Festival season is almost upon us once more, and for those inclined to keep your wristbands on – emblazoned like notches on your festival bedpost, your reward has arrived!
Here at The Sun Tavern we do all our good work to a soundtrack of Rock ‘n’ Roll – and from June to September we’ll treat you to 25% off your drinks bill if you show us your festival wristband.
From your Glastonburys & Latitudes to your Red Roosters & Field Days – any wristband from any festival. Simple as that. If you’re heading to Field Day, Love Box or Citadel, round the corner in Victoria Park and want a tipple beforehand, just show your tickets and we’ll give you a 25% discount too – so dip a cup into our Festival Punch which will be served for the full Festival Season.
We’ll also be serving a ‘Festival Fuel’ lunchbox with a Pig & Hay Scotch egg, Lincolnshire Poacher cheddar and oatcakes from Neal’s Yard Dairy, Nocellara olives, cured meat stick, a bottle of the Festival Punch, and an alcoholic ginger beer from Umbrella Brewing, all for £15.
If you’ve still got some juice in you after the Victoria Park fezzies, come back for your 25% off with Special Guest DJ’s supplying the ear candy ‘till the wee hours.
The 20th May was Whisk(e)y Day the world over, and since we’re more than partial to a drop ourselves, we thought we’d do something a bit special.
Throughout the day we hosted three free Poitín masterclasses, normally priced at £25 per person. Guests got to try four different Poitíns and a Poitín cocktail while learning the history of the homemade whiskey-turned legal spirit.
Poitín is a big part of what we do at The Sun Tavern, with us having one of the largest lists this side of the Emerald Isle.
We also launched our new Whiskey Menu on the day. Having won Imbibe’s Whiskey List Of The Year for 2016/17, we’ve certainly got something to live up to.
We introduced three whiskies from our Private Collection too. These are whiskies that are extremely rare and not normally available to our customers. They will be offered on our menu at a cost price in order to give everyone a chance to enjoy something extremely special. Check out what we’ve managed to get our hands on:
‘Dungourney 1964 Pure Pot Still Special Reserve’ – In auction originally at over £800 and available to our customers at only £30 per measure. Only 1200 of these bottles were released and are seldom seen any more!
‘Knappogue Castle 1951’ – In auction originally at £550 for the bottle and available to our customers at £20 per measure 36 years old when bottled. Was some of the last stock from the old Tullamore Dew Distillery. A true taste of history.
‘Bushmills 1975 Millenium’ – In auction originally at £200 for the bottle and available to our customers at only £10 per measure. 24 years old when bottled for the millennium. These were sold privately to investors, so it’s really rare to see a bottle on the market.
Other interesting new additions are The Boutique-y Whisky Company Single Malt, Connemara Single Malt, and the pretty exclusive Cill Áirne PX.
Come down and sip a dram!
Father’s Day lands on Sunday the 18th June this year, and we’re offering our poitín masterclasses at £40 for two people – so you’ll be able to treat him and get in on the act yourself!
Normally £25 per person, you’ll be welcomed with a reception cocktail on arrival, and then taste your way through four varieties of poitín, learning it’s history as you go. Snacks will be provided throughout, and you will finish off with a poitín based cocktail.
You’re invited to stick around for 25% off your drinks tab thereafter, and enjoy our live acoustic session from 6pm.
Poitín is Ireland’s most notorious spirit, which has been going from strength to strength since becoming legal again in 1997. The purest form of whiskey they say, The Sun Tavern hosts one of the most extensive lists in the world. The tastings will take place at 2pm and 4pm and are subject to availability.
If you can’t make it on Father’s Day, we host poitín masterclass bookings for two or more people all year round. Enquire for Father’s Day classes or regular poitín masterclasses by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sambrook’s of Battersea were our pick for May’s Takeover Tuesdays and will have their beers on two of our taps for the entire month of May – if you pop in on a Tuesday it’s £3 per pint on each until the keg runs out.
We’ll have their Session IPA, London Pale Ale and the fruity/spicy Battersea Rye on rotation, and on the first and last Tuesday of the month, Max from Sambrook’s will be playing ‘beat the brewer’ at the bar – if you beat him at one of our bar games he’ll pay for your pints!
