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Above left, Ceviche's head bartender Miguel Arbe and right, Martin Morales

Ahead of the opening of his third restaurant, we sat down with Peruvian legend Martin Morales to chat ceviche, cocktails and how to party, Peruvian style.

A bit of background

Martin Morales, the brains behind London’s first pisco bar Ceviche, was been born in Peru and lived there for 11 years of his life. Fair to say this guy knows good ceviche. After leaving his job as Director for Disney (we questioned this too) Martin wanted to dedicate his life to his love and passion for Peruvian food, and boom - Ceviche was born. Martin opened Ceviche’s doors in 2012 and just as London got loco about Peruvian he followed its success with his second restaurant, Andina, in 2013. In 2015 Martin’s opening the doors of his hotly tipped third spot at the historic Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms in Old Street. We’re talking a 70-cover dining room, a ceviche bar, Peruvian chicken rotisserie and separate pisco (party) bar. Safe to say BarChick will be regulars. Who better to chat to about all things pisco, parting and Peruvian? Martin, tell us why you love pisco: When I lived in Peru, I grew up travelling to pisco distilleries as a child. An uncle of mine had his own pisco distillery so a few times a year we would visit and enjoy the full experience of watching the grapes grow and see the pisco being distilled. The smell of the vines, the taste of the different grapes, and the coastal dry countryside of the Ica region south of Lima were all seductive to me. Pisco is a complex spirit; as complex and exciting as wine and as sophisticated as any other spirit. It’s strong but light at the same time, so that’s why intellectually it’s fascinating and a whole world in itself. Above all, it makes you feel great. Those are the reasons why I love it. What’s your favourite pisco cocktail? My favourite cocktail changes regularly because our pisco bar team, headed by the brilliant Miguel Arbe, create some of the most ground-breaking and delicious pisco cocktails. We don’t just mix pisco, we pre-infuse it with a whole variety of fruits, or spices. My favourite at the moment is called Peru Bravo, and is a homage to a Peruvian funk music compilation on our own record label. It’s made with pineapple and limo chilli infused pisco, pomegranate juice, lime juice and Fever-Tree ginger ale. How do Peruvians party? There are 4 key elements to partying like a Peruvian, you’ll need: - a Pisco Sour in one hand - ceviche in the other - Peru Boom Bass electronic or Criollo music on the speakers - your best friends Tell us a Peruvian dish anyone can make at home? Ceviche of course. It’s the most exciting dish on earth for either a restaurant to serve or to make at home. It’s easy, you can freestyle and make your own interpretation. Just ensure you have super fresh fish, freshly squeezed limes (not too much – don’t make it bitter) and the right balance of chilli, salt and love. What are your favourite bars in London for pisco cocktails? Ceviche Soho, Andina and Little House (by Soho House). How do you make the perfect Pisco Sour? Ceviche’s Perfect Pisco Sour Serves 1 Ingredients: 50ml Pisco quebranta (quebranta is the variety of grape) 50ml sour mix (30ml freshly squeezed lime juice, 20ml sugar syrup - made from sugar and a few drops of water) 1 egg white Ice to cool Angustura bitters (or preferably Peruvian Chuncho bitters) Method: For home making and parties of more than 4, you can put all the ingredients into a blender with 3 ice cubes and blend until smooth. Or, for the perfect serve, fill a shaker with 5 ice cubes, add the other ingredients and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain and serve. Add 2 drops of bitters in the centre of the drink before serving. Que rico!

Check out how to make the perfect Pisco Sour on Ceviche TV

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KICK OFF

Start the day right with a caffeine hit at Federation Coffee. Tucked away in Brixton Village, this spot is super popular and always rammed. They’ve got some pretty great cakes and tings going down too. If you want something more chilled then the Blue Turtle Cafe will rock your socks off with their great coffee and relaxed vibes. Raw food and smoothies more your thing? Hit Oracle’s Juice Bar for a juice and a morning cleanse. Federation Coffee, Unit 77-78 , Brixton Village Market, London, SW9 8PS // Blue Turtle Cafe, 210 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8SA // Oracles’s Juice Bar, Shop 90, 6th Avenue, Brixton Village, Brixton, Lonon SW9 8PS BRIXTON.FEDERATION.COFFEE

