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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. The conversation starter 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 MoC - the place is dripping with conversation starters. If the weird and wonderful menu or collection of old school McDonalds happy meal toys doesn’t give you something to talk about, the two-headed taxidermy cat will. 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP The date you need to spice up 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 bodega.negro The wine date 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 California's 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, London E2 The rebound date Ladies and Gentlemen Unless your ex is properly clued up on the best hidden bars in the city (or they’re a massive BarChick fan) then there’s no danger of running into them here. This place used to be Kentish Town’s public loo but it's now a slick and sexy cocktail bar. 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 The fun mate date The Cocktail Trading Co If you’re already mates with your date the likelihood is tonight’s just going to be a laugh. You can’t not have a good time at the booze playhouse that is Cocktail Trading Company; the drinks rock up in welly boots, miniature graveyards (literally - it's serves with a jelly skull sweet) 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 queue to start dancing. 22A Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7HU ctc The skint date Peckham Springs 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.  When all the cheap cocktails get to your head soak it up with epic food from the cool street foodies that park up. 22A Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QN The fit date with sh*t chat 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 The date you've made no effort for Bar Termini You’re knackered/hungover/can’t be *ssed 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 The double date Sketch It’s difficult to communicate via eye contact alone how the 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 sketchloo (1) The sexy dinner date 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 - all bare-brick walls and flickering candles. Order some sherry with a couple sharing dishes (you don’t miss the jamon croquettes) before working your way through the mega Spanish wine menu. St Matthew’s Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF The quicky date 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 (a trend that’s going to be huge this year). 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 The date with a smoker Bar Italia Nothing f*cks up a smooth running date than a smoker nipping outside every half hour. Luckily Bar Italia, a Soho institution and place of work for one of the cheekiest Italian waiters we’ve ever met, is so tiny everyone sits outside anyway. Light up under the patio heaters and experience the madness of Frith Street together - get a bottle of the house white and when it’s time for the next bar, the sexy playground Soho is waiting. 22 Frith Street, Soho, West End, London W1D 4RF The date with a fitness nut The Lido Cafe If you want an excuse to see your gym-obsessed date in as little as possible then go get a sunlounger 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 and the stuff is running out. Get it while you can, people. Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, London, SE24 0PA Christmas.Web.20132.800x480 The day date 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. Rent a boat on the serpentine lake in Hyde Park; go pedalo or row, either way you’re bound to end up looking like a tit which is perfect ice breaking material. Afterwards, go get a bottle of wine and a woodfired pizza at the Serpentine Bar. Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH The movie date Rooftop Film Club F*ck the traditional movie date, if you really want to get to know this person take them to a boozy cinema. Rooftop Film Club is back, so go eat Pizza Pilgrims and get handsy under a blanket on some of the coolest rooftop terraces across the city. If tickets sell out or the weather’s being sh*t one of these boozy cinemas are all rain safe and although you miss out on the great view, they’re equally as cool inside. Tinder date? Do the app proud and go for Hot Tub Cinema. It’s epic. Venues in Shoreditch, Peckham, Stratford and Kensington The culture date 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 (hilarious). 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, London, WC2H 0HE The blind date Hawksmoor Spitalfields This is where the friendliest bartenders in the city work, and they'll will give you a wink when your date turns up and pour you something strong if they don’t. Despite being one of the best bars in the city with killer cocktails this place is never swarming, so you won’t be giving yourself a heart attack everytime someone with blonde hair and a bubbly personality walks in. Need something to steady your nerves? 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Big up someone that you've met along the way! I don't technically remember meeting him as I was about 1, but my little brother is the best person I know. Plus he's proof reading this for me. Advice for other people looking to start their own thing? Just do it. You can spend a lot of time waiting for the perfect moment, but you might not get that. You have to take risks and if it scares you, it'll likely reward you tenfold. Have great people around you who'll big you up if you succeed and still big you up if you fail. And don't be afraid to keep trying, even when it's really tough and you want to give up. Even when you're sat at home with a broken TV and no internet and you don't have enough money to order Dominos. Theoretically. If you had a superpower what would it be? To play pool really well. What's been your biggest achievement? I'm proud of myself for what I've achieved; building a career with no formal training or further education. Who would play you in a movie? 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The strong fruity notes in the bubbles mean it’ll also taste amazing in a Bellini or Royale (hello breakfast) - you can add in any fruit puree you like, just give it a stir and throw in some fruit to draw out the fresh, summer flavours. Champagne is back baby, and it never tasted so good. veuve.rich Harvey Nichols English Sparkling Wine The bottle to stock up on for summer Love - or loved - to drink your prosecco straight up with your mates? The news probably hit you guys the hardest, so you’re gonna need something really tasty to replace your beloved bottles. English sparkling wine is the new thing, and it's arrived just in time. While over in Italy the weather ain't been so kind on the grapes, over here the English climate has grown some pretty good grapes and now everyone’s turning them in to booze (and we're not complaining). Harvey Nichs have just launched their brand new label and it's the one we’re sipping; made in Sussex they've spent 2 years developing the perfect fizz so expect a crisp and citrusy taste that smells of sweet peach and apricot.  It even comes with a Prosecco price tag. Who needs Italy anyway? harvey.nichols.wine Wild Elderflower Spritz Move aside Aperol Spritz Nothing can really replace an Aperol spritz with Prosecco, but the new Wild Elderflower Spritz is fizzy, fresh, summery and a big people pleaser, because who doesn't like elderflower? Best of all, it comes pre-batched so all you gotta do is pop it and you’re away. The gin and perry cider make it really refreshing and easy to drink; serve over ice in a large wine glass and add a twist of lime to bring out the elderflower flavours. Find out where you can pick it up. 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Name:

Haley Forest

Social Media Handle:

@HCForest

Where are you from & where are you based?

I grew up in foggy San Francisco, but came to London after Uni for “just one year” while I was working as a chef. Fast forward nearly 7 years later and I’m still here.

Why are you a BarChick?

I like to know everything when I’m passionate about a subject. Thus, getting my geek on about booze, particularly on an international front, is the best job ever. Being part of a movement towards greater drink education (and fun times!), working with a team of kick ass ladies, it’s a tough life… but someone has to do it!

When you’re not BarChicking how do you spend your time?

I’m a full time food, drinks and lifestyle writer and connector of dots. In short: I travel the world, party with chefs and bartenders, chronicle their (mis)adventures and talents, and make sure the correct people are talking to each other.

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What's your favourite neighbourhood in your city?

When I’m in London, it’s hard to choose between Soho and Shoreditch. Soho feels old world and alive, filled with places like The Blind Pig (I’m there often enough to call it my “Soho Office”), Spuntino (it’s all about the Truffle Egg Toast!), and Bone Daddies (Foodgasmic ramen). Shoreditch is all about the nightlife and weekends; loaded with bars like Callooh Calley, Happiness Forgets, NOLA, Satans Whiskers and Portside Parlour, plus epic restaurants like The Clove Club, MEATmission, and Viet Grill.

Favourite International Bars?

Attaboy(NY), Pouring Ribbons (NY), Corner Club (Stockholm), Sherry Butt (Paris), Little Red Door (Paris), Trick Dog (SF), Melrose Umbrella Co (LA), Satans Whiskers (LDN), Happiness Forgets (LDN), The Blind Pig (LDN).

What's your go-to drink?

Depends on my mood. I gravitate towards a Negroni (you’d think a Bartender can't f*ck that one up, but believe me, they can). I also love a Clover Club; it’s a great classic, but one I’ve seen done in terrible ways.

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Guilty pleasure drink?

Pina Colada.

Favourite city for a boozy break?

Between Copenhagen or Edinburgh. Both cities are quite small with great bars you can literally walk between. Paris - a bit bigger - is also great for that with clusters and neighbourhoods you can focus on.

Most epic BarChick adventure or most badass BarChick moment?

Walking into Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam, with my mother no less, and being greeted by the bartender (Danil Nevsky) by name. My mother says to me “I thought you didn’t know anyone here?” I didn’t, but the power of the internet had worked it’s magic for me. The next night, I worked some family connections and got Dan and I into The Butcher, where I promptly ran into other bar friends from London and Moscow. Oh international bar life.

What do you drink at home?

A Negroni or just a basic G&T. I have nearly 50 kinds of gin at home, so that's kinda my jam.

Where do you hit for a late night party in London?

NOLA (LDN), Glass (Paris), Employees Only (NYC)

Midnight Snack?

Still out and partying? Head to Employees Only in New York; their kitchen is open till 3am. In San Francisco - there’s a crepe stall (Crepes A GoGo) on 11th opposite Bar Agricole that’s legendary. In London, it’s all about Duck & Waffle; they’ve got a 24 hour license, banging food and a ridiculously epic view.

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Hangover cure?

Lots of water. Many Bloody Marys. Solid breakfast with toast, bacon, eggs, fruit. And (even though the thought of facing the world sucks) going for a walk for fresh air helps loads.

Hottest bartender you’ve ever seen?

It was a dark winter night in New York. I was in a bar I hadn’t even meant to go to, but took the wrong train and ended up there. Walking in, I passed someone and half turned, his smell causing me to stop in my tracks - he just smelled right on some crazy pheromonal level. I blinked and continued walking. Later, trading banter with one of the other guys, he popped behind the bar and we both just stared. Tall, thin, blue eyes, a boyish grin. Not my type, but man… he just felt right…. Sigh...

Planning a hot date, what's the agenda?

I like classic dates where you actually do something. So in London, take me to All Star Lanes for round of bowling (I may or may not kick your ass), followed by dinner at Lyles or On The Bab, and then drinks at Satans Whiskers. Some kind of experiential theatre thing like Secret Cinema or Alice Underground are also great ideas.

What's one thing you can’t live without?

Red lipstick, black eyeliner, a plane ticket and a map of great bars.

Who is your wingman?

I tend to fly solo, relying on the kindness of strangers to help a girl out. The Bartender can be your best friend.

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" ["post_title"]=> string(41) "Meet BarChick International: Haley Forest" ["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(40) "meet-barchick-international-haley-forest" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-05-26 15:36:12" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-26 14:36:12" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=56627" ["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)#404 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(9318) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-05-20 18:45:31" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-20 17:45:31" ["post_content"]=> string(10588) "Turn your picnic into a p*ss up and prep yourself a batch of homemade ice lollies for when the sun’s out and you fancy a suck… you’ll need a mould but they’re not hard to come by. Want our advice? Don’t be too heavy handed with the alcohol or they won’t freeze. Save some boozy mix over because that 12 hours freezing time ain’t gonna drink itself. Gin and Tonic These classic ‘n fresh lollies will quench your thirst and cool you down… Serves 10 700ml tonic 45ml gin ¼ lime, juiced A few slices of cucumber Mix together the tonic, gin and lime juice then pour into your moulds over the cucumber slices. Easy! LOLLY.g.t Aperitivo Traditionally, aperitivo is an Italian word for a pre-meal drink meant to stimulate your appetite but we get ours going with an iced boozy snack. Serves 4 100ml cloudy lemonade 15ml Campari 10ml sugar syrup 25ml water Orange zest Stir all the ingredients together then pour over the orange zest into the moulds. Get them in the freezer and wait for aperitivo hour… LOLLY.aperitivo Margarita Margarita lollies aka. the party in a popsicle. Serves 4 150g sugar 175ml fresh lime juice 120ml water 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp orange juice 2 tbsp tequila 2 tbsp Grand Marnier Mix together the sugar, and juices and stir over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and leave to cool then blend together with the tequila and Grand Marnier until smooth. Pour into the mould and wait…. Once frozen, you can garnish with salt if that’s your flex. LOLLY.margarita Bellini Probably not how they’d do it in Harry’s Bar but we love these bad boys anyway... Serves 10 440ml prosecco 150ml sugar syrup 150ml lemon juice 2 large peaches 3 dashes peach bitters Chop the peaches and blend them until smooth before straining through a mesh sieve. Take 8 tbsp of the puree and mix together with the lemon juice, prosecco, syrup and bitters then add the prosecco - carefully though because it’ll fizz like a motherf*cker. If you wanna sex it up a bit, chuck in some edible flowers like violets because it’s summer and we like it. Pour the mix into moulds and freeze them up. LOLLY.bellini Espresso Martini This bad boy will wake you up, f*ck you up and cool you down. Serves 6 3 tbsp fine sugar 125ml espresso 2 tbsp vodka 4 tbsp water Dissolve the sugar in the water over the heat and bring to the boil. Take from the heat and pour into a cocktail shaker. Add the cooled down espresso and vodka and shake well. Once it’s a decent temperature pour into moulds and impatiently wait… LOLLY.espresso.martini Dark ‘N Stormy This cocktail is a Bermudan classic which makes it perfect for sunny days when you need to be chilling and boozing… Serves 4 15ml rum 10ml lime juice 20ml sugar syrup 80ml ginger beer Another simple one; just stir all the ingredients together and pour into moulds! Get stem ginger in the moulds too if you wanna sex it up. LOLLY.dark.n.stormy Mojito Refreshing, boozy, minty goodness. Who said we could only have one? Serves 8 500ml water 1 lime, juiced A handful of mint 3 tbsp brown sugar 0.5 tsp rum