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This tenebrous parlour – an offshoot of Purl – looks as if it pre-dates local psycho Jack the Ripper’s bloody reign of terror. Boundary-pushing drinks have cemented the bar’s reputation among cocktail geeks. In Georgian parlance, a whistling shop implied an illicit still. Fast forward to 2015 for legal hooch, much of which involves scientific experiments performed in a dusty lab open to inspection. Guinea pigs ingesting the likes of Exploded Martini (with Belvedere vodka) or Late Pickings (Riesling, Tapatio blanco Tequila, citrus, coriander and peat and savoury ‘umami’ extract) will consider £9 money well spent. Several pukka prescriptions are informed by WSWS’s own award-winning cream gin, while top of the bill on a range of Peculiars inspired by Victorian circuses is MacAskill, a Cognac-flambéed whisky and ricotta syrup sour.


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  1. Published : Monday, 4 November 2013


    And there I was, from the whistling sound of the kettle in my kitchen, standing outside the Worship Street Whistling Shop, in the backstreets of Old Street Station, showing up at the duel. Leaving the storm behind me I descended in a faintly lit space with a trancelike feel to it. Leather couches, exposed brick walls, old cupboards and vintage furniture flooded the room and attained a fairy-tale sense under the delicate lighting of the street lamp located in the centre of the room. It felt like a combination of a late afternoon walk in the streets of Paris with a drink at Harry’s Bar, Venice, Italy. The storm was...
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