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We went out to Amsterdam to judge the Heineken Global Bartender Final, think X Factor but for beer, and met Eric out there. This guy knows good beer so we chatted awesome bars, perfect serves and good head (on a beer, obvs). WHERE DO YOU WORK? I’m owner of Eetcafé Walzicht in Woerden the Netherlands. I started working there from 17 years of age and fell in love with the place and the work. By now I know every bolt in the building but it is never a boring place. Besides my bar I’m owner of Bartendercompetition. We develop, organize and support draught beer competitions. We are very proud to be involved in the Heineken Global Bartender Final and I love to help upgrading draught competitions anywhere. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I live in my place of birth Woerden, a really beautiful city with an impressive Roman history in the green heart of the Netherlands. WHAT ARE YOU UP TO AT THE MOMENT? Well we just finished the Heineken Global Bartender Final in Amsterdam and are evaluating it. The Heineken Global Bartender Final is the biggest draught beer championship in the world. For me it’s a dream come through being able to be part of this impressive event celebrating the importance of perfectly poured draught beer. This year  finalists from 16 countries were flown into the Netherlands, home of Heineken to battle for the title Best Heineken Bartender in the World. WHY ARE YOU SO PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK WITH HEINEKEN? When I started working in Eetcafé Walzicht my boss was already passionate for perfect draught beer and took me with him to draught beer competitions in the Netherlands. I love games and competitions and pouring beer. These draught competitions where like Disneyland for me. And now in my bar, draught competitions still inspires the team like it inspired me. It makes you realize you’re a craftsman. It’s not difficult, but it just needs some attention, know-how and passion. And exactly that’s what makes the Heineken GBF such an amazing event. A worldwide championship celebrating and sharing passion for quality, draught beer and hospitality. I love it. 3 FAVOURITE DUTCH BARS AND WHY: Eetcafé Walzicht in Woerden Of course my own bar is one of my favorite bars. Not only because it’s mine but more because it’s the place I can find the things there that I think are important in our line of work. As you can imagine pouring beer is taken very seriously. Besides that it’s home for me and I hope any guest feels the same. In den Ouden Vogelstruys in Maastricht It’s also called ‘the livingroom of the Netherlands’ and this place is well known in the Netherlands for serving perfect Brand beer, no matter how busy it is. Their waiters are world class and I’m always amazed by their agility and style. I think I have the world record of sitting on their terrace. De ballentent in Rotterdam If you look at it from the outside it’s not really appealing. In fact it’s kind of grubby. But if you take the step of entering the bar you will understand what I mean. In past time the sailors would come here alongside businessmen. There’s a famous Dutch song that says that in a bar everyone is equal; this is the place where you can really feel that. To me a bar doesn’t have to be fancy, plated with gold and serve caviar. I just want to have a good time and share moments with the people around me. 3 FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL BARS AND WHY: ‘Ouzeria’ in the harbor of Lipsi, Greece Greece taught me to slow down and take time to enjoy life. This is exactly what happens when you visit the ‘ouzeria’ in the small harbor of Lipsi. Just sitting there with nice company on just too small chairs and a very small table enjoying Ouzo and some fresh made squid made by a big smiling Greek on a small BBQ. Life stands still in this place. ‘Pfefferalm’, Hinterglemm, Austria I do love to ski towards the Pfefferalm, a kind of hidden wooden shack halfway on the Alps of Hinterglemm. If you enter and hit your head on the low door you will immediately smell the burning wood of the fireplace and ‘Glühwein’; hot red sweetened wine. The owner probably sits right next to you and you will always recognize him. A small man with a beard like Santa Claus playing traditional Austrian tunes on the accordion. Just order the meat and cheese plate, some cold beer and Hazelnut Schnapps. Anyplace, anywhere As you can read I don’t care for luxurious places. There’s a saying in Dutch: ‘You cannot eat from a beautiful plate’. It means that appearance is not the most important. I love bars for the people that work there, for the people you meet and the people you’re with. I love to see pride in a bartenders eyes for their job, their products and their bar. They often don’t realize the importance of their presence, mood and flair. I love smiling people, anyplace, anywhere… FAVOURITE DRINK: Come on! That’s the easiest question. I love a perfect poured Heineken. Most people don’t realize that there’s more difference between a badly poured and a well poured Heineken than the look of it. The taste of a rinsed and skimmed Heineken is so much better than if it’s not done. I will invite anyone to my bar to taste the difference and that will convince them. INTRODUCE US TO A GREAT BARTENDER: That’s a difficult one. I know a lot of great bartenders. I’m also very proud of my team in Walzicht and I don’t want to forget people. I once read a good explanation on what the definition of good hospitality is which I will borrow right now. It’s the ability to make a friend out of a stranger. I like that! BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? I’m the lucky guy that meets  a lot of people, of course locally in my bar but since I am working for Heineken I have been given the opportunity to meet  a lot of people in the Netherlands and abroad. Being in touch with people is so much fun. Discovering different cultures, habits, styles, food and ways of life. 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Silly and irresponsible. But since we get asked so often we have put together our list of London's most legendary hangouts; from the late night dive bars to Martini trolley pushing hotel bars. Want killer bar recommendations sent to you instantly? BarChick Concierge does just that, 24/7... it's like WhatsApp for bars, plus it's free! Say hey. We'll get your table booked and your night sorted.