Cut eight thin slices of lime then juice the rest. Add it to the water and sugar and then heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep eight mint leaves spare but steep the rest in the mix for 10 minutes. Get a piece of lime and a mint leaf into each lolly mould, mix the rum into your sugar water and pour into the moulds. LOLLY.mojito Pimm’s The sun’s only gotta be out for 10 minutes before the supermarkets sell out of Pimm’s, use yours to make this perfect summer’s day lolly. Serves 6 50g icing sugar 4 tbsp Pimm’s 250ml ginger beer/lemonade 150g sliced strawberries 50g sliced apples 18 mint leaves Boil the sugar and water until the dissolved then remove from the heat. Add the Pimm’s, ginger beer/lemonade and leave to cool. Divide the strawberries, apples and mint leaves between the moulds and pour in the mixture. LOLLY.pimms Bloody Mary Lollies and Bloody Marys are two of the best hangover cures so kill two birds/headaches with one stone. Serves 4 110g tomatoes 1 celery stalk ½ lemon 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp chilli powder ¼ tsp cracked black pepper 120ml vodka Pinch of salt Blend all the ingredients except the vodka into a puree then strain through a sieve. Add the vodka and blend for another 30 seconds. Pour the mix into the popsicles and either wait ‘til you’re hanging like a fruit bat or freshen up with this savoury lolly fix. LOLLY.bloody.mary Blood Orange Negroni Because lollies can be trendy too… Serves 10 110g caster sugar 235ml water 50ml gin 50ml Campari 50ml dry vermouth 300ml blood orange juice Dissolve the sugar in the water over heat then remove and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and get them in the freezer for a sweaty day. LOLLY.negroni Mudslide Spike these creamy, chocolatey pops because you’re a grown up now. Bonus, they’re super easy to make. Serves 6 530ml vanilla yogurt 1 banana 90ml vodka 90ml Kahlua 90ml Baileys 3 tbsp grated chocolate Blend all the ingredients together then get them in the freezer. Done! LOLLY.mudslide Paloma Tequila + grapefruit = the best damn lolly you’ve ever had. Serves 10 110g granulated sugar 120ml water 590ml grapefruit juice 120ml lime juice 70ml tequila Pinch of salt Dissolve the sugar with the water and leave aside to cool. In a jug, mix together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila and salt then add the sugar water and stir. Pour into moulds and freeze. LOLLY.paloma Mint Julep Because they’re not just for the Kentucky Derby, these icy goodies will keep you chilled any hot day. Serves 10 600ml water 220g demerara sugar a handful of mint 18ml bourbon Heat the sugar and water until dissolved then remove from the heat and add the mint. Muddle the mint and then allow to cool. Strain through a sieve before adding the bourbon and stirring. Pour them into moulds and get set. LOLLY.mint.julep Pina Colada Go tiki with your pops and take this lolly party to the beach. Serves 6 660g fresh chopped pineapple 70ml coconut milk 120ml water 3 tbsp granulated sugar 70ml light rum Blend all the ingredients into a puree then strain through a fine sieve. Pour them into moulds and freeze. Simple, boozy iciness. LOLLY.pina.colada French 75 Probably the classiest popsicle you’ll ever have. Unless you substitute the Champagne for prosecco. We won’t judge. Serves 6 360ml Champagne 120ml gin 120ml sugar syrup 90ml lemon juice Combine all the ingredients (mind the fizz!!!) then pour into moulds. Now you’ve just gotta wait for these posh pops to freeze… LOLLY.french.75.001" ["post_title"]=> string(20) "Cocktail Ice Lollies" ["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(20) "cocktail-ice-lollies" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-05-26 12:19:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-26 11:19:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(27) "http://barchick.com/?p=9318" ["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)#400 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(56653) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-05-27 10:51:10" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-27 09:51:10" ["post_content"]=> string(13067) "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. The conversation starter 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 MoC - the place is dripping with conversation starters. If the weird and wonderful menu or collection of old school McDonalds happy meal toys doesn’t give you something to talk about, the two-headed taxidermy cat will. 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP The date you need to spice up 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 bodega.negro The wine date 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 California's 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, London E2 The rebound date Ladies and Gentlemen Unless your ex is properly clued up on the best hidden bars in the city (or they’re a massive BarChick fan) then there’s no danger of running into them here. This place used to be Kentish Town’s public loo but it's now a slick and sexy cocktail bar. 