THREE FOR THE ROAD: Hackney Road's Looking Glass have an extensive cocktail menu
ONE OF the plus points of London's gentrification is, admittedly; the novelty of more choice when looking for a decent venue for a night out in the suburbs.
We've all observed places such as Brixton, Peckham and Dalston change, from areas widely considered to be 'no-go' by white, high-earning millenials to trendy destinations heaving with roof top parties selling craft beer and heaving with multi-racial clientele; who seem happy to skip down streets at 3am without the expected furtive glance or hurried shuffle to the bus stop in sight.
Whether or not we regularly bemoan higher housing costs and the threats to markets that we have frequented for years to buy Caribbean and African imported produce that most supermarkets don't have on their radar; many of us have experienced the delights of the 'new' Shoreditch at night.
From hip-hop art installations on Brick Lane to grime concerts and eating late at the Boxpark, there are now myriad clubs to choose from should one want to head east of the river or, for locals; have a good old rave without trekking to Zone One.
For those older millenials and beyond who value a quiet life for the majority of the time but still want to go out of an evening and show off their new Michael Kors handbag, there is sometimes a need to identify the calmer bars and cosy cubbyholes in the area and we did just that when we stumbled on The Looking Glass Cocktail Club.
A new-looking bar on the quieter end of Hackney Road, The Looking Glass Cocktail Club presents a cosy front bar and a larger dancefloor-dominated space; the two divided by a large mirrored door or a 'looking glass' if you want to stay true to the Alice in Wonderland theme.
When you enter on busier nights, a polite bouncer will open the door where a hard-working DJ may be spinning vinyl with a smile on a mini set of decks. Staff are friendly and will invite you to grab a spot on one of the chaise lounges or head straight to the bar to check out the different-sized colourful glass bottles that make-up a display that again pays homage to the Lewis Carroll classic fairytale.
A cocktail menu that pays attention to detail, The Looking Glass does innovative takes on classic combinations and uses fruit and vitamins as some of their unique selling points.
The perfect place to have a private chat over a drink, spot the odd celebrity or venture into the back room for a dance in the dark with guest DJs holding court; The Looking Glass might become your new favourite place.
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