The scene Hidden speakeasies with elaborate entry rituals are nothing new in east London – think Callooh Callay’s secret room behind the wardrobe in Shoreditch or stepping into the Smeg fridge at Artillery Lane’s branch of The Breakfast Club – but this new pop-up rum bar on Broadway Market is better than its gimmick.
Yes, it’s hidden in the basement of craft brew and Mexican street food bar Off Broadway, disguised as a toilet (you’re required to flush to enter) – depending on your taste, that’s either totally awesome or lame hipster bullshit.
But once you’re in, it’s a super-snug place to hole up with friends for a long session whatever your proclivities, lit largely by candles and boasting a number of cosy old-school touches (dusty books, red leather sofas).
The grub You can have food brought down from Off Broadway upstairs – think quesadillas and burritos from about £6. Don’t try ordering from the upstairs drink menu, though.
It’s all about the rum down here.
Behind the bar A long list of rum cocktails, or order the hot buttered rum for two.
The latter is served in a cute brass kettle, and is utterly addictive (hot, buttery, boozy – what’s not to love?). We polished off three kettles on our visit.
Bill please Cocktails from about £7.50.
Hot buttered rum for two is £12.
Verdict Well worth venturing down the dunny.
63-65 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
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Photos: Addie Chinn