Late-night pisco bar launched at South American restaurant

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A late-night pisco bar has been launched at a South American restaurant in north London, offering original cocktails and pisco infusions.

Pisco Embassy opens every Friday and Saturday from midnight to 5am at Comedor Grill & Bar in Upper Street, Islington, with a Bolivian DJ playing a mix of commercial and South American music.

The drinks list has been created by José Francisco-Modonese, previously sommelier at Sushisamba restaurant and bar in the City of London. Having been born in Lima in Peru and regularly revisiting during the grape harvest, he is a passionate champion of pisco.

His 12-strong menu offers twists on the classics such as the Pisco Embassy Punch, which is pisco mixed with fresh pineapple juice and a touch of lemon, and the Chicha Sour which is made by combining pisco with Peruvian purple corn syrup and lemon juice.

Signature cocktails include Machu Picchu Nights, which is made with pisco infused with shisho leaves, shaken with lemon juice, red basil syrup, mixed berry purée and pressed apple juice.

The Oso Paddington uses pisco infused with orange peel, combined with cinnamon syrup, fresh orange juice and a touch of lime juice.

José’s other infusions use ingredients such as physalis, kaffir leaves, orange and lemon. Showcased in beautiful glass jars, the infusions add a unique flavour to classic cocktails and create entirely new tastes. Pisco Embassy will also showcase rare and unusual piscos from Peru.

Entry to the 100-capacity venue is free from midnight to 2am. After that, membership is required, available to anyone aged 23 and over for £10. More details at

While the restaurant has been open as a late-night bar in the past, Pisco Embassy is being launched as a destination in its own right.

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