The Cocktail Trading Co.

The third Cocktail Trading Company bar serves up Wonka-level cocktails in a comfy Shoreditch den.

This new bar off Brick Lane is the Company’s second follow-up to the closed Soho original. More spacious than their year-old Smithfield branch, the new wood-panelled drinking room is two parts classy cocktail bar to one part comfortable pub, stirred with a dash of wink-wink, owl-heavy retro kitsch.

Then there are the drinks: a cocktail list two-dozen-strong at £9 apiece. A rich and gulpable espresso martini proved that they’ve got the classics in hand, but once we got to the weirder stuff, things really started to fly. The Guido Forks came whisky-rich, smoky and sour and served with a small explosion. The One In A Million was sharp and refreshing with a chilli kick and a lottery ticket. The Handy Nightcap used a frozen golf ball instead of ice. I could (and did) go on. Even the menu was a tiny treasure, pocket-sized – according to our friendly bartender – so we could take it home. Which, believe me, you’ll want to do.

With its superb booze and constant stream of icebreaking surprises, CTC could well be the best place for a first date in the whole East End. And to be fair, the music offers an inbuilt vetting system: if your partner starts tapping their foot to the Stereophonics, you know it’s time for an early night.

Note - No reservations accepted on Fridays and Saturdays.

Date Night Score

68 Bethnal Green Rd
Greater London
E1 6GQ
Sunday 1400 - 2230
Monday 1700 - 2330
Tuesday 1700 - 2330
Wednesday 1700 - 2330
Thursday 1700 - 0000
Friday 1700 - 0000
Saturday 1400 - 0000
drink // unique // cosy
early days // first date // just cos
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