Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

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For a so-called ‘secret’ speakeasy, there’s been an awful lot of publicity about this new basement bar beneath the new Breakfast Club in Spitalfields. According to the booze bloggers, in order to gain exclusive entry, you need to embark on clandestine correspondence with a chap called Henri who gives it the big hush-hush and may, if you’re lucky and tap the side of your nose, reveal the covert entrance to a cloak-and-dagger drinking den.

Don’t believe the hype. The entrance is the one that looks like a big SMEG fridge door. We didn’t discover it because we’re cooler than a retro fridge – we discovered it because they had revealed its location on a blackboard outside, which somewhat undermines its status as a ‘secret’ speakeasy.

Once you’ve navigated all that nonsense, you’re left with a quirky dimly lit cocktail bar clad in exposed brick and wood. It’s reminiscent of a 'Twin Peaks' cabin with moose heads, mirror balls, retro wallpaper and a clock with unnerving, oscillating eyes. It’s not the best place for a date with its high stools, wooden tables and, on this occasion, lack of toilet tissue in the ladies' loos. Despite this the lighting is low, and a sign forbids ‘heavy petting’.

Refreshingly for a so-called speakeasy, the staff didn’t take themselves too seriously and the drinks menu makes an amusing mockery of more vain ‘underground’ venues. The cocktails, consisting of classics and house specials, are well-crafted on the whole – especially the chilli and lemongrass twist on the Tommy’s Margarita. With Timothy Taylor and Modelo Especial, the beer list is also better than some. Wines cost from under £15 and there are simple sandwiches and platters on hand to soak up the suds to a soulful soundtrack.

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Venue name: Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
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Address: 12-16 Artillery Lane
London
E1 7LS
Opening hours: Open 5-midnight Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 5pm-midnight Mon-Sat; 5-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
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Loved this bar, me and two friends went at about 6pm on a saturday night it was full when we got there so we waited upstairs in the restaurant and enjoyed the happy hour cocktails instead, after about twenty mins we were taken downstairs where we sat at the bar, it was a great atmosphere and the staff were friendly, helpful and a laugh, my and my friends planned to go for one and stayed for 3 left in great spirits. I really recommend this place and the bar manager who was wonderful accommodating and provided excellent customer service!

Kritt N
Tastemaker

Head to the Breakfast Club close to Liverpool Street station, ask to see ‘The Mayor’ and you’ll be led to an unassuming SMEG fridge. But this isn’t just any fridge. It’s a cleverly concealed entrance to a hidden underground bar enjoyed by fun-loving Londoners in the know.


Head down the stairs and you’ll find yourself in a buzzing and dimly lit by candlelight basement. The Mayor is a cosy and intimate bar serving equally quirky cocktails. Surrounding you is a mash-up of a decor from ornate picture frames, trinkets, vintage posters while the exposed brick walls allude you to the fact that this is a basement bar. Excellent speakeasy vibes. 


The cocktails are equally quirky as the bar itself with equally quirky names such as ‘Wet Cake’ and ‘Hot Rusty Nails’. Don’t be put off of by the use of egg whites and ask for a Berlusconi, a sexy and sweet cocktail, unlike the real Silvio. Those egg whites give a luxurious creamy foam to the cocktail. So good, you’ll be wanting more.


There’s also food to share too such a ‘poutine’ and a cheese board’. I didn’t order any but envious looking over to some people’s food, it looks pretty generous.


The only downside is that The mayor is a small bar which means you’ll probably be asked to wait for a while upstairs in the Breakfast Club unless you arrive early in the evening, say 6pm. It’s also a little loud so you might have to strain to hear what your other half is saying.


Quirky and perfect for a group of friends (or maybe even a date), The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is one of London’s speakeasy and fun cocktail bar.

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

Go to the Breakfast Club, skip the queue, ask to see the Mayor, and then walk through a SMEG fridge through to a speakeasy. This is about as gimmicky as it comes but I still get an immense sense of satisfaction doing it! Especially as there are (somehow) still people who have no idea what's going on, staring at you as if you've lost your mind. This kind of tomfoolery is no longer *that* unique in the bar scene but what I like about this bar is that it's got the goods to back up the hype. The staff are friendly and attentive, the cocktails are gorgeous and the bar has a great atmosphere. Ideal for date night or drinks with a small group of friends.

Ruth J
Tastemaker

Located in The Breakfast Café in Spitalfields, enter through the front door and ask to see the Mayor. Descend a flight of stairs through a doorway impersonating a SMEG fridge to enter the underground cocktail bar. Despite being quite secretive it is nearly always busy. Great selection of cocktails and pretty tasty bites too. A nice escape from bustling Liverpool Street if you feel like putting your head underground for a while, quite literally!

