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The Natural Philospher (Bar)

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489 Hackney Road, Hackney, London, E2 9ED
Cuisine: Bar
Tel: 020 7739 6633 | Email to The Natural Philospher | Transport: Bethnal Green | Write review

The Natural Philospher Review

Top 10 things you need to know about The Natural Philosopher bar:

1) In the daytime The Natural Philosopher is a Mac repair shop. As darkness falls, it transforms into a vintage cocktail bar with a lavishly moustachioed mixologist and an owner who also dabbles in vinyl sales. 

2) Yes, it's in Hackney.
 
3) Split over four levels, interconnected with small narrow staircases, The Natural Philosopher is dimly-lit and secluded despite the eye-popping window display of archaic, beautiful ephemera. Caches and buried treasure are a theme here. You’ll discover something new each time you visit. 
 
4) Pull the lever on the little old one-armed-bandit in the entrance and instead of a cash pay-out you'll be rewarded with a little poem, generated at random just for you.
 
5) The cocktail list is concise, changing to reflect the seasons. Drinks are broken down to their constituent tastes and textures and gently transformed to give them hidden depths and surprising discoveries. They make classic cocktails too.  
 
6) The Old Fashioned cocktail is made with pomegranate molasses grapefruit liqueur. The bourbon's rye is balanced with a touch of honey and the grapefruit brings a bracing acidic bitterness, which has more dimensions then traditional bitters. It is rich yet fresh.
 
7) The Zabarella is a reloaded margarita with cardamom-infused premium tequila. It’s floral and zesty, like smelling the scent of a Mexican street at dusk (even if the closest you've been to Mexico is a lunch-time burrito, tequila will make you sentimental). The glass is even crusted with cinnamon salt, warm yet savoury. 
 
8) Behind the sunken bar is a library turned VIP room. Wooden panels make the nest ideal for secret assignations and liquor-fuelled evenings of mirth. 
 
9) There are plans to serve Italian food to match the drinks, small bites that will have the moorishly addictive qualities of the drinks.
 
10) The Natural Philosopher is indeed the perfect place for contemplating the big questions in life (even if it’s “what will next be transformed into a drinking hole in this big city? A funeral parlour? A debt advisory centre?") and for going on a treasure hunt to find interesting flavours, décor and conversation. Visit when you can and you’ll find your new favourite spot for amazing cocktails in London.
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