Want to do something different this spring? For cocktails, craft beers, culture, beauty and more, these are the UK pop-up bars you need to visit
1. The Art Bar, Exchange Square, Broadgate, 5 April-18 May, free, open Monday to Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm (*Please note Sense Of Space will be closed to the public on Wednesday nights from 18 April-16 May for Silent Cinema.)
Draft beer, vegan bites and experiential art? Heck yes. Head to the green space behind Liverpool Street Station, spot the iconic graphics of Supermundane and rock up to the entrance of Sense Of Space - four rooms designed to transport you from everyday life and stimulate your senses (make your own art with gesture control tech or chill out in the womblike Zen Studio). Head for drinks after at The Art Bar next door and bask the warm glow of culture that stimulates the mind and body. Click here to find it.
2. Women's Prize for Fiction at the Baileys Book Bar, Waterstone's Gower Street, 23-27 April, from £8
The Book Bar returns for a series of events dedicated to celebrating the best writing by women and the six novels on the 2018 WPFF shortlist. With lunch and evening talks featuring Lily Cole, Juno Dawson, Catherine Mayer, June Sarpong, Kit de Waal and Viv Groskop alongside an experiential showcase for the Baileys Treat Collective (a team of food and drink experts who serve up playful and eccentric Baileys treats), this is a must for those who like their cocktails served with a slice of feminist fiction.
3. NTV Spring Break, Park Village Studios, NW1, 19-21 April, from £35
An ode to MTV’s Spring Break series from the 90s mixed in with a dash of Peter Pan - eclectic doesn’t even begin to cover it... The latest immersive project from Shuttlecock Inc will feature hipster Lost Boys, geezer Pirates, a trustafarian Tiger Lily, a tattooed Tinkerbell, a gangsta rapping Croc and the dance battle to end all dance battles. Remember: “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
4. Benefit Extreme Brow Bar, Observation Point, Southbank, 10 April, first-come, first-served basis
For one day only, Benefit will be hosting a pamper bar that’ll hover a brow-raising 65ft in the air over the River Thames. If you’re willing to take on the extreme brow bar challenge and hit the sky for a complimentary brow service or style, you’ll receive £100 in brow products for braving a ‘sky high’ professional brow pampering. It’s not for the faint-hearted…
5. Perilous Potions, Arches, East Market Street, Edinburgh, until 30 April, free but booking recommended
For those of you who’ve always felt the Dark Arts class at Hogwarts was your natural home, The Pop Up Geeks’ present a mixology class with a difference. Learn the impact of ingredients on your mind and body while working through the Conjure It Yourself cocktail list. Book ahead and you’ll have guaranteed seat for the class.
6. Legobar, London, all details to be announced
This is one of the most under-the-radar openings for spring 2018, all we know that this unofficial Legobar has no affiliations with the Danish household toy manufacturer; that it will be made from over 1 million Lego blocks and there will be DJs playing daily. The website is here - and the anticipation is, well, building…
7. ABQ, Manchester, opens April, from £25
Named after the state of Albuquerque... an RV… yellow hazmet suits for all guests… this self-proclaimed ‘immersive molecular bar’ is, on second glance, a tribute to the iconic TV series, Breaking Bad. Previously popping up in London, you get a welcome drink, your own boiler suit and a guide to creating two more cocktails of your choice. The Lab cocktail, anyone?
8. Alcotraz, Brick Lane, April-May, from £33
One for those of you who take your immersive events seriously - the Alcotraz pop-up bar requires patrons to smuggle their own spirit of choice past the ever-alert guards. In return, you’ll be presented with your very own prison pack (orange boiler suit plus mixers and syrups to make your own cocktails from behind bars); 30 years on the rock seems simple in comparison...
9. Ravinder Bhogal at The Perception, Soho, end of June, mains from £12
Inspired by Bhogal’s vegan niece, the chef from Jikoni has created a plant-based menu to delight even the most dedicated carnivores. Dishes include besan fritters with coconut yoghurt and curry leaf; Asian mushroom ragout with sweet potato gnocchi with desserts that include rose, coconut and cardamom doughnuts. Simply put: yum.
10. Art Capital at The Whitechapel Gallery, until 6 May, free
This temporary exhibit is the first unveiling of the public art that will be popping up in London from December 2018 to mark the revolutionary arrival of the Elizabeth Line. With huge works from Yayoi Kusama, Spencer Finch and Conrad Shawcross, now is the time to see the jaw-dropping art that’s set to change the face of our city.