Something’s happening on Curtain Road. Or, to be more precise, under Curtain Road.
Head down the innocuous spiral stairway of Morrell House – the period building next to Hoxton Pony – to Ninetyeight Bar and Lounge; a space that scores points for its cocktails and its penchant for all things crazy.
An intimate 100-person jamboree of Vintage French furniture, trays of sweets and a gilt-edged bar with toy trains carrying shot glasses and sugar cubes. Cakes by master baker Lili Vanilli pile high on the bar and behind it, owner Kath Morrell’s potent infusions will bring a tear to the eye of even the most ardent of liquor fans. Ask for a scotch bonnet chilli and whiskey infusion or sample the vintage Havana Club rum muddled with Che Guevara Cuban Cigars and prepare for a head rush. (We remind you to drink responsibly, natch).
Last week the bar reached the grand old age of one and to celebrate Morrell is inviting ladies to join in a new weekly yoga class with local teacher Christina Singleton, followed by some cockteas. (Heads out of the gutter please). A cocktea is essentially the lovechild of a cocktail and cuppa’ make-out session. Served in a floral tea cup, a slosh of Gran Marnier is mixed with flowering Jasmin Basket with Green Tea that opens up in the water to become a pretty lotus flower. Just the ticket after all that heavy breathing and downward dog action.
Ninetyeight Bar and Lounge, Morrell House, 98 Curtain Road, EC2A
Yoga and Cockteas, Wednesdays 6.30 – 9pm
020 7729 0087 ninetyeight-bar-lounge.com