Walking down a staircase into a speakeasy off Broadway Market might have seemed like a rum do to some 20 years ago, but times have changed in Londonâ€™s East End and a visit to Portside Parlour is more like stumbling on sunken treasure than a descent into Davy Jonesâ€™ Locker. Donâ€™t be put off by the entranceâ€”easily done; it’s a toilet doorâ€”instead pull back on the attendant chain to reveal a pop-up bar resembling the underbelly of a schooner. Gaslights on the walls and candles on the tables set the tone, with blues and rock providing the soundtrack to a bar boasting more than 50 types of rum. The project is a collaboration between the organizers and the Appleton Rum estate. Try the aged El Presidente and sit back on one of the Chesterfield sofas, or turn up for one of Portsideâ€™s fortnightly rum club evenings. But be quick so as not to miss the boatâ€”the bar is slated to open until May.
Opens Wednesday to Sunday until late; 63-65 Broadway Market, Hackney.