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History

With a name like the Old Fashioned, it comes as a no brainer that you’re dealing with the godfather of cocktails, the original gangsta, the daddy. In fact, the first documented definition of ‘cocktail’ back in 1806 was a mixture of spirits, bitters, sugar and water - literally the four necessary ingredients for a good glass of the strong yet balanced that also happen to be the ingredients in an Old Fashioned.

Back in the 1800s, before pro distilling techniques and sexy sherry cask ageing barrels, Methanol used to be pretty prominent and that sh*t does not taste good so they’d add sugar and bitters to help it go down easy. This stiff drink became ‘the thing’ in Chicago in the 1860’s but it wasn’t until the 1880’s that a bartender at the Pendennis Club in Kentucky called it the Old Fashioned in honour of James E. Pepper, a well-known bourbon distiller, who soon brought it to Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City. old.fashioned.2

The Ingredients

The Old Fashioned has had a load of variations through the years; some amazing, some cringeworthy. There was a sad phase in the 1990’s where orange and cherries were muddled in, but we try to forget about that it. Thankfully tastebuds, along with everything else, have gone retro and we’re back to the traditional methods - strong, simple and boozy, yet with a certain panache. Changeable and yet pretty damn easy to make, it all starts with a solid base of good whiskey. American Bourbon or Rye is the classic depending on taste - don’t know the difference? You need to swat up with our guide to whiskey.

The Whiskey

There’s a helluva lot of wicked whiskeys out there but when we’re stirring it up, these are what we go for: Bulliet - Both their rye and their bourbon make a killer Old Fashioned. The bourbon's all gentle spiciness with smooth vanilla and toffee notes to keep it sweet. The rye is straight rye; bold and crisp, spicy and with a rich taste of honey. Four Roses Small Batch - Smoky and sweet, this bourbon has fruit, honey and spice with dryness coming through. There’s a fair bit of heat in there too but no sweat, it won't blow your head off. Rittenhouse Rye - Not for the faint hearted. At 100 proof this stuff packs a serious punch, but in all the right ways. It’s pretty hot and heavy straight but when stirred over ice flavours of gingerbread, dark chocolate and dark wood open up. Boom.

The Rest

Angostura Bitters - If the booze is the soup, the bitters are the seasoning. No one really knows what’s in this but you’ll taste bits of nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamon, all very bitter, obviously. You only need a couple drops. Think small. Sugar - Everything tastes better with a little sugar, sugar. Get a cube in that glass. Ice - Thought ice was just ice? Think again. The kinda ice you use can change the whole drink. Go big with badass blocks or big chunks that create a small amount of dilution while chilling everything to perfection. old.000.fashioned

Mix It Up

60ml whiskey 2 dashes Angostura bitters 1 cube sugar Orange peel for garnish Place all ingredients into a mixing glass, add a hunk of ice and get stirring. The purpose here is twofold: you want to chill the drink down, but you also want to slightly dilute, adding that tiny bit of water to get all the flavours outta the booze and bitters. Pour into a sexy tumbler (no one wants a killer cocktail in a cracked IKEA glass) and add - you guessed it - more ice to keep things chilled. It’s nothing without the signature garnish of orange peel: give it a twist over the glass to release the oils and spruce that cocktail up.

Alternatives

It wouldn’t be an American drink if it didn’t try to rebel every now and then. You’ll see Old Fashioneds with rum, tequila and all sorts depending on mood. We’ll take a dark rich rum, thanks." 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BarChick loves a free refill, extra cheese, double shots and super sizing it, so we checked out where you can get a little piece of America in London town… have a nice day! NOLA  Head to the deep south for that southern hospitality that really can't be beat. Cigars, Hurricane cocktails, a hidden terrace and a tendency towards late night debauchery - this is where where the drinks industry likes to hang, so brace yourself for a solid session. With live music on Thursdays, they've fully embraced the New Orleans vibe, so grab a seat and let it wash over you like a warm summer breeze. 66-68 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY THE AMERICAN BAR AT THE SAVOY When NYC's baddest bartender sacked off Prohibition and ran away to London we got lucky, because Harry Craddock brought a whole lot of American booze and cocktail making style with him. The America Bar is where London's cocktail scene kicked off; The bartenders over the years have become as famous as the constant stream of celebrity guests who frequent the place - Frank Sinatra used to sneak in after hours to play the piano. You get it, this place is legendary. The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU BIG EASY (Chelsea & Covent Garden) Big Easy…the ultimate feast. With two locations it's easy to go big no matter where you are. The original one in Chelsea has been rocking it out for 20 years while the younger sibling in Covent Garden has been keeping us fat and happy since last year.  Not only is the food menu huge, this place actually specialises in all you can eat sessions. Whether it's BBQ ribs, fresh lobsters, loaded fajitas or chicken wings. Do a Joey Tribbiani, grab some maternity pants (and a crab bib!) and prepare for some very intense meat sweats. Wash all this down with one of their many flavoured frozen Margaritas. 332-334 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR  12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7NA ‎ BALTHAZAR OK so not technically American but if the US taught us one thing, it's how to do brunch - and for that we'll be forever thankful. They also brought us Balthazar, NYC's most legendary American meets French brasserie and the place to get you Bloody Mary and breakfast freak on in central.  All the faves from the New York classic are there and are executed to perfection - eggs, steak tartare, classic cocktails; stay all day. 4-6 Russell St, WC2E 7BN FAR ROCKAWAY Anyone who has taken then A train in New York towards JFK will recognise the namesake of this beast of a restaurant/bar/playspace. Taking the american motto of bigger is better to heart, this place is massive with food and booze ready to rock & roll you into an epic night. Get involved in their 18 inch pies and wash it down with cocktails on tap - too easy. 97-113 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BS BLUES KITCHEN (Camden & Shoreditch) There’s nothing more American than drinking straight Bourbon on the rocks and listening to some old school blues. These boys have a load of cocktails, a mega food menu, and a pretty impressive selection of American whiskeys. Boom. Even if it isn't your usual vibe, get in the spirit and get involved. In true American style they even have a good selection of boozy shakes – watch and learn McDonalds. With live music every night you’ll feel like you’re down South in the 20’s, and there’s something for everyone from soul to Motown. 111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN 143 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR ALL STAR LANES  Is your all-embracing American sesh missing something? Fancy teaming a New York Diner with bowling? All Star Lanes are one step ahead. The cocktail list is lengthy and they throw in some sharing cocktails for good measure (one serves 8-10 people so you can have one of 4 for each team). Get stuck in and hit the killer Bourbon list, take it as fact that your aim will improve the more you down, just don’t slip on the lanes! Locations in Holborn, Bayswater, Brick Lane and Stratford. SLIM JIM'S LIQUOR STORE It feels as though you’re in an LA juke joint at Slim Jim’s - it’s dark ‘n dirty and it rocks! This dive bar has neon lighting, bare brick walls and intimate booths, meaning you can have a cosy few drinks with your mates, or you can pull up a stool at the SALOON bar and really get stuck in. They state that it’s probably the first in London, and definitely the best. Good to know! It feels like you’ve walked into the bar on Coyote Ugly, but try to resist dancing on the bar unless you are hanging ladies underwear from the ceiling – chicks get free drinks if they hand over their undies, boys you'll love it. 112 Upper St, London, N1 1NQ THE DINER If a bunch of nowadays shoreditch kids got time machined back into the 1950's this would be their hang out. Great tunes, massive meals, boozy milkshakes, and enough drinks to make you start want to start dancing in the isles. Locations in Dalston, Camden, Shoreditch, Islington, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Gloucester Road EARLHAM STREET CLUBHOUSE The '90s are calling and it's time for a visit. This subterranean bar and pizzeria is covered in signs and lights from an East Coast amusement park plus theres an old school petrol pump that's found a far better use as a beer pump. With a kick ass juke box stacked with guilty pleasure classics (that you can slyly control from an app on your phone) and a drinks menu filled with '90s references - Ace Ventura or The Beach, anyone? - this is the place to indulge on all the best things from the not so distant yesteryear. 