Best to do list, like, ever...

1. 68 and Boston - Downstairs is a wine bar where every bottle is £20. Even Champagne if you play nice. Upstairs is one of Soho's best cocktail bars and Chorizo Old Fashioneds. Epic. 2. 69 Colebrooke Row - Tony C’s original gangsta, this bar does classic in style. It only seats 35, but they’ve been known to seat even Keira Knightly on the stairs so you’ll be in with a shot ‘cos we’ve got your table sorted. Their legendary edible Bloody Mary that you shoot from an oyster shell… don’t ask, just try it. Z 3. Bar Story - Under the arches of Peckham Rye station this car park/bar/cool hangout has a ridiculous cocktail list scribbled on the board and you can get two for £7 in happy hour. Boom. 4. Bar Termini - The real Italian deal. Swing through aperitif style and stand at the bar for a £1 espresso or a pre-batched Negroni to perk you up before dinner. 5. Beaufort Bar at The Savoy - Possibly the sexiest hotel bar in London which is dripping gold (£40Ks worth if you’re wondering). It’s glamorous - as should you be if you come in here. Do the Savoy double and pop into the American Bar for a booze history lesson whilst you're at it. 6. Black Rock - There's a river of whiskey inside a giant oak tree. SERIOUSLY. This is one of the most epic bars BarChick's ever been to. 7. The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch - If you love live music and wanna party in a private caravan inside a bar, this is your place.  Message us and we'll book it for you. The ribs are some of the best in London, the bourbon selection is banging and you're pretty much guaranteed to pull. 8. Cahoots - It doesn't get more London than drinking in a tube carriage. Book into this once air raid shelter and you'll be transported, literally, to war-torn 1940’s London for some drinking on the ration. 9. Callooh Callay - A bar inside a wardrobe never gets old. Get your Narnia freak on, drink colour changing cocktails and beg for an invite to the Jub Jub. 10. Camden Town Brewery - Piss up in a brewery? Exactly. 11. Cecil's - Chilled cocktails in the week and cabarets, stripping nuns and rumours of sex parties at the weekend. Come with an open mind and your most fun crew. 12. Cellar Door - Drag Queens, snuff and a load of absinthe in an underground toilet by Somerset House... right. 13. The Connaught - 'Cos sometimes you wanna go somewhere insanely beautiful, drink some of the best Martinis in town and play 'spot the hooker'. 14. Cork & Bottle - An old school underground wine haven underneath the mayhem of Leicester Square, it's a sanctuary in these parts. 15. The Dolphin - No one has lived until they’ve woken up with the legendary dolphin stamp on their wrist. Anything goes, they play R Kelly’s Ignition every hour and the drinks are worryingly cheap. Just say yes. 16. Duck & Waffle - 'Cos where else do you go at 4am for Champagne, crispy pigs ears and that epic waffle dish? The view is the best in London and it looks even better when you’re four Nutella Negronis in and the sun’s coming up. 2Q== 17. Duke's - Home to Bond’s Vesper Martini, home to the coolest Martini trolley in town and home to Alessandro. Behave nicely and they’ll let you have more than one. Can you handle it? 18. East London Liquor Company - Distillery, bar and bottle shop all in one, could this Mile End join get better? Plus grilled cheese toasties. Turns out it could. 19. ECC - Dress up and get over the tw*tty French attitude on the door because London’s original Experimental Cocktail Club is sexy and slick throughout. Find the unmarked door in Chinatown and discover a little piece of Paris. Mais oui. 20. Evans & Peel - Who doesn't love a bit or role-play and a good detective agency-cum-cocktail bar? Get past the (hot) detective to enjoy prohibition vibes and boozing out of paper bags. Original and surprisingly not gimmicky. 21. Found - Shoreditch failsafe. Hidden behind velvet curtain underneath Casita is this perfect little bar. Oskar’s mixing up awesome cocktails while you fondle your date in the tucked away corner. Nice. Book through BarChick and you’ll be in for a kick-ass surprise too. 22. Frank's - This bar atop a grotty carpark put Peckham on the map. Go soak up awesome London views with a £5 cocktail in hand. Franks.Rooftop_Cafe_Peckham_2010.Credit.Joao.Nauman 23. Gerry's Club - This place is in fact run by a guy called Michael, not Gerry. The guy’s an *rsehole to everyone, you'll probably get into a fight, the drinks taste like sh*t - but everyone should have been (if you can get in). Just never go before 2am. 24. The Gibson - It’s kind of like an Edwardian time-warp and legendary bartenders Marian (ex-Nightjar) and Rusty (ex-Connaught) know a thing or 50 about making perfect cocktails. Killer Martinis, fun smokin’ cocktails served up in crazy vessels, pickle snacks and the best service you can get, it’s legendary. We can book you the best seat in the house, sign up for BarChick Concierge online and message us. 25. Gordon's Wine Bar - London’s oldest wine bar (cave). Worth the hype. Just go. You’ll see. 26. Happiness Forgets - No pretence, just amazing cocktails in a basement in Hoxton Square. Book - its rep has spread far and wide so book it baby. Or just ask us to do it. 27. Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar - The legendary Shakey Pete's Ginger Brew is reason enough... but the insane meaty snacks, popcorn infused rum Old Fashioneds and eye candy GB World Class winner Ali Reynolds will keep ya coming back for more. 28. La Cabina - Open ‘til 5am, London’s latest happy hour from 11 ‘til midnight.. this Barcelona style dive bar rocks. Look out for the neon phonebox/tardis and you’re there, then message us for free for the secret code to get you down there. 9k= 29. Ladies & Gentlemen - Responsible for putting Kentish Town on the cocktail map, plus no one ever gets bored of booze in an old victorian toilet in this city. 30. Milk and Honey - Considered a Grandfather of the modern cocktail movement this speakeasy is kind of an institution. It’s probably the only ‘secret’ prohibition bar undiscovered tribes in the Amazon have heard of. We'll help you blag your way in.  31. Nightjar - World famous for its cocktails and with a waiting list to prove it. The garnishes turn their drinks into works of art worthy of a museum. Enjoy the live music and try to enjoy the drinks instead of Instagramming your night away. 32. NOLA - A little slice of New Orleans hidden above a bar in Shoreditch. Live jazz 'n blues, killer bourbon stiff ones and smoking' like the fat cats of the east on an awesome cigar terrace. 33. Oblix at The Shard - Because you're up The Shard & you don't have to pay big dollar for that killer view. Plus the drinks are damn delicious. 34. Original Sin - Free pool, cocktail legends behind Happiness Forgets, a 10 meter long bar made outta whisky vats and bangin’ burgers upstairs. Nuff said. 35. Piano Works - Where else can you rock up to a gang of jazz musicians and ask them to play a rendition of Bieber at 3am? Exactly. 36. The Pink Chihuahua at El Camion - This basement was run by the late ledge Dick Bradsell, cocktail rebel extraordinaire who invented the Espresso Martini, but it's the tequila and late night debauchery you’re here for: the end game for any Soho night out. Say BarChick sent you. 37. Portobello Star - An awesome little gin joint run by bar wizard Jake Burger with a Ginstitute upstairs. Yup, you can get up there and make your own gin. Epic. 38. Ridley Road Market Bar - All good vibes and awesome for a little dance and some market fresh fruit cocktails.You even might find some kind of leftover goat head on the street from the market that day. Win win. 39. Sager & Wilde - It’s East, it’s cool, it’s always busy and they do wine like no other. Wine fans go get in line. image-2 40. Satan's Whiskers - Old school hip hop, some of the world's best bartenders and plenty of unusual taxidermy; never seen a dildo on a badger? Now’s your chance. 41. Sexy Fish - Damien Hirst Mermaids, cocktails in treasure chests and an enormous indoor aquarium hiding in the private dining rooms. Blag your way in or get us to book you a table. 42. Shoreditch Grind - Hot. Flat. White. Russian. 43. Shoreditch House Rooftop - Even if you think it's full of tw*ts there's no arguing with pitchers by that pool. Now you just have to blag your way in. 44. Shrub and Shutter - Anywhere that puts on Disney nights with cocktails outta genie lamps and glass slippers is a must for us. The cocktails are weird and wonderful and it's impossible to not have fun. 45. Sketch - You're here for the egg pod loos. Best loos in London, hands down. 46. Slim Jim's Liquor Store - Flash the bartender at this American dive bar and you get free booze. Or just whip off your underwear. Bras hang from the ceiling and the shots of bourbon flow. 47. Sovereign Loss - Badass bartenders, a 24 hour license, the best cocktails in Brixton and rumours of 2am posh junk food pop ups. You just have to find that buzzer. 48. The Spaniards Inn - If you want a history lesson with your pint this boozer by Hampstead Heath is the place- it's one of London's oldest pubs and there's even an old toll gate outside. 49. The Vault - Secret bar hidden behind a bookcase in London’s best whisky shop? Hell yeah. Date night nailed with killer whisky cocktails, Simo rockin’ the show and comfy leather couches to kick back on with Chester the resident dog. Woof. We've got 'em on speed-dial so message us for a table. 50. White Lyan - There's no ice, no citrus fruit and no sugar, just Ryan Cheti's mastermind of a menu. It’s unlike any other bar and is kinda world renowned. Think black walls, bright lights and a strip pole downstairs if you get frisky." 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Make hay (or a Shandy) while the suns shines and hit one of these banging gardens the only way BarChick knows how; boozily. PS. If it’s roof terraces you are after then check this lot out!

