Hidden amongst the winter festivities and Christmas cheer normally reserved for families and young ones is Grotto Outre in Shoreditch – a winter experience strictly for grown-ups!
The journey begins in a professor's laboratory and continues through an icy kingdom where the stairway to Outré awaits. This mystical pathway will lead intrepid explorers into the outlandish realm where the fun really begins.
Each evening Grotto Outre hosts a Christmas cracker of a night, kicking off with Festive Film Nights on Mondays, Bingo Bonanza on Tuesdays, Quizmas Wednesdays and on Throwback Thursdays the reigns are handed over to you as you control the playlist, find the magical track and banish Scrooges ghost's forever to win an Outre prize! Friday & Saturday expect outrageous club nights with top UK DJs including Grotto resident, Mrs Claws (Caroline Banx) and when the jingle bells chime, be ready to Swap-a-HoHo – stay close to that festive washing line as an item of clothing must be exchanged!
On Sunday, relax and recharge your batteries for the week ahead with delectable bloody marys and live acoustic music from Rat on the Roof. The elves have also foreged for the finest local Hackney produce and have found some real treats to end the week in style. Stuff your face with seven different types of scotch eggs from Finest Frayer, dine out with Shoreditch Bake and finish with a cheese board from the Dark Knights of Cholesterol from Chatsworth Road Market.
Unusually familiar characters such as, Christmas Cheer, The Ice Queen & Reindeer Keepers will be making a list and checking twice as they try to find out who's naughty or nice. Good behaviour will be rewarded with ‘Christmas infused' cocktails brought to you by Craft Cocktail Co, think ham hock infused vodka and mince pie martinis. A mince pie mix of apples, candied citric peel, orange oil and spices is infused into vodka and left for a week providing optimum flavour. Then filter it twice and add apricot and plum and a hint of lemon to balance…. a sparkling Christmas treat.
Tickets are available here: www.grottooutre.ticketleap.com/