East London Liquor Company

East London Liquor Company bar

Sitting in the back of what at first looks like a car park, is one of east London’s finest gems — the East London Liquor Company. An industrial-yet-airy bar with copper touches and it’s biggest treat: an in-house distillery where the staff are crafting their own gins, vodkas and whiskies. If you’ve ever seen a backbar more beautiful than this … well, you probably haven’t.

The short cocktail menu features drinks that might sound complicated but look rather simple. Take for example, the Banana Daiquiri — you’d expect a frozen long drink, maybe even with an umbrella. Not here. Instead it’s clear and served straight-up in a coupe … but the taste certainly doesn’t take the less is more approach. Naturally as the bar is making its own spirits, you can expect much of the same for all the cocktail ingredients — from beetroot pickle juice to lime cordial. And though you won’t see any taps, there is beer on draught if you aren’t ready for the spirit world. For those feeling peckish, order one of the cheese or meat platters — or go for that savoury favourite, the grilled cheese.

On sunny days, park up in the courtyard where street food vendors may be swinging by from time to time.

Best Bars tip: Book yourself into one of the distillery tours — you can either learn about the history of gin or you can get an in-depth look at the inner workings of gin making. Do both if you fancy.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

East London Liquor Company backbar


There are 3 comments

  1. London Cocktail Week 2014 Guide |

    […] East London Liquor Company LCW Distillery Tour Unit GF1, 221 Grove Road, Bow Wharf, E3 5SN. Thurs-Sat: 3pm-4pm. £25 per ticket. One of the prettiest backbars we ever did see, this brand new distillery-cum-bar is serving you some of the freshest booze in town. This is your chance to get a glimpse at the inner workings of the distillery as well as to sample their vodka and three gins. Plus the bottle shop will be opened specially for the tour so you can take your favourite gin home with you. […]

  2. Gin Journey |

    […] hop on to the gin carriage and head eastward, to the prettiest bar-cum-distillery we ever did see: East London Liquor Company. Here you’ll get the full rundown on how gin is made and get to taste some of their home […]

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