There’s an old adage that says you can’t have your cake and eat it too. And I, for one, always took umbrage with it. What if I had two slices of the cake and ate one – would I not then have my cake and eat it too? Anyway, that’s all besides the point, but it does illustrate part of the guiding principle behind Laki Kane’s delightful tropical escape cocktail bar.
At Laki Kane, guests are invited to enjoy more than just the drinks and to get hands-on in a variety of tastings, workshops, and classes. But there’s also plenty of partying and good vibes! At Laki Kane, you can have your rum and drink it too (and make it too, and taste it too…).
But first, let’s give you a run-down on the bar itself. Nestled alongside the street, almost halfway between Highbury & Islington and Angel stations, you’ll find the unassuming entrance to Laki Kane. It’s not a particularly hole-in-the-wall entrance, but it does belie the incredible tropical escape and festivities that await inside.
Billing itself as “Paradise in the heart of Islington”, Laki Kane is about as close to Hawai’i as you can get on the Piccadilly Line! The décor is very ‘tiki, but make it London’ with an air of sophistication running throughout. Green and gold features accent palm print wallpaper, bamboo, and lush tropical flowers, while tiki glasses are, naturally, the vessel of choice for drinks.
Guests can enjoy award-winning signature cocktails as well as delicious food from their Thai restaurant. And a night of fun stretches out in front of you thanks to plenty of Polynesian party vibes, dazzling live entertainment from fire and burlesque dancers, and magicians, and beats straight from the tropics. There’s also a weekend Tiki Brunch, for those who want to get the party started early, with bottomless cocktails and tasty Thai food.
It should be stressed that the drinks at Laki Kane are a far cry from the hackneyed tiki bars of old, as Laki Kane’s mixologists have gone all in on authenticity. Every cocktail is created from a range of artisanal rums, flavoured with sugar cane syrups and fresh fruit. In fact, they’re entirely free from refined sugar, which means these cocktails are almost good for you.
And that Thai food we mentioned? You can nab a two-course meal from them for just £18pp on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We love an affordable meal at Secret London!
Experiences at Laki Kane
With all that Laki Kane has going on through the week, you’d think they’d be content to party it up every night. But instead, they also offer some incredible experiences that give you hands-on knowledge of the drinks themselves. You can shake things up in a Tropical Cocktail Masterclass, or try your hand at a Rum Tasting of seven different rums. Or for the truly rum-crazy, you can even make your very own bottle of rum in Laki Kane’s distillery. Along the way you’ll learn about (and taste) the wide world of rum, enjoy complimentary cocktails, and more. It’s a truly spirited affair!
Laki Kane is Polynesian for ‘lucky person’, and we must admit it’s a pretty apt name. Head along for your next night out, you laki thing!
Also published on Medium.