NORTH

The Flask Soak up the sun at this old pub’s huge outdoor space. With their handy garden bar within stumbling distance, it shouldn’t take long to refresh those empty glasses either. It’s hot, you need to keep your fluids up. 77 Highgate West Hill, Camden, London N6 6BU BG.The.Flask.8 Edinboro Castle With space for 300 this Camden pub boasts ales, lagers, beers, ciders, wine plus BBQs and hog roasts. 57 Mornington Terrace, London NW1 7RU The Woodman Bring a gang because there's room for 280 to sit.  Table service applies outside too, so you can bask in the sun without playing fives to go and get the next round in. Well behaved dogs and children both welcome. The Woodman , 414 Archway Road , Highgate , London , N6 5UA BG.The.Woodman The Constitution A decent Good pub that’s got it all; fruit machines, dart boards and a gig venue in the Cellar Bar below. The beer garden is up there with the best of them (it’s won awards). Overlooking Regent’s Canal hit the BBQ, hit the beer and kick back. 42 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0QT The Faltering Fallback

A crafty multi-storey makes clever use of a small space. Tree house vibes and a decent range of beers make this place nothing short of epic.

19 Perth Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3HB

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The Stag

8 private cabanas and a whole lot of old school picnic tables make this place perfect for groups. Enjoy acoustic sets or garden parties. Hit it for a BBQ, wicked beers and outside table service.

67 Fleet Road, London, NW3 2QU

The Albion

Weeping willows and wisteria hang above and all around you in this huge picturesque patio at The Albion. If you want more of a relaxed, and beautiful setting without huge loud groups this is where to hang.

10 Thornhill Road, London, N1 1HW

Garden Gate

Keep dry under a covered dining room when the British summer decides to p*ss on our parade or hit-up the outdoor bar on a sunny day.

14 South End Road, London NW3 2QE

EAST

 Peoples Park Tavern When the sun's out (or not) this is where the party at.  Formerly known as The Britannia the People’s Park Tavern is a big-ass garden within an even bigger ass park.  It has its own micro-brewery so the booze is bl**dy legendary and it serves cocktails in jam jars, so it must be cool. 360 Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7BT The Crown and Shuttle Decking and picnic tables give this place holiday vibes whilst the parked up food truck serves garlic prawns and ribs. They’re big on their beers, have meantime on tap and despite its edge-of-the-city location the crowds a whole lot less rank than you might think. 226 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE BG.Crown Pub on the Park

A pub in a park with a terrace, what’s not to love? Grab a table on the raised terrace and laugh at the cool kids in London Fields trying to spark up disposable BBQs in the mud. This place gets packed on match day, ladies, thank us later.

19 Martello Street, London, E8 3PE

The Water Poet This huge pub garden is divided into different sections. Fresh air-enthusiasts will love the no smoking area. Reserve a table cos this place is always full, cocktails aren't their thing but they do Pimms so why complain? 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX BG.Water.Poet The Gun, Canary Wharf The Gun’s entirely alfresco bar and restaurant overlooks the Thames and the O2. Hit the beer and wine and try something delicious from their open charcoal BBQ. Opening times depend on the weathe check their Twitter page on the day. 27 Coldharbour, London, E14 9NS Strongroom Head down an alleyway in Shoreditch and you'll find a mega beer garden, full of drunk media heads and music types lapping up the sunshine and beers. 120-124 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3SQ Dalston Eastern Curve Garden Shhh. Not everyone knows about this lil' beaute. It's primarily a communal garden for local folk to come chill, grow plants and watch the world go by. But it also has a cafe that sells booze (beer, cider, wine) too. This ain't a rowdy vibe, don't get us in trouble now, but if you have a date, or want to catch up with a pal without the usual raucous crowd, this is where to head. It's only open 'til 7 so you'll have to bunk off work early or slink over on a weekend. 13 Dalston Lane, London E8 3DF

