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28 July 2014
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House of Wolf (bar)

181 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ

Bars Islington, Barnsbury
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Set in a rickety former music hall, this ‘experimental pleasure palace’ comes on like a Jack the Ripper cocktail bar as imagined by Tim Burton. Fans of other postmodern ‘Cool Britannia’ joints will adore it, although minimalists may need smelling salts and repose in the clandestine Victorian ‘fainting room’ while they recover from House of Wolf's ‘multi-sensory’ overload. The gothic ground-floor main bar/performance space does a range of cocktails at around £8.50, but the intrepid will fancy an adventure in the upstairs ‘apothecary’ (pictured) where lab-coated boffins prepare arcana ranging from a black pudding-infused rum libation served in a Tate & Lyle’s treacle tin to a popcorn-flavoured vodka sour. Other distractions include live sets from name-dropping musicians, off-the-wall bingo, quizzes, cabaret and ‘wild-eyed gypsy carnival rock ‘n’ roll’ on Saturday night (entry £5). It’s all deliciously OTT and great fun too.

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