Monday, 8 June 2015

Joyeux Bordel

A Happy Mess

I've found my late night haven. Joyfully it's in the form of the ECC's newest member, Joyeux Bordel and is open till the delightfully early hours of the morning.

You'll be welcomed down the darkened stairway by my favourite cravat wearing, nonsense talking character of the moment, Benjamin .. I jest, it's only a small dose of nonsense but all the best people have it! I digress. This candlelit, basement cocktail bar has all the makings of your home away from home. 

Velvet seating to envelope you for the night, a DJ who plays all your favourite tunes and if you feel like propping up the bar (don't take my seat please), the wonderful bartender Adrien Russotto will find you your very own little tiny glass and fill it with delicious vermouths and other concoctions (ok, the tiny glass might be small person specific).

If you've ever visited Helsinki, or have a passion for Finland, Rameses is your man. Waving the flag for Berlin is the lovely Sabrina and don't leave without tipping your proverbial hat at the other beauties at the bar, Joshua and Florian.

The masterful cocktail list looks something like this:

Bric-A-Brac - Yellow Chartreuse, Lillet Blanc, Elderflower Cordial, Pepper Mix, Sage, Lemon & Champagne - £10

Picotin - Lemon, Aquavit OP Anderson, Suze, Cocchi Americano, Luxardo Maraschino - £10

Black Beard - Appleton 7, Smith & Cross Rum, Homemade Falernum, Aperol, Fernet Branca, Grapefruit Zest - £11

É Nossa - Cachaca Yaguara, Lime, Sugar, Peychauds & Peach Bitters, Ginger Ale - £11

Saint Germain Des Prés - Hendricks Gin, St.Germain, Lime Juice, Elderflower Cordial, Egg White, Spiced Tincture, Cucumber Juice - £10.50

Tommy's Cut - Vida Mezcal, Agave, Lime, Sweet Vermouth, Pink Grapefruit - £10.50

Jolly Mess - Vulson White Rhino Rye, Eaux de vie de Poire, Antica Formula, Cardamom Syrup, Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur - £10.50

Softly Softly - Suze, Dolin Dry, Hendricks Gin, Chilli Thai Tincture, Olive - £9.50

Sparrows Can't Sing - Madras-infused Vodka, Applejack, Strega, Lemon, Vanilla Syrup, Simple Syrup, Coriander - £9.50

Something Italian - Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Cynar, Amaro Ciociaro, Lime, Ginger, Soda - £10

Another favourable addition is the option of food. Charcuterie boards are probably a welcome suggestion to accompany the boozy cocktails being whisked around the room. At some point I'll arrive before 11 and take advantage of this!

Isn't it just wonderful when a place you love has opening times like this ..
Monday - Wednesday: 6pm - 2am
Thursday - Saturday: 6pm - 3am
Sunday: 6pm – midnight

To reserve your seat at this new east London super spot, drop an email to and then don't go without me!


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