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Callooh Callay

Shoreditch, London

Launched over a decade ago, Callooh Callay cocktail bar in London’s Shoreditch is an iconic venue with an eclectic interior and the best cocktails in town.

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Simply put, Callooh Callay is an expression of joy and was used in Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky who, coincidentally, in the same poem, coined the term ‘chortle’, which is a portmanteau of chuckle and snort.

Callooh Callay opened in November 2008 at a time when cocktail bars in the then up-and-coming Shoreditch area were thin on the ground. Now, however, there is a fine selection of sophisticated cocktail venues.

Inside, where cocktail menus are always presented in quirky ways, while there’s an eclectic mix of furniture and décor, presented in a warm and relaxed environment.

Even on busy nights, the staff, are attentive, knowledgeable and up for a laugh, as well as being ready to recommend a serve or listen to what you might prefer.

All cocktails span all types of spirits and cater to all palates, whether you’re into hard and challenging high-booze drinks or something more delicate and fruity. The current Pokemenu is based on a popular children's cartoon with a similar name.

Why not try a Electabuzz with Sechzuan pepper infused Reyka Vodka, Damoiseau guava rum, Aperol, lemon, grenadine, Franklin & Son Mandarin & Ginger Soda.

Notable cocktails from previous menus have included Movie Night which incudes Jim Beam rye whiskey, Santa Teresa 1796 rum, Angostura bitters, Salted caramel popcorn, demerara.

Beer, wine, Champagne and cider are also given a healthy amount of space on the menu.

Callooh Callay also features and attractive menu of small plates and snacks priced between £5.50 and £11.

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