Lost Boys Pizza and Croque Monsieur Absinthe Bar


In December Lost Boys Pizza, famous for being the world’s only vampire themed pizzeria, opened on Evershot Street in Camden. The new venue features their signature black charcoal pizza, killer cocktails and a strictly 80s soundtrack, upstairs that is… Because downstairs you’ll find Croque Monsieur, a hidden Absinthe bar.

Situated near Mornington Crescent station, Lost Boys Pizza takes inspiration from the Frog Brother Comic Book Store in the Lost Boys film. Expect neon, big windows, a brass panel bar top and a wood grain table all against a rich blue palette. An enormous statement cocktail umbrella lamp will take pride of place in the window and custom iron shelving will hang behind the bar, while an open kitchen at the back of the restaurant will be a hotbed of charcoal pizza creation.

Outside, a 45-cover garden with a retractable roof and heat lamps for winter will be the perfect spot for al fresco style pizza throughout the year. Crammed with plants and boasting a slushy margarita machine and the promise of a paddling pool for the warmer months, this will be a fun and sun-filled spot like no other in London.

Croque Monsieur, the new Absinthe bar, invites Londoners to have wild and wonderful times with La Fee Verte. The bar want to dissolve the myths and reframe people’s opinions on Absinthe and Absinthe culture, from some saying that it’s a drug to it sending people crazy, some even blaming absinthe for Van Gogh cutting off his own ear.

As you head down the iron staircase you can see a stained-glass window that allows you to sneak a peek inside the green-tinged Absinthe bar before ringing the bell to enter. Trade your egos and inhibitions at the door for a silly hat before you learn about how to louche your Absinthe to cloudy perfection with your table fountain.

Using the fountain, you slowly add water to your absinthe to dilute the flavour, and through a chemical reaction your drink will slowly turn cloudy. The main ingredients don’t always have to be aniseed, they use citrus, floral and alpine flavourings. You can also sweeten your drink by resting a sugar spoon on top of your glass, topping it with a sugar cube and running the water over it.

As well as being taught about Absinthe you can also try an array of cocktails including Death in the Afternoon, which has Absinthe and Champagne, Parisienne Spritz Suze, with Lillet, Orange Oils and Anise, and Spiced Plum Mai Tai, which has Almond and Absinthe Spiced Plums, Star Anise and Gold Rum.

Not only can you get cocktails in Croque Monsieur but also upstairs in the pizzeria, alongside the charcoal pizza and vegan and gluten free brownies. I would recommend trying The Missing Shake, if only for the polaroid you get of yourself on a missing milk carton, a vegan hard shake with vodka, blueberry jam and interactive immortality.

Some examples from the pizza menu are Fangs For The Memories, with Chorizo, Peppers, Onions and Chillis, and Kale All Vampires, a vegan pizza with Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, Caramelised Shallots, Lemon Zest and Oregano. Lost Boys Pizza and Croque Monsieur are the perfect destination for both vegans, vegetarians and those of us who are particular to meat as they cater really well for everyone.

Photo Credit: Katy Thompson