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CENTRAL

Coya

Peruvian legend Coya is big on the brunch scene and it’s insanely good. It would be rude not to kick off with some legendary Pisco Sours. Ceviche, tuna tacos, slow pulled pork and corn criollo are up first and it’s a sharing affair before mains hit the table like chargrilled seabass and roast lamb. There’s unlimited Louis Roederer Champagne, and they're not afraid to use it. Going with a group of mates? Be totally badass and book in for the chef’s private dining room at NO extra cost people - all bright artwork, private service and a mega table, be the kings of brunch. The deal: Sunday only, £36 for just brunch or £59 with unlimited Champagne. 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NW Brunch.Coya House of Ho Not in the mood for eggs? Brunch Vietnamese style with sharing plates like smoky aubergine, chicken curry and apple-smoked pork belly. Nothing soaks up alcohol like fresh Jasmine rice. The deal: Bobby’s Rock n Roll Brunch; three sharing plates, lychee Bellini upon arrival, dessert of the day and bottomless prosecco, red or white wine for £29. Extra food for £36. 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 6HW Aqua Kyoto Original boss of the unlimited London brunching, Aqua have been channeling Asian vibes for years with their Infinity brunch. A sushi sunday brunch, on one of London’s best roof terraces, with unlimited Champagne, holla! The deal: £65 for unlimited Veuve Champagne or £55 with beer and wine 5th floor, 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR Brunch.Aqua.Kyoto Quaglino's You also can’t argue with bunching it up in a swank setting that gives you lobster scrambled eggs, caviar omelettes and sirloin steak with unlimited bubbles. These guys just get it. Dress up or go home. The deal: Add bottomless bubbles to your meal for £15pp. 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ Flesh & Buns Up there with the best buns in London, Flesh & Buns now get their far eastern freak on in the morning too. Ask to sit in one of the chill-out booths, get on the cocktails and get a Japanese feast of meat and fish with all the glorious sides (wine). The deal: Cocktail on arrival, chips, dips and edamame, unlimited hot and cold dishes, signature Flesh & Buns, unlimited Prosecco, red or white wine and dessert for the table. £39/£46pp. 41 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LX Brunch.Flesh..Buns

NORTH

Dead Dolls House Islington Go get banging steak benedict or the sweet potato hash with halloumi and keep the bottomless Mary’s flowing. Stuck in a hangover pit south of the river? The new Peckham House will save your *ss too. The deal: Bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas for £15. Islington: 181 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ // Peckham: 1 Clayton Road, London SE15 5JA Made Bar & Kitchen at Camden Roundhouse You don’t need to get tickets for a show, but you do need to try the Bloody Mary’s at Camden’s theatre restaurant. These guys have taken it one step further and made the food free flowing too, here’s hoping your stomach is bottomless. The deal: Unlimited toast, pastries, waffles and Bellinis or Bloody Mary’s for £27.50. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH Brunch.Made

SOUTH

Bunga Bunga Not one for the faint hearted, Bunga Bunga brings the entertainment hard at the weekend. Expect drag queen entertainers, loud music and dancing - there’s nutella pastries too. By 3pm you’ll be on the dance floor living it large like you’ve been partying all night. Sure it’s a bit much but the sofa’s not gonna make you laugh is it? The deal: Bottomless antipasti, pastries, pizza, gelati, bellini’s and prosecco for 2 hours. 11.30am sitting £38, 1pm (that pretty much lasts all damn day) sitting £48. 37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, London SW11 3BA The Exhibit Not had eggy bread since school days? It’s back so go get it with avocado, and while you’re there try the ‘Kick Start’ too; chilli rice and fried egg. Way better than cereal. If it’s a hot day try to arrive early so you can grab a garden seat, they go quick. The deal: Unlimited bubbles or Bloody Mary’s for £20 12 Balham Station Road, London, SW12 9SG Brunch.Exhibit Great Exhibition They keep brunch simple at this East Dulwich pub that’s all local vibes - get a full english, eggs Benny/Florentine/Royale or Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and bottomless cocktails for £20. There’s unlimited coffee too - just what you need before pub crawling along Lordship Lane; what weekends were made for. The deal: Bottomless Bloody Mary’s or Bellinis to be served with your meal, £20 all in. 193 Crystal Palace Rd, East Dulwich, SE22 9EP

