You may remember the four letters, BYOC from a previous article we wrote regarding the Covent Garden based speakeasy, located beneath a juicing shop. Well they’ve opened another London location and this time it’s located in Camden, just across the road from KOKO.
We joined them on the day of opening and arrived at a black door that simply read ‘Basement’, having walked past it a few times, unsure of whether this really could be the place. As we walked through and descended beneath the pavement though, we had apparently stepped back in time. BYOC Camden is based on a 1920s casino theme, with blackjack tables, roulette wheels both attended by knowledgable mixologists.
The aim of the game is still the same though. Pay a small entry fee and then Bring Your Own Cocktail (favourite spirit) to the table. The mixologists will then be on hand to discuss your favourite flavour combinations, types of serves or whether or not you want to go all in and see what lady luck brings your way, as you let the barmen decide your outcome.
The new location sees guests sat around the blackjack tables, with one bartender between six or seven. The lights are set low to lend to the speakeasy feeling, making guests feel like this prohibition style setup could be raided at any time.
The thing we love about BYOC is the way they create their own selection of fresh handmade syrups and bitters and combine them with pressed fruit & vegetable juices, spices and herbs to create really unique and individual sipper.
We were treated to several delicious cocktails. From fruity rum punches to the more hardcore drinks laced with absinthe, we made our way through a range of cocktails. That’s what makes BYOC so unique. The night is determined completely by what you bring with you and can see guests sampling some truly off the wall concoctions or simply sticking with the classics.
When BYOC first arrived in Covent Garden it was extremely popular due to it’s fresh and unique selling point. What Camden has done is made the experience more accessible with a much larger scale but the 1920s theme is a lot stronger than what’s come before. It’s still unique in the fact that you have no idea what lies ahead of you for the night, it’s all dependent on what you bring with you and how your tastes are interpreted by the bartender. However, we love the atmosphere and look to the new digs. It works perfectly for a date night, ensuring that conversation will never run dry but also, it would be the perfect spot for a group of friends, mix and matching different bottles of liquor and getting a bit boozy. We definitely think it’s worth getting dressed up for and buying into that 1920s theme too.
If you love speakeasies and bespoke cocktails, head down now and grab yourself a little piece of the Casino Royale action.
We The Food Snobs x