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FILL A HIPFLASK

Some festivals are into them, some festivals aren't, but the great thing about a hip flask is you can slip it in your pocket/take it into tents without the big guys seeing it! All you gotta to do is choose your poison.  Sloe Gin BarChick’s been drinking Sipsmith’s Sloe Gin since it first surfaced! It’s a concoction of their London Dry Gin and handpicked wild sloe berries. So if you’re going to be drinking in the fields, a berry infused gin is just what we’d order for you. Whisky It’ll do the trick. Warming when the sun goes down and most importantly it’s the ideal chaser to every beer you have! If you’re into your bourbon then go for the Four Roses. Rum Rum and parties go hand in hand, but instead of mixing it with Coca Cola in the tent, pour it straight into your hip flask and take it out for the night. We suggest Havana Club 7 Year Old, it’s punchy enough for you to not drink it all at once and it tastes like Cuba (where it’s made)… and if that ain’t a party then we don’t know what is. Tequila The ultimate wingman when the going gets tough. We’ve always found that out of all the spirits this one is a sure fire pick-me-up if you find yourself lagging behind. If the fancy dress is starting to loose its laughs, a bit of tequila in your hipflask should help. Go for Ocho, it’s big on the agave meaning its purity shouldn’t lead to too nasty a hangover.

DRINKS FOR YOUR TENT 

It's cheaper than the bar, you'll never have to queue and it’s a rain safe place to shelter when required. If you're capable of getting a tent up then you are more than able to fix up some of these. Kalimotxo  Pronounced cal-ee-MO-cho, and also known as the Poor Man’s Cuba Libre, the Kalimotxo is basically just a sloshy mix of red wine and cola, if you get any weird looks when knocking back a plastic cup of this you can assure your friends it’s a Basque-country classic. If you close your eyes it could almost be sangria, only without all the fussy chopping and mixing. Make it - Fill a cup with ice, combine equal parts red wine (the cheaper the better) and cola and squeeze in some lemon (or not) Picklebacks Forget the vintage glasses or shaggy beard, nothing says hipster like the drink that Brooklyn invented; the Pickleback. But don’t let that turn you off, the combination of a shot of whisky, followed by a shot of pickle brine is so perfectly balanced that you’ll be quickly lining up for more. Only you won’t actually need to line up as you’ll be making them in your tent, easy peasy! Make it - pour a shot of whisky (any will do but Jameson is the best) and another shot of pickle brine (sure you could make your own, but Funkin’s new pre-made juice just nails it). Drink, repeat. Tommy’s Margaritas The modern-day alternative to the sugar filled original, the Tommy’s is super easy to make, and it’s pretty much the most summery drink in existence. This one takes a little homework before hand, but you’ll be glad you did it. Just pack some limes in your bag, along with a bottle of tequila and your homemade agave simple-syrup. Make sure you grab one of those Mexican elbow style citrus juicers too. Make it - you could shake it in a shaker with ice, but you’ll get the same result by just pouring 45ml tequila into a cup, throw in a handful of ice (you’ll need to take a trip over to the bar for this one), squeeze in your lime and stir in the agave simple-syrup that you made before (by stirring together a cup of agave nectar and a cup of hot water over a stove, then pouring into a bottle when dissolved). Bloody Marys Trust us, you’ll be glad you prepared for these when it cures your first morning hangover. Pack some Tetra Pak tomato juice in your bag, and a bottle or two of vodka, along with some single serve packs of Little Devil’s Bloody Spices. No need for fussing with all the many ingredients that go into the perfect Bloody Mary mix, these guys have done all that for you! Make it - Mix one sachet of Bloody Spice with a shot of vodka, and some tomato juice. Garnish with celery and lime if you can be bothered.

 PRE-BATCHED COCKTAILS TO MAKE BEFORE YOU GO

Get yourself sorted before you leave home by throwing together a couple of big bottles of tasty concoctions. For this to work avoid drinks involving fresh fruit juice and either make a nice strong cocktail that will last, or prep the boozy base of a fruity cocktail and get in the juice and ice when you're there! Bourbon Old Fashioned You're probably thinking no way, not an Old Fashioned that's way too complicated for a field!? But we went and spoke to Gareth Evans (Winner of World Class GB 2013) to find out how to make it happen. His advice is that when you stir something like an Old Fashioned over ice you generally add about 25ml - 30ml water through dilution so,  to get it in a bottle, you just need the right ingredients and our speciality; "some ropey maths".  Fill a 700ml bottle with 420ml Bulleit Bourbon, 210ml water, 70ml sugar syrup, 21 dashes Angostura bitters, 7 dashes orange bitters and voila. Gareth says, "Keep it on ice if you can, but otherwise pour 100ml of your mix over fresh ice in a low glass with a twist of orange zest". Now THAT is how you make an Old Fashioned at a festival! Negronis Whatever your bottle size this one’s easy, just fill it with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Negronis taste better with ice, so try and track some down when you get there, and a twist of orange peel will make you look like a pro! Chamomile Gimlets This one will REALLY impress your neighbours. Pour your preferred measure of gin into a large bottle, with some lemon juice, a glug of sugar syrup, a few mint sprigs and a chamomile tea bag. When you get there pour it into some cups and top with a splash of soda, ice would be good if you can, but either way it works!

ACCESSORIES

Get that Lighter on a leash – It costs less than a fiver off ebay and it will avoid you making lighter signs at every passer-by when you need one. It’s also a magnet for new mates, if you need some. Giant Hip Flask – because there’s a big old festival out there and you don’t want to be high and dry. Tipplesworth Cocktail Suitcase – for all you glampers out there, these sets are made in a 1920s suitcase factory and come with everything you need to make a Hibiscus Margarita/Apple & Elderflower Martini/Old Fashioned like a pro. Umbrella with cup holders – we’ve got you covered even if it’s p*ssing it down. Order yourself an umbrella but make sure it has some cup holders. Why have a beer when you can hold two AND stay dry.

