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Whisky Bar serving over 250 varieties of Whiskies which you can drink from an 18ft Oak tree trunk

Favourite Drink

Stick to the Whisky

User Review: 5/5

Meltem Pam.
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Tried so many that I can’t remember:) Nice bar.

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Foursquare Review: 4.7/5

"Tried so many that I can’t remember:) Nice bar."

Meltem Pamukoglu

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The Setting

Located in the heart of Shoreditch and just a few doors down from its stable-mate and London cocktail scene luminary, Worship Street Whistling Shop, Black Rock has a lot going for it already. It is small but well formed, a place designed for appreciation of the finer things – plush surroundings and low lighting fit the mood and the marble top tables with taps for the ‘wee dash’ is cool and innovative. Be in no doubt though, the heart of this bar is something quite magical. Set into the centre of the bar is an 18ft table carved from one continuous tree trunk. Here drinkers can gather round and learn about how to age and how to drink this fabulous stuff – it seats 18!

The Atmosphere

The atmosphere here is dark and delightful – a real drinking den at work. It is deliberately kept gloomy, but without the seediness you see in some downmarket establishments, this is more like an exclusive members club, or a experimental learning lab, it just so happens that the subject on everyone’s mind is booze. This convivial air is really heartening, although experts there is never any pretension, any ego, its a bar which wants to guide you and it makes for a fun and intriguing night out. A welcome change.

The Drinks

Hands up who likes Whisky? Ok, the rest of you go home, this isn’t for you! Strictly speaking this isn’t true, as Black Rock, (run by two of the stalwarts of the London bar scene who certainly know a thing or two about great cocktails) does also serve cocktails and beer. These are very cleverly arranged by palette rather than individually, removing both complexity, and residing the expertise in some truly gifted bar-tending hands to ensure they select a drink for you better than you could ever select yourself. Balance, Fruit, Spice, Smoke, Fragrance, Sweet – what a beautiful concept and an excellent idea. The cocktails back it up with aplomb though, don’t worry. Now to the main event – the Whisky. Whilst it is clearly not essential, this is a shrine to the angels share and its library of choice is quite remarkable. For the uninitiated there are excellent house options and the unique design of the venue leads itself to education and experimentation with an expert guide – you really can’t go wrong. Great for newbies or aficionados, this place is all about the Whisky, and what a tribute.

“DO YOU NEED TO LOVE OR EVEN LIKE WHISKY TO ENJOY BLACK ROCK – ABSOLUTELY NOT, BUT IT CERTAINLY HELPS. THIS BAR IS A LOVE-LETTER TO SIMPLE UNADULTERATED DRINKING AND TO WHISKY WHICH IS RAISED TO AN ART FORM HERE AND DONE WITH ALL STYLE AND GRACE. THESE GUYS ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT THEIR PASSION AND IT SHINES THROUGH, COME AND VISIT, HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND OPEN UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF DRINKING – JUST WHAT THAT HEAD OF YOURS NEEDS!”

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Black Rock @tristanstephenson & @taske1’s East London whisky bar. Monday – Saturday. Closed Bank Holiday Mondays.

You Say

10 comments

Meltem Pam.

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Tried so many that I can’t remember:) Nice bar.

Dimitris Ntarladimas

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Sweet highball 👍

Mike Brosche

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Great whiskey taste variations and I love the long table....

Loukia Giannopoulou

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One of the best places in Town #cheers

Archana Asokan

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An intimate place to sit and enjoy your whisky 🥃. Reserve ahead.

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