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Songkran aka Thailand's wildest water fight

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Rooftop raving is the dizziest way to soak up the heady heights of London’s skyline. Come rain or shine there ain’t nobody who doesn’t love a penthouse style p*ss up.

Now that winter’s out of the way nothing’s stopping you - you’ll never want to go ground floor again. See you at the top! EAST Sushisamba The one that's got it all A high glamour affair smack bang in the center of the business district. You’d be silly to expect anything other than chinos, spray tans and Ralph - no judgement from us, any friend of the bartenders at Sushisamba are a friend of ours. Situated on the 39th floor an uplit tree marks the spot. Eat Sushi, schmooze and try not to puke in the lift on the way down. Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY Sushisamba  Coq D’Argent Credit cards at the ready This is the perfect place to drag out a lunch meeting. Expect awesome views and be warned, it’s easy to do some damage to your credit card and your liver here. Get into the spirit of it and drink The Millionaire;  Plantation original dark rum, apricot brandy, Lillet Rouge, lime juice and touch of grenadine. If you go midweek you’ll be mingling with cigar drinking business people on Dom P - but everyone’s in a good mood on a roof terrace, so just enjoy. 16 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS  coq Shoreditch House Rooftop pool baby Pack your trunks and kiss a member to get in. This is converted East London warehouse is the ultimate daytime party place, but if you’re not a member you’ll need to play it cool (if in doubt, wear your sunglasses and keep them on). We drink the Dillionaire, because we like saying it, and like to eat at the outdoor BBQ. See you by the heated pool. Ebor Street, London, E1 6AY shoreditch.house_2 The Boundary Start drinking at breakfast  Now this place is really, really cool. Bag yourself a sofa beneath the fairy lights and take in the ridiculous 360 degree views of London. Eat if you wanna, or just get hammered on Martini’s. The only, and we mean only, thing wrong with this place is that it shuts early (11pm) but the roof terrace is open all year round so it only serves as an excuse to start drinking at breakfast - that’s when you’ll find BarChick here. Spend the day getting your tan on and saunter off to another bar in Shoreditch come nightfall. Redchurch Street 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD  Boundary rooftop - Long Table   The Fox Craft beer pub on a roof An easy spot to pass by, The Fox has had a bit of a touch up and is worth a drop-in on your way up to the trendier lights of Dalston-Kingsland. Red checkered table cloths, fairy lights, picnic tables, decking and a well worked bunch of pot plants makes this place a bright and breezy hangout. They open at 4pm, perfect for an after work sunbathing sesh. 372 Kingsland Road, E8 4DA   Dalston Roof Park The one that always has something going on BarChick went to a kick ass rave up here once...there’s always something going on at Dalston Roof Park, whether it’s a party, free film night or a pop-up restaurant. This year it’s doors reopen on 1st May, so get the date in your diary and head over for the relaunch party. Tip: sign up for summer long membership for £5 on the website -  it’ll be the best fiver you’ve ever spent. Print House, 8 Ashwin St, E8 3DL dalston.roof.park   Netil 360 This roof knows how to throw a party This rooftop is all about banging events and parties, so fill up your diary in advance and remember to buy a ticket first. It’s open from 10am, too, and in true East  London style the building also has ‘office and social space’, which translates to us as an opportunity to work our way through a pile of magazines, spritzer in hand. Opens 1st May - and for the first time this venue’s got a permanent licence, so let’s celebrate. Netil House, London, E8 3RL  Netil-360 (1) Queen of Hoxton The one with all the pop ups Last year this place was transformed with lots of greenery, vibrant colours and beach front stripes like the good old British summers. Sun lotion dispenser, shady umbrellas and of course great booze slushies, BBQs and WIFI; we know where our meetings will be! 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX  queen of hoxton rooftop South Place Hotel – Angler Rooftop Terrace Chic City sun trap Hidden away in Moorgate’s South Place Hotel is the city’s secret sun trap. Order a No.69 cocktail - tequila, lime, agave and avocado straight up, then grab some terrace food bar snacks like the devilled whitebait and calamari. It’s attached to the Michelin star Angler restaurant but no worries, everyone’s welcome here. 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF  southplace-hotel-terrace Coppa The beach BBQ on a roof The Hothouse Rooftop is home to Coppa. Expect beach cabanas, deckchairs, a BBQ… and cocktails, of course. Look down on the little people doing it basic style in London Field and don’t forget to keep an eye on their calendar, because this place loves a pop-up. Hothouse Rooftop, Martello Street, London, E8 QW coppa   Golden Bee Smack bang in Shoreditch The bar itself ain't our really style but you can't argue with a rooftop in the middle of Shoreditch that has a fire pit.   