Halloween weekend is creeping round the corner and while the usual festivities and parties may be cancelled, you can still spook yourselves silly sampling some of London’s most haunting cocktails.
From concoctions curdled up some of the world’s best deceased bartenders to cocktails served with a side of eyeballs and spiders, here are the best spooky cocktails to try this Halloween season.
Fancy smooching a vampire this Halloween night? Paddington’s Smith’s Bar & Grill have the perfect, albeit rather haunting, remedy for you with their Vampire Kiss martini, made up of vodka, Prosecco, lime, blackcurrant, Chambord and raspberry liqueur.
The thrills needn’t stop there either. They’ve got two other Halloween inspired cocktails on offer too, including the Deadly Poison, a combination of Havana rum, lychee, pumpkin syrup and chilli, and the JACK-O-LANTERN, made of Cognac, Grand Marnier, orange juice and ginger ale. Yum.
Available Monday 26th – Saturday 31st October
25 Sheldon Square, Paddington W2 6EY
Trick or treat yourself to some ghoulish fun this Halloween week when you and your plus one book into COYA Mayfair.
Be led astray and order in a round of their special Cardinal Sins cocktail, a haunting mix of black pepper and turmeric tequila, citrus, agave, ginger ale, herbs, clarified coconut milk, and topped with blood red yukary juice that’ll trickle down in the demonic fashion.
Don’t let the jump scares stop there. Guests are invited to tuck into their Halloween inspired Ceviche Platter, including Lubina y Calabaza with pumpkin, sea bass, aji amarillo and sweet potatoes, and Mixto with octopus, squid, sea bream, mussels, aji limo and ink.
Their legendary brunch extravaganza has also been given a spooky makeover if you’re after something extra extravagant. You’d be foolish not to try it.
Available Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November
118 Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 7NW
Not a restaurant to do things by halves, Sexy fish is giving their new launched Fantasy Brunch series a Halloween makeover.
Running on Saturday 31st October, the Mayfair haunt will be transformed into a spooky scene abrim with dark fantasy inspired dancers and entertainers, as well as a selection of frightening cocktails, in collaboration with The House of Suntory. Brunch classics will be available, including the tempting tuna and truffle sandwich with miso. DJ Mark Knight will be pumping out the haunting tunes throughout the day.
Saturday 31st October
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair W1J 6BR
The bartending whizz’s at the Double Standard bar at The Standard KX have launched a menu of specially-curated cocktails, made to the specifications of some of the world’s best deceased bartenders. From Ada Coleman (1875-1966) to Ernest Gantt aka Don the Beachcomber (1907-1989), who created the Zombie cocktail, each has been contacted through a medium to unlock their long lost concoctions they took to their graves.
With tighter restrictions and London now in Tier 2, book in for a socially distanced table at Bermondsey’s Vinegar Yard and celebrate Halloween with your closest five fiends.
This month the space has been dressed with Day of the Dead decorations and has been transformed into a warm, covered venue for the season. To coincide with the spooky season, there’s several haunting cocktails on offer, from Dr Bramblestein (Bombay Bramble Gin and Coke Zero), Schpooky Tales (Bacardi Spiced and Canada Dry Ginger Ale), Bee Witched (Patron Silver Tequila and Schweppes Light Tonic), and From Dusk Till Dawn (42 Below Vodka and Fanta).
72-82 St Thomas Street, Bermondsey SE1 3QX
Halloween is coming crawling this October at Gillray’s, with the arrival of their exclusive spooky cocktail, the Penicillin. It’s a classic whisky-based cocktail, made with Kings Ginger, honey and lemon juice. Served with a side of spiders, maybe.
With a backdrop overlooking the Thames and iconic London sites, you’d be a fool not to book in and try out their Halloween exclusive.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7PB
With a venue space bursting with aerialists, fire-breathers and contortionists, Covent Garden’s cabaret restaurant, Circus is the perfect spot to spook yourselves silly this Halloween.
Pop on your best spooktacular costume and order in a round of their Halloween cocktails, the Death Defying, a mix of mezcal, Yuzushu Sake Liquor, ginger and cardamom reduction. It’s sure to add some spice into your Halloween.
27-29 Endell Street, West End WC2H 9BA