Bourbon pop-up bar moves to south coast

The Buffalo Bourbon Empire pop-up bar, which was created for last year’s London Cocktail Week, has relocated to Hove in East Sussex.

Drinks company Hi-Spirits has opened it as an “upstairs speakeasy” at the Wick Inn, running for two weeks until Saturday February 9.

Working with bar consultants The Cocktail Service, it offers classic American cocktails served by waiters in spats and braces. Drinks include a Sazerac and Buffalo Mojito as well as a Boilermaker, a premium US beer served with a bourbon chaser, and the Pickleback, a shot of Buffalo Trace washed down with pickle juice.

Customers can also play Prohibition-period bar games such as craps, roulette and Toss the Boss as well as take part in a Prohibition quiz night.

Aimed at both consumers and the trade, tastings and masterclasses will spotlight whiskeys including Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Benchmark Bourbon, Sazerac Rye Whiskey, the five-strong limited-edition Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and the clear unaged Buffalo Trace White Dog.

The first Buffalo Bourbon Empire pop-up opened to tie in with London Cocktail Week in October, serving more than 7,000 drinks to over 3,500 customers over three weeks (pictured).

Hi-Spirits director Sue Hill said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the Buffalo Bourbon Empire to Brighton & Hove to build on our successful debut in London last year. The pop-up concept is a great way to spotlight Buffalo Trace’s award-winning whiskeys and versatile serves to bar professionals as well as consumers.”

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