SOUTH

The Fentiman Arms This sun trap is just a short walk from Oval and has got the homely vibes down. They’ve got a banging BBQ burning away and the wine is flowing. 64 Fentiman Road, London SW8 1LA fentiman.arm.000.s The Coat and Badge A favourite with Putney locals, this laurel-hedge enclosed garden has got long boozy evenings written all over it. Grab a jug of Pimm’s and while the night away. 8 Lacy Road, London SW15 1NL The Rye Right opposite the park, The Rye is where you wanna be (because it's where the booze is at). It's got a kick-ass garden, outdoor table tennis, a load of tables and sunken terrace. Bring everyone - mates, baby, dog, nan. There's no-one who doesn't like a game of beer pong in the sunshine. 31 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 3NX  BG.Rye Lost Angel  Not be the biggest but they've definitely worked with what they've got. Plants and vines are tangled around the wooden shelter and high tables and stalls and a couple of sofas make this place lovely. 339 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 4LS The Avalon The Avalon’s back garden is more than just some outside spot for a p*ss-up, obviously it's that as well but with little dens, umbrellas, cushioned areas and tables, it's the perfect spot for all ages (and dog-friendly). Tuck into the full menu or grab a burger from the BBQ, you won't regret it! 16 Balham Hill,  London, SW12 9EB BG.Avalon The Gipsy Moth A traditional pub with a jokes name, The Gipsy Moth is all about British summertime with its over-spill of outside tables plonked right next to The Cutty Sark. There's a damn fine beer selection, huge heaters and a covered conservatory in case of emergency. 60 Greenwich Church Street, London, SE10 9BL Grand Union This chain pub has a huge outdoor area well worth using and abusing. With eleven Thai-style tree houses no less, an enormous 25sqm outdoor film screen and huge wooden tables, there’s space for everyone. Tuck into their tasty food menu and get the beers in. These guys take summer sessions really seriously. 123 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5UA BG.GRand.Union The Founders Arms An outdoor space overlooking the Thames, who could ask for more? Next to the Tate Modern perch on the patio and ponder the meaning of life as you look over St Paul’s Cathedral and the boats sailing by on a summers evening. I'ts pretty poetic really. 52 Hopton Street, Bankside, London SE1 9JH Duke of Edinburgh Not that nasty faux-qualification you had to do at school but instead one of Brixton's best kept secrets. Don’t be put off by the slightly damp and dark alleyway you'll need to navigate, an enormous garden awaits you. A BBQ, big screens and hay bales make this place classic. 204 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8AG BG.Doe The Landor  Set away from Clapham High Street, this hidden pub is rocking a hidden garden too. Chilled but filled with groups of boozing mates, this one’s a great spot for a lazy days drinking with pals. The BBQ gets fired up to keep you going too so stick around all day. 70 Landor Road, London SW9 9PH  The Magic Garden Secret Garden Party comes to Battersea. Serious festival vibes, mismatched sofas, board games and oversized lamps; drinking in a beer garden has never been so fun. 231 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 4LG BG.Magic.Garden The Paperworks  This is where 2015 summer’s al fresco party is at. Not strictly a garden but definitely a great shout when the sun’s out, this spot in Elephant and Castle has got DJs, street food and killer cocktails. They’re rocking some big parties this summer and will keep you warm under heaters and blankets if you haven’t got your cocktail jacket on yet. 48-50 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR Metro Garden Ever walked past that random looking restaurant outside Clapham Common tube station? Well head inside because they’ve got a secret garden and it’s banging! All cushions, secluded areas and big tables, it’s perfect whether you’re doing al fresco date night or just a big garden p*ss up. 9 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AA BG.Metro Jam Tree A 200 capacity sun-trap hidden off the New Kings Road has its own dedicated bar that mixes up decent cocktails and pulls good pints. Plus  a BBQ for  dishing out hog roasts, meat and fish cooked over charcoal. 541 King's Road,  London, SW6 2EB

WEST

Hendrick’s Botanical Garden at Mr Fogg’s Get fancy Less beer garden more floral Victorian haven, the al fresco space here is a total oasis to work your way through the botanical cocktail menu. Start with a teapot of A Symphony of Peculiar Deliciousness which mixes Hendrick’s Gin, rose infused jasmine tea syrup, Bruittet bergamot liqueur, lychee juice and lime. Kick back out here with a dignified one (or three) and then go get inspired by the bar’s namesake and have an adventure-filled time in the treasure land that is Mr Fogg’s! 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair W1J 6JD foggs (1) The Union Tavern If you’re keen on craft beers, then this is the spot for you. Enjoy regular tasting sessions with beers both local and further afield in the canalside beer garden. 45 Woodfield Road, London, W9 2BA BG.Union.Tavern The Westbourne Not a garden per se this terrace is a bit of an institute for those who play west; it’s brimming with tables and hotties. The bar is overflowing with booze and the pub sends out some damn fine food. 101 Westbourne Park Villas, London, W2 5ED Garden Bar Tuck into a rotisserie chicken from the Garden Bar and Grill and drink wine, beer, spirits or Champagne. 41 Bramley Road, London, W10 6SZ The Hampshire Hog A pretty charming pub with whitewashed walls, a cocktail bar, sweet mismatched furniture, coloured glasses and flowers on the tables. Long out a lunch in the garden out back. 227 King Street, London, W6 9JT The Crabtree A big-ass pub and a big-ass beer garden complete with lots of places to hide away with a lover, an outdoor BBQ and riverside views.  Tuck into a burger, grab a bottle of rose, climb over the wall down to the pebble beach and watch the rowers do their thang on the river. Rainville Road  London, London, W6 9HA BG.Crabtree The Phene As seen on ‘Bafta award winning’ Made in Chelse expect stylish garden furniture, swinging chairs and comfy pillows surrounded by a whole lot of plants. Drink frozen Daiquiris and ride a Sloaney Pony into the sunset. 9 Phene Street, London, SW3 5NY The Eagle A large grass area, pillows, space for picnic blankets, swing chairs and a terrace with a great BBQ and outdoor bar complete with a Tuck Shop - you can count us right in! You can’t hire the whole thing but you can reserve sections, so make sure you do cos this place is gonna get rammed on any sunny day. 215 Askew Road, London, W12 9AZ The Eagle An outside bar, a burning BBQ, beanbags, giant lawn Jenga and beach huts. Need we say more? 215B Askew Road, London W12 9AZ

