"Looking Glass is an impressive cocktail lovers den"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
What with the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Looking Glass must be having a bit of a moment. A Shoreditch ‘speakeasy’, this is a bar that succeeds on surface but has more to it than its chic ramshackle arrangement.
Catering towards what we’ll call ‘the shoreditch crowd’, Looking Glass is an impressive cocktail lovers den. Out of sight but on the mind, it even has its own mixing laboratory hidden away below it. Drinks here are serious and should you fail to be turned on by the current Alice themed cocktail almanac, the bar staff can help you off menu. Not that finding something tasty should be a problem. As fans of Manhattans, we drank the Nobody’s Perfect, which was a mix of calvados, homemade vermouth and barrel-aged sherry that pulled off the twist on the classic that we were promised. Drinks are priced at around £10 a cocktail, which certainly puts the bar at the top end of Shoreditch cocktail bars in a bracket with the nearby Ace Hotel, Nightjar and Happiness Forgets.
Live jazz, film screenings and altogether saucier entertainment can sometimes be found in a secret room accessed through a swinging mirror, which makes Looking Glass an attractive proposition if you’re after more than just fine cocktails.
Some might find that it all feels like it’s trying a bit too hard, and while we can see that, we’d respond by saying that we’d rather see a bar like Looking Glass that works hard for your custom than those that take your willingness to pay £12 a cocktail for granted. Having stumbled on the bar in the early hours of a Saturday night, we can only salute the Looking Glass for offering a decent spot for sipping drinks and watching the clock get later and later…
T.A.O reviewed Looking Glass Cocktail Club on Thu 06 Aug 2015Review disclosure: reviewed anonymously