EAST

Forge & Co Bubble and squeak washed down with Prosecco, just what your weekend wanted. Veggie? This place is your best mate with sh*t load of avocado more than making up for bacon’s absence. The deal: pay £10 for a glass of Prosecco with unlimited refills. Holla! 154-158 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6HU Brunch.Forge..Co Busaba Not our usual Asian hangout but where there’s Thai hash, coconut porridge and bottomless booze, there’s BarChick. Don’t leave without trying Khai Luak - soft boiled egg, soy and thai spices stirred together and serve as a shot. The deal: A Light Bite, Brunch Plate and bottomless prosecco served over 2 hours for £25. 36 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6HT. Also available at the Kingston Riverside branch. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings It just ain’t brunch without a Bloody Mary and at B&H you can go all customised with vodka, tequila or gin in your yours, add in potato hash, salt beef, hollandaise and crispy shallots and you’ve got the first meal of the day nailed. If that and the sh*t tonne of green plants in this outside-is-inside oasis doesn’t sort out your hangover, there’s an empty bathtub in the loo’s just waiting for you to nod off in. The deal: Bottomless Bloody Mary’s for £15 42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU Brunch.B.H South Place Hotel American waffles with Nutella? Hells yeah! You can even get away with wearing your dressing gown here with the lazy hotel morning vibes. They go big on the booze here. Go get seats on the suntrap terrace then blag your way up to the secret garden to work your way through the wine list. The deal: Bottomless Bellinis, Prosecco and Mimosas for £15 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF Bad Egg New to the Old Street crew, Bad Egg’s got this: cheeseburger hash; sides of fried chicken on syrup brioche; cheese and fried egg chips; breakfast tacos and f*cking hot Gochujang (a Korean spice, yo) spiked Bloody Marys. See ya there. The deal: Three plates and bottomless Gochujang Bloody Marys, Cava or Mimosas for £32.50. City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW Breakfast.landscape..Bad.Egg

WEST

Salmontini This takes brunch to the next level so freshen up that tired face ‘cos the food is epic and you’ll be partying again in no time. The menu’s all European Japanese fusion, we’re talking miso marinated black cod with grilled eryngii mushroom. For breakfast. Afterwards, stay for the party and keep drinking bottomless champagne with the DJ at the bar. The deal: Brunch with bottomless champagne for £70 1 Pont Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9EJ Lima F*ck aspirin and cold showers, the only real hangover cure is a Michelin star. The Champers flows all day at the Lima Fitzrovia branch, where they’re serving suckling pig and crackling for the Long Sunday lunch. Central? Head to the Covent Garden joint for potato pancakes and a side of Yellow Chilli Pepper Tiger’s Milk. That’s spicy savoury shots to us. The deal: 4 glasses of prosecco in Covent Garden or unlimited prosecco in Fitzrovia for £10. Fitzrovia: 31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JH // Covent Garden: 14 Garrick Street (Floral Street entrance), Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BJ Brunch.Lima Mews of Mayfair No one should have to choose between brunch and Sunday lunch, these guys get that. For £25 you can eat eggs for starter, beef and all the trimmings for main plus an epic homemade dessert, all washed down with morning booze classics. We’re impressed. The deal: £15 extra for Bottomless Bloody Marys, Bellini’s & Mimosa’s 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, London, W1S 1EY Avenue The best thing about going for brunch in West London is no one will look at you twice when you keep your shades on inside; you’re gonna need ‘em in this bright place. Do eat the buttermilk pancakes with bacon and lobster egg benedict. Don’t be tempted to touch the big wine glass chandelier. The deal:Unlimited prosecco or Bloody Mary’s for £15. 7-9 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EE Brunch.Avenue" ["post_title"]=> string(39) "London's Best Bottomless Boozy Brunches" ["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(38) "londons-best-bottomless-boozy-brunches" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-07 14:32:47" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-07 13:32:47" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=57155" ["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)#406 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(57047) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-07-07 11:30:25" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-07 10:30:25" ["post_content"]=> string(11432) "Temperatures, hemlines and Pimm’s sales are rising, that can only mean one thing... it’s finally summer and boy, is it looking HOT! There’s never been a better time to hit London’s biggest cider festival, watch Wimbledon from a boozy garden, drink Pisco from a hot tub and get wet and wild on a rooftop in Dalston… Supper Tub - Various dates throughout July Dinner in a hot tub First peeps were watching movies in them, now it’s all about getting wet over dinner. Hot tubs, canapes and cocktails by the canal await you at the wettest and wildest supperclub you’ll probably ever hit. Grab your bathers, towels and mates because it’s time to get soggy whilst eating skewers of food and sipping Pisco Sours. Bar 90, 90 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN // 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th July, 3-11pm  Ciderdog - Saturday 4th July London’s biggest cider festival Cider lovers, welcome to heaven with free entry and £3 pints. Holla! One day in Hackney and another in Bermondsey, this is London’s biggest cider fest and will feature over 100 British ciders including whisky and rum barrel aged pints, perry from 100 year old trees and the (pussy) fruity ones. Food will be provided by burger babes, Bunsmiths too so you can line your stomach and keep drinking - sorry, sampling. Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG // Saturday 4th July, 12pm - 12am The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS // Saturday 11th July, 12pm-12am ciderdog

