If you haven’t heard of Drink Shop Do, the bar-come-café-come-retailer-come-workshop in King’s Cross, you clearly need to do your homework. A charming combination of vintage décor, art and knick knacks greet you as you stumble through the shop door; the heady aroma of cocktails and cake seducing you further as you find a seat in the surprisingly spacious café/bar at the back of the shop. That seat you just parked yourself on? For sale. As is virtually every piece of artwork and furniture you can set eyes upon in Drink Shop Do. And not only can you buy great art here but you can make it for yourself, for Drink Shop Do boast an inventive and eccentric programme of music and arts activities that would have the most hipster of hangouts quaking in their boots.
Despite seeming to cater for a youthful, arty crowd, their appeal is actually very diverse, with afternoon tea menus perfect for mums or grans, hen ‘DOs’ ideal for those wanting original party ideas and comedy nights the boyfriend would probably thoroughly enjoy. The friendly staff and delicious (though not cheap) menu hugely add to the Drink Shop Do experience.
The formula is fairly simple. You turn up, gorge yourself on one of their extensive and utterly delicious range of cakes and, whilst slurping a pot of tea or perfectly chilled pint, craft to your hearts content with the expert assistance of one of DSD’s host companies. (Such as Use It Up, Wear It Out.)
The evening we attended involved us decorating a Kitschmas Headband to adorn our craniums during the festive season. Glittery, colourful and plain headbands in a range of sizes were presented to us that we could embellish with a huge range of beads, baubles, bows and sparkles. Our crafting ‘hosts’ were on hand to provide creative inspiration and tips and the round crafting table provided a great social opportunity to meet similar people and have a chortle about your equally terrible artistic abilities.
Of course if you have a weird-shaped head or this isn’t your thing you could try moulding Patrick Swayze’s head out of clay or building a Lego Robot; the options are endlessly wonderful and bizarre at DSD!