Now, that’s the kinda of Christmas ‘spirit’ I’m talking about! Santa Baby pop-up bar in Shoreditch
If there’s one time of year that’s perfect for a pop-up, it’s surely Christmas. So with festive fever gradually sweeping the capital as the countdown to Christmas goes on, a new temporary venue has opened in Shoreditch just in time for some yuletide drinking.
Santa Baby is a pop-up cocktail bar located as part of the Street Feast Xmas Grotto in Old Street. Located in the arches opposite Shoreditch Town Hall, near the junction with Kingsland Road, is a temporary venue open until 22 December.
A few friends and I visited on a Friday night and immediately loved the venue. You enter through some festive red curtains and greeted with a Christmas tree, with fairy lights and lots of vintage, comfortable sofas dotted around the long arched hall. The venue has been inspired by 1950s American living rooms, with winter scenes painted on the walls.
There were two bars in the main hall – one selling mulled champagne, egg nog, and mulled red and white wines, as well as mince pies, while another sold some more regular drinks such as beer or (non-mulled) wine. A few of us ended up plumping for a hot spiced apple rum, which was absolutely delicious, while another pal tried the mulled champagne.
With the Christmas lights and sofas, the venue had a cosy feel, although I have to admit I was a little cold at times. However, the drinks were delicious and the staff were friendly. I can highly recommend Santa Baby for those looking for a fun venue for Christmas drinks with friends.
- Santa Baby, 346 Old Street, London EC1V 9LP. Open Tues-Sun from now until 22 December 2012, 12pm-11pm. Nearest tube: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street (Overland). For more information, visit the Santa Baby Facebook page.