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 The fun mate date The Cocktail Trading Co If you’re already mates with your date the likelihood is tonight’s just going to be a laugh. You can’t not have a good time at the booze playhouse that is Cocktail Trading Company; the drinks rock up in welly boots, miniature graveyards (literally - it's serves with a jelly skull sweet) 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 queue to start dancing. 22A Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7HU ctc The skint date Peckham Springs 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.  When all the cheap cocktails get to your head soak it up with epic food from the cool street foodies that park up. 22A Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QN The fit date with sh*t chat 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 The date you've made no effort for Bar Termini You’re knackered/hungover/can’t be *ssed 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 The double date Sketch It’s difficult to communicate via eye contact alone how the 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 sketchloo (1) The sexy dinner date 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 - all bare-brick walls and flickering candles. Order some sherry with a couple sharing dishes (you don’t miss the jamon croquettes) before working your way through the mega Spanish wine menu. St Matthew’s Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF The quicky date 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 (a trend that’s going to be huge this year). 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 The date with a smoker Bar Italia Nothing f*cks up a smooth running date than a smoker nipping outside every half hour. Luckily Bar Italia, a Soho institution and place of work for one of the cheekiest Italian waiters we’ve ever met, is so tiny everyone sits outside anyway. Light up under the patio heaters and experience the madness of Frith Street together - get a bottle of the house white and when it’s time for the next bar, the sexy playground Soho is waiting. 22 Frith Street, Soho, West End, London W1D 4RF The date with a fitness nut The Lido Cafe If you want an excuse to see your gym-obsessed date in as little as possible then go get a sunlounger 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 and the stuff is running out. Get it while you can, people. Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, London, SE24 0PA Christmas.Web.20132.800x480 The day date 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. Rent a boat on the serpentine lake in Hyde Park; go pedalo or row, either way you’re bound to end up looking like a tit which is perfect ice breaking material. Afterwards, go get a bottle of wine and a woodfired pizza at the Serpentine Bar. Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH The movie date Rooftop Film Club F*ck the traditional movie date, if you really want to get to know this person take them to a boozy cinema. Rooftop Film Club is back, so go eat Pizza Pilgrims and get handsy under a blanket on some of the coolest rooftop terraces across the city. If tickets sell out or the weather’s being sh*t one of these boozy cinemas are all rain safe and although you miss out on the great view, they’re equally as cool inside. Tinder date? Do the app proud and go for Hot Tub Cinema. It’s epic. Venues in Shoreditch, Peckham, Stratford and Kensington The culture date 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 (hilarious). 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, London, WC2H 0HE The blind date Hawksmoor Spitalfields This is where the friendliest bartenders in the city work, and they'll will give you a wink when your date turns up and pour you something strong if they don’t. 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Bonnie Gull

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21A Foley Street, London, W1W 6DS

Tel: +44 20 7436 0921

Goodge Street

Opening hours

Tues - Sun: 12pm - 12am

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 24/01/2014

If you like your fish super fresh, the place bright and the atmosphere friendly as you sip your cocktails, then Bonnie Gull is the place for you. Perfect for lunch or dinner this restaurant is easy to get seriously stuck into. Just like a trip to the seaside you can expect trimmings such as rope, old suitcases, bells, drift wood and sailor hats (after a few drinks ask them if you can try one on.. always a good photo op).

Kick things off with some oysters from the raw bar, they’ve got all sorts on there (not that we knew the difference)… if in doubt then ask, they’ll be more than happy to explain. Next up we say hit the lobster, cod, haddock, crab – you name it they’ve got it, plus check out their daily specials, whole sea bream anyone?

Cocktails are pretty banging here too, their Bloody Mary comes garnished with an oyster, naturally, and BarChick LOVED the Beetcar with Portobello Road gin, beetroot juice, King’s Ginger liqueur, lemon and coriander… it went down way too smooth.

Plus, now you can head down on a Sunday and enjoy some BYO action, hell yes, nice touch guys.


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