There's a big secret being covered up at hidden speakeasy bar Barts, and it's not how to find it! Oh no... it turns out that Uncle Barts is being played at his own game, worse still, under his own roof. Apparently, it is not Uncle Barts who brews up the best bootlegging concoctions after all, but a mystery group with far higher powers that pull the wool over Barts' eyes, The Hellfire Consortium.
This perilous party of puppeteers are said to convene once a month between the hours of 7- 8pm, where they imbibe, discover and decide upon what will be Uncle Barts' next master cocktail. More importantly, for the first time ever, the hell-raising group has decided to offer you the chance to join in on their hair-raising reunions.
A group of 13 lucky applicants will be carefully selected each month and given the opportunity to help form the revised consortium in an hour long tasting, as well as cocktail master class hosted by expert mixologist Vincenzo Sibilia. Together the group will compose and refine one cocktail of their choice that will be available to their fellow moonshiners for the duration of the following month.
Each meeting will focus on a different brand of alcohol, beginning with Sipsmith Spirits, Vodka, Gin and Summer Cup on Tuesday 23rd July, when the team behind the drink with also assist the Hellfire Consortium by talking them through the history and mystery behind the flavours of the spirits...but shhh, you didn't hear it from us!
Barts is a quirky 'speak easy' style bar located on the prestigious Sloane Avenue. It is the brainchild of Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes, the dynamic duo that own the Inception Group that also comprises of the highly successful 80's themed nightclub, Maggie's and an Englishman's Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke, Bunga Bunga in Battersea. This summer they will also be launching Mr Fogg's in Mayfair, a recreation of the actual home of Jules Verne's most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg, as well as a Disco, an underground boîte in Soho, inspired by the disco movement, which started in 1970s Manhattan.
So who the devil is pulling the strings on Uncle Barts? To find out sneak your way into this month's Hellfire Consortium...
Consortium meetings to be held towards the end of each month
First meeting: Tuesday 23rd July 2013