BRUNCH

Brunch in Brixton is all about the Duck Egg Cafe. These guys serve up eggs benedict, florentine, full English, omelettes… you get the picture. They rock eggs. And for an extra quid you can upgrade to duck egg. Do this. If you’re feeling the Mediterranean vibes then Wild Caper will do you right. We’re talking poached eggs, mozzarella and spinach on sourdough. Boom. If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, hit Burnt Toast Cafe; they own the Brixton bread scene. With a load of the doughy stuff, coffees and toasters on the tables, the DIY thing means you might actually get burnt toast. Keep an eye on that. Duck Egg Café, 424 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LF // Wild Caper, 11A - 13 Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LB // Burnt Toast Cafe, 36 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PS BRIXTON.BURNT.TOAST

LIQUID LUNCH

Weekend afternoon boozing means Shrub & Shutter! More like chilling in your mate's kitchen, the drinks here are experimental, killer and served with tasty side snacks to keep your stomach lined, obv. Seven is where it’s at for cheap cocktails and tapas. They’ve got board games and old books to keep you entertained and the booze is always crazy good. If you’re flagging and need to fill your belly a little more, hit CHICKENLiquor, MEATliquor’s poultry-swingin’ sister for some wings and a pisco punch. Shrub & Shutter, 336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8QH // Seven, Unit 7, Market Row, Brixton Market, London, SW9 8LB // Chicken Liquor, Unit 12 Market Row, Brixton Market, London SW9 8PR BRIXTON.SHRUB

AFTERNOON SESSION

For some secret bar action to see in the afternoon, The Courtesan is perfect. This total hidden gem is a cocktail and dim sum bar so expect the booze to have an oriental taste. Head down to their cute candlelit downstairs area and soak up the Orient vibes. Kaff Bar is a must for a bit of everything! They’ve got coffee, cake, art, booze and beats so whatever you’re looking for, they’ve got it here. If you’re craving some pub action, the Crown & Anchor is great for the unusual. With up to 25 taps of insane beers, real ales, ciders and craft beers, you’ll be here for an hour just trying to decide what to order. The Courtesan, 69-73 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PU // Kaff Bar, 64-68 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PY // Crown & Anchor, 246 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AQ BRIXTON.CROWN

SUNDOWN

Summer calls for a terrace and the Prince of Wales has a beast of one. The vibe here is chilled and friendly with a side of funky, hip hop beats. This is where Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay spin party jams on the weekend. Probably Brixton’s sexiest bar, Three Eight Four is where you wanna be if you’re craving great cocktails. This is more civilised boozing than the Converse and carnage that is unfolding outside the door. Keep it here if you want to keep it sexy. Prince of Wales, 467- 469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH // Three Eight Four, 384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LF BRIXTON.PRINCE.OF.WALES

HOT DINNER DATE

Hidden under St Matthews Church is the f*cking sexy Gremio de Brixton. This cave-like bar and restaurant is probably as romantic as it gets. With a great gin selection, Spanish beers and wine, an amazing selection of tapas as well as dark corners and candlelight, this is a no brainer. What’s hotter than seeing your date tucking into some kickass meats? Nothing, that’s what. Hit The Joint and seduce your babe over a table of sticky ribs and massive burgers. Gremio De Brixton, St Matthew’s Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF // The Joint, 87, Brixton Village, Brixton village market, Brixton SW9 8PS BRIXTON.THE.JOINT

LATE NIGHT/PARTY

Grab all your mates and head to Dogstar for some gothic grunge, shabby chic vibes. This is basically the epitome of the urban cosmopolitan South London scene and is a must visit for those hankering for some true Brixton times. Another banging spot for party crowds is Plan B, ideal for those looking to throw some serious shapes to all kindsa garage, house and hip hop beats. Want something a bit more old school? Head to Brixton Jamm for cheap drinks, chilled vibes and a 6am licence. Hello. Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ // Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AY // Brixton Jamm, 216 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6LH BRIXTON.PLAN.B