Our mates at Flying Vinyl will also be on the decks on those days – they run an awesome vinyl delivery service, sign up and you’ll get a box of the best new music on vinyl delivered to your door every month, read more at www.flyingvinyl.co.uk
We choose a different independent brewery each month, usually local, to join us for Takeover Tuesdays each month, June will be The Mondo Brewing Company‘s turn – make sure you don’t miss it!
Umbrella Radio’s monthly takeover at The Sun Tavern for May saw Hoxton Radio’s Founder and Director, David Preshaah, take to the decks, spinning his take on non-specific Rock’n’Roll. The event coincided with The Sun Tavern’s new cocktail menu launch, so there was extra cause for celebration!
Every month Umbrella Radio take control of the music at The Sun, usually with a live DJ set from our very own John Robinson who’s joined by a guest DJ playing their own take on “Non-Specific” rock and roll – everything from the 50’s & 60’s, through Glam, Punk & New Wave, to the Indie of yesteryear and today.
This month it was the turn of David Preshaah of Hoxton Radio – a digital station founded by David in 2012. Hoxton Radio shed light on pop culture in East London with a foundation of great music, all from their studio overlooking Spitalfields Market – you can read more about them here. Other recent guest DJ’s for Non-Specific have included Drew McConnell (Babyshambles, Helsinki), Palma Violets, Superfood and Rennie (The View).
The Sun Tavern launched their new cocktail menu on the same night. The traditional Irish spirit Poitín is very much a part of The Sun Tavern’s DNA, and the new menu was inspired by other indigenous spirits from all over the world. Think Arrack, Grappa, Slivovitz, Cachaça, Pisco, Sake, Mezcal and of course, Poitìn.
To accompany all this we be served the age old peasant staple – stew. Irish stew to be exact. Made to the Duffy family recipe (Our general manager’s family!)
The festivities went on until the early hours, and all in all it was a great night – If you missed it, make sure to pop by to check out the new menu as soon as you can (we’re happy to see The Evening Standard are fans of it…) Also don’t miss next month’s Non Specific!
Umbrella Radio’s ‘Non-specific’ takeover of The Sun Tavern for May coincided with the launch of our new menu
Hoxton Radio’s David Preshaah took control of the decks, whilst guests enjoyed our new ‘indigenous spirit’ based cocktails and filled themselves up with Duffy family recipe Irish Stew – read all about it here.
International Poitín Day est. 18th November 2015
The Sun Tavern has got together with Bán Poitín on the 18th of November every year to commemorate the rebellious souls that kept the spirit of poitín alive through the dark days to its overdue legalisation in 1997.
On this official day to celebrate poitín, we hope to not only get across how amazing this spirit is, but also the diversity of the liquid where it can be sampled on its own, mixed or simply accompanying your favourite half ale as a boiler maker.
Here’s what you missed on the night…
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St. Patrick’s Day on a Friday?
Bound to be boisterous!
The afternoon saw the calm before the storm. The Ceilidh band set the perfect backdrop for folks popping in to pay their respects to the good Saint himself.
The bar began to busy as ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ floated through the air. It must have whispered to the crowd, as the Whiskey began to flow.
Soon after, it was Oyster Boy’s turn to lead the party. Shucking his oysters fresh from Chelmsford to give the masses some sustenance. Swallow or chew, vinaigrette or Tabasco? A couple of questions that flew around, and were quickly answered as minds turned back to Camden Ink.
Umbrella Radio DJ’s warmed up the decks with some Irish classics from Thin Lizzy & Van Morrison next to firm favourites from The Clash & The Smiths et al. Father Ted was also lurking on the blinds…
The Bán Poitìn cocktails were hitting the spot, with the Irish Coffee #2 keeping people pepped for the night ahead….not to mention the Poitìn shots, here, there, and everywhere.
Enter stage left, Dublin’s legendary DJ, Arveene, a giant in name and stature. He stepped to the decks with an eclectic mix of party bangers, Irish or otherwise, turning the whole place into a dancefloor, even though it was standing room only!
Never a dull moment….here’s to The Saint!
January saw two of our beer taps pumping Stone & Wood all month. We also had Australia day on the 26th which worked out as a bit of a send off for having Stone & Wood in as our guests.
