Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest is a speakeasy-type locale located in the city center of Milan. Due to a long wait time, Alessandro, Gabrielle, and I decided to enjoy our drinks outside and hence didn’t get the “full experience” that the bar has to offer. Nevertheless, the uniqueness of the cocktails and glimpse of the interior that we sniped was enough to make Nottingham Forest memorable.

This bar is a pioneer in the concept of molecular mixology that is now world-famous.

Upon taking their seats, guests receive a literal book of cocktails to choose from. Many descriptions within the menu don’t even include the type of alcohol that’s used in the drink, but rather, discuss how it’s created and the intent behind it. Its talented “barchefs” (not to be confused with ordinary bartenders) use their expertise to create one-of-a-kind jellies, sprays, essences, reductions, glazes as part of their creations.

The cocktails themselves are delicious, but the presentation is what makes them special.

Expect foam, smoke, syringes, glasses-within-glasses, and even…bathtubs. Consuming a drink at Nottingham Forest is an experience, and not one to be taken lightly.

Alessandro’s order featured three parts: a cup of straight booze with a sprig of rosemary, three flower buds in a dish, and a syringe filled with a mystery alcohol. To this day we don’t know what he was drinking. The liquid in the plastic syringe was meant to be consumed if the alcohol in the cup became “too much to handle.” Eating the flower buds was supposed to make him irresistible to the opposite sex, the way male lions are irresistible to females during mating season. For the record, I was no more attracted to him after he ate said flower buds.

I tried the “sephora” a rum-based cocktail served in a mini bathtub. The rum was dispensed via a rubber ducky that was released when I placed it inside the drink.

Not pictured is the drink that Gabrielle ordered, which was a gin martini with three “molecules” of absinthe. She commented that the martini was very good and the molecules extremely interesting.

Overall, Nottingham Forest is a peculiar hideaway that is definitely worth checking out when in Milan. Not to mention, every drink is less than $20! Plus, you can tell all your friends that you had a drink at what is considered one of the world’s top 50 cocktail bars since 2007 according to any association that curates such a list.

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