CENTRAL

The Tattershall Castle, Embankment Technically it’s not a beer garden, it’s a boat, but it's epic so whatevs. Built in 1934, this retired passenger ferry now serves booze while rocking on the Thames. Party till 3am at the disco but watch your footing on the gangplank. Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2HR BG.Tattershall The Yard, Soho Hidden in the busy streets of Soho is a whole courtyard at one of BarChick’s favourite gay bars, The Yard. An al fresco bar in the year-round heated courtyard and another up on the balcony 'loft area', plenty of seating and if you're a planner you can book an area ahead to make sure you get a good spot. 57 Rupert Street, London W1C 7PL Tom's Terrace Somerset House - The Strand During the summer months Somerset House opens up Tom’s Terrace.  Michelin starred chef Tom Aiken offers Champagne, cocktails and  sharing boards. The 18th century terrace has banging views of a post card perfect London: the Thames, London Eye and Houses of Parliament.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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EL CAMION

BarChick rarely remembers leaving this place, and even her modest of mates are dancing on the table until 3am. Head down the stairs of El Camion into the "members bar" Baja Rooms/The Pink Chihuahua (sometimes referred to as Dick’s Bar as the late cocktail master Dick Bradsell ran this joint). These guys do them over rocks, straight up, frozen, with or without salt, you name it they do it but ALWAYS with fresh pressed lime juice to ensure the best quality. We’ll take 12 please. 25 – 27 Brewer Street, London W1F 0RR elcamion  

CASITA

This bar is small (we mean minuscule), but perfectly formed, kind of like a cocktail shed rather than a bar (their words not ours). Usually brimming with industry people wanting a good time, this is a booze diamond in the rough. The drinks of choice are basically beer or tequila, so naturally they’re pretty good at making Margaritas. Go for a Tommy’s and make some friends, you’ll probably forget their names by the morning but you can head back the next day and do it all over again. 5 Ravey Street, London, EC2A 4QW 

EL NIVEL

A more refined Margarita bar. Forget the sombreros, cheesy nachos and party vibes, make your way up the stairs to the side of La Perla and enter this laid back lounge bar. With small plates of Mexican inspired dishes, a strong tequila and mezcal selection, plus a strong menu of signature drinks, this place gives a bit of class to the usual party mayhem we relate to this drink of choice. Get their Mulato Margarita made with Maestro Dobel, fresh lime and white crème de cacao with a chipotle salt & cacao sugar rim... it is ON the money! 28 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7JS  el.nivel.int  

CAFÉ PACIFICO

Opened back in 1982 by the legend that is Tomas Estes, this Mexican is still true to its roots with its authentic décor. With literally HUNDREDS of tequilas on offer it’s safe to say your Margaritas can be as show stopping as you or your wallet allows. Or, if you’re still waiting for payday then head down at lunchtime and you can enjoy an Ocho Margarita for just £6.50 which taste equally as awesome as dabbling with the top dog pours. 5 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JA 

CRAZY HOMIES

Every day is Cinco De Mayo here 'cos tequilas, tacos and good times are free flowing. They've got more than 40 types of tequila and mezcal and damn they know how to use it. Like to keep it fresh? They've got an ever-changing range of eight different margaritas. This place doesn’t take itself too seriously – and neither should you.

125 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5QL

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Le Bun cocktail

1. Cure your hangover with cheeseburger Bloody Marys (on the house, yo!) - Le Bun Le Bun is bringing its French American burger mashup to Leicester House hotel in China Town and booking in through BarChick Concierge means you'll get this epic Bloody Mary on the house. Nice. Just message us for free and we'll sort it.  Inspired by New Orleans' Po Boy sandwiches and Lyonnaise style Pulled Pig buns, it's heavy stuff so come with a big empty belly. Leicester House, 1 Leicester Street, WC2H 7BL bungabungabrunch 2. Boozy brunches - Various locations We know all the best bottomless brunches in London, and yes - we've tried them all (though job). Why not get stuck in early doors - you got a whole extra day to recover! Rock up for a hearty brunch and tons of booze. A few faves include Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, where you can customise your Bloody Marys, and drink all you can for £17. And the ultimate brunch spot, Mews of Mayfair on a Sunday where for £25 you can get brunch and lunch in one shebang - eggs for starter, beef and all the trimmings for main and  then dessert, alongside bottomless cocktails for £15 extra. Forge & Co get bubble and squeak, washed down with endless Prosecco! Head to Bunga Bunga for mountains of pizza and Prosecco, think drag queens, a DJ and a house load of drunk West Londoners – aaaay! Find more bottomless brunch ideas here or just message us and we'll instantly recommend and get you booked in to one. Pow. 3. Late night drinking - Various awesome locations It's 1am and the last place you wanna go is home. Totally hardcore, been drinking all day and still going strong? Good 'cos  there are tons of places to carry on the rowdiness. The Experimental Cocktail Club, El Camion, Bar Italia, Keystone Crescent and La Cabina are just some of the epic places to keep you topped up 'til the sun pretty much comes out. Out late and wanna be pointed towards the nearest watering hole? Text us on 07403-921-973 for instant replies, the fun doesn't have to stop yo! 4. Street Food Market season kicks off - Street Feast The street food market is now open for business until October baby! Loads of stalls from the likes of B.O.B's Lobster and Yum Bun, then there's pop-up bars like Tequila Treehouse (olé! olé!) and The Gin Store with DJs banging out the tunes. Just don't rain or snow, yeah? Fridays and Saturdays 'til October: 5pm to midnight Hartwell St, London E8 3DU 5. Dance under a giant disco ball at Model Market Thought the only thing Lewisham had to offer was good transport links? Nah baby, Model Market is BACK for the summer and that means drinking Pina Coladas outta giant pineapples, snacking on killer bao buns and dancing around fire pits and under a giant disco ball 'til 1am. If you're looking for a fun night out with your mates this is IT.