MIDNIGHT MUNCHIES

Midnight munchies are always gonna be cured at Refill, the Caribbean cuisine fast food joint that is ready for you 24/7. We’re talking ‘round the clock jerk chicken, curried goat, saltfish, rice and peas and patties, perfect when you spill out of a club and need a good feeding. 500A Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AW" ["post_title"]=> string(28) "Neighbourhood Guide: Brixton" ["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(27) "neighbourhood-guide-brixton" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-03-23 16:13:22" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-23 16:13:22" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(28) "http://barchick.com/?p=45328" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#401 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(53269) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-03-17 16:20:53" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-17 16:20:53" ["post_content"]=> string(2180) "Calling all you gin lovers – this is an event not to be missed! Sexy hangout, Rivington Grill is getting together all of its favourite gin brands and giving them each a bar to work their magic on at the superb Gin Bop! (Because gin makes your taste-buds bop). Join in the gin-fuelled fun on Thursday 26th March from 5pm – 1am. Each brand will be creating three cocktails including their own take on the Gin & Tonic, there’ll also be jazz from the Old Hat Jazz band to keep you all on your dancing toes. For those of you worried about getting peckish there will be a fish n chip cone free with your ticket, as well as delicious bar snacks like Scotch eggs and sliders available to buy, there’ll also be Innes and Gunn beer if you need a little rest from the gin! Chase.An.Elegant.Twist.2 The following gins will be available to taste at £7 a cocktail: Hendrick’s – a very curious and floral gin that will be pulling up outside in their eccentric bus! Bathtub – made using the traditional method of cold-compounding, they will be taking over the main restaurant. Chase – which starts its life as a cider, will be behind the main bar. Plymouth – will be chasing Chase behind the main bar, it’s a popular gin that features heavily in the Savoy Cocktail Book. The Botanist – a wild, foraged gin that will be welcoming you by the bar. Tickets cost £10 and will include a delicious fish n chip cone, a cocktail of your choice, a tombola ticket and a fun-filled evening. Listen up gin heads! We’ve got an amazing gin hamper to give away filled with the FIVE bottles of gin mentioned above, as well as two tickets to give away to the Gin Bop. All you’ve got to do is tell us when you became a gin head and why? Entries to pickme@barchick.com by Monday 23rd March." ["post_title"]=> string(38) "Gin Bop at Rivington Grill Competition" ["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(19) "gin-bop-competition" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-03-18 13:08:35" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-18 13:08:35" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=53269" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#402 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(32168) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-03-17 15:00:40" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-17 15:00:40" ["post_content"]=> string(12821) "Festivals are to England what Champagne is to France. We don't care how much it rains (or who’s headlining) we're mad keen for a session in a field. With more and more popping up each year whether you’re wanting to get chemical or realign those chakras, here is our pick of where its at this year:

June

Red Rooster Want something a little different from the usual line ups and themes? Get some dirty south action instead at Red Rooster, the whisky-sippin’, banjo-pickin’, rib-suckin’ festival hitting Suffolk. Hell yes. Get your hands on a ticket for a weekend of southern blues and country - you should totally learn to play the spoons beforehand. They’ve got Kitty Daisy & Lewis, CW Stone King and Son of Dave headlining (if that means anything to you). If not, MEATliquor’s MEATwagon and The Mac Factory will be feeding you and Soulshakers will be mixing up some seriously badass cocktails. 5th – 7th June // Euston Hall, Euston, Suffolk IP24 2QW // Weekend ticket £50 + booking fee Field Day East-end hipsters and DJ mandem will be flocking to Victoria Park for an all-day mash up and some serious beats in the sun (sun totally not guaranteed). This year Caribou, Ride and FKA Twiggs will be hitting the stage so get ready to throw some serious shapes, this crowd knows how to party like the pros, staying up all night is the norm… 6th – 7th June // Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 // Weekend ticket £83 FESTIVAL.Field.Day.Crowd Park Life Manc students unite, this one’s for you. Full of amazing acts without the really massive price tag (hello, student loans), this two day festival will see the likes of Disclosure, Rudimental, Ben Howard and Mark Ronson making some noise. Needless to say, anyone in a denim shirt or floral headband is gonna have one helluva time. Find a uni flat to crash in for a shower and hit day two fresh as a f*cking daisy. 6th – 7th June // Heaton Park, The Farm Centre, Manchester, M25 2SW // Weekend ticket £98.50 Isle of Wight Festival The full line up hasn’t even been announced yet but with The Black Keys, Pharrell Williams and Fleetwood Mac already set to take the stage as well as Groove Armada and Paul Oakenfold spinning some beats, the remaining acts are gonna have to be pretty epic to beat ‘em. If you’re feeling a little old school, mothereffing Kool & the Gang are playing too. Get down on it. 11th – 14th June // Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight // Weekend camping ticket £195 FESTIVAL.Isle.of.WIght Glastonbury Glasto. ‘Nuff said. No? Alright. With tickets selling out in about 5 minutes as per goddamn usual, Glastonbury is probably the biggest UK festival ever. With headliners Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie who cares who the hell else is playing?! With cheeky DJs, The Unfairground (which really is to be avoided if you’re on anything other than booze) and some Kanye West chucked in for good measure, this could be the best year yet... 24th – 28th June // Worthy Farm, Worthy Lane, Pilton BA4 4BY // Tickets are officially sold out, unofficially you can pick ‘em up for probably 4x the original cost…

