Top 5 Bars – Cocktails Edition

I’ve had a few people ask me recently for suggestions of where my favourite places to drink are. I am far too fickle to have an individual favourite (as depending on which bar I am talking about it’s often my favourite!), but I thought I’d give it a go. Without further ado and in no…

He out-bopped the buzzard and the oriole

Except he didn’t. Oriole was awesome. I’m not sure why I’ve not been to Night Jars little sister before. Night Jar was one of the first of the current wave of London speakeasy-ish bars with lavish drinks. It’s also one of my favourites, and has been pretty much since it opened. Oriole in Smithfields market…

Bright Eyes… Burning like fire

My dedication to cocktails (and booze in general) has taken another step. Today I have taken a day off work. Not because I had too many drinks the night before, but because I want to have drinks in the afternoon. Not any afternoon. A Tuesday afternoon. Also not just any drinks. Dead Rabbit – best…

Tiki Tiki

Just as I’d started to write this post, Lovely Girlfriend started singing “We are the tiki girls, we are the tiki girl. You are the tiki boys, you are the tiki boys at me” and it is now so firmly lodged in my head that I thought I’d share this joy with you. Onwards with…

Poncha!

So there’s Madeira Wine, but what other boozy treats are there on offer out there? Well. They distill a golden rum, which they call sugar cane brandy. It’s good! The also make it into a drink called Poncha. It’s punch. It fits the standard cocktail vein of rum, sugar, citrus. In this case the citrus…

No name.

…Our masterclass in The Drink Factory ended with a trip to their latest bar… Untitled in Dalston is an Andy Warhole inspired industrial bar with bar concrete walls, harsh edges and naked people. OK not actual naked people, but lots of artwork involving naked people. They were playing Bella Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus when we…

Living the dream

Yesterday I was given a brief introduction to what might be my dream job (if only I could afford the pay cut). I went to a masterclass at The Drinks Factory. As anyone who has read any of this blog will know, I am a Tony Conigliaro fan boy. A chance to spend some time…

Thats the way to do it!

One of my bosses is a massive beer nerd. Another of them is a cocktail nerd. Last week he suggested we go for a catch up at his favourite bar. Who was I to refuse? He first recommended it to me at Christmas last year, but I’d not actually gotten the chance to go. Punch Room…

The bar with no name.

I’ve been trying to work out how to get in a review of 69 Colebrooke Row since I started this blog. It’s probably my all time favourite cocktail bar. It crops up again and again in passing as I explore further into booze. It was definitely fundamental in my development as a massive cocktail nerd….

Pished Fish

Today while walking round my local farmers market (what?) I came across a stall. Booze Infused Smoked Salmon. There is no way on earth I was going to not stop. Stop I did. “This is our Old Fashioned infused smoked salmon, would you like to try some?” No prizes for guessing what my answer was….

All Gone

The negroni party has yet to happen. Far too many things are happening in life right now for me to want to host a large party. However it is still my birthday this week so I wanted to do something. Cue the five year old negroni. What can I say? It was awesome. It was…

Skeletons in the closet

When I first started taking cocktails seriously around 8 years ago, I went to the newly opened 69 Colebroke Row. It was a very formative experience in my love of cocktails. Before that cocktails had mostly been sugary-sweet things with lots of Malibu or Pasoa in, or horrifically poorly made martini’s. I’d read an article somewhere about…