Morrell House, 98 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AF (Map)
Be surprised by a mischievous mix of toys, sweets and luscious décor in the midst of too cool for school Shoreditch. Ninetyeight is a breath of fresh air, providing an uplifting retreat for like-minded individuals. This venue prides itself on being different, and has it own Gallery featuring the most exciting art openings in London, where original artists show their works in new and innovative ways. It also has the Salon Theatre, which presents charismatic performances, from live music to sonnet readings, inspired by Shakespeare’s first Theatre, located next door. So it’s art and music but also some of the best cocktails you’ll find in London. With an accomplished cocktail team, led by Dan Hutchins-Read, Ninetyeight serves up an ever- evolving range of tipples, characterised by the team’s focus on infusions and molecular techniques. Guests are encouraged to be adventurous when ordering to experience different flavours in tantalising combinations. Naturally gin is big with Beefeater, Hendrick’s, Bombay Sapphire and even the hard to find Crown Jewel all present on the back bar. Ask for an Off in the Clouds and be surprised again.