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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this bar so much, it is my favourite bar in London and I’ve been to many in the decades I’ve lived here! Everything about it is perfect - the staff are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and passionate. They are so welcoming, always take the...time to get to know each customer and never make you feel rushed and happy to answer any question you might have about the drinks. Some bars I’ve been to in the past have felt unapproachable or intimidating, this bar is the opposite of that and you are genuinely greeted like an old friend each time. The drinks are also spectacular. They are all priced the same which I really like as you can decide purely based on what sounds nice and not factor the price in (which also at £12 a drink, is very reasonable for central London). They change menus regularly and tend to have about 10-15 drinks at a time, one per page in the cocktail menu. Each drink will be a clever concoction, unique to the bar, and feels like a labour of love. When I went in Jan, having not visited in a couple of years, I had a smoked salmon flavoured cocktail - it sounds crazy but it completely worked! The drinks are a fun mix of tasty and clever, the descriptions in the menu are good fun and the bar menu has a wonderful sense of humour to it. The place is fairly small and feels homely and personable. This also helps the bar staff be able to get round everyone quickly and you’ll never be waiting long for a drink or a water top up. There is a nice selection of tables and stools and it is comfortable and welcoming. I really can’t recommend this place enough, I go to cocktail bars a lot and have lived in London for several decades and probably visited hundreds in that time and there is a reason this place is my absolute favourite. The drinks are exceptional but it is the friendly warm vibe that means it will always be my number one.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Elliot Ball, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Oh, just the very nicest read up in here. Sent to the whole team, who are collectively purring in satisfaction and joy. Very much love for you - hugely appreciate you not only taking the time to write such a piece, but also for swinging...More

Reviewed 2 December 2023

These cocktails gave me a new experience for cocktail drinking! They have really orginal cocktails and serve it really nice. Also the employees are different then any other place. The employees are really friendly and have a really good vibe. The cocktails are really tasteful....Thankyou for having us!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Elliot Ball, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2023

Aw, our pleasure, friend - so glad to hear you enjoyed, and really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a lovely review :)

Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

Stumbled across this fab bar whilst visiting Brick Lane…..great range of cocktails…..quirky bar with lovely friendly and attentive staff. Would definitely recommend the White Trojan and the Bitflip.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Elliot Ball, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2023

Ah ya champion - thanks for lovely words, and super glad you enjoyed swinging by :)

Reviewed 17 July 2023 via mobile

An absolutely outstanding cocktail menu with really quirky cocktails to choose from we asked the bartender to make us a long vodka based drink which was delicious. They also serve beer in cans too. Very attentive server who was very friendly and chatty too.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Elliot Ball, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2023

Aw yay, everything we wanna hear - thanks for saying such lovely things, and super glad ya enjoyed :)

Reviewed 23 June 2023

I booked a table here to celebrate my partners birthday. We were both very impressed with the range and creativity of the cocktails on offer. The staff member who was looking after us was incredibly friendly, welcoming, and accommodated our off-menu requests with no fuss....We wish we had her name to shout them out personally (description - short dark hair and tattoos and working 22/06) as they really made us feel welcome. Would highly recommend for a date night! Hopefully we’ll be back again!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Elliot Ball, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2023

Fab stuff, Connor - funnily enough, the fella you're enquiring about is actually one of the owners, Olly - very nice chap. Anyway - very glad ya enjoyed, super appreciate you taking the time to leave a lovely review, and hope the rest of your...More

Reviewed 15 June 2023

This is one of the best cocktail bars I've been to. The drinks menu is fun, with a fair amount of choice and the staff were happy to make me and my friends a few off-menu items too! The staff were very friendly, they took...time to explain their menu and when they had the time would chat to us about the drinks. Even when the bar got busier they still came around taking orders and drinks were delivered quickly and with a smile! One thing that i really appreciated- they made sure our water glasses were topped up as often as they could, which is great not only because we were consuming a lot of alcohol but also because of the heat. It was a Friday night so the bar did get very busy, so if you want to get a place to sit make sure you arrive early! We did make the mistake of sitting under the speaker so it did get quiet loud but honestly, the atmosphere was great and it was the perfect place for a night out.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Elliot Ball, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2023

Ohhhh, this is so very much everything we wanna hear - thanks you so much. Especially on the waters thing - that's literally the most important to us - especially in this heat, no one's drinking cocktails cos they're thirsty! So if the team are...More

Reviewed 20 February 2023 via mobile

Love this place, great drinks served in beautiful surroundings. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2023

Well this is just lovely reading. Thanks amigo - thrilled you enjoyed, and super-appreciate you taking the time to say so :)

Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

Great find. Such a lovely atmosphere. Reminded me a little of Ronnie Scott’s without the live music. Great drinks also. When I was asked what I would like to order, and because I hadn’t made my mind up I just asked for something ‘ bourbon...and sweet ‘ and the waiter was on it. All the staff were really friendly!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2023

Awesome stuff - exactly what we like to hear, and thrilled that ya enjoyed our little spot - high praise on the Roonie Scott's comparison, too! Cheers friend.

