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Friday, April 17, 2009

The bar which gets you tipsy on its air

Gin and Tonic
Special dress code: Drinkers leave the G&T-smelling bar in their special protective gear

Adults are often reminded to drink responsibly but customers entering a new cocktail bar where they are literally enveloped in a mist of alcohol are warned to breathe responsibly.

Just 40 minutes inside the venue – which delivers an intoxicating vapour of gin and tonic – will leave you feeling slightly merry.

Punters are also advised to don special protective suits as they enter the walk-in cocktail to avoid going home smelling like a brewery.

To complement the whiff of G&T the bar is decorated with giant limes and massive straws to make visitors feel as if they are inside the drink.

The experience is further enhanced by a special soundtrack featuring the noise of liquid being poured over ice cubes.

The bar, which has capacity for 40 people, is the brainchild of gastronomes Sam Bompas and Harry Parr.

Their other wacky innovations include scratch and sniff cinema and jelly banquets.

Mr Bompas said: 'It's something we have always wanted to do. We are about making food on an epic scale and this is an epic cocktail.

'If you think of what you do in a bar you might spend 40 minutes per drink, so we've calibrated the mixology to account for that much.'

Mr Parr said: 'Here we've vaporised a cocktail.

In the future I would like to make a liquid banqueting table.'

The Alcoholic Architecture bar can be found in Ganton Street, the Newburgh Quarter, central London.

It is open between 7pm and 9pm on selected dates until April 25.

Tickets, priced £5, are available for hourly slots and customers must be over 21.

Go to for more information and tickets.