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BYOC (Bring Your Own Cocktail) is a unique venue where you bring your own base spirit and the bartenders will create a cocktail using your bottle tailored to your tastes.

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Opening Hours
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MON

CLOSED

TUE

18:00 - 00:00

WED

18:00 - 00:00

THU

18:00 - 00:00

FRI

18:00 - 00:00

SAT

18:00 - 00:00

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By Mary G.

We came for me husbands birthday and LOVED it! The mixologist was sensational, even made a special birthday cocktail and every drink we had was better than the one before! Would highly recommend


By Penny S.

Thoroughly enjoyed our cocktail experience delivered by an experienced and knowledgable mixologist.A thoroughly enjoyable experience and we raved about the flavours all the way home! We particularly enjoyed the personal touches such as asking us our favourite flavours and coming up with a special cocktail for our preferences such as honey and ginger.


By James R.

I wish there was an option for 0 stars. The entire experience was just awful. It took months to book to get in, with the worst handling of email reservations I have ever encountered. Finding the place is hard, but that can be quite fun. Rude staff on arrival definitely wasn't that much fun (we were 5 mins late because we couldn't spot the door). Then we paid our money and were shown downstairs. Beautiful "bar", albeit a bit small. For a novel idea it is so badly executed I can't even begin to explain all the things that were wrong with service. The bartender knew very little, had very small creativity, and this was after he eventually made it around the room... 18 guests is not a lot. But without apology he lumbered his little trolley over and attempted to make drinks from our tequila that were just disastrous. So bad was this experience we asked for a refund. This did not go down well. Complete waste of money. Do not go.


By Lucy C.

Terrible service... It's a shame to give this place a bad review, as the concept is quite charming...however, this is not enough to make up for the staff. Normally this wouldn't be a deal breaker but as you are in a very small confined space with the bar tender it's crucial. The person we had was very rude and dismissive. We had 3 drinks whilst we were there - so in two hours we paid £80.00 between four just as cover charge - brought our own alcohol (obviously) and were given a total of 3 drinks each...you are then expected to tip the bar tender- for what I have no idea and I'm not quite sure what the £20 per person cover charge is for?! A previous review I read stated you were given snacks also- the only thing they offered were nuts and olives which you had to pay for. This place is nice as a novelty, but don't expect any kind of customer service or value for money- shame.


By Boros H.

Man I live this place! Visited for my friend's birthday and was blown away by the skill of bar tenders (why do people insist on calling them mixologists?). It is very refreshing to be served by someone who doesn't rely on a receipt to make a drink!


By Tien P.

Perhaps the experience would have been great on the night that Richard attended as the two owners both acted as bartenders and they were given special attention. However when I went, there was only 1 bartender divided between 20 people. Meaning that at best, you would only expect one cocktail an hour making each cocktail costing £10 not including the alcohol you have to buy! To be frank, the service was amateurish with the bartender looking slightly sweaty and ruffled (not the smooth, professional bartender I was hoping for). The people on our table had not left by our start time, so we waited in the juice bar for 15 minutes after a lot of confusion and by the time we sat down, it was 30 minutes into our 2 hour time slot. The bartender then proceeded to serve the neighbouring two tables before greeting us. There are so many great speakeasy/prohibition bars in London where cocktails cost £10 and you don't have to pay for your own alcohol for the privilege, this bar just seems to too gimmicky. I hope people end up realising this soon.


By Laura R.

It’s easy to screw your face up at the thought of BYOC (Bring Your Own Cocktail). After all, this new speakeasy charges £20 per head for two hours and for the privilege of bringing your own bottle of spirit to the bar. But once you get stuck into those cocktails and get all misty-eyed to a gramophone soundtrack, you may very well drown out all that scepticism.

The Venue
BYOC is on Covent Garden’s Bedfordbury Street, ideally placed near to a late-night Tesco Metro for those who haven’t forward-planned (the supermarket chain is likely rubbing its hands together now). You wouldn’t necessarily know BYOC was here, though. Step inside the Juice Club, ask about your reservation and all will be revealed as a door to the rear unveils a narrow set of stairs into the almost-pitch black. Downstairs is a tiny room illuminated by candlelight alone, and guests already on the liquor will turn their heads to you as you arrive, since the room is so small and secretive, you’re practically intruding.

This basement has enough room for up to 18 people, with reservations taken for parties of up to four, but even so, the room can feel quite cosy when at full capacity. Since it’s so dark down here, decoration is kept to a minimum, although a few artefacts and antiques keep things on theme. The toilet probably provides most visual appeal since (luckily) you’re not kept in the dark here – the walls are made from black chalkboard and you’re encouraged to scrawl a message while visiting. The main focus, however, is on the mystical drinks trolley; an antique found from the Netherlands and brought to BYOC to help craft cocktails at each table. It’s even paid homage to in the wallpaper on the stairwell, which carries its silhouette in gold.

The Atmosphere
Without a licence to sell alcohol, this is a pretty genuine speakeasy by 2013 standards. To maximise on the speakeasy spirit, a gramophone – which actually functions on the soundwaves from an iPad – plays the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, incense is burned for a smoky effect, and the bartender (or ‘trolleytender’, perhaps) is dressed in a formal black and white uniform. Said bartender and co-owner, Dan Thompson (also general manager at much-famed Soho speakeasy Milk & Honey), is enthusiastic and swift as he works his way around the room and gets conversation going between groups. It’s best to take this policy, too – strike up a conversation with your neighbour and you can exchange on booze and further enhance your cocktail options. Before you know it, the whole room is in negotiation.

Although many arrive with a bottle of booze and perhaps a closed mind, most leave feeling pretty tipsy and open to the prospect of a BYO bar actually working. Granted you’re paying £20 for two hours as well as covering the cost of liquor, but you’ll be very surprised by just how many cocktails you can squeeze in, if a challenge is your kind of thing. There’s already legend of a pair of girls polishing off a bottle of vodka in one sitting, and that’s just in week one of opening.

The Food
In the name of sobriety, a neat little platter of tasty snacks is placed on each table and kept steadily replenished – think crackers, olives, figs, continental meats and cheeses.

The Drink
Where the night takes you is really your choice at BYOC. Come armed with an artillery of spirits, opt for a more unusual liqueur for a challenge or play it safe with an obvious bottle of all-rounder booze. Opting for a gin, for example, would put you in good stead – with this Dan creates drinks according to your personal tastes, using his textbook knowledge of cocktails and the stock of his trolley alone. A refreshing mix of cucumber, mint, and fruits starts things off gently, a more potent cherry-flavoured concoction resembles an Old Fashioned, fresh fruit is used to make a berry Gin Fizz and ginger beer and limes come into play in a refreshing long drink – the options are endless and all taste sublime. Syrups, fresh fruits, a few mixers and some cocktail onions are just a handful of options on stand-by on the trolley. Get talking to the table next to you and you’ve really got a party going.

The Last Word
Reserve yourself a spot in this thoroughly authentic speakeasy, and fast. It provides a wholly original – and surprisingly affordable – drinking experience that is fun and totally tailored to your tastes and tolerance levels. Just watch those stairs on the way out.

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