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Ross Kerslake
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Yo ho ho and a bottle of… vodka?

10th December, 2013 by Ross Kerslake

Some of you may remember that earlier this year I put together a feature on the top 10 pop-up bars. This included one from my favourite vodka brand – Vestal Vodka. Well here’s one making waves with a floating pop-up.

Vestal Vodka boatAs I said previously pop-up bars can take many forms and this was quite exceptional – a canal boat. I won’t say it was small, cosy works better and as the day wore on it became quite an intimate setting, almost perfect for a date. Fun fact: the boat in question – the Disco Volante (yeah, Thunderball) used to be founder William Borrell’s home.

The pop-up boat is a nice and simple affair: twenty five of your finest English pounds gets you about an hour and a half jaunt and two cocktails with a few bob for each extra drink there after. So what about those drinks? It wasn’t a set drinks list as such, but a splendid bartender asking what you like and crafting something specifically for you. If that’s not a sign of a great day, I don’t know what is.

It’s great to kick back on the high seas (Regent’s Canal), sipping cocktails and travelling through the Islington canal tunnel. You also get the chance to chat to Captain Borrell himself and learn why he does what he does and what really makes his vodka so different and so… well tasty.

The boat has been immensely popular since it launched earlier this year and it also hosts bar teams who sell the ever so popular vodka – along with coming Christmas parties for up to 12 people.

Fancy a trip? Well then head over to and prepare to set sail.

Vestal Vodka boat

The Voyages will also be taking part in Drinks Feast, a pop-up bar event dubbed the secret cinema of the bar world from 12-14 December at Hoxton Docks. Vestal will be more than just a pop up as you may have guessed – once you’ve got yourself a ticket from DesignMyNight for 35 clams, you’ll arrive at Drink Feats in style (with two cocktails on top), on the Disco Volante. Tres cool, yes? Check out for more details and tickets.

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