FESTIVAL TIPS

Watch out for the Coconut water stand, coconuts keep you re-hydrated like no other and they look more tropical than a bottle of water. We choose Cocoface if you're asking." ["post_title"]=> string(26) "How To Drink at a Festival" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(26) "how-to-drink-at-a-festival" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-06-23 14:22:12" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-06-23 13:22:12" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=52568" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [1]=> object(WP_Post)#403 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(9310) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-06-21 09:30:27" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-06-21 08:30:27" ["post_content"]=> string(11440) "Now that rain has stopped (for about five seconds) it’s time for some tennis. Whether you love the game, those short skirts, the grunting girls or you just f*cking love Pimm’s, it’s time for some balls. Wherever you are in London, get to these places to watch, celebrate and drink to Wimbledon. After more ideas? Ping BarChick Concierge a text - or a message online and we'll sort your Wimbledon agenda.

OUTDOOR SCREENINGS

One New Change - St Pauls Kick back on a Union Jack cushion while you catch the game on this six-storey rooftop - all with an epic view of St Paul's. After the game, head round the corner to Bread Street Kitchen and get Instagram happy with a Wimbledon Summer Cup, served up in a gigantic tennis ball. Pow. wimbledon tennis ball drink london Lewis Cubitt Square - Kings Cross Kings Cross has got it going on with this square; grab some street food from Kerb, get yours Pimm's fix from The Lighterman, and soak up some rays whilst you catch the action straight from the courts… 4 Stable Street, London N1C New Street Square - Chancery Lane Catch a few cheeky balls on your lunch break at Chancery Lane's outdoor screen, which is showing the matches Monday to Friday. Grab a gelato, or go for a Rum-a-colada at the Kanaloa pop-up bar (it was game over for the office anyway). New Street Square, EC4A Regents Place - Warren Street Pull up a deckchair. There’s all sorts of fun activities going down here and around the plaza too if you’re over playing umpire. Regent’s Place, London NW1 3HF wim.regents.place Exchange Square - Liverpool Street As ever, the restaurants and bars around here are going batsh*t cray for Wimbledon this year with themed menus, BBQs and tennis-inspired booze. You’ll be spoilt for choice. Exchange Square, Broadgate, London EC2A 2JN Cardinal Place - Victoria Who said nothing fun ever happens at Victoria? Head up to this rooftop and join in the tennis fun with Champagne ice lollies, boozy iced tea and buckets of Prosecco. Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JD wim.cardinal Canary Wharf Summer Screens Keep it al fresco in the heart of Canary Wharf for some Wimbledon watching in the sun (or rain, most probably). Grab a deli-picnic and head over with your mates for all the centre court action. Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AX Red market - Old Street A great place to hang when you're not up for fully committing to the game - there's a whole load more than just balls to keep you busy. Along with the 5m x 3m screen for Wimbledon watching, there's a shed load of loads of bars, booze, street food stalls, and even crazy golf to get involved with if you get bored after a never ending deuce situation. 288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP red market London Pop Fields  - Brixton This Brixton hangout also has a big screen showing the tennis, along with food, drink and good times. 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ Wimbledon Wonderland Picnic (Christabel's) Catch the Wimbledon finals on the grassy rooftop at a secret location. your ticket'll get you a Fentimans cocktail and a hamper filled with an epic picnic, think green and purple sandwiches and edible tennis balls. Get watered up at the botanical tennis bar. (£60 per person - get your ticket here).  Secret Location, Regent's Canal, London

PUBS AND BARS

EAST

Coq D'Argent

Turn your lunchtime business meeting into a tennis fest on the Coq D'Argent terrace where they're screening the game and serving up loads of Moet and Chandon Champagne... well it is on the work account after all. Get BarChick Concierge to book you in - just ping us a free text, or message us online.

No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ

Pavillion End These guys are kitted out with a 3D TV so you’ll feel like you can actually reach out and touch Federer’s balls. Head to this St Paul’s pub, grab a pint and get cheering. 23 Watling Street, London EC4M 9BR The Refinery If you're over the prim and proper English-style strawberries, cream and neatly mowed lawns - head to the outdoor terrace right by London Bridge for a little slice of Havana baby. Pull up a deckchair while you slurp on your rum and coke and take in all of that Wimbledon action. 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0TF

WEST

Goat Book a table on the 10th July final to catch all the action from centre court on the Goat’s huge screen and hit the cocktails. Do a shot every time Serena Williams grunts. But if Hollywood is more your bag, go watch ‘Wimbledon’ the movie with Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany at Goat. There'll be Pimm’s on arrival and 50% off food. 333 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL Garden Bar This pub is ideal for Wimbledon watching; not only has it got central’s biggest garden, but it serves up killer Mediterranean food hot off the BBQ and has a banging booze selection, come for gallons of Pimms and Aperol Spritzs. Hope they've got the the jugs in. 41 Bramley Road, Notting Hill, London W10 6SZ wim.garden.bar The Avalon The ultimate place to check out the scores when/if the sun’s shining south of the river. Grab a cocktail from the garden bar and get a seat in front of that big screen. 16 Balham Hill, Clapham, London SW12 9EB The Truscott Arms Forget ‘Murray Mount’ because this year it’s all about ‘Truscott Turf’!' This one-off pop up for the men’s final will be almost as good as sitting courtside. All astroturf, deckchairs and boozy picnic baskets, this is the place to catch that final. FYI, y'all gotta book… message BarChick Concierge though and we can sort you out. 55 Shirland Road, London W9 2JD The Broadway Wimbledon on a rooftop? Holla! This members club is where it’s at for tennis with a view. Order a Pimm’s (or five) and catch all the match action from the terrace. 474-476 Fulham Road, London SW6 1BY wim.broadway Nordic Always thought Wimbledon needed some Swedish vibes? Us neither, but go with it because these guys have got epic happy hours and ping pong tables for when you’ve had too many and think you can play just as well.