Hennessy & Thierry Noir Present Jazz - 25th June - 26th July

Epic street art alongside killer cocktails Hennessy and banging street artist Thierry Noir have worked together to create Jazz: an art collaboration that hits Shoreditch for the summer. Legendary bar NOLA have joined in too to create two bespoke Hennessy cocktails inspired by Noir’s work so you can turn this arty affair into a p*ss up. Howard Griffin Gallery, 189 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 jazz Playback: The 90s Party at Bourne & Hollingsworth - Saturday 4th July 90’s nostalgia After a banging launch in May, Bourne & Hollingsworth are bringing Playback… erm, back. Celebrating the decade that gave us puffa jackets, dungarees and blue WKDs, this party is all about 90s fashion, music and films with live performances (bring back NYSNC) and themed cocktails. You can even learn how to flare and dance like an MTV wannabe, it’s gonna be the bomb. The Laundry, 2-18 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN // 8pm-2am // £25 + booking fee playback The B&H Handbook: Vol 1: Chapter 3: Summer Fruit Cups - Tuesday 7th July No Pimm’s allowed No drink says summer BBQ more than the fruit cup but B&H are taking you away from the mainstream bottles that sell out the second it stops raining and helping you to discover new, London-based brands who are creating their own versions of this summer classic. Stripey straws still allowed. 42 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HU // 7-9pm // £10 + booking fee handbook The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre - Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th July Mexican wrestlers cabaret Mexico has come to Bethnal Green and it’s brought masked superheroes and wrestlers with it. Over this three day fiesta, York Hall will become a retro arena to give you those lucha libre vibes. Each day will have a different show from family friendly matinees to a debaucherous Friday night mescal fuelled cabaret session. Muy bueno! York Hall, London E2 9PJ lucha.libre (1) The Craft Beer Bus - Sunday 12th July Hop(s) aboard for a beer tour Hosted by some killer craft beer brewers, leaders in the scene and mega enthusiasts, this tour around breweries and bottle shops is bound to be buzzing. Beer giants like Crate Brewery, RedChurch and London Fields will be in tow and the tour promises to be full of beer-filled, hop-heavy fun. Tickets include four beers, brewery micro-tours, cheap pints and loads more! This is exactly the way to spend a sunday. BrewDog Shoreditch, 51 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA // 1-6pm  craft.beer.tour Wimbledon Wonderland - Sunday 12th July Watch the final from a W9 rooftop Catch the Wimbledon finale over a feast of BBQ goodies (menu TBC) and British teas on top of a grassy rooftop in Maida Vale. They’ll have a host of on point cocktails too. Brunswick Studios, 26a Macroom Road, London W9 3HY // 5-7pm // £50 + booking fee wimbledon.wonderland Cocktails in the City - Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July Summer’s cocktail festival All the best bars in London, in a garden, for two nights only…. hells yeah! London’s hottest cocktail festival is back. Get your hands on cocktails from The Ritz, Shrub & Shutter, Cocktail Trading Co, Hawksmoor, Bull in a China Shop - get ready to hand over a helluva lot of tokens, and perhaps your dignity too. Bedford Square Garden, London WC1B 3ES // 12-8pm // £15 + booking fee citc.event Emerald Street Brunch with KERB - Saturday 18th July Brunch just got a street food makeover Bored of poached egg on sourdough? Well these guys are shaking brunch up. Think soft shell crab burgers, kedgeree, breakfast balls and epic bacon baps, all with a side of killer cocktails. Get your fill of food then enter the egg drop competition - we don’t know what it is either but you could win a night at The Hoxton Shoreditch so get involved. Then get your hair braided for free and check out the Good Egg Vs Bad Egg Cook Off. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Lewis Cubbitt Square, Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA // 11am-5pm // From £10 + booking fee emerald.street.brunch Hoi Polloi Rooftop Brunch - Sunday 19th July Brunch with a view Get high up on the Ace Hotel’s rooftop with crazy views of the city and a lush plant-filled terrace for a summery brunch of eggs, grains, teas, coffees and boozy offerings. If 45 minutes of physical and mental intense conditioning and re-sculpting sounds like your perfect after-brunch sesh then head to Reshape, their highly intensive group experience. If not then head to the bar, that’s where you’ll find us. 