Pat Keeble, Stone & Wood’s man ‘up over’ as apposed to ‘down under’ pushing the beer here in London popped in one cold morning to have a chat and tell everyone what’s in store for Jan!
As winter now has a firm hold over London…
Warming yourself up with an Umbrella Brewing Ginger Beer.
Takeover Tuesday saw a collaboration with our sibling Umbrella Brewing that meant the cloudy, fiery and alcoholic stuff was a mere 2 quid for an early week beverage.
Head brewer Matt Armitage, was kind enough to have a sit down with us to provide a bit of context as to how the ginger beer came to be…
In November of 2016, for The Sun Tavern’s ever changing Whiskey Wednesday collaboration, the lads and Dave Mulligan of Bán Poitín got their heads together and came up with a slightly more alternative Whiskey Wednesday offer given that ‘Poitín Day’ falls on the 18th.
Instead of the lads behind the bar here in TST getting their hands stuck in to concocting some new liquids, Dave Mulligan called across to the London alliance of Irish bartenders to externally create some delightful cocktails using the white Irish Spirit, Bán Poitín.
These willing boys did us proud, starting with Chris Pawer (@pawarsie89) of The London Edition Hotel’s famous Punch Room (@punchroomLDN) with.
Bán Poitín, Pimento Dram, Chai Tea, Brioche Syrup, Topped with Lemon Foam.
Second, Stephen McGonigle of Pococello (@pococello).
Little Green Fella
Bán Poitín, Pococello, Luxardo Maraschino, Green Chartreuse & Absinthe.
Thirdly, Tiarnan O’Gara of Blind Pig, Soho (@blindasapig).
Bán Poitín, Grapefruit juice, Lime juice, Raspberry syrup & Smoked salt.
Then there was Lee Peare (@mrpeare) of Ableforth’s (@ableforths).
‘Not Able For It’
Bán Poitín, Ableforth’s Cherry Brandy, Aperol & Campari.
Finally, the man behind the brand Bán Poitín (@banpoitin), Dave Mulligan (@davemulligan).
Bán Poitín, Banana Liquor, Banana & Almond purée, Lime, Sugar & Gingerbread syrup.
A November to remember.
The Sun Tavern turned two this October and we celebrated with a good old-fashioned piss-up!
Umbrella Brewing Ginger Beers were going for 2 quid a bottle and the boys from Redchurch Brewery sent over a keg as a birthday present – which we put on for free until it was dead, cheers lads! (To be honest, we’re not so sure a keg is an appropriate gift for a two year old…)
Terry from the locksmiths across the street got us a specially engraved chopping board – so massive shout out to him for that, nice one Terry!
Cheers also to our friends over at The Stone & Wood Brewing Co who chipped in with a case of their Pacific Ale. Camden Town Brewery got in on the act too, sending us over a couple of free kegs the next day – lucky us! A big thank you to those chaps as well.
Umbrella Radio and the guys at superfood were banging out the tunes as part of our first ‘Non-specific’ rock’n’roll night, Umbrella Radio’s monthly takeover – don’t miss the next one!
We launched our new cocktail menu the same day and the cocktails and poitin flowed freely late into the night – a massive thanks to all those who came and made it such a great night, those that didn’t – make sure you’re there for our third! (But why wait til then – stop by next time you’re in the area for late-night music at the best cocktail bar in Bethnal Green!)
We’ve been working with Dewar’s Blended Scotch to produce a bespoke scotch cocktail list to run every Wednesday this month.
This September over here in Bethnal Green, Dewar’s really wanted to push the boat out for this edition of the Whiskey Wednesday cocktail menu. So, given that they’re a Scotch whisky brand, the idea of pairing each cocktail with a Scotch egg came about, creating the ultimate scotch serve!
Each cocktail is only a fiver and pair it with it’s given Scotch egg for only £3 more! Make sure if you’re around Bethnal Green you pop in for scotch sake!