July

Wireless This annual festival is the bomb, always boasting a huge line up of the best acts of the moment, whatever genre. This year they’ve got Drake, Avicci and Nicki Minaj hitting the stage with some David Guetta and Jessie J packed in there too. This will probably be the best park party you’ll ever go to… 3rd – 5th July // Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London N4 1EE // Weekend ticket £194.50 + booking fee FESTIVAL.Wireless Brownstock Now into its 11th year, this once small, family-run outdoor house party is hitting the big time. The camping tickets are a proper bargain and they’ve just changed their booze allowance to NO limit - hollaaa! They’ve got a great mix of well-known acts like Basement Jaxx (is there a festival they’re NOT playing at this year?), Example, DJ Fresh and Lethal Bizzle as well as some unsigned bands, comedy and art. Or you could skip the stage all together and get involved in the on-site mudwrestling or bungee jumping instead… 10th - 12th July // Morris Farm, Lower Burnham Road, Stow Maries, Essex CM3 6SG // Weekend ticket £79 Lovebox Londoners! Flock to Lovebox because this beast is in town! That means no camping in sweaty hot tents or crawling to the sh*t-covered loos at 7am. Party all day & night, go home, sleep (ish), shower, man up and head back out to do it all again. Hell yes. If the queue for the bar is too long then keep an eye out for the fellas with the beer backpacks. They’ll get you with a pint in your hand in no time. This year’s line-up is pretty strong too with Rudimental (again), Snoop Dogg, Hot Chip, Mark Ronson…… you get it, it’s sick. 17th – 18th July // Crown Gate, Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5TB // Weekend ticket £93.50 FESTIVAL.Lovebox Secret Garden Party Giant board games, chasing masked rabbits, mazes, fireworks, a lagoon and a “Childish Things” theme… Secret Garden is like some kinda wonderland that you’ll wish was everyday life. With amazing DJ sets, paint fights and boats to sail around on, this is a summer must. With 24 hour boozer The Jackdaw Pub, you’ll never need to be without a drink in your hand and with Jungle, The Cat Empire and Angus & Julia Stone providing the soundtrack, this is gonna be a goodun. 23rd – 26th July //Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 2PH // Weekend tickets £190.50 Somersault Festival Heading up South West’s festival fix is Somersault, for all you kindred spirits chasing the stars. These guys have got some bigass feasts going down as well as some chilled beats from Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club and Passenger to keep you swaying under moonlight. And when it all gets a bit heavy hit the facials, yoga and meditation spots and realign those chakras. 23rd – 27th July // Castle Hill, North Devon // Weekend ticket £134.75 + booking fee Somersault