WEST Aqua Killer cocktails and two terraces Ok, so the entrance to the Aqua building is a little tacky, but if Picklebacks taught us anything it’s that we should never judge a book by its cover. Keep your eye on the prize and catch the lift straight up to the fifth floor, where you’ll find the only roof terrace in the West End. If you’re looking for seats head through to doors and turn left past the black bull statue. Order a Pina Colada (can you taste the green tea?) and chill in the heaven above the hectic buzz of Regent Street. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London, Entrance on 30 Argyll Street, London, W1B 3BR aqua The Roof Gardens The one with the flamingos This place is genuinely ah-may-zing. The dress code here is ‘no effort, no entry’, so fix up if you want a shot at getting in (it’s a private members club, but you know we’ve never let a silly thing like guestlists hold us back). It’s located 100 feet above Kensington High Street, where even the Cafe Nero plays classical music, and if you want to up the fancy factor even more book yourself a table at the restaurant Babylon. 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA RoofGardensExternal018 Vista at the Trafalgar Date spot  This terrace is open all year round (British weather permitting) which makes it perfect for a date, because everyone knows two tipsy people plus a blanket equals a good time. Order a bunch of cocktails from the rooftop bar, watch tourists fail to climb on the lions (actually hilarious) and remember, this place is a suntrap so wear as little as possible on sunny days. Best of all? It’s rarely as busy as it should be. 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS  vista.view.new Radio Glam vibes and a 180 degree view Make sure you wear something sparkly here - not only will you fit in with the glam crowd, but it’ll distract from the uncontrollable “OMFG!” reaction you’ll involuntarily experience when you see the 180 degree view. Be warned; there is a laser show most evenings (some light artist from Barcelona is in charge) but fingers crossed you’ll be too busy getting chatted up on the plush white sofas to care. 336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ  ME.London.Radio.View.v2.low On The Roof With Q The one on top of Selfridges Decked out in Astroturf this place is less about the views and more about the prestige. Here’s how to get there - call the reservation line in advance, then turn left through the main Selfridges entrance on Oxford Street. You’ll be met on your right with a person holding a clipboard (BarChick’s equivalent of an angel at the gates of heaven) who’ll take you up - order a Secret Garden and pretend you’re actually in one. Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB  selfridges.on.the.roof Century Club The members bar that you can blag in to Up your blagging skills and head over with a game plan (we didn’t say that…) All the hard work will be worth it when you see the roof terrace atop of this bad boy - it’s seriously decent, anyone could feel sophisticated here, with amazing views of St Anne’s Churchyard.  If the VIP vibes get too much Soho’s only a two minute walk away. Reality will smack you in the face there. 61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LQ   Lyric The enchanted garden This place is covered in greenery, so it feels like you’re getting fresh air in an enchanted garden when infact you’re above a theatre in Hammersmith. Get lost between trees and find a hidden table in a romantically lit corner. It’s all very charming until you find the pizzeria, then there’s no going back. Kings Mall, Lyric Square (just off King Street), London W6 0QL  110428_091041_lyriczip__cafe_jpg_510x340_crop_upscale_q85 El Cantara Shisha in Soho  Get yourself up to the top floor of El Cantara and you’ll be drinking at Soho’s only shisha terrace. In reality this one’s a little cramped, and there’s a good chance you’ll be sitting under a hot air vent, but wear plenty of deodorant and plan it towards the end of your night rather than the beginning and you could end up having a laugh. In short - good for shisha times, and if you’re not a member of Soho House, but maybe don’t hit this one up if you plan on impressing your date. 45 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SD  el.cantara.roof Le Meridien, Piccadilly The one with all the gin It isn’t exactly blessed with space, but The Terrace Bar & Grill at Meridien Hotel is the perfect spot to grab something to eat before chilling with a cocktail. It’s smack-bang in the middle of Piccadilly, so the view at this place  is like a tourist’s wet dream. Don’t leave without venturing to the gin bar upstairs. 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH  le meridien piccadilly terrace and grill Broadway House Cocktails on a cigar terrace This place has two roof terraces, a rooftop bar, cocktail bar, outdoor cinema, BBQ, restaurant AND cigar terrace. Get obsessed with Toffee Champagne, work your way down the cigar menu and find a member to give you a guided tour of the place - seriously, if they let us live here we would. 474 – 476 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1BY  broadway_house_bar_roof_terrace_fulham_london_01.485x272 SOUTH Frank’s Cafe The really f*cking cool one We’re yet to hear what’s in store for this unique multi-storey carpark bar, but judging by our experience last year it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited about heading back to Frank’s this summer. See ya’ll there. 