Top 10 Places to Drink an Old Fashioned in London
In 1920's America, people were hiding from the law. The Prohibition, banning alcohol under the constitution (oh the horror) forced the population to flee into dark rooms under false pretenses to satisfy their alcoholic urges. And what better way to mark each illicit occasion than with a macho cocktail, filled with whiskey, bitters and lemon juice? This is where the Old Fashioned comes in. We have compiled a list of the most deceitful, secretive bars in London, with echoes of 1920's glamour, inspired by a cocktail that was not afraid to be blatant in its illegal content.
Last updated on 6th June 2016
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A unique location for an Old Fashioned in London, White Lyan aren't bound by classic flavours necessarily, with their Beeswax Old Fashioned proving that forward thinking mixology can really pay off in terms of authenticity and uniqueness.
Heralded for their New Orleans stance and speakeasy interiors, when it comes to grabbing an Old Fashioned in London, this hidden nook is the ultimate gem. Head on down to their hidden bar in Shoreditch for the ultimate taste in this bold and classic cocktail.
When it comes to drinking one of the best Old Fashioned cocktails in London, your best bet is a speakeasy, and we've just the one for you. Head to The Bootlegger for a dose of days gone by and one of the boldest Old Fashioned's in the business.
Another Shoreditch hangout, this bar pushes the envelope of cocktail making. With ingredients such as 'eatable eggshell', these cocktails are exciting, a match for the daring dos of 1920's American rebels. The Old Fashioned is an evolution, audaciously made in the world's first ever live 'Ron Zacapa Rum' solera system. Victorian themed and thus dimly lit, this venue has an enticing atmosphere that rivals that Old Fashioned boldness.
Located beneath retro cinema lights in Dalston, Ruby's transports us to another era, with drinks served in 1940's milk cartons, accompanied by antique lampshades and bottles drooling the wax of ancient candles to decorate the stripped back basement room. Pop in for an Old Fashioned on the rocks with a twist of lemon peel for garnish and escape into a different time.
Tricky to find behind heavy, unsigned wooden doors, sandwiched between shops near Old Street station, the basement room pulsates with live music, friendly bar staff and a buzzing atmosphere. Look out for the Toronto, a development on the Old Fashioned, with candy floss, orange blossom smoke and a coffee and roasted pecan syrup thrown in, all mixed with a delicious Woodford Reserve Bourbon.
Adding an extra dash of maple syrup for a dose of that razzle dazzle 'em flavour, Canvas Bar may be a happening party joint, but they know a thing of two about dated deliciousness. Bringing back cocktail classics with a hearty East London twist, their rich and smoky flavoured Old Fashioned is somewhat second to none.
Portside Parlour, hidden amidst the dingy side streets of Hoxton, is the perfect secret spot for a romantic rendezvous. With dim lighting and dark wooden surfaces, complimented by strong cocktails that ooze fruity flavour, this bar captures the illicit indulgence of the speakeasy era perfectly. With 12 year old Appleton Estate Old Fashioned to choose, what more could you want?
This beautiful space, with its unpainted walls and antique furniture, is everything a speakeasy should be. An adventure down a side street near Great Portland Street station will bring you into a secluded basement, with a bar ornately painted in 1920's Art Deco style, accompanied by frequent live music to kick the atmosphere into shape. Order your Old Fashioned here and keep on guzzling, but don't let that boozy tongue slip once you leave this secret hangout.
For a nifty juice joint that does it all, look no further than this lively bar in Kensington. The walls come alive with vandalised paintings, stag heads and fairy lights over a busy wallpaper. Bring your friends and your dancing shoes and don't expect an early night in this vibrant, packed out venue. Select the menu from the secret bookshelf and be sure to order an Old Fashioned, made with delicious Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey.