I just remembered that this blog exists, and I recently posted this elsewhere. This is the right place for it though, so I'm dropping it here too.
A rundown of Cocktail bars in London that we visited.
(You know, in case you're gonna be there, and JD remembers that he had
great drinks but DOESN'T remember where the heck he went.)
- Solid cocktails with some interesting flair. Great space, excellent
bartenders but the cocktail servers were much less good. Because of
their booking system, a seat at the bar may be harder to arrange.
Nightjar - Really, hilariously over the top cocktail presentations with
tasty darn drinks. A lot of crazy, great vibe in the room, heck of a lot
of fun. Ordering off-menu seems like a waste (of a few laughs if
The Mayor of Scaredycat Town - Cocktails were
decent but not great, and they don't handle improvisation well. Best
speakeasy style entrance (through a 'fridge!) by far.
- Apparently the current "Best bar in the world". Excellent
over-the-top presentation and great cocktails. Very pretentious, very
expensive, very cool experience.
The Punch Room - This place
barely exists. An unmarked door behind another bar leads to a quiet,
comfortable, leather-and-wood sitting room with a single bartender.
Limited menu (8 drinks) of old-school punches available (for 1 to 8
people) and they are spectacularly well made. Apparently they are
reservation-only but we just walked in and the staff was incredibly
helpful and nice.
Blind Pig - Upstairs from a busy restaurant.
Great staff, pun-filled menu of well made cocktails for a reasonable
price. We closed the night out there and had an absolute blast gabbing
with all three bartenders. Mostly modern variations on classics.
The American Bar at the Savoy - It's the American Bar. It's one of the
most important places in the development of cocktails and it's still
kicking around and keeping it classy. It's pricey; the cocktails we got
And some places that we didn't get to, but would make a point of getting to if I had another day or two:
Happiness Forgets - Literally every bartender we asked about where to
go for good cocktails immediately said Happiness Forgets and then made a
list of runners up. Sadly, closed for remodeling while we were there.
White Lyan - An experimental joint that uses NO ice or citrus in
crafting drinks. Instead relying on pre-mixed and chilled bottles,
apparently? Weirdly well respected (if slightly baffling to) the local
barkeeps. Sadly, not the same as White Lion so we didn't get to visit
Experimental Cocktail Club - Sounds like my sort of place.
Not so much experimental as the name might suggest, but really good
inventive cocktails, well-made and served up in a hard to find spot.
Didn't hear about it until too late to go by,unfortunately.