Third site set to open for Bring Your Own Cocktail bars


BYOC Covent Garden

After their success in Brighton and London’s Covent Garden, a third BYOC is being launched in north London, again calling on people to bring their own spirits to be made into cocktails.

Owner Aleksey Nikulin has created the latest BYOC (Bring Your Own Cocktail) in a basement in Camden High Street which officially opens its doors this month.

The first BYOC (pictured) opened underneath The Juice Club in Bedfordbury in Covent Garden in February 2013, followed by a second in Meeting House Lane, Brighton, in November.

Hidden behind an unassuming door, down a narrow staircase, Camden is styled on a Prohibition-style casino experience, with bartenders behind vintage roulette and blackjack tables, rather than simply a speakeasy as in Covent Garden and Brighton.

However, the core concept of BYOC remains unchanged, with customers bringing their own spirits to be used in cocktails created by bartenders to suit each individual drinker.

Consumers pay a set entrance fee of £25 – the standard across all three locations – and drink for a two-hour period on a pre-booked system.

For the first time, BYOC Camden will be offering small dishes of food including artisan cheese and charcuterie boards from London’s finest suppliers.

The freshly sourced ingredients include a comprehensive selection of handmade syrups and bitters, pressed fruit and vegetable juices, spices and herbs.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, BYOC Camden has 50 covers, with the space available throughout the week for private hire and intimate parties

Aleksey said: “The idea for Bring Your Own Cocktail was simple and yet effective. We have found that consumers have responded strongly to the flexibility of providing spirits of their choosing and having cocktails made to suit them.

“The bespoke experience is demonstrative of where the market is heading with signs showing that consumers are largely moving away from less tailored experiences.

“Equally, the quality of our ingredients plays very well for such a discerning and often health-conscious audience.

“With Covent Garden consistently booked it was undoubtedly time to move with the demands of the market and offer an additional location with more space and a slightly different feel.”

BYOC, 9-11 Basement, Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE www.byoc.co.uk

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