One question that we often get asked is ‘Where should I go if I want a more unusual cocktail bar?’ and one of the first places that springs to mind is the Cocktail Trading Company. Run by three friends, Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball, the bar first opened in Soho and served up unique cocktails in equally unique ways such as serving cocktails alongside plastic toys hidden in tins.
Since then they have had success with their second Cocktail Trading Company in Smithfields and Her Majesty’s Secret Service in Bristol. Now they are moving from their Soho base and heading to Brick Lane to open their permanent flagship bar.
Being cocktail experts means they have a lot of spirits and we mean, a lot. In fact they have a 400 strong back bar and focus in unusual and rare spirits including German whisky, cola liquer and even a bottle of 1800’s Buchi Leaf Gin. The bar will also be home to an in-house distillery where they’ll be making up their own bespoke spirits which will then be used in their cocktails.
Served in obscure vessels the Rum Forrest Rum made from Aged Colombian rum, chinotto wine, tabacco and rose essence will be served as giant sweet with profits going to a Colombian orphanage charity. APairOTeef is described as a bit of zinger, served as if it were a glass that held your Granny’s teeth… That might not conjure up the best image, but go with it because it includes Pisco, cardamom-pear infusion, white balsamic and sparkling wine – and we’re pretty sure it’s going to taste great.
During the day, they’ll be opening the doors to their Bar School and welcoming cocktail enthusiasts and mixologists alike. Commercial and residential training will be provided and pupils will learn the tricks of the trade, whipping up some of the bar’s signature drinks. Maybe going back to school wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all?
The Cocktail Trading Company Brick Lane: Opens end of January, 68 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GQ,