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The Secret Cocktail Bar

Well, I guess it’s not really a secret anymore. Sorry, Haycock & Tailbar Associates. You lovely readers won’t tell, will you?

To the naked eye you probably wouldn’t even notice this cocktail bar. The seemingly popular trend of secret bars and pop up restaurants is quite exciting, especially for little towns like Northampton (in England). There’s no neon sign or even an indiscreet one. It’s simply a doorway that only the select few know about. Ring the bell and wait to see who appears (and where)…we were so shocked when what we thought was a wall opened up as an entrance.

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Ignore the shabby décor of the hallway and head straight down the stairs to the more stylish excitement. It’s a very cool place, so of course the lights are very low.

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Whilst this place describes itself as a cocktail and supper room, I think we all know which bit I’m going to tell you about. The four page list of original and glamorous cocktails will have you musing for a quite a while.

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Though with most of them priced at £8, and with their fresh and fancy ingredients (only the finest liquors are used) I think you can get away with sampling quite a few. You know, for research purposes.

We started with a Flower Child (elderflower, mandarin, jasmine liquors, mixed with prosecco), French Correction (chambord, vodka, and shrubs – yes I said shrubs), and a Rose Royce (prosecco, rose petals and rose syrup). The Rose Royce won the first round hands down.

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If you ask really, really nicely, the handsome chaps will even create your very own cocktail for you. Just don’t ask for a Sex on the Beach or a Woo Woo. Haycock & Tailbar Associates is a classy corner of the town. Let me introduce you to the Taylor Hearts Travel cocktail.

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It features bubbles in the form of some delicious prosecco, peach and some other gorgeous surprises.

Whilst there’s no dress code, I’d recommend that you put your party clothes on and make a night of it just like we did.

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Just make sure you book a table - it was fully booked the evening we visited. Northampton is only ninety minutes from London and about an hour from Birmingham, so if you’re heading to the town make sure you visit (15 Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1TY). Oh, and don’t forget to order the Taylor Hearts Travel cocktail.

What cocktail would you create? X

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