“The Shorty” is a trendy cocktail from New York that made its London debut last week at the newly revamped Upstairs; a stylishly vintage-inspired cocktail lounge replete with an eclectic glass collection, Gilbert & George art and a Tracy Emin neon bar sign.
The lounge is located on the second floor at the Ten Bells, which first opened in 1666. Shorty cocktails seem to transcend any kind of particular origin. They can be best classified as hybrid cocktail-shots, and are decadent alternatives to the craft beer, fine wine, and classic cocktails otherwise on offer at the lounge.
Bradley Lomas, co-founder of Upstairs, made the following comment: “We wanted to create a haven from the busy Shoreditch streets. Upstairs is a place to meet for a tipple, a talking point. From the ingredients in the drinks to the art on the walls, we’re all about inspiring people to taste, talk and try something a little bit different.”
At Upstairs, the Shorties are nameless, with only their respective ingredients listed on the menu, which changes weekly. From bee pollen and palm sugar, to red date shrub and black cardamom, there is indeed something for everyone.