Unusual bar of the week: Black Rock, the ultimate whisky joint

World Best Bar

Apr 25, 2018

They say good things come in small packages, and never has this been truer than at Black Rock. Small but perfectly formed, this intimate whisky bar is the perfect haunt for any budding whisky connoisseur.

At Black Rock, whisky is an art form. Situated between the Shoreditch and Liverpool Street stations, Black Rock is the latest venture of Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the brains behind the famous Worship Street Whistling Shop.

To call Black Rock a bar could be questionable, as there is no bar. If you looked up ingenuity in the dictionary, cross-referenced it with whisky, boozing, and possibly woodwork, you would arrive at Black Rock’s impressive centrepiece. In a total rejection of the traditional (and, dare we say, boring) bar setup, the centre of this innovative whisky joint is a 185-year-old oak tree, which has been cut in half and spans the width of the room. This tree is every whisky lover’s dream. Carved into the oak masterpiece are two canals, in which the proprietors are allowing 17 litres of whisky to slowly age as it is stored. Oh yes, you read that right. You can sit at a giant whisky-filled table and watch as your drink is poured from within it. The first boozy channel, lined with American oak, is filled with Cherry Bounce, a delightful mix of whisky and cherries. The second, lined with Limousin oak, is a house whisky blend, which is constantly tweaked by the resident experts.

If neither of these tickle your fancy, fear not. The bar is lined with glass cabinets containing a handpicked selection of more than 250 different bottles of whisky. For those of us without a keen eye, they have made it very simple. The bottles are ordered by taste and split into three price brackets, £11, £9 and £7 for 35ml. If you are still not convinced, why not try one of their creative whisky cocktails? With everything from the pineapple-infused ‘Fruit’, to the dark, coffee tones of the ‘Smoke’, there is something to suit all taste buds.


Black Rock is nothing short of genius.

Photo by @barblackrock on Instagram

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