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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. 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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." ["post_title"]=> string(34) "How To Make A Killer Old Fashioned" ["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(34) "how-to-make-a-killer-old-fashioned" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-02 17:22:12" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-02 16:22:12" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=57128" ["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)#409 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(57126) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-07-02 15:14:35" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-02 14:14:35" ["post_content"]=> string(2573) "What is a Master Distiller? Master distiller is the person who is responsible for the production and quality of the final spirit product. How long have you been doing what you do? I‘ve been a distiller since 2005 when Reyka Vodka was launched. I‘ve been the master distiller since 2012. When did you have your eureka moment / When did you realise that Reyka would be amazing? On my second day working as a distiller, I found the true differences that Reyka Vodka had from other world known Vodka brands. Why did you set it up / what made you become a master distiller? Time has led me in this direction. From working in engineering & then becoming a distiller, I liked it a lot! Then, as time progressed & I learnt more I became the master distiller. What do you do when you are not making alcohol? When I´m not making alcohol I´m either working as a police officer or as a fire fighter. As well as a master distiller I am also a part time police officer and a member in the local fire fighter team. On top of that I am also a father to four children. Who have inspired you? My grandfather lived on a farm located close to where the distillery site is now, he knew that water from the lava field sources would be best water ever, so he constructed pipes from the farm house to the nearest lava field (approx 15km of plumbing) so that he could get the purest water in the whole area. My grandmother still lives at the farm and she is 97 years old this year. Advice for other people looking to start their own distillery? Have a lot of patience! If you had a super power what would it be? If? It‘s quite obvious that I have a super power! What’s been your biggest achievement? At work: Reyka winning best Vodka at the 2011 international wine and spirit competition (IWSC). Personal: My children. Who would play you in a movie? Brad Pitt if he was better looking. Tell us something amazing about the alcohol drinks industry? It was illegal to sell beer in Iceland until 1989! Do you have any quirky or OCD rituals? No, I have not. Other alcohol brands you respect? Hendricks gin, Balvenie whiskey and Glenfiddich and of course Icelandic Brennivin. Worst day at work? There is no bad day! Best day at work? Everyday!" ["post_title"]=> string(34) "Meet The Maker: Thordur Sigurdsson" ["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(33) "meet-the-maker-thordor-sigurdsson" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-02 18:21:14" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-02 17:21:14" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=57126" ["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)#405 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(57155) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-07-07 13:44:15" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-07 12:44:15" ["post_content"]=> string(13269) "Brunch without booze is just a sad, late breakfast. Asia and America have been doing it for years and finally London’s on (or off) the wagon. What your eggs need are a side of bottomless Prosecco, Bloody Mary’s, Champagne, Bellinis and Mimosas. Party through the hangover, brunch is now an all day boozing affair. Not hanging? You will be tomorrow. Raise your glass to the boss of mealtimes and tell the waiter to keep them coming.

