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“Cocktail Masterclass”

The Bar With No Name
Ranked #378 of 1,309 Nightlife in London
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Attended the cocktail masterclass last Saturday, running from 2pm to 4pm, cost was 40£. Approx 20 people in the room. Sadly this experience was a massive disappointment. Particularly unimpressed as the place came highly recommended during another cocktail class and reading reviews about this place being a reference in the industry.

The positives:
- 2h class
- 10 cocktails
- tasty and original drinks
- lots of info

The negatives
- format is like a university lecture, i.e. chairs facing the bar with little room for feet. Read: maximize seat capacity of the bar.
- little to no action time, as in we actually do not make the cocktails. yes, really. The barman goes through the list of 10 cocktails one by one, first by making two drinks for the public and then inviting three people in the assemble to make one for themselves.
1. We ended up tasting only a fraction of the two "assemble" drinks because the bartender was systematically giving the drinks to the same two people. Albeit at the opposite sides of the room. People were then passing it along to their neighbors and so forth but sometimes finishing up the drinks before it got to us. Quite infuriating when you think that it's passed systematically to the same two people.
2. Some people in the assemble actually didn't get the chance to make a cocktail. Such as one of my mates. Luckily for me i had a gut feeling of how this was going down so I jumped on the occasion on a cognac one. Which was delicious. Sole success of these dreadful 2 hours.
- we actually didn't finish the list. Little doing and a lot of talking, mainly about technical and scientific material you probably will never access or have due to the price.
- most of these drinks you will never be able to reproduce at home. To give an example even the barman pointed out that there was just one on the list that we could reproduce. Right, 9 out of 10 you will have go back to THIS bar in order to drink it. Provided they still serve it. The reason is due to aromas or rare liqueurs which they are the only ones to create.
- your a constantly pitched for other colebrook classes.. making it a very intense 2h brainwash about 69 colebrook

Overall i think this class is dedicated to afectionados of 69 colebrook or advanced bar tenders who want to expand their knowledge and skill set by a "lecture" into a novel way of producing cocktails.
This is not the right formula if:
- you want to learn bar man techniques and something you can bring back home to entertain your guests at a diner party
- or spend a afternoon having a laugh making drinks
So, for a tasting as this was mainly it, at 40£ i would probably have had a quite better sample at a decent cocktail bar

1  Thank Emmanuel M
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Second time I've been here and it never fails to impress.

Make sure you book ahead as tables and space are at a premium, many groups were being turned away who had not made a reservation, the place is tiny.

Some of the cocktail creations really do stand out, you must try the Prairie Oyster, with its tomato yolk, and the Grande El Presidente was amazing.

Lots to choose from and after two or three you'll leave happy!

Thank Pauly-london
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Oh my. Simply fantastic tastes, quirky, original and unexpected.

Never having been here before, I ordered a Martini (not listed on the menu but a cocktail bar is hardly likely to refuse) which was well done. My second drink was an Avignon which was fantastic and savoured down to the last sip. My friend had a Terroir which was so good he ordered a second without hesitation. The food, well let's call them them canapés, was also really well done with consideration given to looks, textures and flavours.

The place is down a side street and quite small but this helped generate an atmosphere of intimacy once it started to fill up.

The only warning is the price. £60 for a total of four cocktails and five sides isn't the cheapest. However, the sensory treats were well worth it.

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

Original and experimental flavours. Tiny space but book in advance. Service was fantastic and knowledgable.

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Reviewed 19 November 2013

On a recent visit to our son in Islington we were treated to cocktails at this great little venue. His girlfriend pre-booked which is advisable. Not very big, bit like stepping off the street into someone's front room, but full of atmosphere. Feeling of Prohibition days with great in the mood music playing. The waiter was very attentive and helpful, with detailed explanations of how everything was made and prepared. We were treated to complimentary Prairie Oysters, and olives, ham and parmesan cheese to nibble. After a couple of hours we left very happy having tasted quite a range of cocktails between us. My favourite, Sirocco made with vodka which wasn't on the menu that night but the waiter recommended after a quick chat about what I liked. Superb, will definitely book to go back.

Thank Pete C
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