Designed for the ever-expanding category of failed grown-ups like me who hate regarding themselves as such, The Wonderland Bar is a pop up lasting until August 2015 that throws you deep down the rabbit hole to enjoy fairytale cocktails and food.
Part ofÂ the hugely successful theatre experience Aliceâ€™s AdventuresÂ Underground, The Wonderland Bar is an immersive night out featuringÂ a hedge maze in which I got lost twice, a flamingoÂ croquet set to sparkÂ infinite laughter after a couple of drinks, aerial acrobats and a bunch of picture friendly trade-mark Alice in Wonderland characters going nuts around you.
Everything at the Wonderland Bar is incredibly well thought through. From the music – the live performance byÂ Tankus the Henge, who played classic covers in a jazz and blues key, added a key spark to the already perfect atmosphere – to theÂ cocktails from the flawlessÂ Bourne & Hollingsworth and the incredibly tasty Pieminster pies.
I had a very fresh ‘Mead Feast’ (Â£7.5) with mead, fresh lemon juice and quince jelly churned over Ice with honey and basil, and the blue surprise cocktail ‘Eat Me Drink Me’. Remember: don’t even try to have an ‘Eat Me Drink Me’ without one of the inventive Smith & Sinclair cocktail pastils. I had the whiskey and cake pastil – it didn’t make my body shrink, but by that time my head was pretty much already there.Â Â I finished the night with a mouth-watering ‘Off With Their Heads’ pie withÂ butternut squash, feta & sun dried tomato pie (Â£4.50).
There’s something incredibly endearing about creating a night out from one of your childhood’s classic stories. The Wonderland Bar does it perfectly: it keeps the mystery behind some of the cocktails and behind the fun and games, allowing you to get close enough to the actors to get a picture, to then let them run off before they tell you too much. Lewis Carroll would approve.
Pictures: Carolina Are, Kapranos PR
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