The team behind acclaimed East London bars The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company have announced the launch of Umbrella Workshops, their first brick and mortar retail site and tasting room on Shoreditch’s Boundary Street in early 2022.
Originally launched as an online shop out of necessity during lockdown 1.0, Umbrella Workshops will allow customers to explore Umbrella Project’s bottled cocktails, low intervention & natural wines, small producer spirits, Irish Whiskey, Poitin, and more. In addition to the shop, consumers will be able to visit the interactive tasting room meaning everyone can try before they buy and explore the rare spirits stocked on the shelves. The tasting room will also play a pivotal role in Umbrella Project’s cocktail creation, utilising the space as an incubator and cocktail development centre for future bottled cocktails as well as cocktails in The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company.
Situated down a cobbled lane in the old atelier workshops of Shoreditch built in 1895, the Umbrella Project team will sensitively restore the space whilst keeping a focus on its original features, providing a unique shopping experience.
With its one station bar, Umbrella Workshops will provide a creative hub for East Londoners. Inviting guests daily, the team will encourage visitors to attend sampling and tasting sessions. With room for up to 15 people, this cosy space is available to hire for private events, with scope for an external bar to be added.
As the owners of the largest selection of Poitin in the UK, The Umbrella Project will be bringing some of their favourites to the shelves including Bán Poitín and Knockeen Hills. A range of bottles from small batch spirits producers such as Co. Down’s Killowen Distillery – exclusively available through The Umbrella Project – will be on display, alongside the full spectrum of Umbrella London’s refreshing Ciders and fiery Ginger Beers, so visitors can have a browse and discover their new favourite tipple.
Umbrella’s classic bottled cocktails; the Umbrella Margarita, East London Negroni, and Irish Old Fashioned among others will be readily available for those who want to enjoy their cocktails from home.
For more information, head over to Umbrella Project’s official website.