Where would be without art? Just a quick trip to a gallery can trigger pretty much any feeling you could name: happiness, despair, elation, anger, or even hunger or thirst (read: Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans”).
If you’ve ever fallen into that last category, then this new London pop-up may just be for you. How often will you actually be allowed to drink the artwork you’ve come to gaze at?
Bonus points if you’re favourite drink is rum, as that’s what you’ll be sipping thanks to The Kraken, though we hear Long John Silver hasn’t RSVP’d just yet.
The Kraken Rum has joined forces with world-renowned comic book artist Brian Williamson to deliver stunning artworks on top of their signature ‘Espresso Rumtinis’. The craze of the more recognised Espresso Martini is very much alive in London, so this should pique the interest of anyone hoping to taste a piece of delicious art/tipple.
The three pop-ups (first in London on May 28, then in Leeds and Birmingham) celebrates the release of the new flavoured The Kraken Roast Coffee, a blend of spiced Caribbean rum and Arabica bean coffee. Each ‘Espresso Artini’, coming alive when Williamson adds his magic to Espresso Rumtinis, tells a tale of the Kraken Roast Coffee’s creation.
Anyone with an interest in rum/art/martinis/all of the above can wander in between midday and 12pm, and gaze upon the bespoke Kraken art which includes 100 drinkable forms and a plethora of the more conventional, – but alas – inedible pieces. Should you wish to taste an Espresso Artini, you’ll need to attend the ticketed party from 7-11am, where guests can exchange a golden coin for a piece of drinkable art.
Budding artists can even book themselves into a masterclass during the day with coffee artist Ben Lewis, where guests paint their own cocktails. And, before you ask: yes, you will be to enjoy your drinks at the end of the class.
At the pop-up, you’ll also find a Kraken bar serving up crafty concoctions with their new blend, as well as offering enough classic spiced-rums-with-ginger-beer to go around.
Find the pop-up at 59 Greek Street, W1D 3DZ (nearest station is Tottenham Court Road) on May 28. Book your tickets to the evening party and cocktail making masterclass here.