The Queen Of Hoxton's Fabulous Emerald City Rooftop Cocktail Bar #review

Last night was one of those occasions when you realise that while something might look good on paper, nothing beats actually experiencing something in real life. I thought the Queen of Hoxton's new Emerald City themed rooftop bar looked good when I read about it and now I've actually been I know it is seven (green) shades of awesome-ness. (#ad)

wizard of oz themed wall painting at the Queen of Hoxton club/bar

 Approaching this bar-slash-club, a short walk from Liverpool Street tube and mainline station I will be honest, from outside it looks a little bit "spray-painted youth club".  NB: I wrote this and then realised that their Twitter bio described the venue as "a youth club for adults on the east side" so they nailed that vibe!

It's true, the building's appearance in and out is not obliquely sophisticated but a glance round at the clientele proves that this is in fact an uber-cool destination as of course it should be being as it is in the fashionable and quirky London Borough of Shoreditch.

The literally breath-taking climb up many steps (painted yellow to represent the yellow brick road) lead me panting to a more cerebrally breathtaking rooftop area with a giant green fabric lined wigwam, fabulous outdoor area with more twinkly lights than you can shake an emerald studded wand at, warming fire pits and a bar serving craft beers, hot and cold cocktails and more.

My plus one for the evening was the future daughter inn law and on arrival we picked up a glass of what I predict this winter's drink of choice will be-hot buttered rum.

Inside the Wigwam at the emerald city themed rooftop bar, Queen of Hoxton

Move over mulled wine and cider (although you can pick those up in the Emerald City too!) as this tasty treat will warm any witches cold heart. Unless she's been squished by a tornado-powered flying house landing on her of course.

Queen of Hoxton emerald city themed rooftop bar

Talking of witches I loved the banter between the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch- I am a big fan of the drag and so obviously had to make use of the photo-booth for pics with the FDil (future daughter in law) and the queens witches.
madmumof7 with drag queens and friend
A good range of Kansas style food like beef or pumpkin pot roast both served with corn bread and the Green Witch veggie burger in a charcoal bun will add to the warming effect, while a great atmosphere and novel decor create an amazing destination for mates meet-ups, office parties or even a quirky date night.

Entry is free, the rooftop bar is open from 4pm every day and prices are reasonable - think under £10 for cocktails including the Emerald Bellini (vodka, passionfruit, orange and Prosecco with a salted caramel and popping candy rim) or maybe you fancy a pumpkin spiced mulled cider served with optional dark rum?

madmumof7 and Future daughter in law with green cocktails

Check out the winter what's on section for special events including story-telling, pickling workshops, a winter witch craft market and a big green clothes swap.

One thing's for sure, when you climb those steps to the mad and magical rooftop of the Queen of Hoxton, you are not in Kansas any more!

You're Not In Kansas Any More wall sign at Queen of Hoxton rooftop barThe Emerald city sign on wall of Queen of Hoxton

Disclaimer: I attended a press launch event and ate and drank free for the purpose of this honest review.