Fridays and Saturdays: 5pm to 1am

196 Lewisham High Street (Entrance on Molesworth Street) 6. London Wine Week A whole seven days dedicated to vino - oh yeah. There'll be wine-related activities goin' on across the city like wine tours, masterclasses and meal pairings - you can take part in all of it if you get hold of a lil' festival wristband for £10 (snap one up here). And - this is mega - the wristband also gets you £5 wine Check here to find out what bars are hosting. Wine-not get involved?! On 'til: 23-29th May
7. Buy tickets for the highest slide in the world - ArcelorMittal Orbit That weird sculpture thing they didn't quite know what to do with in the Olympic Park? Now they've turned it into a mega slide. Yes seriously. At 178m high, it's a 40 second journey down - FYI that's a long long time. It opens in July but the tickets have JUST GONE ON SALE BABY. So snap yours up asap. Buy your tickets to the Arcelor Mittal Orbit Slide here  birdies crazy gold london barchick 8. Golf on a rooftop - Birdies Crazy Golf May is another word for 'hello rooftop season', and we can't wait to get golfing with altitude at Birdies. There's a nine-hole course with loops, half-pipes, hidden putt-off prizes and an elevated 5ft drop onto the sixth hole. Woah, we're feeling dizzy. Team all that up with lots of cocktails and you're on for good times - just easy where you're swinging that thing. Wanna go? We'll book you in, just text BarChick concierge for free on 07481 341284. Open every day except Monday – From 3rd May to 28th August. Golf Tickets: £9. Opening times vary - so checkout the Birdies website for full details. Roof East: Level 8, Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, E15 1XE 9. Rooftop movies - Rooftop Film Club Date nights just got wicked again with the summer launch of Rooftop Film Club. What better way to woo your hottie than sipping cocktails on top of Peckham's Bussey Building watching movies, sipping cocktails, and snacking street food style. Find out the various times and days on the Rooftop Film Club website. Peckham – Bussey Building: 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST Shoreditch – Queen of Hoxton: 1 – 5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX Kensington – Roof Gardens: 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA Stratford – Roof East: Level 8, Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, E15 1XE queen.of.hoxton (1) 10. General rooftop boozing - Various London rooftops Loads of our fave rooftop bars open up over May - we're too excited. Queen of Hoxton is going all flower power with ‘a psychadelic Summer of Love theme’. Then there's the really f*cking cool one, Frank's in Peckham, where you party on top of a carpark with epic views of the city. Oxford Street way there's Notch (was Roofnic last year). Rumpus Room on the South Bank is also now open - it's where all the sexy people hang, with a terrace and a kick-ass view of the river. And that's just for starters - there's loads more London rooftops just waiting to host you and your crew. 11. Haggerston's new member's bar - MAP Maison It's just opened, so go now before all the cool kids rush in. It's the first bit of Mayfair style swish to enter Haggerston way - set up by the awesome Joseph Arowolo from Sketch. Upstairs anyone can come along and take a pew at the bar, but if you've got hold of the 'Maison Private Guest Card' you can also sneak into the speakeasy bar downstairs. Plus, if you can't glug it all down in one go, there's personalised liquor lockers too. 321 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DL 12. The blind bar  - Dans Le Noir If your Tinder date hasn't met up to expectations and you can't literally stare them in the face any longer, then head to the Otra Vista Social Club at Dans Le Noir where you can hang in the 'chill-out' area in the pitch dark. No need to close your eyes and pretend they're fit. There's also a silent disco baby, if you're into that. On every Friday, from 10pm until 1am 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU Want more? 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We went out to Amsterdam to judge the Heineken Global Bartender Final, think X Factor but for beer, and met Eric out there. This guy knows good beer so we chatted awesome bars, perfect serves and good head (on a beer, obvs). WHERE DO YOU WORK? I’m owner of Eetcafé Walzicht in Woerden the Netherlands. I started working there from 17 years of age and fell in love with the place and the work. By now I know every bolt in the building but it is never a boring place. Besides my bar I’m owner of Bartendercompetition. We develop, organize and support draught beer competitions. We are very proud to be involved in the Heineken Global Bartender Final and I love to help upgrading draught competitions anywhere. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I live in my place of birth Woerden, a really beautiful city with an impressive Roman history in the green heart of the Netherlands. WHAT ARE YOU UP TO AT THE MOMENT? Well we just finished the Heineken Global Bartender Final in Amsterdam and are evaluating it. The Heineken Global Bartender Final is the biggest draught beer championship in the world. For me it’s a dream come through being able to be part of this impressive event celebrating the importance of perfectly poured draught beer. This year  finalists from 16 countries were flown into the Netherlands, home of Heineken to battle for the title Best Heineken Bartender in the World. WHY ARE YOU SO PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK WITH HEINEKEN? When I started working in Eetcafé Walzicht my boss was already passionate for perfect draught beer and took me with him to draught beer competitions