On Sunday night I was lucky enough to get invited along to an evening sampling the brand new cocktail menu from Newcastle hotspot Science Bar. I’ve been a fan of this watering hole ever since it was North Bar and the walls were covered in porn. When North shut down I even went along to pick up some of the disco balls that had previously been hanging from the ceiling. Now that is dedication. Science Bar is known for its lovely cocktails – all of which have some kind of scientific theme. So what can we expect from the new cocktails on the menu?
Well, first things first, I’ve always kind of felt that Science Bar could go a bit bigger on the whole science theme – you know, serving all the drinks in beakers or test tubes, making drinks that fizz and smoke and maybe even pop – so I’m happy to report that a pleasing number of tonight’s drinks were served from some kind of scientific apparatus. We had 63% rum in a test tube, we had bright blue ice cubes covered in meth and we even had flames. Get in.
On the sweeter side, we had cocktails with candy floss in, an alcoholic ice cream float and even edible flowers. All beautifully presented and tasting lush.
Sure there were some flavours in there I didn’t like, but with 16 cocktails on the menu then there must be something in there worth giving a go. And with two for £10 in happy hour, there really is no excuse to try at least a couple of them.
My personal recommendations would be the Newton – Absolut Lemon, limoncello, caramel, apple and lemon. It tastes just like a sherbet lemon and it is absolutely delicious.
I was also a fan of the Deku Deku – Jim Beam, Frangelico, bitters, treacle and hazelnuts. Not as super sweet as Newton but seriously tasty and nutty nonetheless.
If you’re feeling brave, I’d recommend the Galileo – definitely the most unique offer on the menu. It has an (ahem) unique taste due to the fact that it contains squid ink! It’s the most ambitious and individual offering on the menu but I’ll leave you to explore that one yourself… My only tip is that it gets better the longer you leave it!
To keep up to date with Science Bar’s happenings, check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And don’t forget to leave a chalk board message when you pop in. There is no doubt Andrew and I will be making a visit on our date night this weekend so I can recommend the top tipples.