When my brother came to visit a few weeks ago, I decided we needed Friday night cocktails to see in the weekend. And what better timing than during happy hour.
Suitably named for a circus themed bar, Trapeze is just round the corner from my office, in the heart of cool and edgy Shoreditch.
Set over two floors, the decor is fun, bright and colourful, with red and white striped columns, huge bright booths, quirky additions like cars and other structures on the side, and the ceiling looked like it was ready for a trapeze act to don the hoops and ladders and show off some skills.
Our spot for one bevvie, before heading off to join my work colleagues as they got competitive over a few games of ping pong, was a big comfortable booth which was perfect for the five of us to sit round and catch up.
The cocktail menu featured an array of classics like the Mai Tai, and unique numbers with fittingly circus-themed names including The Flamin’ Bobo (Spiced rum, passion fruit and strawberry, topped with ginger beer and flamed!), Pear Popper Stopper (Bourbon, pear nectar, vanilla, and lemon with a brown sugar and cinnamon rim) and the Human Canonball (Vanilla vodka, yuzu tea, mango & lychee).
The Pogo the Clown, a blend of gin, citrus fruits, and elderflower, was slightly tart, yet refreshing and sweet.
Served in a large kilner jar with a handle, with a mint leaf which started to add a light aroma to each mouthful – potentially from the smell – it went down a treat.
The Flamin’ Bobo, a mix of spiced rum, passion fruit and strawberry, topped with ginger beer and flamed, was a show stopper. Arriving at the table, and then lit with a flame to produce a sparkling effect, it sure outdid the presentation of any other cocktail we ordered. Zingy and fruity, with a strong ginger taste shining through, it was delicious, going down a little too easily.
The Flying Grayson, a combination of vodka, melon liqueur, strawberry, lime, and a hint of toasted hazelnut, was a fabulous mix of flavours. Served short in a martini glass, it was strong yet not overpowering.
With cocktails priced between £8.50 and £9.50, or about £4-£5 during happy hour (everyday from 5-8pm), it’s pretty good for a cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Service is friendly, attentive and fun, and you can book tables for a group – perfect for a friday evening for after work drinks.
I’ve just spotted that the bar has DJs on the decks downstairs during the weekends, and throughout the week (Mon-Thurs) Trapeze takes tastecard for food, as well as offering an all night happy hour on Wednesdays, so I’m sure I’ll be heading back soon!
Where do you go for your Friday evening drinks?