It might not look much from the outside, but Satan’s Whiskers is one of my favourite cocktail bars in East London. Blink and you’ll miss its tiny neon signage, but within a short walk from Bethnal Green tube station and Victoria Park lies this wonderful venue.
The decor has a New York/speakeasy feel, with vintage posters and mad taxidermy also making an appearance. There are intimate booths as well as two-seater tables. When I visit I approach the cocktail menu (which changes daily) like an Olympic decathlete, working my way through a number of events with the challenge of trying to stand up when I leave.
The ‘Satan’s Whiskers’ itself is a good place to start; I also like an ‘Old Pal’ (a Negroni with whiskey) and something fruity like an East 8 Hold Up (with pineapple and Aperol). There aren’t many I haven’t tried and I’ve never been disappointed.
Often at cocktail bars the food menu is overlooked – merely a way of extracting more cash from drunk punters – but not at Satan’s Whiskers. Choose from the ‘two finger’ or ‘four finger’ menu – there’s an insane scallop and bacon burger, ribs, wraps and sweet potato fries. To top it off, the playlist is strictly hip hop, making this entire drinking and dining experience like no other in London.