The Carouser team are invited into the world of Roald Dahl, to have a drink at Mr and Mrs Twit’s Upside Down Cocktail Cavern at The Vaults.
Les Enfants Terribles theatre company and ebp entertainment company are hosting a theatrical dinner party at Mr and Mrs Twit’s place. The event is running between the 4th September until the 30th October, so you’ve still got a week to book your tickets. However, at the price of around £80 per ticket, The Carouser decided to have a liquid dinner and stay in the Cavern bar.
If you have never been to The Vaults, it is a bit of a tricky place to find. Having been there before a few years ago to watch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I vaguely remember the way. Located in one of the back streets of Waterloo station, it is a pretty dark street recognised by it’s walls covered in graffitis. As we walk towards the end of Leake Street we see a big sign pointing to ‘The Vaults’ and so our adventures begin.
While we queue at the box office to collect our drinks vouchers, there appears to be a confusion. There seems to be no communication between bar and the show and no one knows what is going on. After a good 5 or so minutes of waiting around we finally get to speak to the bar manager. He is somewhat expecting us but is too busy to talk to us properly. This level of disorganisation isn’t making us feel very welcome but at least the lady at the box office is lovely and helpful.
The bar is decorated like Mr and Mrs Twit’s living room. However, as the name suggests, it is all upside down. Hanging from the ceiling there are rugs, chairs and tables, and we hope they don’t fall on our heads. Dimly lit with pink and blue lights, the room has wooden tables and benches scattered around. The music isn’t anything like what we were expecting. Playing a mixture of Moby and ambient house, it is too chilled for the Twits. However, the crowd, a mixture of what seemed to be primary school teachers and suits, seem to be enjoying themselves.
As we head to the bar, we are overwhelmed with all the different cocktails themed around the Twits’ story. We first try Mrs. Twit’s Unusual Spritz, because we want to hold on to summer for just that bit longer! Containing gin, Aperol, vermouth, prosseco and soda, we are excited to have this cocktail. Perhaps, we might even get a glass eyeball inside our drink. Disappointingly, there isn’t much unusual going on inside the glass goblet except a weak and watered down Spritz.
Hoping for better luck with our next cocktail, my eyes hone in on The Upside-Down Monkey Circus. A slushy based cocktail made of bananas, monkey nuts, gold rum, lime and sugar. I have high hopes and I’m sure this cocktail will redeem the previous one, and it surely does! Sprinkled with cornflakes, it is a delicious cocktail. Perhaps too sweet for some but I could definitely see myself having this with my cornflakes in the morning. Another cocktail that intrigues us but we unfortunately don’t get to try is Mrs. Twit’s Special Milk – for all of you dirty minded people out there. This cocktail included vodka, coffee liquor, white chocolate and milk.
Before leaving, we check out the loos, as you do. At the end of the bar we find some cubicles with no lights. Having had to use my phone as a torch in the past, I knew this was risky business. We only realise once we are done, that there are brightly lit toilets on the other side. I start to think maybe the unusual-ness of the Spritz is finally kicking in!
If you are a Roald Dahl fan and more importantly a fan of Mr and Mrs Twit, I would definitely recommend you make your way to Waterloo before the end of October. I wouldn’t recommend going all the way here just for a drink, but it is a great waiting area for before or after the show, while you enjoy bizarre cocktails.
Photography Credits: Rah Petherbridge Photography