Pinch ‘n’ Sip: in Edinburgh, you can assemble your cocktails via kitschy claw machine! ~2 min read
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Yes. It’s all true! Strange but true! At a subterranean Edinburgh bar, in Scotland, every drinkers can assemble their cocktails via kitschy claw machine.
At Hoot the Redeemer, a subterranean bar in Edinburgh, alcohol comes in many crazy and unusual forms. Hoot the Redeemer is a 50s-styled New Orleans funfair-themed dive bar and here, amidst the 1950s-themed decor, sweet-toothed patrons spoon boozy ice cream straight from the carton, and competitive drinkers play board games on the backs of menus. Furthermore, arcade gamers can win a bespoke cocktail made with ingredients determined by the scoop of a claw machine!
This coin-operated machine is known as the Pinch ’n’ Sip and drinkers maneuver the claw via joystick, aiming for desired flavors, represented by plastic balls labeled with images of ingredients like vanilla, raspberry, or passion fruit. Even if a bit of skill is helpful, Hoot’s website suggests that all users are at the mercy of the machine’s “cocktail genie,” also named Pinch.
Once players acquire two flavor balls, they bring its over to the bartender to mix up a cocktail based on those ingredients. At that point, it’s dealer’s choice!