in the Netherlands. I love games and competitions and pouring beer. These draught competitions where like Disneyland for me. And now in my bar, draught competitions still inspires the team like it inspired me. It makes you realize you’re a craftsman. It’s not difficult, but it just needs some attention, know-how and passion. And exactly that’s what makes the Heineken GBF such an amazing event. A worldwide championship celebrating and sharing passion for quality, draught beer and hospitality. I love it. 3 FAVOURITE DUTCH BARS AND WHY: Eetcafé Walzicht in Woerden Of course my own bar is one of my favorite bars. Not only because it’s mine but more because it’s the place I can find the things there that I think are important in our line of work. As you can imagine pouring beer is taken very seriously. Besides that it’s home for me and I hope any guest feels the same. In den Ouden Vogelstruys in Maastricht It’s also called ‘the livingroom of the Netherlands’ and this place is well known in the Netherlands for serving perfect Brand beer, no matter how busy it is. Their waiters are world class and I’m always amazed by their agility and style. I think I have the world record of sitting on their terrace. De ballentent in Rotterdam If you look at it from the outside it’s not really appealing. In fact it’s kind of grubby. But if you take the step of entering the bar you will understand what I mean. In past time the sailors would come here alongside businessmen. There’s a famous Dutch song that says that in a bar everyone is equal; this is the place where you can really feel that. To me a bar doesn’t have to be fancy, plated with gold and serve caviar. I just want to have a good time and share moments with the people around me. 3 FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL BARS AND WHY: ‘Ouzeria’ in the harbor of Lipsi, Greece Greece taught me to slow down and take time to enjoy life. This is exactly what happens when you visit the ‘ouzeria’ in the small harbor of Lipsi. Just sitting there with nice company on just too small chairs and a very small table enjoying Ouzo and some fresh made squid made by a big smiling Greek on a small BBQ. Life stands still in this place. ‘Pfefferalm’, Hinterglemm, Austria I do love to ski towards the Pfefferalm, a kind of hidden wooden shack halfway on the Alps of Hinterglemm. If you enter and hit your head on the low door you will immediately smell the burning wood of the fireplace and ‘Glühwein’; hot red sweetened wine. The owner probably sits right next to you and you will always recognize him. A small man with a beard like Santa Claus playing traditional Austrian tunes on the accordion. Just order the meat and cheese plate, some cold beer and Hazelnut Schnapps. Anyplace, anywhere As you can read I don’t care for luxurious places. There’s a saying in Dutch: ‘You cannot eat from a beautiful plate’. It means that appearance is not the most important. I love bars for the people that work there, for the people you meet and the people you’re with. I love to see pride in a bartenders eyes for their job, their products and their bar. They often don’t realize the importance of their presence, mood and flair. I love smiling people, anyplace, anywhere… FAVOURITE DRINK: Come on! That’s the easiest question. I love a perfect poured Heineken. Most people don’t realize that there’s more difference between a badly poured and a well poured Heineken than the look of it. The taste of a rinsed and skimmed Heineken is so much better than if it’s not done. I will invite anyone to my bar to taste the difference and that will convince them. INTRODUCE US TO A GREAT BARTENDER: That’s a difficult one. I know a lot of great bartenders. I’m also very proud of my team in Walzicht and I don’t want to forget people. I once read a good explanation on what the definition of good hospitality is which I will borrow right now. It’s the ability to make a friend out of a stranger. I like that! BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? I’m the lucky guy that meets  a lot of people, of course locally in my bar but since I am working for Heineken I have been given the opportunity to meet  a lot of people in the Netherlands and abroad. Being in touch with people is so much fun. Discovering different cultures, habits, styles, food and ways of life. It’s great to find the confirmation again and again that at the end we are all the same. WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? We just finished this GBF and the same day our team started working on the way we’d like to approach the new season. My personal goal is maybe a bit far reached; whenever I enter a Heineken bar and order my Heineken, I wish it was poured perfect. Being able to taste Heineken anywhere in the world. It will feel like being home. This will not be done in one day but I’m convinced the GBF can be a major part of it. I want to inspire bartenders and bar owners anywhere like my boss inspired me and I inspired my team. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE AS A KID? As a kid I tried to build a spaceship in my bedroom but that never really worked. I always wanted to build things. One thing was sure…I never would end up behind a desk. IF YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE A BARCHICK DRINK WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT AND WHAT WOULD YOU PUT IN IT? Of course the Barchick drink that I will make is the ‘Eric de Kocktail’. 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Bonnie Gull

3$$$

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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Take a client, Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mum, Food, Killer cocktails, Smoking, Wine, Daytime, Evening