Emporio Eivissa – Brugal Rum Rooftop Pop-up

I am the Brugal Rum Angel
I am the Brugal Rum Angel

Ladies and gentlemen, listen up! There is something new in town and it’s coming your way on June 6th.

Last month, I was lucky enough to win tickets, cocktails and food at Emporio Eivissa, an Ibiza-themed pop-up bar on the rooftop of East London’s Rockwell House, sponsored rather incongruously by Brugal rum from the Dominican Republic (thanks to London on the Inside – love their website). I guess a Spanish-speaking party island needs some Dominican rum, and who am I to question something awesome like that?

To be honest, given the weather that weekend, we were all hoping for some Ibiza. It was so cold that I turned up in a vest, jumper and jacket.

But Brugal were leaving nothing to chance – they were ready with blankets. And awesome blue hats. And watermelon & rum ice-cream, which is a very good idea.

Even the sky flashed us a smile in between the showers. Because, yes, a rainbow appeared right over the Brugal sign. Is this a sign?

Was this a sign?
Was this a sign?

Emporio Eivissa was a lovely way to spend an early evening. It wasn’t too crowded and had the right amount of space and number of comfy chairs to make it a perfect venue for chilling out.

We were lucky enough to be given three cocktails each (otherwise, they were incredibly reasonably priced at £6). Being a group of six, with six cocktails on the menu, we naturally tried them all! Favourites were a Watermelon & Ginger Diaquiri, which was surprisingly refreshing and much milder in flavour than you might expect, and the EIvissa – Brugal Anejo, apple juice, apple pie gomme, lime juice and ginger beer. Unfortunately, the cocktails were a tad weak so we didn’t get taste the Brugal as much as we would like.


There was also food and this is when we discovered some exciting things. The company providing food were called Platterform and, among other creative things, they are a group of chefs who provide food at various events…

How do we know about them? Well, we took a couple of bites of the food and it was so delicious that we stalked the chefs, cornered them, and practically demanded their life stories.

This is my boyfriend. Oh wait...
This is my boyfriend. Oh wait… (Photo: Betty Chen)

We had a chorizo roll (£6) that was so bursting with flavour I thought I might pass out from happiness. We had barbecue chicken wings (£5), beautifully marinated with Brugal, chilli and herbs. There were arepitas (£5) – corn fritters served with Brugal tomato salsa and fresh cheese – which were very tasty but overwhelmingly rich, unless you happened to be my German and Swedish friends. In that case, you would order two and then  be mildly despondent when you couldn’t quite finish them.

Arepitas (Photo: Betty Chen)
BBQ chicken wings
BBQ chicken wings

Platterform are about to begin a music-art-culture-café-bar residency at Hackney Empire, kicking off this Friday (June 6th). If their food is anything like what we had an Emporio Eivissa, you need to get yourselves there.

To top off our rooftop evening, we discovered a giant bean bag on our way out and made so much noise that resident artist Jim Vision came out his workshop to find out what on Earth was going on. Instead of telling us off, he ended up telling us all about his rather cool street art and then ended up being papped several times by my friend.

A good evening indeed.


Author: Phoebe Amoroso

Phoebe Amoroso is a Tokyo-based reporter, multimedia journalist and storyteller. Hailing from the UK, she moved to Japan in 2014 and has since been shouting about the country to all who will listen. She divides her time between covering breaking news and producing feature stories for TV; writing about everything from business and tech to food and travel; and guiding hungry visitors who want to sample the best of Japanese cuisine. When not working and/or eating, she can often be found running up a mountain or cycling by the sea.

4 thoughts on “Emporio Eivissa – Brugal Rum Rooftop Pop-up”

  1. That sounds like fun; the rainbow was definitely a sign^^.

    After checking Vision’s work out I noticed he likes bees. I keep bees, so I always like it when people realize how important they are^^ What were you doing with a bean bag that was making that much noise?

    1. You keep bees? That’s awesome. How much time does it take? I’d love to keep bees.

      The giant bean bag… well, it was just asking to be jumped on…

      1. I’d say less than an hour a week, unless something odd is happening. I might spend several hours getting the hive set up for winter or harvesting honey, but a 20 minute weekly or even bimonthly check up is usually plenty. You can leave them alone for a month or more if you make sure they’re happy before you leave; best pets ever^^

        After getting a hive established they tend to take care of themselves. You just need to make sure they have enough room, that their brood areas and honey areas are separate (if you want to eat the honey), and check for infiltrating species like hive beetles. Occasionally you will need change out some of the old comb/frames with new foundation. I do the box that holds brood about once every other year one.or two frames at a time; since the honey boxes are removed during harvest I change those out whenever they start looking too dirty^^

        If you decide you want to try I would be happy to talk you through setting a hive up. You might not even need to buy the bees if you contact the local agricultural office; people who are retiring from beekeeping and swarms are great ways to get them for free^^

      2. Ah I would love to keep bees so much! Not having a permanent address means that this will likely be a future project 🙂 I went to a tiny island off the coast Croatia called Šolta where I was given a mini-explanation/tour of beekeeping and have been in love with the idea ever since!

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