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A jazz-era, whisky-loving speakeasy is popping up in London

Laura Richards

Nearly 100 years ago, people living through the Prohibition went out of their way to get a good drink. While you may not have to break the law to get your gob round a whisky cocktail at Spice & Rye – a jazz-era-inspired pop-up bar coming to central London in mid-March – you will have to find your way to it through a mysterious apothecary shop front.

Meet with a spice merchant and then journey through a passageway to discover a 1920s-themed speakeasy lurking in surprise (we’ve kind of ruined that surprise bit for you now, I guess – sorry about that).

glenmorangie spice & rye

Once inside, Spice & Rye on Percy Street in Fitzrovia promises to be a buzzing space filled with wisecracking hosts, a toe-tapping jazz band and bartenders shaking up Glenmorangie whisky drinks.

Yes, yes, we know, that’s a Scotch, but the new Glenmorangie Spìos (Gaellic for spice) is aged in American rye whiskey casks to add an extra spicy, oaky flavour – so we’ll let them run with this US Prohibition theme. Especially when drinks include the Bloodstone – a mix of coffee-infused whisky and vermouth - and the High & Rye, made from whisky, ginger, pineapple and topped with rye beer. Tasting flights of whisky will also be available to purchase if you really want to get on it in true Prohibition style.  

Spice and Rye is popping up at 14 Percy St, W1T 1DR, from Tues Mar 20 to Sat Mar 24. Guests are advised to book ahead for a two-hour time slot. A £10 entry fee includes a whisky cocktail of your choice. All other cocktails and drams are priced between £8 and £10.  

Find more 1920s drinking right here in London in our list of the best speakeasy bars.  

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