If you listen carefully while you’re walking down Heffernan Lane, you’ll hear brassy, Latin-jazz tunes. It may be tricky to find the party, but when you find the moss-green door, there’s a little World Class drinking venue waiting for you on the other side.
Huw Griffiths and his business partner, Shane Whiteley, restored this vacant property, keeping features such as the original bricks and timber ceiling structure above the bar.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are key ingredients on the cocktail menu. You'll find freshly-pressed apple juice, lemon, ginger and cucumber as regular features, alongside colourful botanicals such as raspberry malt shrub, elderflower and mirco herbs. Pineapples and plums are placed in vinegar to form sweet shrub syrup, which can be enjoyed with or without alcohol. (Shrubs are vinegar-based fruit drinks mixed with spirits, water or carbonated water).
Quirky names accompany the cocktails, which make ordering a Kum Den Botanica (the title is a nod to the bar’s neighbour), a Penicillin Cocktail or a Death Flip (a recipe credited to World Class Ambassador Chris Hysted) at the bar a little bit of fun.
There’s no kitchen at Union Electric, but the friendly relationship it has with the New Kum Den next door means you can get a quick fix of dumplings and spring rolls without even leaving. Just order from the menu at the bar and they'll be delivered to your table.