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST Franks-Campari-Bar  Rumpus Room Where the sexy people hang A rooftop bar with a terrace and a kick-ass view of the river? You had us at hello. OK the terrace is teeny but it’s ON The Thames so well worth squeezing on to.  This sky high joint at The Mondrian is giving us another reason to hit Southbank for a drink (Dandelyan had already stolen our hearts) - expect London’s sexiest crowd and drinking 1920s style. 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD  Rumpus.Rooms.View   No32 The Old Town The daytime hangout  They love a long table on the terrace at this place, so take your time and make sure you squeeze in next to a hottie. It’s in Clapham, so your cocktails will probably arrive with a side of toddler screams, but the staff have put effort into their drinks menu which features house syrups, sherberts and craft beer. Try everything and the daycare vibe won’t bother you. 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE   The Prince of Wales The party on a roof The POW is a local Brixton classic - you’ll get great tunes (Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay DJ here at the weekends), good people and you won’t have to queue long for a drink because this place has all the bars - the terrace alone has three.  This one’s also special because it’s a two storey situ, so you can have fun running up and down the place like it’s a playground for p*ssheads. There are different rooms blasting the bass - get lost all night and dress casual, you won’t stop dancing from the minute you get there. Get your tickets early, people. 469 Brixton Rd, London,  SW9 8HH  POW Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens The riverside one It’s easy to miss this gem of a terrace among the street performers and crowds of tourists that congregate along the Southbank, but once it’s on your radar you’re guna feel really smug. This place is mainly about grabbing a few bottles of wine at the outdoor bar and arranging chairs in a semicircle with your mates so you can enjoy that riverside view, but they’ve got Pimms if you’re feeling patriotic. Expect to see couples snogging behind fruit trees and big groups of people taking to the floor when the chairs run out in the evenings. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX   Oxo Tower Brasserie The one you can take your Mum to The South Bank is having its moment.  Hit the Oxo Tower early to bag a seat on the terrace - we’re talking all the epic food served in the restaurant, killer cocktails and views straight out at that river.  Come at night - we all know London’s at its best when lit up. OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, London, SE1 9PH  OXO Tower NORTH Vivo The secret italian one Drink award winning Italian cocktails and eat super fresh pastries, lasagne and mega salads galore while sitting on a hidden roof terrace just off the high street in Angel. Expect a vibrant, italian atmosphere with super stylish people. Pep up on some fresh coffee if the sun gets a bit much. 57/58 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY   Alfie's Rooftop Kitchen The tapas terrace  This hidden roof terrace lurks above London’s largest indoor market. Get spendy downstairs before heading up the Art Deco building for a bottle of wine in the sun. Foodwise, expect everything at this contemporary cafe from a full English to a selection of tapas. A seriously cool daytime hangout. Alfies Antiques Market, 13-25 Church Street, London NW8 8DT Alfies.Rooftop.Kitchen.400x300 The Driver All day hanging out on top of a pub This huge 5-storey pub is a great place to take a bunch of mates, although the terrace itself is a little on the cosy side. Cocktails at the boutique bar will make you feel classy and if you’re getting peckish you can head downstairs to the basement’s gastro kitchen, or stay upstairs and get fed by the resident BBQ chef. You can smoke on the roof, too, so everyone’s guna be happy. 2-4 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9RY  the-driver_london_13802 The Red Lion Roof The pub garden on a roof If you thought this was just a pokey corner pub you were wrong. Take it all up to the third floor rooftop and hope to high heaven that the rest of Hoxton haven’t discovered the same staircase as you. It’s little on the small side but look, we’re in London, and if you can handle the tube during summer then this’ll be a breeze (literally, the air’s great up there). 41 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6NH red lion roof The Big Chill House The one with beers, burgers and beats You don’t have to dress up for The Big Chill because, as far as terraces go, it’s kind of a dive, but hey who cares when all you’re after is some beers, a burger and chilled out times? Sit back on the brightly coloured garden furniture and enjoy the beats. 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Well that’s what BarChick felt when she returned from a three day rollercoaster ride of Jameson Ginger Ales, distillery tours, whiskey tastings, LeCool tours and Little Green Car performances. Most importantly we learnt just about as much as we could about one of the coolest Irish Whiskeys out there owned by Irish Distillers, and we’re gonna let you in on it.


