In a country where local pubs and beer are a matter of national pride, looking for cocktails might be seen as a risque affair. However, mixing a good punch has become a matter of art when not an Estate’s one…
At LAB London, they are offering an all inclusive experience as you can go there just to sip the best signature cocktails in town or if dare to, even to learn how to mix, muddle, and shake like the best in the business. The London Academy of Bartending – the original bartending school – that has trained bartenders for many of London’s premier bars, is offering you the chance to step behind the bar. This is your opportunity to get an inside look at how the professionals shake up their bespoke cocktails.
Despite being best known for flawless Japanese food as well as a good platform to spot international celebrities, Zuma offers a quintessentially Nipon sake and shochu cocktails. Its location turns specially inviting after a long day shopping in Knightsbridge or working in exclusive Mayfair investment firms. It promises relax around the rectangular bar and legant granite and maple design, the cocktails and of course, your fellow drinkers.
Keeping with the Rising Sun reminiscences, Shochu Lounge, the basement bar of trendy Japanese joint Roka. Inside there are low-set tables and boxy chairs, lots of dark wood, a decorative vibe that’s modern and urban and yet also undeniably Japanese. Bar star Tony Conigliaro has put together a list of shochu-based cocktails including the tempting Plum Plum, a heady mix of shochu and plum vodka. Drinks are priced as you’d expect for concoctions of this quality (£8 and up).
Theatregoers among you might probably heard of this before, but just in case…The recently refurbished Young Vic is not only one of London’s best theatres, but it also boasts a sleek, new, Shoreditch-esque bar, the Cut Bar. If the magnificiently modern yet traditional archichecture wasn’t enough, its chief attraction is its open air terrace and its airy, high-ceilinged lay-out. Quality cocktails are served and it’s a popular place, so arrive on time!
As a good traveller myself, Viajante de Nuno Mendes is an obligued stop whenever you are in London. Best kept secret among foodies and pretty boys around Shoreditch, it pays to arrive aearlier and to open appetite with one of its international cocktails. If you are not sure about how much you will enjoy the unknown world flavours, a safe bid is their New Summer Cocktail Tasting Menu.
Finally, I would like to leave you with a taster session of cocktail making…