TT Liquor

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Shoreditch
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TT Liquor

A former police station turned bottle shop and bar.

Ever got drunk in the Tardis? From the Kingsland Road pavement, this bar on the Shoreditch/Hoxton border doesn’t look like much more than a cute little bottle shop. But wander on in and you’ll discover there’s a whole world of bevvying to be had inside this converted police station.

Past the front-room ‘liquor store’, stacked high with beers, wines, spirits and mixological gear, you’ll find a wood-panelled drinking parlour. And in a further space upstairs, TT also hosts supper clubs and pairs cocktails with cult movie screenings: think ‘The Big Lebowski’ with white russians. And then there’s the main event: a speakeasy-style bar tucked away in the cellar, its brick walls lined with caged bottles and the obligatory old-school filament bulbs. This is the former cop-shop lock-up, now a drunk tank of a much more upscale variety.

The cocktail menu references different eras of barmanship with a lean towards gin, though the staff are more than happy to go off-road. Adding jasmine tea and soda, the Groglet spun out the classic gimlet into something longer and more laid back, while the Rosetta came over like a short and floral margarita. Service is affable and unshowy, drinks are gimmick-free and the crowd is refreshingly short on the kind of wankers you might expect to find in a basement bar on the Kingsland Road.

If you’re acquainted with the two bars that TT’s founders also helped set up, Discount Suit Company or the Sun Tavern, you’ll recognise the stripped-back vibe – but this separate project of theirs is bigger, grander and more ambitious. I haven’t even mentioned the warren of old police cells filled with long tables, each seating a party-friendly ten to 15 people. This multi-purpose booze bunker may not actually travel through time, but it will leave you wondering where the evening went.

By: James Manning

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Venue name: TT Liquor
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Address: 17b Kingsland Road
London
E2 8AA
Opening hours: From 5pm until midnight, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Transport: Underground : Old Street / Overground : Hoxton
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tastemaker

The appearances can be sometimes deceptive! 


I've recently discovered TT Liquor while exploring Shoreditch area. The venue is absolutely stunning. It used to be a police station during Victorian time - and has kept a historical touch.

From the outside, it looks like a fantastic high quality spirits and liquors shop with wooden shelves containing hundred of bottles....but the appearances are deceptive! There is also an intimate cocktail bar hidden in the basement where you can enjoy tasty cocktails in a lounge or in one of the cosy alcoves (which used to jail cells).  

Really recommend this place as it's quite unique and the staff is very knowledgeable and passionate about their drinks.

Tastemaker

Whether you’re looking for expert advice on buying spirits or for excellent service whilst enjoying exquisite cocktails served with a smile, TT Liquor will not disappoint. The shop front is deceptive and the Aladdin’s cave of exposed brick vaults which wait below a narrow staircase will surprise and delight. It’s clear that the quality of the drinks served is a top priority and the attention to detail is refreshing. I visited on a weeknight when the bar was relatively quiet and tested out a few cocktails and sharing boards. If you’re looking for a new spot in East London, especially somewhere a little special without the typical east-end hipster vibe, give this place a whirl.

Tastemaker

When you approach TT liquor, it appears to be a remarkable off licence. Which, of course, it is. It has hundreds of different types of bottles of alcohol arranged beautifully on wooden shelves around the perimeter of the shop. However, go through a wooden door at the back of the store and you arrive in a hallway with wooden stairs up and stone stirs going down. 

If you go down into the cellar there is a small speakeasy type bar set up with tables and chairs, this bar holds only about 10 or 12 people. Off this room is a number of smaller rooms that are like private, old fashioned snugs, really set up for individual parties.

The cocktails are good, there is large selection of many different types. The bar staff are knowledgeable, and can advise you on what you might enjoy. The noise level is low, a real bonus in Shoreditch/Hoxton on a weekend.

We loved this bar and from now will be our go to bar when in this part of town.


tastemaker

One of London’s hidden gems, TT Liquor is transformed from an old police station into a very hip bar/venue hire and shop. The ground floor features a fantastic liquor store with floor to ceiling wooden shelves holding incredible bottles of booze from premium liquor to vintage bottles. But this is not all the venue has in store, venture through an unobvious door and down a winding stone staircase and you reach the underground bar. With three separate rooms the option to get intimate in a low ceiling booth is on offer as well as a number of smaller tables and bar stools. The atmosphere is really quirky, it’s a quiet intimate place but also a fab place to take a group of friends and spend the evenings tucked away into an old cell. The staff really know what they’re talking about and will happily answer any questions about their drink menu. The drinks are just incredible, not wanting something sweet I had the Chat Noir, a sour gin based cocktail and it was wonderful. At £8.50 a piece a cocktail is averagely priced for London but the quality is excellent and each drink served is topped with something special that complements the cocktail. I can’t wait to go back and try the rest, and maybe even buy a bottle of my favourite gin on the way home!

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