25 Newman Street, Soho, London W1T 1PN

Dukes Bar

It wouldn’t be Wimbledon without an afternoon tea or two and nobody does it better than Dukes. With free Champagne and strawberries to hotel guests too, we say it’s worth booking in for the whole championship… 35 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NY The Bluebird If you’re not on centre court this is the next best thing because there’s nowhere better to watch Wimbledon that with a bunch of Sloanes on the King’s Road. These guys always get it right, so find yourself a spot in the sunny courtyard, eyes on the big screen and hands armed with jugs of Pimm’s. Check out the matches being screened on the Bluebird Twitter feed. 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU WIM.Bluebird You should also check out: London's best summer pop ups Where to watch the football in London London's best roof terraces" ["post_title"]=> string(34) "Where to Watch Wimbledon in London" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(24) "where-to-watch-wimbledon" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-06-21 17:57:03" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-06-21 16:57:03" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(27) "http://barchick.com/?p=9310" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#404 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(56653) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-06-20 10:51:10" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-06-20 09:51:10" ["post_content"]=> string(26698) "Sweet, you’ve got yourself a hot first date. You might think you’ve got your moves down, but a sh*t pub with stale lager ain’t gonna cut it. Give it more thought than the second you and your Tinder finger spent getting you in this situation and take a look at our pick of London’s best bars to take your date. Whether it’s gonna be a rebound, double, skint or sexy one, we’ve got you covered. Message BarChick Concierge for free and we'll book you in, (but we'll let you take the credit).

CENTRAL

You want to impress with a secret bar

The Vault This basement bar hidden inside Milroy’s, our favourite whisky shop. Head inside, nudge the bookcase, get down the stairs and get into the shit-hot drinks, good tunes and easy vibes. This is one of Soho’s best kept secrets so it’s bound to impress. Order up something spiked with whisky and get cosy. If this has gone down well, find more secret bars for date no 2. 3 Greek Street, London W1D 4NX Basement Sate Sweeten up your date here ‘cos they’re all about wicked cocktails and delicious desserts. It’s slick, comfortable and all about the good times so it’s a surefire spot to score. Hit it on the weekend and impress with your moves as the mega DJs start rocking the decks. 8 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HN basement.sate La Bodega Negra This place does Soho proud – lead your boring date downstairs to the tequila cellar bar and get a couple rounds in. If getting tipsy on tequila, surrounded by the super cool worn down decor and the smell of some of London’s best Mexican food isn’t enough to make this date a good one you can head to the adjoining restaurant and make a run for it through the neighbouring sex shop. The world’s most ironic date escape route. 16 Moor Street, London, W1D 5NH You need an affordable date (but don't wanna look like a cheapskate) 68 and Boston Not sure if your date’s into wine or cocktails? This bar has got two storeys; one which is all about the vino and the other is all swanky Art Deco and cocktails. You can’t go wrong with either but BarChick reckons the wine floor is where it’s at - and every single bottle is £20, so no risk of looking stingy. FYI - they do off-menu Champagne, so you can push the boat out, without actually pushing the boat out. 4-5 Greek Street, London W1D 4DD You're after sexy Paris vibes Noble Rot Like stepping into 1940s Paris, everything in this place is très vintage, from the green walls to the huge windows, refurbed light fixtures, dark wood panelling and those roaring log fires. All wicked glasses of wine with bottles from underrated countries like Croatia and Greece, and hard to find labels that’ll keep the wine snobs happy, pair the vino with some bar snacks and you’ve won date night. 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB noble.rot If you're live Instagramming your date... Sketch This one is perfect for a double date. It’s difficult to communicate via eye contact alone how a DD with your mate and each of your dates is going. You’ll want a catch-up mid-evening, and Sketch offers the perfect excuse because everyone here loves heading to the toilets for a selfie. Seriously, the toilets here are little white eggs that play bird song on loop and you and your mate can go hide behind them to discuss whether or not you want to swap dates. If you need more advice, just ask the sexy French maids that host both the ladies and gents. They’ve seen everything. 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG sketch.pic If you don't know if you can be a*sed.. Bar Termini Knackered/hungover/can’t be arsed and you didn’t even bother reapplying deodorant before heading out for your date? Get a £1 espresso to shake you up (these Italians are taking coffee old school), order two Rose Negronis and ask the pros to keep ‘em coming. Reservations here work on a strict 1 hour-only slot and the staff will come and tell you when your time at the table is done, so if it turns out you were right not to make an effort, there’s your escape route. 7 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JE You're out to impress (and money's no object) Bob Bob Ricard If you've got the cash to flash on a first date then it's got to be Bob Bob Ricard, with this lavish 1930’s-style bar. Downstairs it's all private, with everyone getting their own train like booth, so if the date goes well.. no one’s watching…you get us. And you've probably heard about the Champagne button in your booth that delivers you a glass in seconds. You're on fire. 1 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF

NORTH

You want something quirky..

Ladies and Gentlemen This place used to be Kentish Town’s public lav but it’s now a slick and sexy cocktail bar and probably the only public loo left that hasn’t been touched by George Michael. Climb downstairs and dive behind the blue velvet curtain for secret live music and some of the best Old Fashioneds like, ever. Oh and it’s damn small so you’re probably gonna have to get in close; you’re welcome. 2 Highgate Road, London NW5 1NR ladies.and.gentlemen You wanna get touchy touchy... Original Sin Two words; pool table. If there’s anything youth clubs taught us, it’s that pool tables are less a fun pastime, more a vehicle for flirtatious groping. Plus the games are free at this place. What else do you need? Booze. Luckily the 10 metre long bar is serving up some killer cocktails so get the drinks in, mention you don’t know how to play and spend the night being straddled by your hot date. No real conversation necessary. 129 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0PH You want somewhere classy 69 Colebrooke Row A.K.A the bar with no name. It feels like you've stepped right into an old school Italian cocktail joint when you slip into this cosy lil' bar. It's pretty much always busy in here, often with a piano tinkering away in the corner, so you can easily blend into the bustle as you stumble through those classic awkward 'first date' moments. The cocktail list is epic, so get stuck in. 69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA You wanna get them home asap... White Lyan You both know the score – one obligatory round then it’s back to your place for the real reason dating was invented. Cocktails here are not only created by one of London’s hottest barmen on the scene, Ryan Cheti, but they’re also pre-batched and ready to go. That kind of efficiency means you’ll be in, served and hitting the road quicker than you can say “Uber”. Here’s hoping the rest of the night doesn’t continue by the same speedy example. 153 Hoxton St, London, N1 6PJ white.000.lyan You're up for an awesome feast Foxlow If you’re going all in with dinner but you’re more into chilled feasting than come to bed eyes over haute cuisine, this joint from the boys at Hawksmoor is where you wanna be. Get messy with your date and share a plate of Foxlow’s banging fried chicken and follow it with some of their wicked cocktails. There’s no point in pretending you’re a booze snob in here, the Miami Dolphin or Pina Colada is what you want. Various locations: Stoke Newington: 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS Clerkenwell: 69-73  St John Street, EC1M 4AN Balham: 15-19 Bedford Hill, SW12 9EX Chiswick: 11 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH You're after affordable opulence  Hoxley & Porter Is this a bar or an opulent train carriage travelling express from Cape Town to Cairo? Who cares when the booze is good? With loads of quirky drinks on offer and garnishes like absinthe-soaked scorpion, and decadent but epic Art Deco meets House of Hackney decor, you’ll never run out of things to talk about. 153 Upper Street, London N1 1RA hoxley.and.porter

You're disappointed at first sight...

Dans Le Noir

If your date hasn't lived up to their sexed up Tinder profile, then head to Dans Le Noir for dinner in the pitch black. Or swing by on a Friday where you can grab a drink in the pop up blacked-out bar - by the time you've had a few you may well be in the mood for a cheeky fumble. There's also a silent disco too, so no need to make up the chat, just plug in and dance.

30-31 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU

SOUTH

You have zero. cash. Peckham Springs Skint? Don’t be a date d*ck – drinking tap water after the first bottle of cheap beer because you’re a hot mess who can’t budget is never ok. Cocktails at Peckham Springs are £6 a pop and absolutely killer (they’ve even been named ‘best value cocktails in London’). Remember you’re in Peckham and these guys keep it casual – you don’t want to ruin your fancy shoes when searching for the best seats in the car park out back. 22A Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QN You need a convo starter WC This shabby refurbed public toilet bar has got south of the river date night written all over it. From the sexy candlelit curtained booths to the old wartime love letters pinned up on the toilet walls, if you wanna get things hot from the first date then this is the perfect spot. Go hard then take ‘em home. Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AJ WC You're thinking 'sexy date food' Gremio de Brixton Forget all over your face spaghetti or nasty smelling sushi (we love it but no one wants to snog a salmon seaweed cone), first dinner dates are all about the tapas. This restaurant is f*cking cool. It’s hidden underneath an old church, they take reservations so you can avoid awkward small talk in the queue and it’s super sexy – we’re talking bare-brick walls and flickering candles. Order some sherry with a couple sharing dishes and work your way through the mega Spanish wine menu. St Matthew’s Church, Brixton Hill, SW2 1JF You wanna go cultural Bermondsey Arts Club Another toilet turned bar joint, this Bermondsey basement spot is all 30’s Art Deco with a marble topped bar and original tiling. The drinks are seriously on point with grappa cocktails and incense stick garnishes, natch. Get there for the mid-week jazz sessions, art collabs and live music.

102A Tower Bridge Road, SE1 4TP

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You're after a sexy speakeasy Sovereign Loss Hidden inside Brixton institution, The Prince of Wales, this speakeasy is boozy, debaucherous and bragging a 24 hour licence. If you’re looking for a sexy date that’s bound to wind into the early hours then you won’t go wrong here. 467-469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH You can't wait to strip... The Lido Cafe If you want an excuse to see your gym-obsessed date in as little as possible, then go get a sun lounger at Brockwell Lido. Have a perv behind your shades as you lounge in the sun and hit the cocktails (they even do a ‘healthy’ boozy juice list). Try to organise the date for Prosecco Tuesday’s because glasses are £3 each. Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, SE24 0PA lido.cafe

You wanna watch something 

Mark's Bar at the Old Vic Theatre

If you're nervous about your chat, go cultural and watch something epic at The Old Vic. Start with something boozy in Mark's Bar where there's a load of awesome cocktails to choose from. Swing by after the show, and if it's going really well, it stays open 'til 2am baby.

The Old Vic Theatre, The Cut, SE1 8NB

You're thinking 'South Bank'

A solid date location, but a river-view window in Pizza Express just ain't gunna cut it. Try these epic ideas and you're winning.

Alchoholic Architecture

Take them on a date inside a booze cloud on the site of a former monastery and next to London’s oldest Gothic cathedral - what isn't awesome about this idea? Slip on a jumpsuit and dive into the evaporated cocktail - potations include Chartreuse, Benedictine, Champagne, Trappist beers, and even the notoriously boozy Buckfast. Order extra cocktails to drink while you inhale the alcoholic concoction. There's a one hour stay time so if they're boring, say your feeling lightheaded and make a swift exit.

1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 9DE

Dandelyan

If it's going well, Dandelyan is a solid BarChick fave and a great date spot. The botanical themed cocktail menu is epic, the work of London bartending legend Ryan Cheti.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

A great low-key date for a sunny day. Soak up the rays while you tuck into a cool beer. (Time it for sunset and you're golden).

South Bank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX

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EAST

You want something outrageous...

Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities This bar is insane. If you’re anticipating awkward silences on your first date then it’s got to be Viktor Wynd’s – the place is dripping with conversation starters. If the weird and wonderful menu or collection of old school McDonald’s Happy Meal toys doesn’t give you something to talk about, the two-headed taxidermy cat will. 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP You're after top notch wine Sager + Wilde Restaurant (Formerly Mission) Don’t get nervous if you’re dating someone who knows their sh*t when it comes to vino – even the most extreme wine connoisseurs would have trouble picking a bottle fast at this place. Be safe in the knowledge that they only serve the best here, so if you’ve got to order you won’t end up choosing a bad one. If you want more reassurance, remember that the dudes here teamed up with Domaine de la Cote in the Santa Rita Hills to create their very own Pinot noir. It’s epic, pick that one. 250 Paradise Row, E2 mission You want quirky cocktails The Cocktail Trading Co. Smithfield You can’t not have a good time at the booze playhouse that is Cocktail Trading Company and the cocktails will do nothing but impress when they rock up in welly boots, miniature graveyards and Chinese take-out boxes, and they use epic garnishes like candyfloss and maple bacon noodles. Enjoy the playlist of party classics and when Purple Rain comes on and the lights change to violet, that’s your cue to start dancing. Inside Ask For Janice, 50-52 Long Acre Lane, London EC1A 9EJ You're looking for an epic cocktail bar Hawksmoor Spitalfields This is where the friendliest bartenders in the city work, they’ll will give you a wink when your date turns up and pour you something strong if they don’t. This is one of the best bars for killer cocktails and the bar food is ideal if you can’t book a table for dinner upstairs. Need something to steady your nerves? Order a Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew; gin, ginger syrup, lemon juice and ale. 157a Commercial Street, E1 6BJ hawksmoor.spitalfields You wanna get on the mescal baby! Found Found is a BarChick favourite for dates because they’ve got wicked drinks like mescal Negronis and calvados Espresso Martinis and some seriously sexy, dark corners to cosy up in. Great lighting, killer drinks and little nooks and crannies to hide away in are everything a good date needs. Under Casita, Ravey Street, EC2A 4QW You need to avoid awkward chat Flight Club Can’t deal with the awkward first date chat? Score a bullseye at this epic Shoreditch darts bar instead; when the small talk dries up, just start shooting arrows. There’s real time live scoring, wicked beers and British boozer vibes, this one is perfect for a chilled, fun date.

Alphabeta Building, 2A Worship Street, EC2A 2AH

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WEST

You need a daytime plan. F*ck.

Serpentine Bar & Kitchen Agreeing to a daytime date always seems like a casual plan until you realise you’re without the important end point that being kicked out of a bar at last orders supplies. Plan something active so that being tired leads to a sit down, which will lead to booze, taking you back on the dating straight and narrow. We say rent a boat on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park; and afterwards, get a bottle of wine and a woodfired pizza at the Serpentine Bar. Done. Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, W2 2UH You want something seriously impressive West Thirty Six This three-storey townhouse has a different vibe on each floor so whatever you’re going for, you’ll probably find it here. The ground floor is all killer cocktails and fine dining, the next floor has those phat-country-house feels and a mega terrace and the top floor’s private and super sexy so if you manage to get up there then you’re guaranteed to bag a second date. 36 Golborne Road, North Kensington, W10 5PR west.thirty.six You don't just wanna do drinks... Late Shift at The National Portrait Gallery If the creative stuff gets you going, take your date to The National Portrait Gallery, where the Late Shift nights mean the place is open ’til 9pm on Thursdays. There’s live music, talks and other activities like drawing classes but the best part? There’s a badass bar. If you’ve lied about how fancy you are just make a beeline to Room 39. It’s where the contemporary collection is and portraits of all the big names from the 21st century are hanging there, from Bowie and K-Middy. Don’t panic, you’ve got this. St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE You need a day-to-night option Love Die Late This split personality bar is ideal for a day or night date as pre-5pm it’s all epic coffee art and bright and breezy Italian vibes but come the evening the pictures are reversed, the back bar revealed and the tunes turned up as it goes all sexy cocktail den. Even if it’s a sh*t date, you’ll get some wicked Insta-worthy moments out of it. 114 Great Portland Street, W1W 6PH love.die.late

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Soho/Central 

Cahoots Drinking 'til: Monday-Wednesday: 1am. Thursday-Friday: 2am. Saturday: 3am. Sunday: 12am Keep the Blitz spirit alive and roaring in this abandoned Kingly Court tube station. It's use as an air raid shelter is no more, but it's function as a booze den is in full effect so put on your pastiche threads and chill in a vintage tube carriage necking em' down until the wee hours. Ration-inspired cocktails garnished with peardrops and crumbled Oxo cubes served in teacups await you. As do scoundrels, racketeers and generally debauched people. Get into it. Just to keep in the TFL vibe this joint's always busy so you might have to queue. Kingly Court, 13 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PG Cahoots Milk & Honey Drinking 'til: Mon - Sat: 3am This speakeasy is kind of an institution, both in London and New York. But being popular doesn’t mean that it’s crap though. There's an epic cocktail menu that you can keep ordering from 'til 3am - it's not a rowdy vibe though, so keep friends with the bar dudes and stay cool. 61 Poland Street, W1F 7NU The Arts Theatre Club Drinking 'til: Monday-Saturday: 3am It's back with a revamp baby! The badass Kray twins used to own this joint, but now a sexy speakeasy, with cocktails in teacups, it's a bit cleaner round the edges. However, open 'til 3am it's a hot party place, so get involved if you're in need of some serious after hours drinking in Soho. 50, Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SQ Balans Soho Society Cafe  Drinking 'til: Every single night - 6am Big on the Soho LGB scene, Balans serves almost delicious food until well into the morning as well as wine, beer and some questionable cocktails. Diner style dining at it’s best. 60 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UG Experimental Cocktail Club Drinking 'til: Monday-Saturday: 3am. Sunday: 12am From the unmarked, chipped door to the candlelit French bartenders and spiral staircase… this place screams debauchery. Drink classily until the small hours then stumble down to HK Diner in Chinatown for surprisingly decent Chinese food until 4am. Double win. 13a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS experimental-cocktail-club-soho-london-bar El Camion Drinking 'til: Monday-Saturday: 3am. Sunday: 1am Upstairs is a vibrantly coloured Mexican restaurant but you wanna be down below 'cos Dick's Bar where questionable things happen after midnight. Both are nestled between two sex shops, so you're in good hands.  It's 'members only' so join the Pink Chihuahua Club to avoid entry issues or just say BarChick sent you and it's a reciprocal affair.  We f*cking love this place.  Try to make it down the steep stairs and get ready to line your body with mescal. 25-27 Brewer St, London W1F 0RR The Scotch Drinking 'til: Sunday-Wednesday: Closed. Other nights: 5am This epic bar/club/party place has its debut in 1959 and was the coolest late night hot spot to hit London where Jimi Hendrix first played...RIGHT. Opening each night (bar Monday for now) at 11pm, this place keeps the party going until 5am. Oh yes, pack some spare clothes and your toothbrush, you may be heading straight to work. Entry is open to anyone, but you can only access by appointment only. Get BarChick concierge to book you a table - just text us for free on 07481 341284. Hi there. 13 Masons Yard, Westminster, London SW1 The.scotch.of.st.james Bar Italia Open 22 hours a day, baby (7am - 5am) Sundays 7am-12pm. Don’t be expecting somewhere fancy with Bar Italia, this 22-hour café, which closes from 5am until 7am, is for those who are in need. You can always grab a beer, but don’t head here if you want classic cocktails and a party atmosphere! Think of it more as an old mate willing to lend a helping hand. Expect a mix of Soho creatures, it’s epic for people watching.  22 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4RF

West

MEATliquor Drinking 'til: Monday-Thursday: 12am. Friday-Saturday: 2am. Sundays: 10pm It’s the weekend and you’ve just got over your meat sweats. The music is blaring, jokes are heating up and yes, the drinks are flowing. On Fridays and Saturdays, the boys at Meat Liquor will keep the cocktails coming your way till 2am. Breakfast Martini anyone? 76 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AY meatliquor.late Mr. Fogg's Drinking 'til: Monday-Thursday: 1am. Friday-Saturday: 2am. Sunday 12am. Calling all 80 Days fan who fancy stepping into the 1870s for the night-Mr. Fogg's in swanky Mayfair is for you. BarChick loves it for its beautiful copper bar, 19th century curios (taxidermy and antique photographs) and adventurous cocktails. Whether you're at a table amongst Mr. Fogg's luggage or at that copper bar amongst suspendered barmen on Fridays and Saturdays, you'll be welcome till 2am. Dress immaculately like Fogg's ancestors would've done and shake up your night with a bit of whimsy. Bon voyage. 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair W1J 6JD  Alley Cat Drinking 'til: Sunday-Wednesday: 2am. Thursday-Saturday: 3am This is more of a dive bar that you stumble across when things are a little blurry, time is rolling into nothingness and the only thing on your mind is drink. This is for the unpretentious: its got old school tunes, dark corners and a late license. Open until 2am in the week and 3am Thursday through Saturday, this can be a last stop after your quiet drinks get out of hand! 4 Denmark Street  London, Greater London, WC2H 8LP Dry Martini Drinking 'til: 1am (Sundays 12am) The original Dry Martini has been rocking Barcelona for years and now it's sexing up London as a seriously badass hotel bar. They're all about epic Martinis and will even present you with a certificate for your booze excellence. Melia White House Hotel, Albany St, London NW1 3UP The Phoenix Artist Club Drinking 'til: Monday-Saturday: 2.30am. Sundays: 1.20am This is a low-key member’s bar open until 3am on most nights and mainly for the actors in productions at the theatre above. However, you can get involved, membership is free as long as you get there before 8… deal. Perfect if you’re after late night boozing or are a failed actor looking to network. 1 Phoenix Street, London, WC2H 8BU phoenix.artist.club The Globe Drinking 'til: Thursdays-Saturdays: 2.30am This is one helluva fun party basement, but you ain't getting in unless the bouncer likes the look of you: boys, leave the suits at home; And everyone do stop for chicken in the Moral Fox pop up upstairs because it's delicious and will keep you upright. 103 Talbot Road, London, W11 2AT 

North

69 Colebrooke Row Drinking 'til: Sunday-Wednesday: 12am. Thursday: 1am. Friday & Saturday: 2am Home to cocktail extraordinaire Tony Conigliaro, this bar was recently voted number 27 in the world. Known as “The bar with no name” it’s likely you’ll forget yours after tucking into cocktails made from syrups, reductions and infusions crafted in their own lab. The atmosphere is intimate and you’re welcome to while away the hours until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, provided you’ve made a reservation. 69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA Keystone Crescent Drinking 'til: Wednesday–Thursday 2am. Saturday: 4am. Sunday: 4am Kings Cross ain't just tumbleweed at 2am. Now there's a secret member's bar where you get awesome tipples and party hard 'til the early hours. Get yo'self in - contact BarChick concierge 07481 341284 (we can your gang in if it's four people or less).
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69 colebrooke row bar Slim Jims Drinking 'til: Monday-Wednesday: 2am. Thursday-Saturday: 3am. Sunday: 1am The earliest time this place shuts is 2am and they’re open Monday and Sunday… legends. At weekends these bad boys keep the alcohol flowing till 3am. There’s also a chance to get some free drinks if you’re willing to hand over your underwear. Live a little. 112 Upper St, London, N1 1NQ The Dalston Social Drinking 'til: Sunday-Thursday: 12am. Friday-Saturday: 2am. (Sometimes 'til 5am) It’s not religious that this place stays open until 5:30am, but on the days that it does it’s a far from holy affair. All nighters every weekend. The DJ is brilliant in that wonderful way that means he doesn’t get offended if you ask him to play Usher for the third time in the row. 8 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XN dalston.social The Hope Drinking from: Opens at 6am - closes 9pm. Sundays: Closed. An old early opening pub in the heart of Smithfield market, there won’t be much in the way of beats, but if you’re really at a loose end after leaving Fabric, this could be the one. 94 Cowcross Street, Smithfield, London, EC1M 6BH Rowans Tenpin Bowl Drinking 'til: Sunday-Thursday: 12.30am. Friday-Saturday: 2.30am Glam ain't the word, and it's so old school, you can even contact them by fax - but we love it. Plus it's pretty much the only place in London where you can bowl balls and swig wine til 2.30am. AND there's karaoke. Waaay! Rowans Leisure, 10 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, N4 2DF

East

La Cabina

Drinking 'til: Tuesday-Wednesday: 12am. Thursday-Saturday: 5am

BarChick's new favourite late night hangout. Open 'til 5am baby! It starts to get busy around 2am when everyone pours in from the surrounding bars. Best thing of all, you get in via a phone on the wall - type in the number on the key pad, and in you go. Stumble down the stairs and hollar your cocktail of choice at the bar.

