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The Bootlegger

The Bootlegger Basement Bar brings Moonshine Madness to Monument

The bootlegger

51° 30’ 43.1” | 0° 5’ 0.8”
(Basement Bar
25-26 Lime Street
EC3M 7HR – but keep it hush)


Located behind busy Leadenhall market is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it doorway leading to London’s newest prohibition inspired drinking den.

The bar is decked out with original period photography, furniture and props which transports visitors to the dark underground world of prohibition decadence. The cocktail menu is separated into different hooches. In line with America’s roaring twenties, I started the evening with rye of course. “Lucky” Luciano is made up of Bulleit Rye whiskey, subtle hints of Chambord, Kahlua and stirred over crushed berries with sweet and dry vermouth. For dessert, I opted for vodka based The Button Man and his Gat. This beautifully crafted drink contains sweet vanilla-infused Ketel One Vodka, amaretto, fresh basil, pineapple and a dash of lemon juice. Part way through my second drink the live jazz band started to play and my toes started tapping.  All that was left to do was sit back, cocktail in hand, and enjoy the evening.

Visitors on Thursday and Friday evenings are promised undisclosed headliners delivering a mix of blues, jazz, charleston and motown. The Bootlegger is also available for private hire and mixology master classes. Booking advised here.

The Button Man and his Gat £9.50
“Lucky” Luciano £12


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