Launching on Stoke Newington High Street on Thursday 31st October, Doña is a brand new pop-up mezcal bar from the team behind Dangerous Don, London Mezcal Week, Cuppa Gumbo & Slap Ya Papa. Combining mezcal, music and a female-led cutting-edge programme of entertainment, the bar’s opening weekend will be a wild Day Of the Dead celebration, with guests encouraged to dress as their favourite female ancestors.
Doña is created by Mezcal enthusiast Thea Cumming, founder of Dangerous Don, and Lucie Massey, the brains behind Cuppa Gumbo & Slap Ya Papa. Lucie and Thea have been friends for years and, having previously worked together to successfully produce London Mezcal Week, a collaboration of this sort has always been on the cards. This is the first of many ventures for the pair who are passionate about bringing people together to drink mezcal and have a great time.
Bold, strong and stylish, this basement bar, whose name refers to the feminine form of ‘Don’, is inspired by the vibrancy of Mexico and the sexiness of a 1920s Harlem jazz club. The bar will feature plush velvet banquet-style seating, atmospheric low lighting and candles, with hues of crimson, scarlet and pink throughout.
From Wednesday to Saturday Doña will open its doors and serve a small but mighty selection of high quality Mezcal cocktails. Originating from Mexico, the agave-based spirit is widely celebrated for its distinctive smoky flavour, making it the perfect base for a diverse and interesting cocktail list. Examples from the list at Doña include the Fiorella (Dangerous Don Mezcal, Virtuous Ginger, Supasawa, Agave, Lime Wheel and Coffee Beans) and the Doña (Dangerous Don Mezcal, Martini Ambrato, Campari). The bar will also feature a curated selection of spirits, beer & wine.
During the day, Doña will be used as a jam space for a variety of different bands and musical collectives. Live music will take place every night, with a spotlight on female performers. Fridays at Doña will have a female focus and each jazz night will feature an array of up-and-coming male and female performers. Artists featured on the program include jazz musicians Rachel Cohen, Sarah Tandy and Will Barry to name a few.
The bar promises to be an inspirational and insightful exploration of both Mezcal and hot new musical talent. Whilst Doña is not explicitly ‘Girls Only’ both Thea and Lucie have worked hard to build a space with a primary focus on supporting, championing and celebrating women.
Soft launch: Wednesday 30th October
OPEN: Thursday 31st October
Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – 11.45pm
92 Stoke Newington High St Clapton
London N16 7NY