Say aloha to island vibes at Laki Kane.
Having collectively suffered and sweated through a punishing heatwave, 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. The newest addition to the wonderful Upper Street, this tropical paradise is about as close to Hawaii as you can get on the Piccadilly line.
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. Octopussy – made with Bacardi, maple syrup, and grapefruit juice – is a strong option, as is the massive Angel’s Share, which, £95 later, you can top up with your own bottle of champagne.
As with pretty much any new bar opening in 2018, Laki Kane sports some 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. They’ve even got an in-house rum club upstairs, in which you can bottle your own unique rum.
If 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.
Location: 144-145 Upper Street, N1 1QY. Nearest stations are Highbury & Islington and Angel. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 4:30pm-12:30am (Mon-Wed), 4:30pm-1:30am (Thu), 2:30pm-2:30am (Fri), 12:30pm-2:30am (Sat), 12:30pm-1:30am (Sun).
Price: cocktails start from £10.
More information: on their website.
Featured image: @lakikane