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 are priced at £12 to and 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 majority of the cocktails on the current menu merge sweet and savoury foods and flavours with alcohol and is whimsically based on a popular dating app. Each drink has its own ‘profile’ including an anthem so you can base it on looks, or personality.
Notable cocktails include Movie Night which incudes Jim Beam rye whiskey, Santa Teresa 1796 rum, Angostura bitters, Salted caramel popcorn, demerara and Crazy Ex which is made of Sassy Calvados, Cocchi Rosa vermouth, cranberry & Sassy rosé cider, lime, Absinthe, Moet & Chandon brut Champagne
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.