Kiosk presents Bar Mont Blanc
Cains Brewey Village, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
Review by Lawrence Saunders
If you weren’t looking for it, you’d be forgiven for walking straight past Kiosk on your way into Cains Brewery Village.
Located in the brewery’s old security hut near the entrance to Liverpool’s trendiest food and drink spot, Kiosk might well be the city’s smallest drinking den – certainly its most unique.
After spending the summer months set up as an Italian beach bar, Kiosk is back for the winter with an Alpine ski lodge theme.
In-keeping with the mountainous motif, the weather was suitably baltic on the evening my partner and I headed along to sample the drinks menu.
After the pair of us had clambered inside Kiosk à la two freezing cocky watchpersons, it was clear the interior designer had got things spot on with regards to the theme.
Vintage skiing posters, a genuine pair of skis hitched to the ceiling and plenty of chopped wood gave the place a really authentic and intimate vibe.
After three steps we were at the bar and found co-owner Conor, who genially welcomed us into his quaint establishment before proceeding to talk us through the drinks menu which focuses on bespoke mulled wines, vintage French vermouths and traditional festive favourites.
Conor’s passion was obvious and by the time he’d finished waxing lyrical on the menu the pair of us couldn’t wait to try something.
Still smarting from the cold weather, neither of us needed much convincing to give two from the ‘Winter Warmers’ section a try.
My Bircher (£6) – Byrrh, Lot 40 Rye Whisky, mulled spices and cranberry – was a welcome alternate slant on the hot toddies seemingly churned out by every other establishment in Liverpool at this time of year.
The inclusion of Byrrh – a wine-based apéritif made of red wine, mistelle and quinine which was marketed as a health drink in the early 20th Century – gave the drink a pleasantly fruity and almost medicinal quality.
My partner was equally as taken with her hot G & Tea (£6) which combined Suze (Swiss bitter flavoured with gentian root), Beefeater gin, tonic, apple and chamomile.
A gin and tonic fanatic, she was more than happy to sample her top tipple’s warmed-up relative. Delighted with the results, she described the addition of the Suze as “ingenious”.
After a few swigs of our respective brews we plucked up the courage to venture back outside into Kiosk’s adjoining log cabin.
Mercifully the wooden outhouse was lovely and cosy thanks to a roaring open fire, faux fur rugs and super strength halogen bulbs.
A couple more mouthfuls and we were back inside ready for round two.
I’d quickly acquired a taste for the Byrrh and will be requesting a bottle for Christmas after adoring it again with Green Spot Irish Whiskey and cherry beer in my Red Spotter (£6).
My partner, meanwhile, went for The Hugo (£6) – Beefeater gin, elderflower, mint, prosecco and fresh lime.
She was bowled over by the combination of prosecco and gin, and appreciated the refreshing mint aftertaste.
It’s worth noting for non-cocktail lovers that a range of bespoke beers is also available.
So, if you’re out for a few drinks this festive period and fancy something truly different, go check out Kiosk – there really is nothing else like it.