Cocktails

  • An Espresso Martini Festival is coming to London

    An Espresso Martini Festival is coming to London

    Yes, you read that right. An entire FESTIVAL dedicated to the mighty espresso martini. It's being set up by Mr Black (who have a similar festival in Australia) and DrinkUp.London. There will be 50 bars serving £5 espresso martinis all over the capital. All the caffeine infused cocktails you could ever want.

    Confirmed so far are Milk & Honey, Jason Atherton’s Blind Pig, all the Grinds, Cocktail Trading Company,

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  • Downstairs at Machiya is a new basement bar from the Kanada-Ya team

    Downstairs at Machiya is a new basement bar from the Kanada-Ya teamAfter enjoying a homely Japanese dinner in Machiya, head downstairs to their new basement bar to try the whiskey, cocktails, and maybe even bowl of lotus root chips with miso mayo (if you have room).

  • Nine Lives brings waste-free booze and food to London Bridge

    Nine Lives brings waste-free booze and food to London Bridge

    Waste nothing, make cocktails - that’s the ethos behind Sweet&Chilli’s latest venture, a new bar called Nine Lives based in London Bridge.

    Operating out of a Victorian basement in Bermondsey, their “total passion project” will be dishing up cocktails and food that reuses ingredients otherwise be destined for the bin. It's a trend we’re seeing again and again lately, from

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  • Does Dukes London serve the city's best martinis?

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    Given how much we, or at least I, love martinis - it's a mystery as to how it took so long to get around to trying those at Dukes. Because, if you didn't know it already, the St James hotel has forged quite the reputation as purveyor of the best in town.

    What Dukes has going for it, in spades, is history. It used to be the favoured watering hole of the James Bond creator, Ian Fleming. Legend has it that the author came up with Bond's catchphrase 'shaken not

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  • Darbaar launches Lotus, a new bar in The City featuring Indian-inspired drinks

    Darbaar launches Lotus, a new bar in The City featuring Indian-inspired drinks

    Another new bar is heading for the City as the people behind Darbaar are set to open a new bar called Lotus. This was previously part of the restaurant itself and now it'll have a menu of spice-infused spirits and Indian twists on classics. Chef-patron Abdul Yaseen has also created a fresh menu of Royal-inspired dishes to accompany all the new booze.

    Starting with those cocktails, they're

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  • Australasia’s Best Bar, The Baxter Inn comes to London

    Australasia’s Best Bar, The Baxter Inn comes to London

    These days you don't need to travel the world to visit the best bars - they're all coming to London. Dead Rabbit is coming to Claridge's and now The Bloomsbury Club Bar (BCB) is bringing in cult Sydney bar The Baxter Inn for a bar residency this month, which kicks off on Wednesday 24th

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  • London's best cocktails for World Cocktail Day

    citysocial In honour of World Cocktail Day, Saturday 13 May, we asked the Hot Dinners Drinks Editor, Louis Fernando, to select a shortlist of five cocktails you should try. Here's what he came up with...

  • Bar Termini Centrale opens on Duke Street

    Bar Termini gets a new sister bar just off Oxford Street

    bartermini600emailKnockout cocktails, coffee and plentiful Italian cuisine

  • Jason Atherton's City Social pioneers world's first augmented reality cocktail menu

    Jason Atherton's City Social pioneers world's first  augmented reality cocktail menu

    For London’s top cocktail bars, innovation and experience is often a key differentiating factor. Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurant and bar, City Social is set to raise this bar once again, announcing the world's first augmented reality cocktail menu.  

    Due to launch this June, the cocktail menu, entitled MIRAGE features 12 cocktails which are then enhanced via a

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  • Trash Tiki's Iain Griffiths & Kelsey Ramage take charge of the drinks at The Curtain

    Trash Tiki's Iain Griffiths & Kelsey Ramage take charge of the drinks at The Curtain

    It's not long now until big new Shoreditch hotel, The Curtain opens, bringing with it Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster. And now we've news that the drinks should be just as special, led by Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage.

    Most recently in charge of the drinks at wastED this year, with their anti-waste Trash Tiki and both part of the Mr Lyan empire, they'll be in charge of drinks at the main restaurant, the

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  • Coupette in Bethnal Green sees ex-Savoy bartender bring a French accent to the East End

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  • White Lyan bar Hoxton becomes Super Lyan

    White Lyan bar Hoxton becomes Super Lyan

    It’s all change at White Lyan. Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths created ripples throughout the bartending community when they first opened White Lyan in 2013, serving a menu of entirely pre-batched cocktails made with no ice or citrus. The groundbreaking Hoxton bar will undergo a two-phase transformation which begins on Friday 14th April with the launch of Super Lyan.

    This will see the

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  • Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe launches an olive oil cocktail pop-up

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    If you hadn't already read our headline you'd be forgiven for thinking this rather rustic scene was a trattoria somewhere south of Naples. But, no, it's actually the basement bar of Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe in Southwark.

    The place has been completely transformed into an olive grove complete with olive trees and vines and it's the fruit of the trees which is key to the experience. The restaurant has teamed up with Martini to make a special olive oil cocktail menu.

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  • London's hot new bars and best new cocktail menus

    bestbarsbigWith so much happening in the world of London drinks of late, we’ve rounded up our selection of the best new bars and cocktail menus across the capital.

  • Hawksmoor bring back the three martini lunch

    Hawksmoor bring back the three martini lunch

    The very idea of a three martini lunch these days may be very rare indeed - but Hawksmoor are having none of that. Determined to bring back the boozy lunch they're adding three martinis to the lunchtime menu, teaming up with Hepple Gin and Valentine Warner. So if you fancy three stiffeners before lurching back to the office, here's what they're offering:

    • Walter Riddell (Hepple Gin, Cocchi Americano, Jurançon &
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