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 Tabasco-laced tipples to blood-curdling pumpkin infusions, we've rounded up the very best Halloween cocktails that London has to offer.
Savage Garden: Devil’s Advocate
Head 12 floors above Tower Hill’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and you’ll find this frightfully fun rooftop bar. The El Diablo 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.
Sexy Fish: Nightmare on Berkeley Square
Too old for knocking on people’s doors? Get yourself down to Mayfair, where this super slinky number is hosting a more mature night out this Halloween. Pick your poison from a list of curious cocktails like the fruity Hocus Pocus or a bloodthirsty Undertaker. Our favourite is the Nightmare on Berkeley Square. Created using Absolut Elyx vodka, it’s a boo-zy mix.
Dirty Martini: Stranger Things
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Something supernatural has landed at Dirty Martini and you’re going to want a taste. From London to Cardiff, the Upside Down and beyond, a duo of extra-terrestrial cocktails has been unleashed. First up is the rum-based The Martian, though the real shocker comes in the form of Stranger Things, which combines Absolut vanilla vodka, curacao, Campari, blood orange and pomegranate for a tangy twist.
With a trio of special edition cocktails on the menu, STK is sure to send a shiver down your spine this Halloween. There’s The Secret Potion, Black Magic, and our top pick, the Biohazard. Take caution because this one’s short but deadly, with a toxic mix of Patron Blanco, crème de peche, orange, passion fruit and a deathly drop of Tabasco. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Swingers: PumpGin Martini
Enter Swingers at your peril, because the crazy golf connoisseurs are putt-ing on a terrifying show this Halloween. Make your way through cobweb-covered entrances as you avoid zombies, witches and demons on your way to guzzle up this ghoulish blend of Tanqueray gin, Antica Formula, Mozart pumpkin spice liqueur, maraschino cherry syrup and citrus.
Smoke & Salt: Black Widow
If you like your interiors sultry, your food smokey and your drinks spooky, then you’ve come to the right place. This year, the Brixton eatery invites you to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with a frighteningly tasty six-course feast. Wash down bloody beet tartare and cod head tacos with a bespoke cocktail, like this monster mix of caramel scotch, banana bitters, whites, citrus and activated charcoal.
Dirty Bones: Lil Pump(kin)
With a naughty special named Lil Pump(kin), you already know that this slick NYC-inspired eatery is all about the music. Bringing you dead cool DJs spinning hip-hop, funk and soul, Dirty Bones is the place to be if you’re looking to eat up and get down. Tuck into signature burgers and finger-lickin’ ribs with this naughty take on the classic Ramos Fizz, swapping gin for rum and adding in a lil’ pumpkin spice.
Blade Hairclub: Pumpkin King
Take your trim to the next level with a wickedly good blowdry and bubbles at Soho’s quirkiest hair salon. This Halloween, there’s some scarily good cocktails, like the whisky-centric Devil’s Blade or this pumpkin-fuelled tipple. It’s got lashings of vodka, pumpkin purée, maple syrup, vanilla and black walnut bitters… with something a little eerie looking back at you.
Tropicana Beach Club: The Devil’s Margarita
Not only is Tropicana Beach Club throwing five (yes five) themed parties this year, but they’ve even rustled up some scary sips for you to sink your fangs into. Make it a Halloweek and choose your pick of the parties as you sip on this potent blend of Don Julio tequila and Cointreau shaken with watermelon and lime. Who needs tricks when you have treats like this?
Discount Suit Company: Rum Ripper
You know what they say; if you’ve got it haunt it, and that’s exactly what Discount Suit Company is doing this month. Before guzzling this fiendish combination of dark rum, English tea-infused grenadine, apple, absinthe, pimento dram and soda, you'll be taken on a Jack the Ripper walk around the backstreets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields which the notorious serial killer once terrorised.
If you're looking for more parties, events and sinister goings-on, check out our guide to the best Halloween events in London.