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Black Rock


Black Rock

Whisky-lovers, looks like we’ve found you a favorite new address, and it’s this bar near citizenM Shoreditch.

Recently, I set off to London for the launch of the citizenM Tower of London plus a sneak peak at the new citizenM Shoreditch hotel location. This wonderful weekend wasn’t just about catching up with a whole load of in-the-know contributors from all over the globe, or enjoying the over-the-top parties provided by the hotel. It also gave me a chance to do one of my favorite things: explore plenty of the fab things this town has on offer.


Over the next few few days, I revisited some old favorites and found some new ones. But the best discovery of was a little whisky bar by the name of Black Rock. The cool cocktail crowd will already be familiar with this bar’s big sister, The Whorship Street Whistling Shop, which is in itself worth a visit.  Their new spot brings something a little new to the bar…or lack of bar, as it were.  Black Rock doesn’t really have an actual bar. Rather, guests sit at one of the high tables lining the walls or at a long tree trunk table that runs the length of the room – and makes for a majorly impressive centerpiece and main focal point – while friendly bar staff discretely mix up drinks at a small trolley in the corner.


So, about that tree table… It’s made from a nearly 200 year old oak that was cleanly cut in two to create a nice flat tabletop. Even better, inside is divided into two aging tanks: one holding the “Table Whisky” and the other holding an interesting American whisky and cherry liquid that makes for lovely sipping. They start the evening shift by pulling off a bottle of each to serve throughout the night. Apparently bottles will be going up for sale soon if they haven’t already (and that’s a sweet little souvenir or unusual present to take back from a visit here!).


With some 250 whisky references, another wall is lined with chic industrial looking glass cabinets containing bottles from all over the world organized by flavor profile, making it easier to find your sweet spot. A colored sticker system indicates pricing level and the selection includes everything from the usual suspects to more unusual, rare finds.

When we finished up a few drinks here in search of small snacks, the staff kindly pointed us in the direction of Beer & Buns for Japanese craft beer, steamed hirata buns and Korean style fried chicken wings. Yet, another great discovery worth a visit – and an article – all its own!

Black Rock


9 Christopher Street, London EC2A 2BS

Images by citizenForest

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