• Machine No 3 neighbourhood bar to open in Hackney


    Opening its doors on Hackney's Well Street this week is Machine No. 3 - a brand new neighbourhood bar from the folk behind The Three Compasses in Dalston.

    The 70-seater bar will be cocktail-focused with drinks ranging from the Smoky Tommy - Gusano Rojo Mezcal, Agave, Lime (£7) to Black Feather - Baron de Sigognac VS, Lillet Blanc, Sec, Peach Bitters (£8). There'll also be wide range of craft beer (expect to see pale ale served up by brand new Dalston brewery

  • Test Driving Joyeux Bordel, The Experimental Cocktail Club's French bar in Shoreditch


    On a recent brisk Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of test driving Joyeux Bordel cocktail bar. Joyeux Bordel translates in French to ‘happy mess’ and not ‘happy brothel’ as you may perhaps prefer to believe. We left feeling very happy, and thankfully not in a messy state.

    Joyeux Bordel is the sixth bar from the legendary Experimental Cocktail Club. A dark door on Curtain Street, a few minutes walk

  • Beyond London is bringing pan Asian small plates and cocktails to Kensington


    Pan Asian, small plates, killer cocktails and top-end service. In the space formerly occupied by One Kensington, a new lounge style restaurant and bar is opening later this month which has all the right ingredients for success. Beyond London will open under the aegis of chef Ian Pengelly, who grew up in Hong Kong, and whose time at Gilgamesh and Harrod's Chai Wu has given him a wealth of experience in Asian food, with a reputation to match.

    The sample menu certainly

  • Night Tales turns permanent with cocktail bar and restaurant NT's


    From pop-up, to permanant site: after two years on the street food and festival scene, Night Tales has found a new home in the heart of London Fields, just down the road from Broadway Market. In the midst of a maze of 1960s studio buildings, they're opening a new cocktail bar, NT's: nestled between the North Eastern railway arches and Netil House.

    Once you've found the right door, dialled 207 on the buzzer and clambered up to the second floor, there

  • Barcelona's Dry Martini Bar is opening an outpost in London


    Long-time followers of Hot Dinners will probably know how much we love a good Martini so news that one of the World's 50 best bars was opening an outpost in London with a singular focus on a perfectly made Martini made us very happy.

    Barcelona's Dry Martini By Javier de las Muelas has consistently sat within the World’s 50 Best Bars list for the past six years. The London bar will open on 1 October in the Meliá White House hotel by Regent's Park.


  • World's best bar snack menu? Trying out SNAX at Artesian

    10 artesianArtesian at The Langham has been named World's Best Bar three years in a row, so clearly they're doing something right when it comes to cocktails. But now this world class cocktail lounge has a bar food menu to match.

    We reported recently on the arrival of the SNAX tapas menu, created by the hotel's Executive Chef Chris King, in

  • The Threadneedle Bar brings historical cocktails to The Royal Exchange


    City workers should keep an eye out for a new bar opening inside The Royal Exchange this Autumn. The Threadneedle Bar is being carved out of D&D London's restaurant space as part of a huge new gussying up of their restaurants here.

    On the drinks front they're going back in time - to 1862 specifically and the publication of the godfather of cocktails Jerry Thomas’ 1862 ‘Bartenders Guide’ for inspiration with drinks split into ‘fizzy’, ‘short &

  • Showdown cocktail bar to open underneath The Lockhart


    While it's fair to say that we're pretty pumped up about the upcoming new opening by Lockhart's Brad McDonald, Shotgun, the downstairs bar at the original restaurant in Marylebone being created by Matt Whiley (Peg + Patriot) also sounds the business.

    Showdown takes Brad's approach to the food at The Lockhart, giving American classics a similar

  • Molé brings Mexican food, cocktails and tacos to Marylebone


    Marylebone continues to be a bit of a growth area for interesting new restaurants. And the latest we've heard about is Molé, a "boutique Mexican restaurant and taco bar" coming to Picton Place, right beside Selfridges. Run by the team behind nearby Cocochan the 50-seater restaurant is going to serve up modern Mexican/South American cooking (and cocktails).

    80% of Molé’s menu will be gluten-free, including their tacos which they'll be making themselves from Masa

  • Mayfair's Cartizze Bar introduces a Negroni Trolley


    What's better than a negroni on a sultry summer's night? Well a whole trolley of negronis of course. Mayfair bar Cartizze has under unveiled its Negroni Trolley - an antique Empire-style drinks trolley filled with everything you need to mix the perfect Negroni at your table.

    To that end there are four on offer - a classic (£14) made with Portobello Gin, Antica Formula and Campari; the Cartizze Negroni (£14) with Portobello Gin, Antica Formula, Campari,

  • Ketel One Vodka Kitchen comes to the Folly in the City

    Ketel One Vodka Kitchen comes to the Folly in the City

    The Folly on Gracechurch Street in the City is about to get a new cocktail pop-up, the Ketel One Vodka Kitchen.

    The summer-long pop up is promised to be a "a traditional Dutch Kitchen inspired by the home of Ketel One founders the Nolet family" and is focused on a central table where the Ketel One mixologists will be showing off their wares, surrounded by crates of fruits and vegetables, plus exotic seasonings and


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