It’s the process, if you're going to blend the finest grain and Irish pot still whiskey (like Jameson) you've got to distill it three times; unlike Scotch and American which are distilled only once or twice. Then there’s the ageing process; Irish whiskey has to be aged for a minimum of three years in ex-bourbon and sherry casks that have been charred, giving it a helluva flavour. While we’re here, Irish and American whiskey are spelt with a “e” and the rest just spell it “whisky”. Jameson Bottle


BarChick was lucky enough to do a full tour of the current distillery in Middleton, now the third largest distillery in the world! It’s half functioning distillery and the other (older) half that was built in the the 17th century is a museum where you learn about the process: milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation, ageing and blending. This stuff goes through a pretty serious process to get it from barley to whiskey. The New Middleton Distillery is a vast operation, with a number of Irish whiskeys made here including Jameson, Redbreast and Power. It’s only when you’re actually standing next to one of three of the world’s largest pot stills that you realise a) how much booze people drink and b) what an insane operation they’ve got going on to give it to us. There are then the HUGE warehouses that each hold over 33,000 barrels full of whiskey; it’s in these barrels that the whiskey is aged and where it gradually draws flavour from the wood. distillery


These two kinda sound like a couple of DJs on a sat night line up, but they are in fact some of the skills behind the making of a bottle of Jameson. Billy Leighton, the Master Blender, has a better nose for whiskey than anyone we know.  He sniffs out whiskeys of different ages and tastes and blends them together to create the balanced and flavourful spirit that we know to be Jameson. If we’re making it sound easy, it definitely ain’t for someone who started off in the Irish Distillers accounts department - we think he’s a bit of a ledge. Ger Buckley is a 5th generation Cooper, read more about him in our interview with him coming soon. He’s the guy behind the barrels and makes sure that the whiskey barrels used are the best of the best. They’re still using the same (mega old school) tools that were used more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Well if it ain't broke…. Cooper


If you’re asking us then we say straight up. Working up to it? A Jameson Whiskey and soda with a slice of lime is one of the most refreshing kick starts to your night. Jameson themselves have a thing for ginger and recommend drinking a Jameson Ginger Ale (Jameson, ginger ale and a slice of lime) Want to hit the cocktails? We learnt about this number that comes from Hugo Enslinn's book written in 1917, "Recipes for Mixed Drinks" ( FYI this is one of the most influential books on cocktails ever).


1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey 1 part Green Chartreuse 1 part Sweet Vermouth Pour all the ingredients to a shaker, stir over ice and strain into a tumbler that you've filled with ice. We had ours garnished with an olive and rosemary!


Dublin has a banging bar scene, not that we’re surprised when it’s the homeland of so many ridiculously good things to drink (we’re looking at you Guinness). The Liquor Rooms is somewhere that knows how to party. Like a view with your whiskey? Sophie’s has hot views over the city. If you’re into sipping in a speakeasy it’s got to be Jameson’s speakeasy: cleverly hidden through the back of a butcher’s shop you’re gonna have to sweet talk the Jameson heavies for an invite but it’s a great little hangout if you get there. Check out our Dublin Guide for more bars HERE! Butcher  


We had a tasting with the one and only Master Blender, Billy Leighton and this is what we thought.


The Original Irish lad, this bad boy is the world’s no.1 selling Irish whiskey. It's golden in colour and has a beautiful caramel taste to it, kick back with this and some mates and you have yourself a party.


The middleman of the fam. Known sometimes as Jameson Black Barrel, its amber colour and rich taste screams alarm bells but you’ll be coming back for more.


