Yo b*tch! The much lauded molecular cocktail experience is back in Hackney and we can’t wait to start cooking. (Cocktails rather than crystal meth, of course, if that needs clarifying). The Breaking Bad cocktail bar experience, which is obviously based in an RV truck, has had a complete overhaul following multiple guises over the years. They’ve opened up a lab area besides the RV for extra people to cook up the products, and added a Funhouse experience around the whole affair. You may be heading down to experience the ABQ cocktail-making experience, but you’ll definitely stick around for everything else the space has to offer – or just for more drinks!
The Breaking Bad experience
Pop on a yellow hazmat suit in true Heisenberg style and follow instructions to make two cocktails using real molecular mixology techniques. You’ll get a welcome cocktail upon arrival, before being split up into groups of four. Within those groups you’ll have to follow instructions closely as you cook up “The Pinkman” and then “The Heinsenberg“. Grab your shakers, pop on the hazmats, and get to cooking… These drinks are gonna be so good, science yeah!
Reviews for the Breaking Bad cocktail bar are booming and patrons have been particularly impressed by the attention to detail that the creators have put in to make it a truly authentic experience. And that experience has now been given a complete overhaul to make it even more engaging and fun. You’ll be fully immersed from start to finish. Who’d have thought you could have so much fun wearing a hazmat, messing about with acids and alcohol?
The Hackney Funhouse
With their new overhaul, now entering the ABQ 4.0 phase of their experience, the space around it has been transformed into the Hackney Funhouse: an “adult playground with two floors of food, drinks and fun”. They’ve got sourdough pizza from Saint Pizzeria to keep you fed while the good vibes roll on. They’ve got vegan and gluten free options so no one misses out on the pizza-y goodness, and you can even order more cocktails from ABQ (without having to make them this time!).
There’s also a secret Latin cocktail joint hidden above the whole affair, Salamanca. The story goes that in 2008 Hector Salamanca (remember him? *shudders*) visited London and set up a hidden cartel den. Well, now it’s being opened up to the world, away from prying eyes, above the Breaking Bad bar. There you can sip at cocktails like the Cartel Sling – with gin, Benedictine DOM liqueur, pineapple, lime, and grenadine – and the eponymous The Salamanca, which mixes up rum, mezcal, lime, mint and soda. The hidden bar also has tacos and nachos to munch on – no doubt much needed after the hard work of making cocktails!
This isn’t ABQ’s first rodeo, as they’ve been refining their experience over the past seven years of operation. They first launched on a temporary basis back in July 2015 and had 42,000 people fighting over tickets. Following that it popped over to Paris for a three-month sell-out stint, before returning in pop-up form to London once more. A semi-permanent home was then found for the immersive Breaking Bad bar on Hackney’s Bohemia Place. With the unveiling of the Hackney Funhouse in its new guise, ABQ now has a permanent home.
Where is the Breaking Bad bar?
Hackney is where you’ll want to head to find it. The easiest way to get there? Just jump on the Overground and hop off at Hackney Central, where you can simply cross the road and head down Bohemia Place. The street also plays host to a plethora of other drinking options. Craft beer fans will be in heaven with the selection of taprooms and breweries. But don’t get distracted; forge on and live out your cocktail-oriented Breaking Bad dreams! It’s just a short stroll down Bohemia Place to number 18, where you’ll find ABQ tucked away inside the Hackney Funhouse. There’s no missing that RV!
£38 gets you an hour and 45 minutes in the RV or the adjacent Lab. This includes a welcome cocktail and the creation of two cocktails. You’re also welcome to turn up early, and stay late, enjoying the space and cocktails. So, make your booking and get to cooking (shameful rhyme, apologies). It’s better than re-watching Breaking Bad again!