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…

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…

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…

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…

Swift Half

A new bar in Soho with Nightjar and Milk & Honey heritage?!? Why yes. Swift has recently opened at the Charing Cross Road end of Old Compton Street. It’s a two floor bar with a light ‘drop in’ bar at street level serving mostly gin based drinks and a basement speak easy focusing far more…

You’ll never believe what happened next!

I know you’re all dying to know what happened to the spiced rum. A Spiced Rum Sidecar. That’s what happened to the spiced rum. 1 part spiced rum 1 part brandy 1 part triple-sec 1 part lemon juice (later on this became a mix of lemon and lime juice as we ran out of lemons)…

Slightly smug (also spiced rum)

I’ll get the smug bit out of the way, so that we can get to the matter at hand. I’ve just been on holiday to the Caribbean. St Lucia to be exact. While I was there I was reminded that spiced rum is a thing. More importantly than that I was reminded (or more accurately…

Purls of Wisdom

Last night I went out for a drink! (I know, right!) I paid a visit to a bar I’ve wanted to go to for years, but for some reason never gotten round to. Inspired by going for a birthday drink with Lovely Girlfriend’s brother, we made a trip. Purl in Marylebone is one of those ‘basement…