Callooh Callay is a must-visit cocktail bar in the heart of Shoreditch, which boasts an award-winning array of drinks, gloriously eccentric surroundings and plenty of excitement whether it’s a Tuesday evening or a Saturday night.
Located just off Curtain Road on the cobbles of Rivington Street, Callooh Callay is right at the epicentre of Shoreditch nightlife. On entering the dark and debauched room, prepare to discover a topsy-turvy world in which the walls are made from 80s cassette tapes and vintage accessories decorate the interior. Don’t be fooled that this is all – you enter the back bar via a mirrored Narnia-esque wardrobe door at the back of the room and there’s also a secret Jubjub bar for which entry is only granted to “discerning drinkers”.
Cool and chaotic with plenty of quirky appeal, Callooh Callay ticks all the boxes if you like a little extra zing to your cocktail drinking. Staff are skilled, chatty and fun in equal measure and eager to recommend you a drink from the Pantone styled menu. Clientele range from post-work media and fashion type drinkers to couples on a date to large parties who have rented out a section of the back bar for some serious debauchery. As a result the atmosphere is thrilling and buzzing – you can’t help but have fun here.
Callooh Callay offers a limited range of bar snack-style food – choose from a trio of burgers (£10.50), which include classic beef with a fried egg, lamb and pear with mint mayo and blackbean and sweetcorn, or a ‘hot diggity dog’ (£7.50). Alternatively, if you fancy something smaller you can opt from the Picks & Nibbles menu, which includes beer battered chips, onion rings, fried and salted corn, Scotch eggs and a Russian roulette of olives (meaning there’s chillis involved), all for around the £2.50–£6 mark.
You’d be a fool not to get a cocktail here. This is what Callooh Callay does best so prepare to be blown away by the choice and quality of the offerings here. If you like your liquor strong and sexy then opt for the Eastern Belle – Woodford Reserve bourbon is shaken with China China, fresh raspberries, lime juice and maple syrup (£8.50) - but if you fancy a sweeter, fruitier option then the Electric Ladyland (£9) is both very popular and very palatable; 42 Below Passionfruit vodka with fresh tarragon, raspberries and blackberries. Other excellent options are the “French Bank”, which includes Banks rum, shaken with lime juice, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, egg white and pink peppercorns (£9.50), and the Fennelmonal (£8.50), which is light and refreshing, containing Martini Bianco with wild nettle cordial, fennel bitters and Prosecco. Alternatively, of course, there is a decent range of wine (available from £18-£30 a bottle) and a very limited beer selection, with only one Estonian beer, Viru, for £4.50 a bottle.
The Last Word
If you love your cocktails and want to go somewhere completely different for a few hours that's still just a stone’s throw from the buzzing Shoreditch night scene, then make sure you step into the wonderful world of Callooh Callay. Trust us, it’s utterly magical.