August

Port Eliot Festival Things are about to get creative at this festival of words, music, imagination, nature, food, fashion and flowers. The accommodation that would put the most glam of glamping sites to shame with 70s retro chic trailers, pre-erected tents and tipis as well as headliners of chilled out joy like Archie Bronson Outfit, Stealing Sheep and Chris Watson (mean anything?). 30th July – 2nd August // St Germans, Cornwall // £165 + booking fee Standon Calling This is the only festival with a swimming pool. If that isn’t a good enough reason to head here then maybe the 6am licence or the all-night rave in an Aztec temple might swing it for you. The likes of Basement Jaxx, the Dandy Warhols and Roots Manuva will be providing the beats and the theme is “A Town of Two Faces”… 31st July – 2nd August // Standon Lordship, Standon, Hertfordshire SG11 1PR // Weekend tickets £127 FESTIVAL.Standon Boomtown Fair This isn’t for the faint-hearted, you’re gonna need a helluva lot of stamina to keep up with the crazy cats Boomtown attracts, but with a party vibes like they got, it’s worth the hardcore flex. There’ll be Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Soja and John Butler Trio hitting the stages plus more ska, reggae and dub acts than you can shake a glowstick at. If the sun is out, this is definitely the festival to be at. 13th – 16th August // Matterley Estate, Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HW // £155 + booking fee Wilderness Wilderness is becoming a firm favourite with festival-goers and for all the right reasons. More chilled than the others, it’s described as “a weekend of freedom and inspiration for all free-spirited festival lovers”... far out, man. If you like bumbling around with no real direction then this one’s for you. You’ll probably find some new artist to love rather than be right at the front to sing along with a fave, but that’s the dream. Bjork, Ben Howard and Roisin Murphy will be playing however so go get some! 6th - 9th August // Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3EH // Weekend ticket £175.94 FESTIVAL.Wilderness South West Four This is where the world’s greatest electronic and dance music producers descend for its ridiculous DJ sets and live shows. It’s been going for over a decade with Carl Cox calling it the “crowning glory” of the clubbing calendar. Expect a line up filthier than your kitchen sink; we’re talking Skrillex, Faithless, Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx. Boom. 29th - 30th August // Clapham Common, Clapham, London SW4 9DE // Weekend ticket £112.50

September

Bestival Talk about headliners! These guys have the Chemical Brothers, Tame Impala, Jungle, Jurassic 5 and… Duran Duran. Throwback but we’re lovin’ it. This festival is basically a fancy dress party for 50,000 people, this year’s theme is Summer of Love… sexy. Plus they’ve got reggae aerobics and some forest film action. 10th - 13th September // Robin Hill Country Park, Downend, Isle of Wight PO33 4DF FESTIVAL.Bestival On Blackheath These guys have got it going on with three different areas for you rock out at, a playground of fun and surprises and an actual food village. Hollaaa! With Elbow, Kelis, Laura Mvula and Madness hitting the stage, things are getting pretty eclectic up in here but we’re totally digging it. Best of all, it’s just a staggered train ride home for Londoners so freshen up and get your ass back here on for Sunday’s re-run. 12th – 13th September // Blackheath, London SE3 0UA // Weekend ticket £89" ["post_title"]=> string(17) "UK Festivals 2015" ["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(17) "uk-festivals-2014" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-03-25 13:16:17" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-25 13:16:17" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(28) "http://barchick.com/?p=32168" ["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)#403 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(6612) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-03-17 12:09:10" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-17 12:09:10" ["post_content"]=> string(6018) "At the right place, at the right time, karaoke can be a totally forgivable, enjoyable and hilarious night out. To do this properly you’re probably gonna have to add booze and the appropriate amount of dancing to make those power ballads properly belt out, and a wig and blow up guitar never went amiss. So we exhausted our vocals all over town to find the best singing spots, this is how it’s done… Bunga Bunga This Battersea institution is famed for its karaoke stage that faces both the bar and the pizzeria so your performance will not be missed by anyone. Lucky them. When 10pm hits, the song list is sent around and the first – and bravest – contestants get going. Not feeling too confident at the off? Hit their £6 cocktail list with special cocktails only available on karaoke nights with drinks such as Son of a Pizzaman. Puntastic. 3 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA Hip Hop Karaoke at The Social You’re nothing in karaoke circles if you can’t rap on the mic like motherf*ckin’ Jay Z so don’t even hit The Social if all you want is some Mariah vibes. Get your blue flag hanging out your backside – but only on the left side, yeah that’s the Crip side – and go get so cray like Kanye. Music and lyrics provided, BYOB (bring your own bling). 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD Lucky Voice The mother of all karaoke bars, this baby is spread around all of London which is perfect for when you find yourself in those karaoke emergencies. Each venue is made up of different rooms, all in different sizes depending of the number of people you’ve dragged along to listen to your warbles. For all you keen karaoke heads, you can prepare a playlist before you even rock up – perfect for those of you who like to have rehearsed a full on dance routine post-performance. Hit the thirst button, get in the wine, beers, spirits – we say sake – and get stuck in. Various Locations The Old Queens Head If you struggle to get into full Aguilera-mode when you’re on stage then The Old Queens Head’s fancy dress box will be a total game changer. Pick your outfit, hit the booze button, order up and then wreck the mic. We say get there on a Sunday when the private room is totally free but if you’re feeling mid-week then it’s just £20p/h or £40p/h on the weekend. That’s some bargain to hear your crooning. 44 Essex Road, London N1 8LN The Old School Yard This karaoke sesh will totally take you back to the good ol’ days of being a child and singing your actual lungs out crossed with that adult goodness of getting hammered at the same time. The clock is always set at 3:10pm – schools over, b*tches – which means this is not the place for those super long ballads; it’ll seem like time has literally not moved. 111 Long Lane, London SE1 4PH No- Tell Motel at Mahiki Mahiki might not be everyone’s flex what with all the rich kids dropping it like it’s hot on over-priced treasure chests of booze, but check in downstairs to the No-Tell Motel Room which has a sofa, a bed, a mini kitchen and a bathroom. F*ck it, move in. Up to 25 guests can get in here so grab a microphone and get yourself singing in the shower. Heads up – the taps in the bathroom are the volume control and you can get yourself a personal waiter. Well played, Mahiki. 1 Dover Street, London W1S 4LD Korkers Looking for some good ol’ seedy Soho vibes to go with your warbling? Korkers is so for you. With their retro atmos hidden under the busy streets, these private rooms are ideal for groups with some special moves. They’ve got somewhere for you to plug your own music into because who hasn’t got their own secret backing track album, obv. 34 D’Arblay Street, London W1F 8EU Dos and Don’ts Do sing, even if you’re sh*t Don’t sit in the corner being boring Do get involved in group songs. No band is too big, remember So Solid Crew? That could be you. Don’t be that person who hogs the mic because everyone’s already over you Do embrace the fancy dress. Songs sound better when you’re wearing an afro. Don’t stand still. Nobody wants to see a performance without some moves so shake that ass. Karaoke Bangers Bon Jovi – Living on a Prayer. Just try and resist the air guitar. Madonna – Like a Virgin. Extra points for rolling around on the stage. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive. Because obviously. Karaoke to Avoid Meatloaf – I'd Do Anything for Love. This bad boy is 12 minutes long. No. Michael Jackson – Earth Song. At seven minutes long, nobody cares unless there’s a wind machine and actual trees. The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles). Unless you’re walking 500 miles away from us, we don’t wanna know." 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Above left, Ceviche's head bartender Miguel Arbe and right, Martin Morales

