Brahms & Liszt

10 Chatsworth Road , London, E5 0LP

  • Brahms   Liszt east London tasting room bar
  • Brahms   Liszt east London tasting room bar

SquareMeal Review of Brahms & Liszt

Melanie Symonds, former producer of reality TV shows, now has a burgeoning liquor-importation business, and these Clapton premises incorporate her vision of a spirits shop and tasting room. Stylish, compact and fun, Brahms & Liszt is a postmodern British off licence to end them all, containing everything you need to enjoy great liquor at home: rare spirits, craft ales and ciders, arcane tinctures, exotic ingredients, cocktail manuals, bar paraphernalia, and sundry kitsch knick-knacks. Masterclasses and tutorials are regularly hosted and there’s a dinky bar serving sampler-size high-end hooch and wines on tap. Highlights include Cornish pastis, a Cynar Negroni made with Smooth Ambler barrel-aged gin, and Old Fashioneds or Manhattans made from superior vermouth and any of a notable selection of whiskies. Mel is especially passionate about mezcal (she’s the UK distributor of Quiquiriqui), of which there’s a dizzying range here. Approach the potent likes of Enmascarado 54 with caution.

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