Dewar’s 12 year, Pomona, Gooseberry and Bayleaf Shrub & Lemon
+ Pork & Herb Scotch Egg
Oated Dewar’s 12 year, Raisin & Honey Water, Almond Milk, Lemon, Topped with Umbrella Brewing Ginger Beer
+ Pork & Stilton Scotch Egg
A Touch of Grass
Dewar’s 12 year, Green Chartreuse, Aquavit, Lillet Blanc & Celery Saline Solution
+ Black Pudding Scotch Egg
Beer and a Bump
Half pint of your choice with a measure of Dewar’s 12 year
*For more info, ask at the bar at The Sun Tavern, Cocktail and Whiskey bar London (Or should that be whisky?…)*
How better to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2017 than by enjoying the top-notch selection of Irish whiskey and poitín at The Sun Tavern?
We’re already putting together our plans for St Patrick’s Day 2017 – keep an eye out here for updates! In the meantime, to whet your appetite, check out photos from this year’s below.
If you’re in the Bethnal side of Bethnal Green Road on an August Wednesday, you should pop your head in here! We’ve got whiskey!
The Whiskey Wednesday collab for August meant the lads in the bar we’re getting stuck into crafting drinks using The Irishman Founders Reserve. Gavin McGowan-Madoo, who looks after the Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s The Irishman, came and had a chat about about whiskey on a Wednesday.
The blend of Founder’s Reserve is made up of two types of Whiskey, Single Malt and Single Pot Still. It’s also triple distilled and then after, matured in bourbon casks. This provides a great base for whiskey heavy cocktails and mixed drinks.
Have a look at what you could pick up on a Wednesday here at the bar…
Irishman Founders, Apple Juice, Lemon Juice, Spiced Honey & Mint. Topped with Soda.
Red is the Rose
Irishman Founders, Rosehip, Raspberry Jam, Lemon & Egg White.
Irishman Founders, Somerset Pomona, Cynar & Black Walnut Bitters.
It’s pretty well known that Irish ‘whiskey’ is spelt with an ‘e’ but scotch is simply ‘whisky.’ What’s not so well known is why…
The term ‘whiskey’ derives from he gaelic ‘uisce beatha’ – pronounced “uh-iss-keh beh-ah” – meaning water of life. This was abbreviated to ‘uiskie’ some time in the 17th century, which later became ‘whiskie’ and then “whisky.”
So whisky basically just means ‘water’ – kind of like ‘vodka’ does…
How this became ‘whiskey’ is up for debate – some people claim that the shift happened so that frugal Scottish printers could save a bit of cash by making the word a bit shorter – however most think that the spelling difference arose in the 1870s when Irish distillers tried to distinguish themselves from the much poorer quality Scottish whisky that flooded the market after the invention of the Coffey still. Others think the split is down to the slight difference between the Irish gaelic and the Scots gaelic – ‘uisce beatha’ as opposed to ‘uisge beatha.’
The large number of Irish emigrants to the States meant that the Americans adopted the Irish spelling – the Canadians and the Japanese chose to follow the Scots because… well – we don’t know why…
It remains a touchy subject for many – as famed New York Times Eric Asimov found out after being absolutely inundated with complaints when he used the Irish spelling for an article all about Scottish single malts.
To be honest, we don’t really mind how it’s spelt – we just know we love drinking it! Come join us at the best place to drink Irish whiskey in London – The Sun Tavern, Bethnal Green!
Even if the weather hasn’t been that great this summer, the Whiskey Wednesday cocktails certainly have!
For the month of July, The Sun Tavern’s bespoke Whiskey Wednesday cocktail offering was in ties with Jameson Irish Whiskey. Murphy did a great job orchestrating the drinks, which definitely received a noticeable amount of interest.
Jameson wanted to use their new additions, Jameson Caskmates and Crested. The Caskmates offers a nose of slight pot still spices with apple and pear scents and featured in the Bow Street Runners. Crested brings a different take on Irish whiskey to the bar with a sherry like, fruity and chocolaty taste and was the base of the Róisín Buí and the Hell’s Ditch.
This is what it looks like on a Wednesday…
Bow Street Runners
Jameson Caskmates, Angostura Amaro, Banana Liqueur, Lime, Absinthe & Thyme.
Jameson Crested, Lillet blanc, Orange bitters & Kümmel.
Jameson Crested, Limoncello, Gentian, Green tea & Egg white.
*For more info, ask at the bar*
The Sun Tavern – the best place to enjoy Irish whiskey in London