With the word gold in the name you can almost feel the arrogance of it before even drinking it. The price is steeper than the Jameson original (around £50 a bottle but worth it) and when we’re talking taste think leather, not so much bondage... more new boots. jameson bottles" ["post_title"]=> string(41) "Everything You Need To Know About Jameson" ["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(41) "everything-you-need-to-know-about-jameson" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-04-15 10:35:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-04-15 09:35:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=56281" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#413 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(7050) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-04-14 15:36:25" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-04-14 14:36:25" ["post_content"]=> string(9683) "Give us a flash of sunlight and us Brits are all over a bit of park life. When the canned beers get warm, your ginger mate is struggling with the heat and your BBQ has been confiscated, it’s time to get a real drink. Here are the best bars by the biggest and baddest parks in London.


SERPENTINE BAR & KITCHEN You can’t really get any nearer to a park than IN a park, which is exactly what the Serpentine gives you. Kite broken? P*ssed off with the pedalo? Or maybe it’s just time for a pint. Head here, sit by the lake or grab a deck chair and watch the roller skater as you feed and water yourself. THE MALL TAVERN Modern twists on British classics fill the food menu, there are decent cocktails for a pub, a bunch of real ales, friendly staff and laid back surroundings, so this is the perfect place to put your feet up after a long day of parking. BAR 45 Don’t expect lagers. Tea, cocktails and steaks are on offer here, at a large price. Perhaps better for a special occasion or if you’re cash rich. It’s a Park Lane paradise and is the perfect way to end/begin a little park time. (Why not go all out and splash all your cash? Check out China Tang and The Blue Bar at The Berkley too… roll with style!)


PUB ON THE PARK The name says it all: Pub on the Park. Need we say more? Open till midnight in the week, and 1am on weekends they’ll always have time for you once the park fun has run its course. Food, drink, big beer garden, ping-pong, football, BBQs and a lot of space, so don’t worry about bagging a seat; big groups are more than welcome here. Get some mates and get the first round in, you’re gonna be here for the long haul. CAT AND MUTTON Good pub, good park, good times.  Work up a thirst playing ping pong/tennis/football (all available on these playing fields) then head here for a well-deserved cold pint. BAR OFF BROADWAY NYC meets Mexico in this awesome hangout. It’s here where you wanna head for killer cocktails and great guacamole. Particularly perfect for when the sun goes in.


PEDLER Don’t want to be the guy with a warm can of Strongbow and grass in your pants?  Take a seat on the outdoor bench of this gin bar,  basically on Peckham Rye, and soak up the park vibes and sunshine (or rain) with a killer Little Bird Gin cocktail in one hand and a gin sausage in the other. THE RYE This place has it all.  Not only is it a large spacious bar with an impressive booze selection, tons of seating areas, board games and good bar staff, they’ve also got a huge terrace and garden WITH a ping pong table. Head down here when the sun is out cos they throw a mean BBQ. Plus they have a serious pub quiz on Tuesdays. So when your picnic on Peckham Rye has gone dry, you know where to go. THE CLOCK HOUSE Jam jar cocktails, bangin’ bar snacks like crispy pig cheeks and the necessary warmth that comes from the heated terrace that overlooks Peckham Rye is what’ll have you coming back to this place. Park life but with a blanket and booze, that’s how BarChick does it.


THE ENGINEER Just a short walk from Primrose Hill, so if you’re that end of Regent’s Park or have just finished crying during a date at the zoo, it might be time to sit down for some food and foot rest. The Engineer is the perfect choice with a buzzing atmosphere, great food, small garden and a wonderfully well-stocked bar. THE QUEEN’S (Primrose Hill side) – This pub has it all, plenty of space, decent drinks, a dining room and a terrace. Get here for sunset, take your drinks outside and you’ll have the best seat for checking out the amazing views over the hill.


PRINCE OF WALES Inside this old school pub is a kind of treasure trove full of weird titbits. There are the usual stuffed animals in hats, but then these are teamed up with more obscure things hanging off the ceiling like vintage false legs?!…. nice. Perfect entertainment when it’s dark after a long hot day in the sun. There are seats outside too, ideal for some Indian summer vibes and drinking. THE SUN This place is always rammed, whether it’s inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs, on a sunny day people will be here. Maybe something to do with the name, or just the fact it’s right by the park cos the prices here ain’t cheap, and the beer selection is limited. Love it or hate it, this place will be there for you when its got a little cold, or for when you need that all important loo break. THE ROOKERY New to the summer scene The Rookery is on it like an old pro. With great seating areas looking over the common, a wide selection of wine and a seasonal daily changing menu.