35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9LD ED’S  The staff look like they should be on roller skates, they have juke boxes on every table and they serve awesome burgers; that’s America to a T. Get the cherry coke and vanilla float, tap your foot to the 50s music and throw your diet head-first out of the window, in fact leave it at home. 12 Moor Street, Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 5NG" ["post_title"]=> string(32) "Party Like an American in London" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(32) "party-like-an-american-in-london" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-02 16:34:27" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-02 15:34:27" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(27) "http://barchick.com/?p=2209" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#408 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(57064) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-07-01 14:42:14" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-01 13:42:14" ["post_content"]=> string(8129) "M Raw sushi We thought we’d seen it all, then we discovered quinoa sushi. M RAW is making raw sexy and taking the guilt out of fine dining but healthy stuff doesn't do it for you head to M Grill down the corridor for a Doctor Burger with all the trimmings - they serve Half Lobster as a ‘topping’ here. Into it? Get the Volzhenka Beluga Platter. It’s got lobster, vodka creme fraiche and champagne jelly. Blag your way on the list for the secret VIP room too. 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2 8HP Egg Break at Soho House When Soho House open a new place, you go. Big on brunch (where isn't) and West London weekend vibes, think filthy breakfast baps, a sh*t load of smashed avocado and eggs in all their forms.  If you're a 4pm bruncher no sweat, they serve it up all day 'til 6. See ya there. 30 Uxbridge Street, London W8 7TA eggbreak Barrafina Brothers Sam and Eddie are busy boys. Having opened the second tapas restaurant Barrafina on Adelaide Street last summer (and winning the Taste of London 2015 ‘Best New Restaurant’ award for their Soho branch) they’re at it again, welcoming another place to go get your Spanish on - this time on Drury Lane. Go get classics like Migas y Huevos Rotos (potato and eggs with bread crumbs), fresh octopus and Conejo al Ajillo (rabbit with garlic). Get there early - and prepare to queue: we promise it's worth it. Opening mid-July / /43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AJ Joe’s Oriental Diner Bringing dive bar vibes of the Orient to London, Scott Hallsworth’s sticky, smoky, spicy Asian food is the stuff of boozy feast dreams. It's a huge warehouse space with an open plan kitchen and courtyard out back for drinking in the sun. No tables? Sit on the steps, that’s how it rolls here. Get Duck Leg Red Curry during the week and brunch on Chilli Crab Omelette at the weekends. Reckon you can handle the heat? Smother everything in ‘Death’ - Scott’s smoky chilli oil, if you think you’re hard enough. The Laundry E8 Building, 2-18 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN joe.s Oldroyd Like Polpo? Tom Oldroyd played a big part in opening them all over London, so you’re gonna love his new place. The two-storey restaurant will have a walk-in cafe downstairs and bistro upstairs. The menu will change daily and focus on fresh, local produce from British farms, including dishes like Pea and Pork Jowl Croquettes with Truffle Mayo and Lamb and Almond Meatballs with Salsa Romesco and Pickled Garlic. Brunching? Go for all-day eggs and Bloody Mary’s.Summer Sunday’s sorted. 344 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0PD Crab Tavern Ever tried a King Crab Brioche Doughnut? You should. This American-style crab shack is the newest joint to open in Broadgate Circle.  Try the Crab Mash and Shrimp Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and if you thought crab wouldn't work for brekkie, the Crab Hashbrown is set to change your mind. Hit it up in the evening for Tavern Iced Teas (three variations on the classic, get them all) and Missouri floats. Opens 1st July // Broadgate Circle, Unit 7, EC2M 2QS Crab.Tavern Paradise Garage Robin Gill, the guy behind Clapham institute The Dairy, is opening Paradise Garage mid-July and bringing Dairy chef Simon Woodrow and pastry chef Kira Ghidoni from The Manor with him. Reserve seats up on the pass at the big open plan kitchen and watch the frantic cooking action up close, or turn the pace down and go for a rabbit feasting ‘picnic’ for your table, complete with roasted saddle, confit leg and seasonal vegetables. Paradise row is where the party at. Opens 14th July // 254 Paradise Row, London, E2 9LE Blue’s Kitchen Independence Day Celebrations The Blue’s Kitchen Independence Day hot dog eating competition is back and we're talking 3 days of fierce feasting and 4th July celebrations. It all starts on 30th June with the Hot Wings Challenge; work your way through five different heat levels of The Rib Man’s sauces in 30 minutes. No water allowed b*ches. On the 1st July it’s all raw chilli - 10 chillies doesn't seem like a lot, but these little fellas are crazy hot. The finale kicks off on the 2nd July with the ultimate hot dog eating competition. Stuff down as many Big Apple hot dogs as you can in 30 minutes. The record is 19 which seems beatable, right? So worth it for the month’s Gymbox membership and £100 tab at Blue’s Kitchen prize. 111-113 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JN blue.s Hotel Chantelle It’s not actually a hotel. Don’t take your toothbrush. Do go try the Waffle Crusted Fried Chicken With Maple Syrup Cotton Candy at this NY import that’s got a big celebrity following in it’s home digs. Expect late night food service on Thursdays and weekends, when the kitchen stays open ‘til 3am serving fancy fine french dining meets American comfort food. 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These guys are all about catering for special diets, so when it’s time for dessert you can pick from almond, goat and cow’s milk ice cream. Because a pizza feasts should be available to everyone, people. 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Ditch the basic ice lollies (drink these booze spiked ones instead ), quit moaning about being sticky, and get to a pool/rooftop/terrace/garden pronto. Embrace it b*tches.

