May 11, 2018
Part neighbourhood bar, part premium cocktail den, El Koktel has concocted quite a reputation for fine mixology in a short amount of time. It did so by immediately separating itself from the Warsaw cocktail bar pack by offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere with focus on craftsmanship and substance over trendy flamboyant style. The bar revels in its placement in a basement, and the laid back atmosphere this subterranean location creates, and as thus, El Koktel can only be accessed by tapping the buzzer on the street level and awaiting entrance. Once your call is answered, you will be rewarded with a trip to a fantasy land of cocktails, full of combinations, aromas, and flavours you may have never thought possibly. Yes, the staff at El Koktel puts together some of the finest, and most creative, libations in the city, often with extremely unique ingredients – all made with the finest spirits, juices, herbs, and syrups – often homemade. Examples include the slightly spicy Azteca – lime, chilli, chocolate beans, tequila, and sweet & sour foam – the aromatic and served-warm Ramen Style – rum, lemongrass, roasted sesame, and spices – and the dry Modern Champagne Cocktail – single malt whisky, champagne, essence of grapefruit, rosemary, and sugar. What truly separates El Koktel though is its ability to be at the cutting edge of cocktail culture, but still offer up a friendly and unpretentious space. Don’t be surprised at all if you join the scores already rating El Kotel their favourite bar.