When the only way to book a table is by texting a number on their website, you know Lounge Bohemia is going to be fun! So that's exactly what I did, one Saturday morning a month or so I go I text this number (that's all you'll find on their website) and managed to book a table for that night - based in Shoreditch this Polish cocktail bar is a bit of a struggle to find. Near to box park, in between a bar and a desolate shop you'll just about see the Lounge Bohemia sign in the doorway, make your way down the winding stairs and into the basement and you've finally made it to the land of extraordinary cocktails. The decor is very 1960/70s, from the funky lighting to the green sofa I managed to plonk myself on - when you get taken to your table (you may be sharing with other people but that turns out to be quite fun) you're given a piece of Polish literature, bowl of popcorn and some water...then the fun can begin...
That book you're been given is filled with a huge list of unusual cocktails, you won't find a Sex on the Beach or Strawberry Mojito in here my friend, and the choice is almost too much to handle. The first drink I order is called Lounge Bohemia Breakfast, and that's exactly how it comes - with a piece of toast and an egg that the waitress gentle 'cracks' for you (obviously it's not a real egg) into your egg cup. The Advacaat-based drink is strong, I mean it's a Polish bar so what did I expect? But, it tastes amazing and the whole process of the waitress cracking the egg really adds to the story that she tells about the cocktail. My second cocktail was more fruity, similar looking to a Cosmopolitan but obviously not that simple, The Queen of Hearts drink comes with a single white heart sweet and strong clear liquor in the glass - dip the heart in the glass and with the paintbrush you've been given paint it red. The heart dissolves and your drink turns red - just like the Queen of Hearts!
For my final cocktail my friend and I decided to pick one to share, so went for Mad Hatter's Tea Party - a sweet drink that comes in a retro tea set, and when you pour the drink out, out comes real flower petals as well. While the cocktail pricing is quite expensive and the quantity you get isn't huge, the liquor they use is amazing and strong so you really don't need that much anyway. I would definitely recommend it if you're in London - but it is book only, they don't really like people just walking in expecting a table, so make sure you write down that number!
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