Former laundry to be reborn as east London cocktail bar

machine no 3

A new cocktail bar is set to be opened this week in the Homerton area of Hackney in east London in the former site of a dilapidated old laundry.

Brother and sister Antony and Lauren Johns and their French partner Briac Le Camus open Machine No 3 in Well Street to the public on Friday (November 6).

The neighbourhood bar will specialise in cocktails alongside craft beer, locally sourced cheese boards and charcuterie, and a list of bio-dynamic and organic wines. It follows the success of their pub The Three Compasses in Dalston Lane, east London.

It is the latest arrival in the emerging destination of Well Street which is already home to The Gun, Well Street Kitchen, Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop and The Dane and Josh.

Machine No 3 aims to provide an intimate, quirky space with an ethos of providing “exceptionally good-quality” cocktails and locally sourced food at reasonable prices in a relaxed environment.

Retaining the roots of its original setting of an old laundry, the original washing machine covers now adorn the bathrooms and are the inspiration for the bar’s name.

The founders have brought in Robin Summers to manage the new destination, bringing six years of experience in the industry as well as boasting an extensive knowledge of European and American craft beer cultures, contemporary and classic cocktails and a keen interest in natural and bio-dynamic wines.

His cocktails will include the Black Feather, made with Baron de Sigognac VS armagnac, Lillet Blanc, triple sec and peach bitters, and The Right Hand, mixing Havana Añejo Especial rum, Campari, vermouth and Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters.

There will be several twisted classics such as the Cardinal Sour, combining Jim Beam Black whiskey with Visciolata del Cardinale cherry wine, lemon juice and egg white.

Lauren said: “We are so excited to be unveiling our brand new venture, Machine No 3 to Hackney’s blossoming Well Street. The area is already home to a number of brilliant pubs and restaurants and we truly believe our new bar will be a great addition to the landscape.

“Our ethos is to maintain a relaxed and fun environment yet take our drinks seriously and we cannot wait to welcome visitors through our doors to see for themselves.”

It will be open 5pm to midnight with table service from Monday to Thursday. It will open until 1am on Friday and Saturday, featuring DJs, and from 5pm to 11pm on Sundays.

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