favourite has got something up its sleeve this Halloween. With rum, Grand Marnier, pineapple and cranberry in the mix, you can't go wrong with guzzling a bubbling Dead Red Zombie (£11). Or how about the electrifying Zombie Apocalypse (£44); a sharing cocktail made with Bacardi Carta Blanca, Wray and Nephew, Grand Marnier, lime, pineapple, cranberry and the classified 'zombie mix'? Who needs tricks when you have treats like this?
The Piano Works: Sanderson Sisters Punch
Tapping into the iconic movie Hocus Pocus, you know that this buzzing party palace is going all out. This year, The Piano Works are servinga rum-centred Sanderson Sisters Punch, finished off with Cointreau, crème de apricot, pineapple, orange and vanilla. Not only that, but their Farringdon and West End digs are hosting Shriekeasy parties, where you can expect live music, a band taking requests and the chance to dress up in your most bloodthirsty fancy dress.
The Thin White Duke: Sparkling Cyanide
You know what they say; if you’ve got it haunt it, and that’s exactly what The Thin White Duke is doing with their Halloween party this October. Expect burlesque and tarot reading along with a themed menu that includes the Pitcher of Dorian Gray or a Sparkling Cyanide, plus tastings of Devil’s Botany’s absinthe, as your evening is set to the tune of live jazz from a three-piece band.
Swingers: Fiery Trick
One of the best places for a fun night out, Swingers is the minigolf institution that we all love. This year, they're offering themed drinks, a creepy makeover and the chance to play trick-or-treat on the wheel of fortune. For your All Hallows Eve imbibing, choose between the Fiery Trick, which stirs Don Julio tequila with sugar, tabasco, Chambord and orange bitters.
Nakanojo: Frog Spawn & Dracula Juice
With not one, but two cocktails on the menu, Chelsea's restaurant Nakanojo is sure to send a shiver down your spine this Halloween. There’s the Midori-tipped Frog Spawn alongside a short, tart Dracula Juice. Take caution because this one’s deliciously deadly, with a toxic mix of yuzu liqueur, chilli and popping strawberry boba. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Discount Suit Company: Hot Punch
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Spitalfields speakeasy Discount Suit Company has teamed up with the award-winning London's Walks once again. Back with their Jack The Ripper Tour which takes you on a chilling exploration of the serial killer's frequented spots, the team are offering you the chance to brush up on your history before trying a complimentary hot punch. And after the tour? Take 25% off your bill when you stay for a few more.
Savage Garden: Devil's Advocate
Venture 12 floors above Tower Hill’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and you’ll find this frightfully fun rooftop bar. The Devil's Advocate (£18) may be on the menu at Savage Garden all year round, but that doesn’t make it any less sinister. A devilish take on the classic, this crafty concoction combines Olmeca Blanco tequila with pink grapefruit, crème de cassis, lemon juice and sage. Try it if you dare.