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Secret speakeasy bars are popping up all over the UK – you just have to know where to look or who to ask for.
And one hidden London bar serving up delicious cocktails and disco fries requires you to locate a fridge and ask to ‘see the Mayor’.
Not the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, but the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town.
To find The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, drinkers will first have to make their way to The Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane, who serve a cracking fry up.
You can dine at the cafe, or tell a member of staff you’re ‘here to see the Mayor’ before you’re directed through what looks like an ordinary Smeg fridge.
Behind the steely exterior is a bolt hole filled with vintage furniture, unusual wall art, and an extensive cocktail menu, which TikTok user @talllllllxo shared on the popular video app.
Drinkers can even bag themselves a free drink if they have valid proof that their name is ‘Garfield’.
There are some ground rules to The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, in that customers can never leave via the fridge in The Breakfast Club, but instead, exit via a different door through the restroom.
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The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town said: “Act nonchalantly as if you’ve just had a pee. Gentleman, you are advised to leave your fly down to add to the charade. Ladies, if you’d leave your skirt in your knickers, it would be greatly appreciated.
“Toilet paper stuck to your shoe also gets a big thumbs up.”
Last entry is at 11pm when the ‘cat flap is down’ for the evening – and the bar’s small interior is all part of the experience.
A spokesperson added: “As you can probably see, there isn’t enough room to swing a Scaredy Cat round here. Cosy proximity to your fellow drinkers is part and parcel of your experience. It’s like the tube but more fuzzy and friendly.”
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What’s on the menu?
Saint Elmo’s fire wings
Fried chicken burger
Daddy Machaggis sandwich
The Disco Hash features homestyle fried potatoes, mojo picon, jalapeños, harissa cheese sauce, pink pickled onions, pickled red cabbage, chimichurri, spring onions and a fried egg, whilst the Daddy Machaggis sandwich features triple cheese macaroni, roasted veggie haggis, chip shop sauce, spinach and pickled red onions.
And make sure to leave room for dessert, with cherry or apple pancake pie on the menu!
There are 15 house cocktails to choose from, with classics available on request, as well as shots of ‘wet whiskers’, made of Guinness, Wray and Nephew, condensed milk, vanilla Nurishment, and Pandan, described as ‘Milky, malty, sweet and delicious’.
Guests can book to visit The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town online, which is open from 5pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 12pm on weekends.
They also serve bottomless brunch with breakfast from The Breakfast Club and two hours of prosecco, pornstar martinis, Aperol spritzes or bloody Marys all for just £40!
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