The green fairy at Callooh Callay

Some of you may remember my last foray into absinthe, when I downed it as a shot, instead of sipping it as is the more conventional way of drinking it. Callooh Callay got wind of my experiment and invited me down to partake of their Green Hour, drinking the green fairy in the proper fashion. Callooh Callay is a proper little bar hidden in the alleyways of Shoreditch, taking it’s name from the poem Jabberwocky, it’s “non-sensible” as they like to describe themselves. Walking in, the main floor is frankly quite unassuming, wood floors, bar, some tables and chairs but walk past the velvet curtain and you’ve walked thru the looking glass. Overstuffed, orange pinstriped chairs and sofas that used to be bathtubs along with various knicknacks, victorian paintings, tasseled lampshades, plenty of mirrors and ambient lighting made me feel like I was drinking in a Prague antique shop. Onto the second floor, which was reminiscent of a 1920’s speakeasy and a better setting for my absinthe sipping. Sitting down at a table, I was faced with a square jar filled with an equally square block of melting ice standing atop 4 metal legs with a tap on each side at the bottom of the glass to let the water slowly drip out. A bottle of Pernod absinthe was produced and slowly poured over a cube of sugar sitting on a slotted spoon over the glass. Then the dripping commenced. I was slightly disappointed that there was no fire involved, I think I may be a bit of a firebug, but the Green Fairy did appear after a few seconds. After waiting what seemed like forever for the water to drip, drip, drip, we got to try it. Licoricey, herby, it was like drinking Good-n-Plenty ( a childhood candy). I think I prefer the shot method. Perhaps I am too impatient but sitting around sipping watery licorice is just not my thing. Maybe I’m not bohemian enough! I didn’t leave disappointed though. Callooh Callay...

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