Get on a boat

Don’t ignore the giant river flowing through the city, people. If you close your eyes and ask them to turn the music up you’ll feel like you’re on a yacht in Ibiza and not bobbing along the Thames. Our favourite boozy boats are the Tattershall Castle, Vestal Voyages and Tamesis Dock. River crawl, anyone? Tattershell Castle, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2HR Vestal Voyages, Granary Square Towpath, King's Cross, London, NC1 Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP vestalvoyage2

Get wet

So what if we don’t live near the sea? This city’s got tonnes of amazing outdoor pools you can go swim in. If you’re confident in your breast stroke and wildlife doesn’t sh*t you up, join the other hard nut swimmers at Hampstead Ponds. The new King’s Cross pond looks epic (and a little less fish infested) too.  Rather be in Miami? Brockwell Lido’s got deckchairs, cocktails and prosecco. Failing all that, have you ever stripped off and danced in the Appearing Rooms water fountain on Southbank? Us neither… Hampstead Ponds, Hampstead Heath, London, NW5 1QR King’s Cross Pond, 20 Canal Reach (entrance on Tapper walk), London, N1C 4BE Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, London, SE24 0PA Appearing Rooms Water Fountain, The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX fol.appearing.000.rooms

Hit the roof

Whether you finally wanna take advantage of your monthly direct debits to Shoreditch House, kick back with the hip kids at Frank’s or get your Cuban freak on at Queen of Hoxton, we’ve found the best rooftop bars in North, South, East and West of the city. Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6AW Queen of Hoxton,1-1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX5 Frank’s, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