THE MAGIC GARDEN Festival vibes, mismatching quirky sofas, board games and lamps. Secret garden party comes to Battersea. Cheap prices, good music, quiz nights, great garden and lots of booze. Well done dudes! LOST ANGEL This kitsch neighbourhood hangout just a stone throw away from the park has everything you’d want, from real ales and killer cocktails to a mega food menu. Not wanting to give up on the sun just yet? They have a huge beer garden with heaters so you can enjoy the outside as long as possible.


THE HEMINGWAY This is one of those places that’s a little pricey… but worth it. Amazing décor (if you like stuffed animals), great atmosphere, staff up for a laugh and a mean pint of MeanTime! With that on tap this place has to be good.  Get comfy cos you might be here for a while. THE EMPRESS Always busy, this place is laid back, they make good cocktails, have an impressive wine list, and stock some super sherry. Get some snacks and stay for the evening.


THE TRAFALGAR It’s a bit of a walk, but hey there’s nothing like a roof terrace over looking Trafalgar Square! With views all over town, and of the tourists struggling to climb on the Lions down below, it’s the perfect place to hang out, expect buff cocktails, banging food and chilled vibes. Do it. INN THE PARK This Inn is on the park, the brunch is banging and the cocktails rock. Open all year round, seven days a week, this is a restaurant ready for you any season, whatever weather.


THE LANDSDOWNE Trade in the typical British pub grub for The Lansdowne’s daily vibrant Mediterranean menu, it’s Summer after all no? Huge wooden tables mean you can come with all your mates and really get stuck in. The perfect end to a Summer’s day, yay!


THE SHOP Killer cocktails, cool dudes, and good vibes. What more do you want after some park time? Oh it’s dog friendly too, woof.


THE WHITE HORSE With a range of summer cocktails (including one made with beer and rum which is a particular favourite of BarChick’s), combine that with top quality pub grub and their own unique White Horse Ale on tap and a cosy little beer garden and you can really go too wrong. What’s more, it’s a pint glass’ throw from the tranquil calms of Hampstead Heath. If you’re feeling really brave (or drunk), then pop along for a postprandial swim in one of the swimming ponds. Not many better ways to spend an afternoon.


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Find a Bar


Barrio East


141-143 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE

Tel: +44 20 7749 3940

Shoreditch High Street (Overground)

Opening hours

Mon: 4pm - 12pm,
Tues - Weds: 4pm - 1am,
Thurs - Fri: 4pm - 2am,
Sat: 3pm - 2am,
Sun: 3pm - 12pm

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 24/01/2014

Okay, it’s not breaking any boundaries of cool, but this Shoreditch outpost of the Barrio chain, is certainly the most fun of the bunch and a handy stop on the High Street. Expect some sort of psychedelic Latino playground or a neon garden party and you won’t be disappointed. Think multi-coloured lights, pineapples, foliage and quirky things on the walls like wrestling masks and signs for fish punch. Nice.
If you’re feeling classy, head ‘Uptown’ to prop up the fancy marble bar, but if you want to get dirty on the dance floor then stop off ‘Downtown’ at the Favela. This is somewhere to get silly early-doors on Amigo Hour cocktails (£4.50 every day from 4pm to 8pm) and commandeer the happy-camper caravan with your crew for an ‘Alcoholiday’.  Friday nights are super busy with your standard Shoreditch High Street crowd. Not for everyone, but perfect if you’re on the pull.
Cocktails are on the sweet side, but they all come with a song suggestion – think Wham with Tropic Plunder – and ingredients that range from marzipan to fireworks. There’s a smoking backyard for nicotine hits and toilets that look like Brighton beach huts. Peckish? Pig out on the Mexican plates, which are all pretty good (especially the chicharrones).
This isn’t a date place, but if you happen to have one (like BarChick) hole up in the pagoda style booths and share the chocolate milkshake-style Rum Mocha Boca – it comes with a strong warning: ‘may result in scenes of a sexual nature.’ Fine by us.

Good For

Take a cheapskate, Take your mates, Big groups, Dancing, Food, Music, Parties, Smoking, Evening, Late