Prison-inspired cocktail bar to open in London

29th August, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

A pop-up cocktail bar inspired by prison life will open in London over the winter months, called Alcotraz.

Alcotraz will open on Brick Lane at the end of next month

Launching on 28 September for three months, Alcotraz aims to “replicate the eerie atmosphere and mystery associated with prison life”, serving an array of cocktails using spirits that have been “smuggled in”.

Based at 212 Brick Lane, the bar is named after Alcatraz – the infamous prison based on an island off the coast of San Francisco that operated from 1934-1963.

It will be able to cater up to 30 guests (or inmates) at a time. Once inside, guests will be led to cells or visitation areas to enjoy their drinks, which will be served in discreet containers to “avoid getting caught by the warden”. No menu will be provided as drinks will be bespoke according to what spirits guests have supplied.

“Whilst being a hugely fun experience, Alcotraz will allow visitors to experience a world only seen by most in fiction,” said Sam Shearman, founder of Inventive Productions and creator of Alcotraz.

Tickets to Alcotraz cost £30 and include four cocktails made from a guest’s drink of choice, plus 1.45 hours inside the bar, which will be open Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-11pm.

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