Hackney is to welcome a pop up café bar that will host a string of workshops to raise funds for charity. 

When Casa Brugal – as in Dominican rum brand Brugal – opens near the vibrant Columbia Road later this month, the neighbourhood bar and café will pedal coffee, rum-based cocktails and creative workshops while supporting local charity FoodCycle.

It temporarily takes over A Portuguese Love Affair on Hackney Road, and has collaborated with cake makers Lily Vanilli, east London lifestyle brand Earl of East, award winning bar Three Sheets, and luxurious chocolate makers Lucocoa to bring the pop up to life. 

The Resident: Casa Brugal will open up on Hackney Road, near Columbia Road Flower MarketCasa Brugal will open up on Hackney Road, near Columbia Road Flower Market (Image: Casa Brugal)

Running from October 20 to 29, during the day visitors can try a slice of Lily Vanilli’s Brugal-inspired cake with their coffee, and try out a creative workshop also.

Earl of East will host several candle-making workshops, where punters can explore a scents and fragrances, working with an Earl of East candle maker to create a bespoke scented soy wax candles. 

Theses will run on Friday October 20, at 7pm and Wednesday, October 25 and 6pm. 

You can also make your own chocolate truffles with Lucocoa in a workshops that will see you leaving with your own box of Dominican cocoa truffles. These workshops will run on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27 at 6pm. 
Workshop tickets are £30 and include all materials, a welcome cocktail and a tote bag. 

If workshops aren’t your thing, in the evening Casa Brugal will become a vinyl-playing cocktail bar that will pour libations created by the Three Sheets team as well as Brugal cocktails. The pop up will host King’s Cross Spiritland for its closing night party on Saturday, October 29.

Casa Brugal will be open from 10am to 11pm and closed on Monday and Tuesday October 23 and 24. Workshop tickets are available at eventbrite.co.uk

Find the pop up at 326 Hackney Road, E2 7DQ.