London’s First Walk-In Cocktail

Blimey, who would have guessed that vaporised gin and tonic could be such heady stuff? The minute we walked into the alcoholic mist created by those clever chappies at Bompass & Parr, we felt a teensy bit giddy. If we’re honest, we thought that this Alcoholic Architecture malarkey would be nothing more than a gimmick (not helped by the protective suits we had to wear before entering). How were we to know that this team of nutty young food professors would manage to pull it off?

Well, excuse us for doubting how Sam Bompass and Harry Parr could create a walk-in cocktail. But we should have guessed they would do a good job after learning that they’ve worked on such weird and wonderful ideas as a scratch and sniff cinema and glow in the dark jelly banquets. Their latest baby is a different matter though. It’s created by whiting-out a tiny room and filling it with a distinctly G&T-like mist that catches the back of your throat the minute you step inside. Oh, and there’s a really loud soundtrack pumping out muffled eighties pop classics accompanied by lots of clinking. So far, so disorientating. Once you get your bearings you spot a giant wodge of lime and a straw propped up against the back wall. Suddenly it began to make sense: this is what it would look like at the bottom of your glass, the alcohol fizzing around in a cloud while the decorative effects and eerie soundtrack add even more authenticity. The effect is so powerful, there’s a St. John’s Ambulance man in attendance just in case you feel faint.

We didn’t wait to find out if we could endure the maximum 40 minutes the creators recommend. After popping upstairs for a real G&T and a breath of air, we were off.

Alcoholic Architecture is at 2 Ganton St, W1 from 7-9pm on 16-18 & 23-25 April. Tickets priced £5 from www.jellymongers.co.uk

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