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  • Opening night at PortSide Parlour

    Opening night at PortSide Parlour

  • Aged El Presidente.

    Aged El Presidente.

  • Aged sweet Palmetto.

    Aged sweet Palmetto.

  • A tankard of IPA from the Kernel Brewery.

    A tankard of IPA from the Kernel Brewery.

  • Candles and blues at Portside Parlour.

    Candles and blues at Portside Parlour.

  • The main bar area.

    The main bar area.

  • The bar is open Wednesday to Sunday.

    The bar is open Wednesday to Sunday.

  • The bar also hosts a fortnightly rum club.

    The bar also hosts a fortnightly rum club.

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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 London’s East End and a visit to Portside Parlour is more like stumbling on sunken treasure than a descent into Davy Jones’ Locker. Don’t be put off by the entrance—easily done; it’s a toilet door—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 Portside’s fortnightly rum club evenings. But be quick so as not to miss the boat—the bar is slated to open until May.

Opens Wednesday to Sunday until late; 63-65 Broadway Market, Hackney.

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