232 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AX

Callooh Callay Drinking 'til: Monday-Sunday: 1am A popular choice for a heavy night out with some damn fine drinks. Callooh Callay wouldn’t leave you high and dry as it stays open Thursday – Saturday until 1am. It's not the latest license we’ve come across, but we forgive them with cocktails and décor like THAT. 65 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY  callooh.callay Worship St. Whistling Shop Drinking 'til: Monday-Tuesday: 12am. Wednesday-Thursday: 1am. Friday-Saturday: 2am. Sundays: Closed These guys don’t care what day of the week it is; it just isn’t a day to go home before 12. Mon-Thurs last orders are at 1am and that's stretched a little bit further during the weekend to 2am. Sure we have work at 10am, but who’s buying? 63 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2DU Nightjar Drinking 'til: Sunday-Wednesday: 1am. Thursdays: 2am. Fridays -Saturdays: 3am Hidden between two cafés, head down the stairs for some pre prohibition fun, complete with old school glamour, live music, table service and seriously banging cocktails. During the weekend, you can get your glad rags on and party until 3am, and if you need a stiff drink after work then you can drink yourself dry until 1am. 129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB SPK.NIGHTJAR Alibi Sunday-Wednesday: 2am. Thursday-Saturday: 3am This bad boy is over ripe for that blurry stage of the night. Well, it may not be fancy inside (what are you doing in Dalston?) but its got great club nights and gigs. It’s small but cheeky with a rammed dancefloor, good atmosphere and a wicked crowd. Grab a beer and get stuck in. Open until 2am Sunday – Wednesday and 3am for the rest of the week… party time. 91 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB Nola Sunday: Closed. Monday-Thursday: 1am. Friday-Saturday: 3am. Sunday: Closed These guys will let anyone in til midnight, but it’s members only after that. To become a member you’ll need to pop in during the day and have a chat with staff. A charitable donation will go to the New Orleans relief effort and after that you’re free to drink Sazeracs until the daylight appears through the windows. On weekends, that is. 66-68 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY nola-interior XOYO Drinking 'til: Monday-Wednesday: 3am. Friday-Saturday: 4am. Sundays: Closed This place is great if you’ve got a good crowd of mates and your favourite DJ is playing. There are 2 bars in the main room so getting served isn’t as much of a chore as usual… win. Be prepared though: the staff have some sort of attitude problem, but hey, that said, if you want some drinks, good music and a fun night out then whatever. This place is rocking until 3am on weeknights and 4am on the weekend. 32-37 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AP  The Kings Head Drinking 'til: Monday-Tuesday: 1am. Wednesday: 3am. Friday-Saturday: 5am. Sunday: Closed A sort-of members club on the cusp of Shoreditch, The King’s Head is all about the late licence. Keep your wits about you if you want to get in here: call ahead, say you know Rocky, look hot and don’t slur. In the basement? A bona fide bashment. On Fridays and Saturdays, you're sorted until 5am. What’s not to love? 257 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London E2 8AS HuffPoTheKingsHead The Horse and Groom Monday-Wednesday: 11pm. Thursday: 2am. Friday-Saturday: 4am. Sundays: Closed If you weren’t familiar with the term “disco pub” you will be after visiting The Horse and Groom. Get low in a traditional pub setting complete with two DJ booths. Don’t worry too much about last orders, they’re not ringing that bell for a good while yet. 28 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3NZ The Dolphin - hold tight Dolphin is currently closed for a refurb' (can't wait to see the new look!) Usually drinking 'til: 4:30am No one really knows what time notorious late-night spot The Dolphin stays open until because no one can ever remember leaving: it's one of those fabled favourites. If you find the grimy outline of a dolphin stamped upon your person the next morning, then you know you’ve had a good time. Wear it like a badge of honour and give yourself a pat on the back. 165 Mare Street, London, E8 3RH dolphin-karaoke Dalston Superstore Drinking 'til: Monday: 12am. Tuesday-Thursday: 2.30am. Friday-Saturday: 4am If you don’t mind super trendy and borderline pretentious East hangouts then head to Dalston Superstore. They state it’s open 'til “late” which means you’re in safe hands; they aren’t planning an early kip. Stay away from the cocktails and stick to things in bottles. This place gets rammed so keep your belongings and your lovers close… Apart from that make like Dale Winton and hit the aisles. 117 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB The Haggerston Something low-key that'll see you through until the wee hours. It's a packed lil' dance floor so get ready to be well acquainted with fellow party goers. 438 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA

SOUTH

Ekcovision Drinking 'til: Sunday-Wednesday: 12am. Thursday: 2am. Friday-Saturday: 3am Ride it out here with your mates until the early hours. There are three rooms the choose from, so you'll never get bored and there'll be plenty of twenty-something talent to clock. It's a bit late to the roaring 20's party, but who cares? They've got everything you fancy and you won't have to keep checking for last tube. Or heaven forbid, take the night bus. Gross. 15 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8HX Ekcovision (1)   Market Porter Opens: Monday-Friday: 6am. Saturday-Sunday: 12pm If you’ve managed to make it through to daylight hours then why not join the market workers here. Sure it’s likely they’ll be in a much better state than you, but who cares. You’ve been drinking for 12 hours straight; you’re practically a hero. 9 Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AA market.porter Canavan's Pool Club Drinking 'til: 4am every night baby Not quite a national treasure, but one of Peckham's finest and most bizarre boozers. Grab a Guinness, listen to a local punter barely croon Diana Ross and play pool with your mates. Don't worry about the tumbleweaves and pools of vom on the way out and in; just sidestep them and know it's all a part of the grotty charm. Peckham and proud. 188 Rye Ln, London SE15 4NF   Diggin' this? Check out: London's best party bars Best places to throw a party in London London's best pop ups" ["post_title"]=> string(45) "Where to Get a Drink in London After Midnight" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(45) "where-to-get-a-drink-in-london-after-midnight" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-06-17 16:05:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-06-17 15:05:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(27) "http://barchick.com/?p=7151" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(5) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#402 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(52568) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-06-23 11:24:21" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-06-23 10:24:21" ["post_content"]=> string(8687) "Never been to a festival? Celebrating your 10th Glastonbury? We've got the best ways to get your booze on while still keeping it classy. It’s all about the prep work, the ingredients and never leaving your tent without it… you'll never drink 6 quid warm cider again.