Reviewed 7 February 2023

One of the best places to relax in. The music switches up as the night goes on and the drinks are always delicious and innovative. The team is friendly and clearly talented. The concoction of liquid goodness is just too addictive! The team puts a...lot of effort into switching up the menu as often as they can (although, I am missing the American month menu, please bring it back :P) Although there is a wonderful menu, the staff is also very happy to make suggestions or mix up a drink on request. I personally love to sit by the bar and chat with the staff when they aren't too busy! This place has made our evenings in town a pleasure.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

Aw, this is just everything we wanna hear. So, so glad you've enjoyed in just the right ways, and really appreciate you popping us a lovely review :)

Reviewed 7 February 2023

One of my favourite, if not my all-time favourite cocktail bar in London. Lovely ambience, the service is some of the best I've had anywhere, top, top-quality cocktails and at £11 a pop! I don't know anywhere that does cocktails as good as they do...at that price point. Or anywhere that does cocktails as good as they do, full stop. I've been a handful of times and it never disappoints. Could not recommend enough! This time I tried the apricot cocktail, the name I forget, but that was delicious, and the Seaworld cocktail which is hands down the best cocktail I've ever had. I normally like to order diff cocktails each time to try more of the menu but I had to order the Seaworld twice it was so good. Thanks for another great eve!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

Ha, love that you enjoyed the Sea World this much - real comfort stuff, that. And I believe the one you're thinking of before is the Starry Night, but there'll be a whole new list awaiting ya in a month or so, so hopefully catch...More

Reviewed 6 February 2023 via mobile

Fabulous place really attentive staff who looked after us so well! I personally thought my espresso martini tasted a bit funny (like soap) so they took that off my bill. Delicious tom Collins too

Date of visit: February 2023
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

No worries - glad it all got sorted for ya - our pals are generally big fans of the Stimulant, but we totally get it - and we'd never want you to pay for anything that wasn't to your taste. Thanks for the review :)

Reviewed 15 January 2023 via mobile

We've been to plenty of cocktail bars in London over the last few years and this one is in the top echelons for sure. Expertly made cocktails, amazing friendly and helpful staff, nice little venue, great value for money, all cocktails 11 quid even if...they aren't on the menuMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2023

Wonderful stuff - thanks Chris! Obviously thrilled ya enjoyed in all the ways that matter - appreciate you taking the time to review, and looking forward to having ya back :)

Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

Visited here after seeing it in an article about the best lesser-known cocktail bars of London and it did not disappoint! Great atmosphere, great staff who were happy to give recommendations and explain the menu. Really funky, cool cocktails, just can’t fault the place. Oh...and the music, *chefs kiss* haven’t stopped listening to Scary Pockets since, thanks to our waiter for info on the playlist!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2023

Oh, so very pleasing. Really, we're a bar second and a centre for the spreading of the Scary Pockets gospel first... so glad you enjoyed, and hugely appreciate you saying so :)

Reviewed 2 January 2023 via mobile

Went there twice in two days- it’s rock solid, top friendly and genuine- a world class bar just without the prevention You will get a drink which will be as great and good as any you could have in Harry’s Bar, the Goring, Schumannn’s or...wherever- just none of the pretention, the fuss of the modern speakeasy or any tiki shack deco and no alcohol corpses - PERFECT Get in there peruse the menu or just ask for a daiquiri or a martini and imbibe- the staff is in the know and very helpful too if you are a novice Prices frozen at pre-pandemic level and free water too - guys this doesn’t get any any betterMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2023

Well, this is just bloody delightful - huge appreciated, my friend - and so pleased to hear we hit the mark with ya both times in quick succession. Thanks!

Reviewed 4 December 2022 via mobile

Unexpected find after a curry in Brick Lane. Interesting menu of cocktails but did any we asked for. Lovely ambience. Lovely staff. An instant favourite!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Elliot B, Owner at The Cocktail Trading Company, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2022

Awww, awesome. Just everything we wanna read - thanks friend!

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JAMKAT22
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Hey there! Yep - got tasty bar-food - awesome hot sausage rolls and scotch eggs, from a local butcher. Also giant green olives and smoked almonds for nibbles.
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Response from Elliot B | Property representative |
Yup! We knock bespoke drinks up all the time, including non-alcoholic treats, with the same amount of love :)
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Afraid not, dude! We actually have a notoriously simple pricing policy - beers and wines are all £5 and everything else (spirits, cocktails) are all £9.50, no matter what/how you have!
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