Nicky G
Tastemaker

Scaredy Cat Town is one of those places on my list that I've heard a lot about and haven't quite ever gotten round to going to. Like most cocktail bars that get a lot of hype, I found I needed to lower my expectations a little - the fact that we went through a fridge door and it's a 'secret' club made me imagine all sorts of fantastic goings on, when in reality it is just a cocktail bar with only a few nods to the quirky entrance. I finally went on Friday night with a friend and we had a half hour before being allowed through the fridge door. There was limited space and it was already quite full so our only seating option was a tiny table wedged next to the door, which wasn't the best as we kept getting interrupted every time someone walked in or out. Once we got used to the incredibly dim lighting (I had to hold the menu up close to a candle to be able to read it) we ordered our cocktails, at £9-£12 each. My first drink tasted so overpoweringly of aniseed that I couldn't finish it, my second was delicious and the perfect balance of sweet and sour. So overall: small, loud, dark, pricey, with hit-and-miss on the drinks - all fairly standard in the cocktail bar scene, and while I didn't have a bad experience, it didn't stand out as anything special for a night out.


Cheeky Bellini
Tastemaker

Having been turned before on Saturday night when bar was too busy, I was naturally curious and wanted to get in on another night. On a mid week date night, I managed to get through the smeg fridge door. Once inside, you are transcended into a world of speakeasy and log cabins. It reminded me of Twin Peaks and lumberjack shirts. The atmosphere was very relaxed. The bar was full with different groups on a night out. The cocktails were done now nicely. Overall, it's a good place to be a night out with friends or date.

Genie
Tastemaker

How can you not love a bar where 

A) You have to have a password to get in....

B) It's cosy, atmospheric and cool

C) The bartenders make any cocktail you want alongside a fun and contemporary menu?


This place is great! My appointment with the Mayor has been a date location and a fun start to a girls night out and with such lovely, welcoming staff, it's hard not to get sucked into the melodrama of entering! Go! I can't recommend it enough!

Samantha H
Tastemaker

Great bar, perfect for after work cocktails!  Ideal for groups up to about 4, it is very small so anything bigger than that any you may end up waiting for hours to get a seat! The staff know their cocktails and are always happy to help when I annoyingly ask them to recommend things.  

Sarah Allen

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I love the Mayor! We go so often, the bar staff know us. I find that I don't always like the drinks that are offered but if you ask them, the staff are more than happy to make you one off menu. It's a little pricey but it's very cool and so much fun

TD

Love this place, been five times now with people coming down to visit and blown a large part of my student loan here.

Graeme

As a firm believer in the great brunch culture which The Breakfast club has brought to the UK and a frequent visitor to many of there locations for brunch we decided to try the evening drinks in the downstairs "attempt" at a speakeasy Despite being a well curated place, the location was let down by average drinks and absolutely appalling behavior by someone who described himself as the manager, a title we were skeptical he had actually earned. Summarising in one single word, courtesy of the lack of customer facing management: "avoid", or if I had to use another "mediocre"

Sophie

Really rude waitress told us that we couldn't go in as we were in such a large group (there were only 7 of us). They wouldn't even allow us to go in and sit at separate tables in smaller groups as we might "walk around and talk to each other." We were also told to come back later (I suspect to get rid of us) and when we did we were told that the wait was over an hour by which time they'd be closed. Overall very rude and disappointing.

Tim

I'm really very leery about places like this and couldn't see myself queueing, BUT and it's a big BUT, If you stay upstairs and order a drink, smile a lot, be nice to the staff you can get bumped on the queue (couples stand a better chance, I think). Once you get to the bar its a very nice little spot indeed, drinks are pretty well made and not too expensive (your mileage may vary here). The atmosphere is buzzy verging on loud but that's the kind of place it is. What made the visit special was the supersweet host who looked after us so well

Michael

Was very disappointed on my 2nd visit to this bar, we were taken downstairs and told to wait by the bar. We were told that we could not move from that spot. Service was so slow it was painful, we had to wait 15 min to receive our drinks. Even though we had ordered a couple of beers which should have taken all of 60 seconds to sort out!!!The exit is right next to the main toilets upstairs. This was the nail in the coffin, as we walked out it smelt terrible. Somebody clearly had some sort of bowel problems! Having the exit there is unavoidable but some air freshner would have been nice. If you want repeat business the exit is just as important as the entrance...Never going back, wait to long, no freedom to move downstairs and it stank.

Maria

Great place - loved it. We had to wait 40mins to go in, but it was worth it. The staff is friendly, but a bit slow. Try the Spitalfield Aperol Spritz!

Anna

Cute, friendly staff and delicious cocktails! Next time I go, bring on the cat food.

Alex

Cool quirky bar, good servce, food average, great atmosphere and drinks. Good for having a chat midweek. Def recommend. Lots of fun.