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Dine al fresco

Our rule is; drink in the sun, eat in the shade. Some of the best food pop ups in the city have got shady places to get stuffed and keep your stomach lined this weekend. Hit up Forza Win for pizza parties, Street Feast for weekend grub and a Kamm & Sons Britz Spritz or hot new kid Dinerama; the food arena’s got 6 restaurants, 5 rotating food stalls, food trucks and tonnes of shade to rest your weary flip flop feet. Want a guaranteed table? These are London’s best dining terraces, so book in baby. Forza Win, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN Dinerama, 19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EJ Street Feast, Hartwell Street, Dalston E8 3DU

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Ice that cocktail

Boozy slushies are where it’s at this summer and we’ve found the absolute best. Catch some shade underneath The Big Easy and sip the ultimate summer slushy: the Miami Vice; half Pina Colada, half Daiquiri. Yeah. Or keep cool in a car park at Peckham Springs where they squeeze ‘em out of an old school Slush Puppie machine. Way more refreshing than a cold beer. The Big Easy, 12 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA Peckham Springs, 22A Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QN 

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Follow everyone to a park

A park crammed with half naked people secretly sippin’ and getting merry in the sun? Yes. Please. Hit Hyde Park to embrace London summer and do the city proud: take a towel and sunbathe, check out the free entertainment in Speaker’s Corner and fall off a swan pedalo on The Serpentine. Spending a sunny day in Hyde Park is a Londoner rite of passage and now’s your chance.  Victoria Park is gonna be rammed so if bum cheeks hanging out of shorts and tattooed torsos are your thing, get to it.  When your cans of cider go warm and your mate is burnt, no biggie: hit the best bars by parks.

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Watch a film al fresco

Screw the sofa, there are so many places to catch a movie outside this summer, and they’ve all got a bar.  Go eat Pizza Pilgrims and watch the sun set behind the screen at one of Rooftop Film Club’s four open air cinema’s. Afraid of heights? Pop Up screens are showing films in London’s parks this summer, and Luna Cinema’s got all the romantic settings (like Kew Gardens and Regent’s Park Open air Theatre) sorted. Bring a hot date. Rooftop Film Club, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST Pop up screens, Greenwich Peninsula Central Park, SE10 0PE Luna Cinema, Kew Palace, TW9 3AB

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Pretend you have a garden

Regular gardens don’t have bars, but The Culpeper roof garden does. This pub terrace opened last week so go get that fresh air feeling without leaving the city. Wanna take it a step further? Email Jack or Janelle and they’ll let you rattle around in the flower beds with a shovel in one hand and a cocktail in the other during the week. Now that’s what we call a garden club. The Culpeper, 40 Commercial St, London, E1 6LP Email growing@theculpeper.com to join the garden team.

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 Sunbathe at a pop up beach

Camden Beach has got spiked fresh lemonade, fish ‘n’ chips and deck chairs. And Beach Hut and York & Albany is serving slushy cocktails out of buckets. Wanna strip down to a coconut bra (or find chicks that might)? Hackney’s The Wick has a tiki bar and it’s all summer vibes gone wild. Not feeling all the sand? The Nantucket pop up will make you feel like you're on a desert island without leaving you with sand in places it shouldn't be. Camden Beach, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH Beach Hut and York & Albany, York & Albany, 127-129 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PS The Wick, The Old Baths, Cre-8 Centre, 80 Eastway, E9 5JH Nantucket, Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF

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 Chill in a pub garden

No brainer. A pub garden’s got everything you need all weekend - food, drink, music and like minded booze loving people. Here are London’s best.

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History

With a name like the Old Fashioned, it comes as a no brainer that you’re dealing with the godfather of cocktails, the original gangsta, the daddy. In fact, the first documented definition of ‘cocktail’ back in 1806 was a mixture of spirits, bitters, sugar and water - literally the four necessary ingredients for a good glass of the strong yet balanced that also happen to be the ingredients in an Old Fashioned.

