The link between food and science isn’t a particularly new trend but it does seem to have picked up pace over the past few months; you’ve got Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy 2, steaming nitrogen ice cream from Chin Chin Labs and Bompass and Parr, whose love of a boiler suit stood strong with their Propercorn Institute of Flavour collaboration at the start of summer. The wonderful world of test tubes and mysterious nameless liquids continues, and you can drink them. Oh and did we mention it’s based on Breaking Bad?
Informally titled ‘the crystal ship’, the Hackney immersive bar experience invites Breaking Bad fans (as well as Heisenberg novices) to cook up cocktails in a pretty identical version of Walt and Jesse’s RV, minus the dodgy curtains and illegal activity. Following recipes and with the guidance of mixologists/actors/chemists (whatever you want to call them), each guest will make their own cocktail via a process our GCSE Chemistry teacher would be proud of – you’ll never see grinding, sieving and whisking in the same way again. It’s immersive, fun and much more interesting than your standard bar. If only science was always this fun.
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Fran can be found sipping espresso martinis by night and, by day, on the hunt for London's best brunch. Bonus points for a runny yolk and the perfect flat white.