Because I am a vintage kind of girl passionate about anything 70's themed , when the Canvas Bar in Shoreditch came on to my radar - it was just a question of time & hardy drinking partner, before popping in for a try!!The venue is sophisticated yet vintage, merging upcycled pieces with industrial elements, yes my kind of place - in the heart of East London.
We dived straight in and ordered the ‘Smoked Old Fashioned’ and ‘Pink Diamond’ part of four cocktails under the heading 'BRAVE'' - and my Gosh brave it was!
The Smoked Old Fashioned contained cinnamon infused wild Turkey 81 Bourbon, stirred with angostura bitters, smoked with dried orange zest, black pepper, dry lavender flowers and spices. The smoke along with all those goodies, was presented in a separate bottle alongside the Bourbon, the waiter advised us if we wanted the cocktail to be sweet, then pour the smoke in almost immediately, if you didn't then let the smoke rest in the bottle for a while, which allows the smoke to get a lot more smoky, giving you a completely different taste, smoky and more bitter (transforming into a MAN'S drink!). I loved that you had the option.
The ‘Pink Diamond’ was next off the ‘Brave’ list” Classic vodka our shaken with dried hibiscus, fresh lemon juice and egg white, YES egg white… but really it was used for garnishing along with the dried hibiscus, which we found very tasty, I much preferred this version of the Classic vodka sour, Hats off to the Mixologist!
A couple of drinks later .... yep we stopped counting !!! We managed a chat with the bar manager to find out what's new at the Canvas Bar, and were very excited to hear about the industry night, every Monday. It’s a night for like minded industry professionals, artists and hospitality entrepreneurs. This loyalty card gets you 40% off the cocktail menu, plus you get to network with other creatives. The membership also entitles you to 20% off from Tuesday – Sunday between 4-8pm.
If Monday nights are a NO NO NO, because you're still recovering after the weekend,- book yourself into one of their cocktail masterclasses everyday from 4pm – 7pm, - because you know nothing beats pulling out THAT party trick at a dinner party.
photographs by Nyla Sammons