Say aloha to island vibes at Laki Kane.
Having collectively suffered through lockdowns and a spell of torrid weather, we all deserve a little break. Perhaps somewhere tropical, with drinks in hand, and a cooling sea breeze wafting through? If you’re willing to forgo the sea breeze, then we’re happy to proffer Laki Kane as a destination. A lively part of the wonderful Upper Street, this tropical paradise is about as close to Hawaii as you can get on the Piccadilly line. And, each Saturday and Sunday, you could be part of a learning a wonderful new craft: the art of of making tropical cocktails. Or, you know, just a rum tasting experience–that’s the easiest option, after all!
It’s 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.
Dive into a Granadilla Collins, or grab some pals for one of Laki Kane’s huge sharing cocktails. Moreover, you could even indulge in one of their cocktail-making masterclasses or boozy rum-tasting sessions. Brush up on the mechanics of creating your own rum; learn how to whack up your favourite tropical cocktails; or knock back the rum cocktails to celebrate the return of indoor drinking. Each experience also guarantees you some free goodies, from bottles of rum to free prosecco to complimentary cocktails.
Laki Kane has built a reputation through their eye-catching decor: palm print wallpaper, bamboo, and lush tropical flowers populate the bar, and tiki glasses are the vessel of choice for drinks. Even the bathroom sinks are pretty luxe, taking the form of carved wooden bowls. Surely, you couldn’t find a more apt location for a cocktail-making masterclass or a lively night tasting rum?
Photo: @lakikaneIf you’re peckish, fret not: the Kane gang offer a snackable menu of Asian cuisine. Dumplings, spring rolls, satay skewers and steamed scallops all feature, along with oysters, from time to time.
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.