Callooh Callay

Cocktail Bar / Lounge / Members Club
Callooh Callay Callooh Callay in Shoreditch, an Alice in Wonderland-themed London lounge that's mad about cocktails. Check out this kooky classy London bar at Party Earth. London England 51.526214 -0.080004
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Callooh Callay - Cocktail Bar | Lounge | Members Club in London.
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Party Earth Review Far down the rabbit hole and into the heart of Shoreditch lies Callooh Callay, an Alice in Wonderland-themed bar that’s as serious about its cocktails as the Mad Hatter is about his tea parties. A beautifully kitschy room... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 6pm–midnight, Th–Sa 6pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Callooh Callay Review

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Callooh Callay in Shoreditch, an Alice in Wonderland-themed London lounge that's mad about cocktails. Check out this kooky classy London bar at Party Earth.

Far down the rabbit hole and into the heart of Shoreditch lies Callooh Callay, an Alice in Wonderland-themed bar that’s as serious about its cocktails as the Mad Hatter is about his tea parties.

A beautifully kitschy room awaits the trendy and creative patrons who regularly come in looking to warm themselves with absinthe and specialty rums before a night on the town.

Vivid patterned wallpaper, walls of mirrors, and gaudy vintage furniture evoke the bright and abstract fantasy world created by Lewis Carroll, topped off by the venue’s name itself, an invented phrase from the author’s nonsense poem “Jabberwocky.”

Groups of styled girls and hip young guys sit on the purple padded sofas, selecting from the long list of eccentric artisan cocktails with names like If You Don’t Gnome Me By Now, a gin- and Prosecco-based shareable served in a giant gnome punchbowl.

A fake wardrobe is actually the door to the Back Lounge, a popular space with groups looking to party privately among the spotlights, loud prints, and retro 70s disco furniture.

Busy most nights, the bar usually draws a long line of pretty people, waiting to step into the cozy space to down a few potions.

Despite the wait times, Callooh Callay has garnered acclaim from visitors for its commitment to cutting-edge cocktails and original design that leave patrons ready for more fantasy-fueled adventures – perhaps drinking their way Through the Looking Glass?

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Tip from Jonah:

Your adventure isn’t over. Upstairs there’s the member’s-only Jubjub bar, where in-the-know locals enjoy a different mixologist host every week. Membership, while not guaranteed, is free! Make an appointment to check out the bar before you join, and then ask for an application if you love what you see.

  • Crowd

    Trendy and creative mix of design and media types, pretty girls with salon-perfect hair, and smart young professionals looking to buy them a round, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Soothing ambient lounge tracks. Various DJs play a wide range of music genres in the Front Room on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Range of hot and cold bar snacks including chips, olives, crab cakes, calamari, trio of mini-burgers, and charcuterie boards to share. Reservations recommended.

  • Prices

    Bar food/snacks £2–£12. Beer £5, wine £5–£6/glass or £18–£28/bottle, cocktails £8.50–£9.50, Gnome Punchbowl £55, champagne £9–£11/glass or £45–£75/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Upscale hip and dressy: sweater vests, suits, button-downs, cardigans, cocktail dresses, stilettos, smart shoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    After 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays when the Front Room is always packed and buzzing, earlier in the week to ensure a quicker seat, or anytime the Back Lounge is available for private parties.

  • Close By

    Club Aquarium (256-264 Old Street) has two dance floors, a VIP lounge, and a giant swimming pool for when patrons get too hot from dancing.

Callooh Callay User Reviews

Average rating:
Loved it
Jody P. Dec 8, 2012
I've said it before and i'll say it again - I am a sucker for kitsch and this place was so fun. It was weirdly swanky while still being kitschy. The space looks like it was designed by a very tasteful mad hatter. I love the alice in wonderland theme. It was a bit pricey here but it was definitely worth it to check out for one drink. It was pretty busy when we got there and packed when we left despite the high drink prices. Some of the drinks had cute names unique to the bar. Had a great time here.
Great for special celebrations. Love the design.
Jayson M. Sep 7, 2012
You will hear this a lot about Callooh: “love the cocktails and the layout, but wanted to punch most of the people I met in the face.” Okay, I’ll give you that. Alice in Wonderland-themed bar and drinks give this place a cool feel. The cocktails are pricey as hell but amazingly good and the punch bowl cost more than my first car yet I would happily order two of them if my bladder and liver could handle it. It’s like being in some mad royal’s living room, and the first time we went (early in the week) you could actually hear people talk. Very chill. Love it. Then we went back on Friday and it was all “welcome to knob-ville.” Literally shoulder-to-shoulder with trendy wankers talking about their stock options. And the douche scene was even worse in the back room. Oooh, yeah you access it through a wardrobe, which is pretty cool, but then you’re stuck in a room with people who know all the different leather options for their beamer by heart but I guarantee you never read anything by Lewis Carroll. *sigh* Get reservations and go early to check it out.
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