A month or so ago I went to the launch party for the House of Wolf in Islington. It was so good I went again.
The House of Wolf is laid out in a dark, almost Gothic look, over three stories. Each story has its own presence, decor and history to it.
The first, welcoming, cocktail for the evening was in the downstairs reception bar; a fresh blackberry and absinthe mix. It was a good mix and aspirational in taste, very refreshing and slightly herbal as you might expect. Now absinthe makes the desire grow stronger, at least for more of it, so this was a great way to start an evening.
Moving up to the first floor, we come to The Apothecary, a fully laid out experimental cocktail bar. Civilized seats around small tables allowed you to watch as the barmen worked their magic. Call them barmen or mixologists, they succeeded in making everyone’s drink a jaw-dropper, with the word awesome used more than any other word.
And here are the Mixologists, hard at work.
They can make any cocktail you desire, but has a set menu of 10 or so cocktails that they can make which include a strong element of presentation.
But I’d still go back for another absinthe and blackberry. Awesome.
Moving up another winding flight of stairs to the second floor, reveals the attic dining room, split in two areas, serving more cocktails and an incredibly good wine list; oh and food.
And not just any old food, but experimental tasting menus from the genius of Blanch and Shock, two of the most talented unknown Chefs currently around, and definitely on my future watch list.
The House of Wolf is a delectably tantalizing place to go. Cocktails from a list so long you could take a year to get through them, superb wine that makes you know what being alive is all about, and food that is as different as it is tasty. All of this in a beautifully themed three story building that keeps you cocooned in Gothic charm from the outside world.
House of Wolf
181 Upper Street