The Wanderer – the pop-up cocktail bar that delivers straight to your door
World Best Bar
Apr 26, 2018
10 January 2019
It all began when satisfied customers of top Newcastle bar, the Botanist, wanted to be able to experience their favourite drinks off-premises. “We [got] inundated with requests asking if we can provide our cocktails and drinks for private celebrations”, recalls head of bars, Nick Whitby. Then the owners, The New World Trading Company, had a brainwave: why not create an all-singing, all-dancing mobile bar service that could show up at events with drinks, bar staff and even the odd live act included? After a successful pilot around the North East last summer, the Wanderer is now bookable for events anywhere in the UK.
Sponsored by Plymouth Gin, it comes as no surprise that gin-based cocktails are a key part of the Wanderer experience, but there are several other premium spirits available, as well as craft ales, wine, and plenty of non-alcoholic options. You can also create bespoke menus around your tipple of choice, including carefully crafted cocktails that match the theme of your event.
As there are already a few mobile gin joints out there, Jim & Tonic, Mama Gin and The Little Gin Company to name just three, the Wanderer is clear about their USP: “You’re not just getting a mobile bar, you’re getting the knowledge, charisma and award-winning service from our exuberant experts”, they state. The wandering mixologists also pledge to make your cocktails to perfection and keep your guests fully entertained.
More in the mould of a cool scene stealer for a big birthday bash or wedding than a takeaway gin van, hiring the Wanderer doesn’t come cheap. The minimum fee is £1500 for a fully stocked bar with £500 on top for bar staff, ice and glasses. Deliveroo for luxury alcohol it is clearly not, but if this isn’t the grown-up equivalent of having a bouncy castle, a popcorn machine and an ice-cream van at your party, we don’t know what is!
Photo by @thebotanistuk on Instagram