Last week I was invited to the pop-up Wonderland bar at Alice’s Adventures Underground. The bar launched bigger and better this year, alongside the interactive show. If you’ve been lucky enough to experience the show itself from the last time it was in town, then I can tell you that the pop-up bar that is Wonderland will not disappoint! So what can you expect? Well read on for a taste of the journey that is the Wonderland bar.
As part of the experience to get you in the mood for the journey of Alice’s Adventures, the decor (designed by Darling & Edge) includes some quirky and impressive backdrops. With a range of floral, greenery and animal themes all in line with the show. The venue is made up of two different bars, the main bar downstairs with lots of seating as well as a photobooth section for those selfie lovers.
The upper deck hosts a small stage as well as another bar and even a flamingo croquet area! There are even a handful of cute secret coves dotted around, perfect for a romantic date to impress that special someone.
Drinks & Food at the Wonderland Bar
The drinks menu at the Wonderland bar is just as creative as the interiors. With an array of colourful cocktails, constructed by the folks at Smith & Sinclair. Some highlights from the drinks menu include:
Painting the Roses Red – £10
A glass of rose gold liqueur shaken with lemon and honey poured over a stripe of hibiscus paint, topped up with Scavi and Ray prosecco.
Who Stole all the Tarts? – £9
Vodka and rhubarb shaken with lemon and sweetened with a dollop of jam, topped with soda water and one of the Queen’s tarts.
And my favourite… (mainly due to the colour-changing element which was perfect for snapchat!)
Deluxe Tea Party Cocktail – £9
A magical colour changing gin based drink made up of a concoction of chamomile, green tea, peppermint, Aperol, triple sec and a spiced liqueur. Served with a lemon lollipop (make sure you stir the drink first!).
For those after something a bit simpler, you also have a wide range of other choices including; beer, prosecco and mocktails.
The food was also a highlight of the evening, cooked up by the lovely folks from Saucy Chip. They served a delicious selection of food, I recommend the Dodo’s Dolce Vita Mac ‘n’ Cheese and the Mock Turtle’s Rock and Roll Chips.
It’s ideal for those pre and post-show drinks if you are seeing the show. And if you’re not? Then still expect to be entertained during your time at the Wonderland bar! You definitely won’t be bored during your visit as you will find a number of hosts ready to keep you busy.
Part of the Wonderland bar experience includes being graced by the company of various characters from the show. Not only are you able to play flamingo croquet with them or enjoy a cocktail or two. You can also take part in some of the party games they host throughout the night. On my visit they actually had a speed dating session with the characters, which was highly entertaining! Needless to say my anti-social personality did not participate, but it was a good laugh watching everyone else get involved.
How do I get there?
The bar itself is open to the public as you only need a ticket for entry into the show. But if you’ve never been down to The Vaults before (or Waterloo in general for that matter) you’ll probably need the below directions as well as Google maps to hand when you venture down.
Tuesday to Thursday 5.30pm – 11.00pm
Friday 5.30pm – 2.00am
Saturday 1.30pm – 2.00am
Sunday 1.30pm – 6.30pm
London SE1 7AD
To get there: Exit Waterloo Station via Exit Two onto Waterloo Road. Walk towards the Old Vic and turn right onto Lower Marsh. Turn right at Launcelot Street. Entry is from Launcelot Street.
London is defintely a city with a lot to offer, and this pop-up bar makes a fantastic addition to that! I loved my evening at the Wonderland bar and would definitely go back again. It’s perfect for dates or nights out with friends, in fact I’ve already it in with some friends to celebrate an upcoming birthday.
The show is actually proving to be just as popular as last year, with a lot of the initial dates already sold out. But even if you don’t get a chance to book a ticket for the show I highly recommend going to enjoy a cocktail at the Wonderland bar.
I have to apologise for the lack of photos of my night there, but being located underground, it didn’t make for the best lighting for photos. However, I don’t think any photos would do this experience justice and hope that you get a chance to visit the bar for yourself. So what are you waiting for? Head down to The Vaults at Waterloo and explore the Wonderland bar first hand.
DISCLAIMER: I was kindly invited to the launch of the pop-up bar, but all views and opinions stated are my own.