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…

Matching!

I went out for dinner last night as a birthday (and it turns out, promotion) celebration. It was at the properly swanky – 26th in the world – Clove Club in Shoreditch town hall. Whilst sipping on some Welsh Sparkling Rose (because National pride is occasionally a thing, even in these bleak times), I decided…

A rare foray

I spent rather a lot of time during my PhD at the Euston Tap. Far more time than I really should have. The Euston Tap is a collection of two pubs in the base of what was formally the Doric Arch – the big arch that was the entry to Euston Station, before it got…

The Lyan sleeps tonight!

As part of lovely girlfriend’s birthday, we (surprisingly!) went for cocktails. The chosen venue was Dandelyan. The bar from mixologist of note, Mr Lyan, in the Mondrian Hotel in the sea containers building on the south bank. Sea containers is amazing. It is one of the ugliest buildings in London – it’s got a lovely view…

People think I’m sloe… eh!

Around this time last year, a friend of mine got sent back to Canada (due to our stupid rules on how much non-citizens have to earn to stay here – this is going to get a whole lot worse 😦 ). She is currently back in the country on holiday and came over to visit…

It’s gin oop north

The other half of the christmas present from my sister was a hamper of gins. Last night we opened the largest of the bottles (still only 40cl). It’s a gin called Masons and it’s from somewhere in Yorkshire. It’s a London Gin made in small copper stills. When I first opened it there was a…

A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Bar Termini is one of my very favourite bars. It does great coffee, great drinks and the staff are awesome. I used to go a lot more often than I do, to the extent that when I did go yesterday, one of the staff members told me off for having not been visiting often enough…

Burn Baby, Burn

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is one of my favourite bars. They have a sister bar in Clapham – I’ve been meaning to visit for absolutely ages. This has finally happened. The King of Ladies Man is less hidden than it’s counterpart and while it lives in a breakfast club, it’s got a door…

First world problems

It’s my birthday next month and I’ve decided to have a Negroni party, because of course I’ve decided to have a negroni party. Being me, rather than just serving Negroni’s, I’m serving bottle aged Negroni’s. The Negroni is a fantastic drink with a lovely combination of bitter from the campari, sweet from the vermouth and…

Secret Double Life

I have a secret double life. At least as far as social media is concerned. When I’m not blogging about booze, I am taking photos of things I have baked on Instagram. Today, these two worlds have collided. Boozy baking. Oh yes. You read that correctly. Boozy baking. It’s Lovely Girlfriend’s birthday today. To celebrate…

Hippy Wine

I went to a wine tasting. Quelle Surprise. In my regular coffee shop, just round the corner from work, there was a ‘bio-dynamic, organic and free range (or something along those lines) tasting. This was last week and the tl;dr is that I was so uninspired I’ve struggled to even write a review. Me. 5…

Third time lucky

Prompted by the new whisky glasses we’ve opened another of the Drinks by the Dram miniatures. This time the hand in a box picked out a Swedish whisky. It’s called Mackmyra Brukswhisky and weighs in at 41.4%. It smells sweet. Like almost like a sweet wine level of sweet. It tastes… like whisky. It’s very…