FILL A HIPFLASK

Some festivals are into them, some festivals aren't, but the great thing about a hip flask is you can slip it in your pocket/take it into tents without the big guys seeing it! All you gotta to do is choose your poison.  Sloe Gin BarChick’s been drinking Sipsmith’s Sloe Gin since it first surfaced! It’s a concoction of their London Dry Gin and handpicked wild sloe berries. So if you’re going to be drinking in the fields, a berry infused gin is just what we’d order for you. Whisky It’ll do the trick. Warming when the sun goes down and most importantly it’s the ideal chaser to every beer you have! If you’re into your bourbon then go for the Four Roses. Rum Rum and parties go hand in hand, but instead of mixing it with Coca Cola in the tent, pour it straight into your hip flask and take it out for the night. We suggest Havana Club 7 Year Old, it’s punchy enough for you to not drink it all at once and it tastes like Cuba (where it’s made)… and if that ain’t a party then we don’t know what is. Tequila The ultimate wingman when the going gets tough. We’ve always found that out of all the spirits this one is a sure fire pick-me-up if you find yourself lagging behind. If the fancy dress is starting to loose its laughs, a bit of tequila in your hipflask should help. Go for Ocho, it’s big on the agave meaning its purity shouldn’t lead to too nasty a hangover.

DRINKS FOR YOUR TENT 

It's cheaper than the bar, you'll never have to queue and it’s a rain safe place to shelter when required. If you're capable of getting a tent up then you are more than able to fix up some of these. Kalimotxo  Pronounced cal-ee-MO-cho, and also known as the Poor Man’s Cuba Libre, the Kalimotxo is basically just a sloshy mix of red wine and cola, if you get any weird looks when knocking back a plastic cup of this you can assure your friends it’s a Basque-country classic. If you close your eyes it could almost be sangria, only without all the fussy chopping and mixing. Make it - Fill a cup with ice, combine equal parts red wine (the cheaper the better) and cola and squeeze in some lemon (or not) Picklebacks Forget the vintage glasses or shaggy beard, nothing says hipster like the drink that Brooklyn invented; the Pickleback. But don’t let that turn you off, the combination of a shot of whisky, followed by a shot of pickle brine is so perfectly balanced that you’ll be quickly lining up for more. Only you won’t actually need to line up as you’ll be making them in your tent, easy peasy! Make it - pour a shot of whisky (any will do but Jameson is the best) and another shot of pickle brine (sure you could make your own, but Funkin’s new pre-made juice just nails it). Drink, repeat. Tommy’s Margaritas The modern-day alternative to the sugar filled original, the Tommy’s is super easy to make, and it’s pretty much the most summery drink in existence. This one takes a little homework before hand, but you’ll be glad you did it. Just pack some limes in your bag, along with a bottle of tequila and your homemade agave simple-syrup. Make sure you grab one of those Mexican elbow style citrus juicers too. Make it - you could shake it in a shaker with ice, but you’ll get the same result by just pouring 45ml tequila into a cup, throw in a handful of ice (you’ll need to take a trip over to the bar for this one), squeeze in your lime and stir in the agave simple-syrup that you made before (by stirring together a cup of agave nectar and a cup of hot water over a stove, then pouring into a bottle when dissolved). Bloody Marys Trust us, you’ll be glad you prepared for these when it cures your first morning hangover. Pack some Tetra Pak tomato juice in your bag, and a bottle or two of vodka, along with some single serve packs of Little Devil’s Bloody Spices. No need for fussing with all the many ingredients that go into the perfect Bloody Mary mix, these guys have done all that for you! Make it - Mix one sachet of Bloody Spice with a shot of vodka, and some tomato juice. Garnish with celery and lime if you can be bothered.

 PRE-BATCHED COCKTAILS TO MAKE BEFORE YOU GO

Get yourself sorted before you leave home by throwing together a couple of big bottles of tasty concoctions. For this to work avoid drinks involving fresh fruit juice and either make a nice strong cocktail that will last, or prep the boozy base of a fruity cocktail and get in the juice and ice when you're there! Bourbon Old Fashioned You're probably thinking no way, not an Old Fashioned that's way too complicated for a field!? But we went and spoke to Gareth Evans (Winner of World Class GB 2013) to find out how to make it happen. His advice is that when you stir something like an Old Fashioned over ice you generally add about 25ml - 30ml water through dilution so,  to get it in a bottle, you just need the right ingredients and our speciality; "some ropey maths".  Fill a 700ml bottle with 420ml Bulleit Bourbon, 210ml water, 70ml sugar syrup, 21 dashes Angostura bitters, 7 dashes orange bitters and voila. Gareth says, "Keep it on ice if you can, but otherwise pour 100ml of your mix over fresh ice in a low glass with a twist of orange zest". Now THAT is how you make an Old Fashioned at a festival! Negronis Whatever your bottle size this one’s easy, just fill it with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Negronis taste better with ice, so try and track some down when you get there, and a twist of orange peel will make you look like a pro! Chamomile Gimlets This one will REALLY impress your neighbours. Pour your preferred measure of gin into a large bottle, with some lemon juice, a glug of sugar syrup, a few mint sprigs and a chamomile tea bag. When you get there pour it into some cups and top with a splash of soda, ice would be good if you can, but either way it works!

ACCESSORIES

Get that Lighter on a leash – It costs less than a fiver off ebay and it will avoid you making lighter signs at every passer-by when you need one. It’s also a magnet for new mates, if you need some. Giant Hip Flask – because there’s a big old festival out there and you don’t want to be high and dry. Tipplesworth Cocktail Suitcase – for all you glampers out there, these sets are made in a 1920s suitcase factory and come with everything you need to make a Hibiscus Margarita/Apple & Elderflower Martini/Old Fashioned like a pro. Umbrella with cup holders – we’ve got you covered even if it’s p*ssing it down. Order yourself an umbrella but make sure it has some cup holders. Why have a beer when you can hold two AND stay dry.

FESTIVAL TIPS

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Find a Bar

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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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