CENTRAL

Coya

Peruvian legend Coya is big on the brunch scene and it’s insanely good. It would be rude not to kick off with some legendary Pisco Sours. Ceviche, tuna tacos, slow pulled pork and corn criollo are up first and it’s a sharing affair before mains hit the table like chargrilled seabass and roast lamb. There’s unlimited Louis Roederer Champagne, and they're not afraid to use it. Going with a group of mates? Be totally badass and book in for the chef’s private dining room at NO extra cost people - all bright artwork, private service and a mega table, be the kings of brunch. The deal: Sunday only, £36 for just brunch or £59 with unlimited Champagne. 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NW Brunch.Coya House of Ho Not in the mood for eggs? Brunch Vietnamese style with sharing plates like smoky aubergine, chicken curry and apple-smoked pork belly. Nothing soaks up alcohol like fresh Jasmine rice. The deal: Bobby’s Rock n Roll Brunch; three sharing plates, lychee Bellini upon arrival, dessert of the day and bottomless prosecco, red or white wine for £29. Extra food for £36. 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 6HW Aqua Kyoto Original boss of the unlimited London brunching, Aqua have been channeling Asian vibes for years with their Infinity brunch. A sushi sunday brunch, on one of London’s best roof terraces, with unlimited Champagne, holla! The deal: £65 for unlimited Veuve Champagne or £55 with beer and wine 5th floor, 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR Brunch.Aqua.Kyoto Quaglino's You also can’t argue with bunching it up in a swank setting that gives you lobster scrambled eggs, caviar omelettes and sirloin steak with unlimited bubbles. These guys just get it. Dress up or go home. The deal: Add bottomless bubbles to your meal for £15pp. 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ Flesh & Buns Up there with the best buns in London, Flesh & Buns now get their far eastern freak on in the morning too. Ask to sit in one of the chill-out booths, get on the cocktails and get a Japanese feast of meat and fish with all the glorious sides (wine). The deal: Cocktail on arrival, chips, dips and edamame, unlimited hot and cold dishes, signature Flesh & Buns, unlimited Prosecco, red or white wine and dessert for the table. £39/£46pp. 41 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LX Brunch.Flesh..Buns

NORTH

Dead Dolls House Islington Go get banging steak benedict or the sweet potato hash with halloumi and keep the bottomless Mary’s flowing. Stuck in a hangover pit south of the river? The new Peckham House will save your *ss too. The deal: Bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas for £15. Islington: 181 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ // Peckham: 1 Clayton Road, London SE15 5JA Made Bar & Kitchen at Camden Roundhouse You don’t need to get tickets for a show, but you do need to try the Bloody Mary’s at Camden’s theatre restaurant. These guys have taken it one step further and made the food free flowing too, here’s hoping your stomach is bottomless. The deal: Unlimited toast, pastries, waffles and Bellinis or Bloody Mary’s for £27.50. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH Brunch.Made

SOUTH

Bunga Bunga Not one for the faint hearted, Bunga Bunga brings the entertainment hard at the weekend. Expect drag queen entertainers, loud music and dancing - there’s nutella pastries too. By 3pm you’ll be on the dance floor living it large like you’ve been partying all night. Sure it’s a bit much but the sofa’s not gonna make you laugh is it? The deal: Bottomless antipasti, pastries, pizza, gelati, bellini’s and prosecco for 2 hours. 11.30am sitting £38, 1pm (that pretty much lasts all damn day) sitting £48. 37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, London SW11 3BA The Exhibit Not had eggy bread since school days? It’s back so go get it with avocado, and while you’re there try the ‘Kick Start’ too; chilli rice and fried egg. Way better than cereal. If it’s a hot day try to arrive early so you can grab a garden seat, they go quick. The deal: Unlimited bubbles or Bloody Mary’s for £20 12 Balham Station Road, London, SW12 9SG Brunch.Exhibit Great Exhibition They keep brunch simple at this East Dulwich pub that’s all local vibes - get a full english, eggs Benny/Florentine/Royale or Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and bottomless cocktails for £20. There’s unlimited coffee too - just what you need before pub crawling along Lordship Lane; what weekends were made for. The deal: Bottomless Bloody Mary’s or Bellinis to be served with your meal, £20 all in. 193 Crystal Palace Rd, East Dulwich, SE22 9EP

