Bompas and Parr Bar- Alcoholic Architecture Multisensory Cocktails, Mixology & Alcohol Vapour Pop-up opens in Borough Market

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Borough Market is world renowned for its extraordinary offering of exceptional British and international foods many unique to the stall holders in the market and not found anywhere else.  The market itself is believed to date back to around 1014, it is also surrounded by a variety of quality coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

Breathe Responsibly

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The newest addition to Borough Market’s offering is the pop- up bar Alcoholic Architecture which sits next to the UK’s earliest gothic cathedral and on the site of an ancient monastery. The bar is unique to any other drinking establishment in London, it uses produce mainly sourced from the market and it is unique because of what’s found inside. You may have heard of Vapshot an exciting new system that allows alcohol to be turned to vapour and inhaled by consumers? Well this pop up takes things to the next level by creating a fully immersive, multi sensory alcohol environment (yes a room full of vapourised alcohol). With humidity at 140 per cent, there is so much alcohol in the air, you can see less than a metre but the high humidity level enhances flavour perception. And by breathing the cocktail cloud, alcohol bypasses the liver allowing you to consume 40 percent less to feel the same effect!

Cockails at Alcoholic Architecture

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Once inside you will be able to order further cocktails from a menu that complements the taste profile of the breathable beverage. The menu itself is totally inspired by its monastery surroundings with a theme that revolves around Monks and their long history with making alcohol. The drinks list is entirely comprised of spirits and beers created by monks, such as Chartreuse, Benedictine, Trappist beer, fortified wine and even the notorious Buckfast. Shots can be drunk from a human skull turned into a drinking vessel (name another bar where you can drink from a skull!). Visitors will be able to sup an overproof shot from where the brains once were. All cocktails on offer follow the monastery theme including the Dirty Habit (equal measures of Buckfast and Scotch whisky) and the Franciscan Conversion (Frangelico layered with vodka).

Sam Bompas & Harry Parr

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Alcoholic Architecture is the brain child of Sam Bompas & Harry Parr a duo brought together by the love of jelly their first business idea being a jelly stall at the Market! Their gelatine prowess has seen them enter an architectural jelly design competition, create a glow-in-the-dark alcoholic jelly for Mark Ronson’s 33rd Birthday Party and become the first people to record a jelly wobble. They have since grown into a much larger team that leads the way in flavour-based experience design, culinary research, architectural installations and contemporary food design. The studio works with some of the world’s biggest companies (Diageo, Cargill, Mercedes-Benz) and the world’s foremost cultural institutions (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow)

Open since 30th July this year it will last for 6 months until 30th January 2016.

How much does it cost?

Hour time slots are priced at £10.00 off peak (All Mon, all Tues and Wed Thur, Fri before 5pm) and £12.50 peak (Thursday post 5pm, Friday post 4pm and Saturday ending at 10pm). All guests will be asked to wear special protective suits to enter. If you stay for 40 minutes you will absorb the equivalent of a large drink through your lungs and eyeballs. So pretty much 1 free drink for the entry cost!

How long can you stay?

Bompas & Parr has been working with respiratory scientists and chemists to calculate safe lengths of time visitors can remain in the cloud. It’s a complex series of calculations taking in ratio of spirit to mixer, room size, number of people in the room, air change, lung capacity and rate of alcohol absorption.

How much are drinks?

The cocktails are around £7.50 each. On par with other normal bars in London and good value considering you will also be drinking with every breath you take.

How to get there?

The venue is One Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 9DE. The closest train and tube station being London Bridge

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