Undoubtedly this has to be one of the coolest and edgiest bars in Nottingham. Situated on Nottingham’s trendiest inner-city street, Carlton Street, home to ‘thrift’ shops, urban cafes and bars, here stands Boilermaker. With its gloomy exterior (done by choice, not by accident) the shop, which could easily be deemed by passers by as abandoned and unused is easily unnoticeable during the day.

Boilermaker's daytime look.

Boilermaker’s daytime look.

But when the sun goes down and the moon comes out to play so does this little gem. With a dell-boy like boiler salesman it really does play on the theme that this shop actually sells boilers. Be fooled if you wish but he’s truly a bouncer who checks IDs and sends you into the bar area.

Only at night does the Boilermaker come alive!

Only at night does the Boilermaker come alive!

Before heading to the bar, a secret room is the only obstacle between you and cocktails, beer and wine heaven. The secret red room is like a cloakroom – with a kettle and basin in check it’s an ideal and a clever way of preparing yourself for the unusual concoction of beverages. Once finding the door camouflaged by a wash basin prepare to enter into a large dimly-lit space with bohemian décor and vintage sofas, tables and chairs – almost boring compared to the shop its extravagant entrance.

THE best part of the Boilermaker.

THE best part of the Boilermaker.

The other side of 'Narnia'.

The other side of ‘Narnia’.

Despite the Boilermaker cocktail bar having ‘normal’ interior the atmosphere was still pretty good, it unquestionably made up for the lack of inventive décor by its crazy and out-of-this-world concoctions of cocktails, but also serving wines and beers for those who prefer some finer, more simpler drinks.

With beers ranging from £2.20 upwards the ‘Boiler Brew’ is the cheapest in the ‘Boilermaker instruction guide’ aka the drinks menu. Home brewed here in Nottingham by Maggie Brewery exclusively for the Boilermaker, it will leave a wonderfully moreish taste in your mouth. Now for the big guns but not big in price (all £7), quite literally what the majority of people venture to Boilermaker for – the cocktails. Choose from an indulgent ‘Mississippi Malt Shake’ (peanut-butter, honey, banana, chocolate liqueur, almond milk, cow milk, rice milk and malt extract) and this one will leave you feeling all gooey and creamy inside which excellently numbs the feeling of thinking how many calories is swimming in the rich potion. Or want something that tastes of those long awaited summer days? Then opt for this fancy twist on a classic pina coladas known as the ‘Hawaii Blues The 3rd’ (abuelo 5 rum, coconut water, pineapple juice, blue curacao, spices and lime juice) – this one is sure to leave your belly warm and fuzzy, the side of cool sorbet will bring you back down to English temperatures after that saucy trip to Hawaii. Always wanted to be in a blockbuster movie? Well ‘Cinema Paradiso’ (disaronno, sweet popcorn, cranberry juice, lemon and ginger tea) has made that possible for us normal people – yet this one comes with a sour 18 certificate.

Brain numbingly strong cocktails.

Brain numbingly strong cocktails.

If the extravagant cocktails don’t tickle those taste buds, and one acquires something less brain blasting, try Boilermakers wines and fizz. Choose from a glass starting at £5 for some Italian bubbles to £6.80 New Zealand sassy white, with the addition of drinking red, white or fizz straight from the bottle these prices won’t be the culprit to feeling a little tipsy – prices ranging from £16 for a crisp white Italian to the more expensive French bubbles at £35 a bottle.

With prices that won’t extend the deadly student overdraft and are easy on the wallet, this quirky place is set for stardom – if only the interior of the cocktail bar was as unique as the boiler showroom theme.

How to build a boiler? Nope, it's really an instruction manual to get drunk!

How to build a boiler? Nope, it’s really an instruction manual to get drunk!