Shaker&Company is celebrating its first birthday with the refurbishment and launch of its new basement bohemian drinking den, Belle&Co. After a hugely successfully year of pop-up bars which saw no less than ten different concepts imprinted into their basement area, Shaker have created a multifunctional bar, theatre, performance and private hire space – Belle&Co.
Belle&Co takes its design and inspiration from the Belle Époque era (1890-1914), when peace and prosperity in Paris and London allowed the arts to flourish, and many masterpieces of literature, music, theatre, and visual art gained recognition. Original Victorian floorboards cover the entire area, with gold-trimmed burgundy theatre curtains filling the length of the performance space while gold leaf Mulberry Damask fabric hugs the walls surrounding the fleur-de-lis tin-clad bar and ceiling. Paris bentwood chairs were sourced from Parisian antique fairs along with a comfy Edwardian-style chesterfield in this opulent bijou bar.
Working with the team from Shaker Consultancy, multiple award-winning Bar Manager Elliot Ball has carefully selected a menu of 12 decadent original cocktails for the Belle&Co menu using barrel-ageing, house sodas, reductions, and house-made cordials, including grapefruit and lemon, lime and pomegranate cordials. Apple, Spiced Mango and Port reductions are also scattered throughout the menu, while solera-aged cocktails and sharing drinks are served in vintage musical cars, crystal-cut decanters and steaming copper kettles.
Mondays will play host to the Monday Movie Club (MMC), showing vintage, classic, cult and modern movies to regulars and newcomers, while serving up De Kuyper cocktail-inspired flavoured popcorn (think Margarita and Bourbon-Toffee Popcorn), along with handmade pizzas and burgers.
Tuesdays will continue with the open mic performance and comedy evening under the name of Party Piece, ran by Edinburgh Fringe regular Tom Webb.
Wednesdays provide a host of performance, immersive theatre, spirit and cocktail masterclasses, with visual art and live music rotating throughout the month.
Belle&Co offers Thursday-Saturday for table bookings, with a limited capacity of no more than 30, and reservations are highly recommended at least two weeks in advance, as their diary is already jammed-packed for the next several weeks.
Belle&Co is available for exclusive hire for private parties and office shindigs; other features include a cinema screen, iPod docking station, and full AV equipment. You can even have your very own award-winning mixologist to whip up a personalised cocktail list.
Bookings can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org