EAST

Forge & Co Bubble and squeak washed down with Prosecco, just what your weekend wanted. Veggie? This place is your best mate with sh*t load of avocado more than making up for bacon’s absence. The deal: pay £10 for a glass of Prosecco with unlimited refills. Holla! 154-158 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6HU Brunch.Forge..Co Busaba Not our usual Asian hangout but where there’s Thai hash, coconut porridge and bottomless booze, there’s BarChick. Don’t leave without trying Khai Luak - soft boiled egg, soy and thai spices stirred together and serve as a shot. The deal: A Light Bite, Brunch Plate and bottomless prosecco served over 2 hours for £25. 36 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6HT. Also available at the Kingston Riverside branch. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings It just ain’t brunch without a Bloody Mary and at B&H you can go all customised with vodka, tequila or gin in your yours, add in potato hash, salt beef, hollandaise and crispy shallots and you’ve got the first meal of the day nailed. If that and the sh*t tonne of green plants in this outside-is-inside oasis doesn’t sort out your hangover, there’s an empty bathtub in the loo’s just waiting for you to nod off in. The deal: Bottomless Bloody Mary’s for £15 42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU Brunch.B.H South Place Hotel American waffles with Nutella? Hells yeah! You can even get away with wearing your dressing gown here with the lazy hotel morning vibes. They go big on the booze here. Go get seats on the suntrap terrace then blag your way up to the secret garden to work your way through the wine list. The deal: Bottomless Bellinis, Prosecco and Mimosas for £15 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF Bad Egg New to the Old Street crew, Bad Egg’s got this: cheeseburger hash; sides of fried chicken on syrup brioche; cheese and fried egg chips; breakfast tacos and f*cking hot Gochujang (a Korean spice, yo) spiked Bloody Marys. See ya there. The deal: Three plates and bottomless Gochujang Bloody Marys, Cava or Mimosas for £32.50. City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW Breakfast.landscape..Bad.Egg

WEST

Salmontini This takes brunch to the next level so freshen up that tired face ‘cos the food is epic and you’ll be partying again in no time. The menu’s all European Japanese fusion, we’re talking miso marinated black cod with grilled eryngii mushroom. For breakfast. Afterwards, stay for the party and keep drinking bottomless champagne with the DJ at the bar. The deal: Brunch with bottomless champagne for £70 1 Pont Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9EJ Lima F*ck aspirin and cold showers, the only real hangover cure is a Michelin star. The Champers flows all day at the Lima Fitzrovia branch, where they’re serving suckling pig and crackling for the Long Sunday lunch. Central? Head to the Covent Garden joint for potato pancakes and a side of Yellow Chilli Pepper Tiger’s Milk. That’s spicy savoury shots to us. The deal: 4 glasses of prosecco in Covent Garden or unlimited prosecco in Fitzrovia for £10. Fitzrovia: 31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JH // Covent Garden: 14 Garrick Street (Floral Street entrance), Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BJ Brunch.Lima Mews of Mayfair No one should have to choose between brunch and Sunday lunch, these guys get that. For £25 you can eat eggs for starter, beef and all the trimmings for main plus an epic homemade dessert, all washed down with morning booze classics. We’re impressed. The deal: £15 extra for Bottomless Bloody Marys, Bellini’s & Mimosa’s 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, London, W1S 1EY Avenue The best thing about going for brunch in West London is no one will look at you twice when you keep your shades on inside; you’re gonna need ‘em in this bright place. Do eat the buttermilk pancakes with bacon and lobster egg benedict. Don’t be tempted to touch the big wine glass chandelier. The deal:Unlimited prosecco or Bloody Mary’s for £15. 7-9 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EE Brunch.Avenue" ["post_title"]=> string(39) "London's Best Bottomless Boozy Brunches" ["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(38) "londons-best-bottomless-boozy-brunches" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-07 14:32:47" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-07 13:32:47" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=57155" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["comment_count"]=> int(0) ["current_comment"]=> int(-1) ["found_posts"]=> string(3) "688" ["max_num_pages"]=> float(138) ["max_num_comment_pages"]=> int(0) ["is_single"]=> bool(false) ["is_preview"]=> bool(false) ["is_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_archive"]=> bool(false) ["is_date"]=> bool(false) ["is_year"]=> bool(false) ["is_month"]=> bool(false) ["is_day"]=> bool(false) ["is_time"]=> bool(false) ["is_author"]=> bool(false) ["is_category"]=> bool(false) ["is_tag"]=> bool(false) ["is_tax"]=> bool(false) ["is_search"]=> bool(false) ["is_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_comment_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_trackback"]=> bool(false) ["is_home"]=> bool(false) ["is_404"]=> bool(false) ["is_comments_popup"]=> bool(false) ["is_paged"]=> bool(false) ["is_admin"]=> bool(false) ["is_attachment"]=> bool(false) ["is_singular"]=> bool(false) ["is_robots"]=> bool(false) ["is_posts_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_post_type_archive"]=> bool(false) ["query_vars_hash":"WP_Query":private]=> string(32) "aca9a318a7ba79ff4761669f789a38a2" ["query_vars_changed":"WP_Query":private]=> bool(false) ["thumbnails_cached"]=> bool(false) ["stopwords":"WP_Query":private]=> NULL }

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Barrio East

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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.

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