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 pumpkin infusions, we've rounded up the very best Halloween cocktails that London has to offer.
Smith's Bar & Grill: Fog of Death
Too old for knocking on strangers' doors? Get yourself down to West London, where Smith's is supplying you with adult sips from the 25th of October. Pick your poison from a list of curious cocktails like the Aperol-fuelled Walking Dead (£10) or a bloodthirsty Sweet Poison (£10) which mixes gin with sour sugar, egg white, pineapple and cucumber. The Fog of Death (£10) consists of a velvety blend of vodka, Kahlua, crème de cassis, finished off with a garnish smoke. It’s the perfect cocktail to try if you’re after a sweet hit with a punchy flavour.
Bluebird: Haunted City, Bluebird on Elm St
With not one, but two cocktails on the menu, Bluebird is sure to send a shiver down your spine this Halloween. There’s the Wes Craven-inspired Bluebird on Elm St (£11) alongside our top pick, Haunted City (£11). Take caution because this one’s deliciously deadly, with a toxic mix of Tanqueray London Dry, lemon juice and sugar syrup, garnished with bitter foam. and an edible Pennywise. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Sabine: Bloody Raven
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Something bewitching has landed at Sabine and you’re going to want a taste. Head to the City, where the hexed Bloody Raven (£14) has migrated east for the season. This spellbinding concoction of Hennessy VS, Drambuie, blood orange puree, orgeat, lemon juice and chocolate bitters is also available as a keg for groups (£60 for 6).
The Piano Works: Scaretini
With a naughty special named Scaretini (£9.50, £5.50 during happy hour), you know that this buzzing party palace is going all out. Think Bombay Sapphire gin, tea infusion, sugar syrup, mint leaf, citric acid solution and dry ice for an eerie effect. Not only that, but their Farringdon and West End digs are hosting Dead Ringer parties, where you can expect live music, a band taking requests and the chance to dress up in your most bloodthirsty fancy dress.
COYA Mayfair: The Tunche
Going all-out this October, Coya is bringing you a demonic take on their Ritual event, a themed brunch, and Halloween party on the 30th. As for the sips? There's ice cold shots and potent cocktails, but our money's on The Tunche; a blend of PX Escencia, banana tequila, lime, and pineapple and soursop puree. Inspired by the terrifying mythical being who wanders through the dark nights of the Peruvian jungle, this one's set to raise hairs.
The Last Talisman: La Ofrenda
From tequila tasting to margarita making, The Last Talisman is getting you all liquored up this October. Don't miss their Day of the Dead cocktail masterclass, taking place on the 28th of October. Head to Bermondsey for all things agave and the chance to make for the La Ofrenda (included in £30 ticket) - a dark mix of aged tequila, mezcal, amaro, orange and aromatic bitters - which resident cocktail creator Dre Masso has developed especially for the bar.
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 up a bubbling Dead Red Zombie (£10). Or how about the electrifying Zombie Apocalypse (£39.50); 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?
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 at £10 each or 2 for £16. For your All Hallows Eve imbibing, choose between the Fiery Trick, with Don Julio tequila, sugar, tabasco, Chambord, and orange bitters or the Sweet Treat which stirs of Don Julio tequila, with lime, elderflower and cranberry.
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 Devil's Advocate (£15) 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.
NYX: Belvedere Witches Brew
You know what they say; if you’ve got it haunt it, and that’s exactly what NYX is doing with the vodka-soaked Belvedere Witches Brew (£12). Before guzzling this fiendish combination of Belvedere, Chambord, pumpkin tincture and Cardamom soda, check out the Halloween Drag Ball which sees Miss Demeanour host an evening of lip sync smackdown, games and special guests appearances set to a live DJ.