Back in the 1800s, before pro distilling techniques and sexy sherry cask ageing barrels, Methanol used to be pretty prominent and that sh*t does not taste good so they’d add sugar and bitters to help it go down easy. This stiff drink became ‘the thing’ in Chicago in the 1860’s but it wasn’t until the 1880’s that a bartender at the Pendennis Club in Kentucky called it the Old Fashioned in honour of James E. Pepper, a well-known bourbon distiller, who soon brought it to Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City. old.fashioned.2

The Ingredients

The Old Fashioned has had a load of variations through the years; some amazing, some cringeworthy. There was a sad phase in the 1990’s where orange and cherries were muddled in, but we try to forget about that it. Thankfully tastebuds, along with everything else, have gone retro and we’re back to the traditional methods - strong, simple and boozy, yet with a certain panache. Changeable and yet pretty damn easy to make, it all starts with a solid base of good whiskey. American Bourbon or Rye is the classic depending on taste - don’t know the difference? You need to swat up with our guide to whiskey.

The Whiskey

There’s a helluva lot of wicked whiskeys out there but when we’re stirring it up, these are what we go for: Bulliet - Both their rye and their bourbon make a killer Old Fashioned. The bourbon's all gentle spiciness with smooth vanilla and toffee notes to keep it sweet. The rye is straight rye; bold and crisp, spicy and with a rich taste of honey. Four Roses Small Batch - Smoky and sweet, this bourbon has fruit, honey and spice with dryness coming through. There’s a fair bit of heat in there too but no sweat, it won't blow your head off. Rittenhouse Rye - Not for the faint hearted. At 100 proof this stuff packs a serious punch, but in all the right ways. It’s pretty hot and heavy straight but when stirred over ice flavours of gingerbread, dark chocolate and dark wood open up. Boom.

The Rest

Angostura Bitters - If the booze is the soup, the bitters are the seasoning. No one really knows what’s in this but you’ll taste bits of nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamon, all very bitter, obviously. You only need a couple drops. Think small. Sugar - Everything tastes better with a little sugar, sugar. Get a cube in that glass. Ice - Thought ice was just ice? Think again. The kinda ice you use can change the whole drink. Go big with badass blocks or big chunks that create a small amount of dilution while chilling everything to perfection. old.000.fashioned

Mix It Up

60ml whiskey 2 dashes Angostura bitters 1 cube sugar Orange peel for garnish Place all ingredients into a mixing glass, add a hunk of ice and get stirring. The purpose here is twofold: you want to chill the drink down, but you also want to slightly dilute, adding that tiny bit of water to get all the flavours outta the booze and bitters. Pour into a sexy tumbler (no one wants a killer cocktail in a cracked IKEA glass) and add - you guessed it - more ice to keep things chilled. It’s nothing without the signature garnish of orange peel: give it a twist over the glass to release the oils and spruce that cocktail up.

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Soho House Berlin

2$$

Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 40 50 440

Opening hours

Mon - Sat: 7am - 3am,
Sun: 7am - 1am

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 03/06/2013

Located on the corner of Torstrasse and Prenzlauer Allee in East Berlin’s fashionable district of Mitte, Soho House Berlin is a pretty nostalgic affair. If (like BarChick) you’ve spent a bit of time kicking back in London’s Shoreditch House, then this place will be sure to make you feel homesick. Identical to its older sister in many ways, there are just enough differences to ferment the fact that you’re somewhere else, but it’s a funny feeling nonetheless.

A stark mixture of industrial concrete and velvet soft furnishing evoke an air of warm glamour, while brass fittings and clever lighting keep this place mysterious. The history of this place is pretty deep, but we ain’t gonna bore you with it.

The lounge area is actually rather small, especially if you’re used to the airy space of Shoreditch House, come here for the vibe and to mingle with hot media types and forward thinkers. The view from the roof is pretty spectacular and the outside pool that requires acts of valiance is something of a centerpiece. Drink wine or beer here, this place is about the vibe and the shoulder rubbing and not the bevs.


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