You can soon step through the veil into the spirit realm, cocktail in hand, on this unearthly experience run by the descendants of Ichabod Crane. A four-part interactive cocktail journey, Haunted Tavern will float into the historic railway arch rooms of Kachette on the weekend of July 13. The former Shoreditch station ticket hall turned popular events venue is centuries old, so you can be sure there’ll be some ghosts hanging about, ready to tell tall tales of unfortunate happenings that have occurred on London’s labyrinthine streets. Gulp down some liquid courage, open your mind and prepare for spooky surprises.
What can you expect at the Haunted Tavern cocktail experience?
The experience has three timings to choose from each day, 6 pm, 8 pm or, for the night owls among you, 10 pm. So you can have your pick of pre-dinner paranormal fun or finish the night in spectral-ular fashion. Over the course of 90 minutes, you’ll embark on an interactive journey under the guidance of the tavern keeper, listening to chilling stories about the ghostly past of the venue as you sip a variety of themed cocktails.
And what tempting tipples will you delight in, you may wonder? The Doctor’s Orders, a creamy concoction of cake-flavoured vodka, Irish cream and a strawberry puree-filled syringe is, well, just what the doctor ordered. There’s the tastebud-tantalising Crimson Gemini, a blend of freshly squeezed lemonade, cucumber-infused vodka, mint syrup and hibiscus flowers and, the signature drink, a radioactive-green Tavern Martini, that despite its acidic appearance goes down a sweet treat. The recipe is a closely-guarded secret, but let’s just say you’ll like it a choco-lot. Plus, there’s the fiendishly fruity Final Encore with pineapple juice, fresh orange juice, coconut rum and cherry – even the dead can’t resist the tropical taste.
All of this will unfold behind the swirling black filigree gates of Kachette. Dating back to 1865, the storied Victorian-era brickwork, authentic train station clock and arched ceilings of the events venue sets the scene perfectly for a trip into the unknown. Whether you have a penchant for the paranormal, a craving for cocktails or are simply looking for a unique way to spend an evening, Haunted Tavern: A Dark Pop-Up Cocktail Experience will be sure to provide a night to remember. Just be warned, there may be some ghostly guests sitting in on the experience and they have perfected the art of a good jump scare.