Ahead of the opening of his third restaurant, we sat down with Peruvian legend Martin Morales to chat ceviche, cocktails and how to party, Peruvian style.

A bit of background

Martin Morales, the brains behind London’s first pisco bar Ceviche, was been born in Peru and lived there for 11 years of his life. Fair to say this guy knows good ceviche. After leaving his job as Director for Disney (we questioned this too) Martin wanted to dedicate his life to his love and passion for Peruvian food, and boom - Ceviche was born. Martin opened Ceviche’s doors in 2012 and just as London got loco about Peruvian he followed its success with his second restaurant, Andina, in 2013. In 2015 Martin’s opening the doors of his hotly tipped third spot at the historic Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms in Old Street. We’re talking a 70-cover dining room, a ceviche bar, Peruvian chicken rotisserie and separate pisco (party) bar. Safe to say BarChick will be regulars. Who better to chat to about all things pisco, parting and Peruvian? Martin, tell us why you love pisco: When I lived in Peru, I grew up travelling to pisco distilleries as a child. An uncle of mine had his own pisco distillery so a few times a year we would visit and enjoy the full experience of watching the grapes grow and see the pisco being distilled. The smell of the vines, the taste of the different grapes, and the coastal dry countryside of the Ica region south of Lima were all seductive to me. Pisco is a complex spirit; as complex and exciting as wine and as sophisticated as any other spirit. It’s strong but light at the same time, so that’s why intellectually it’s fascinating and a whole world in itself. Above all, it makes you feel great. Those are the reasons why I love it. What’s your favourite pisco cocktail? My favourite cocktail changes regularly because our pisco bar team, headed by the brilliant Miguel Arbe, create some of the most ground-breaking and delicious pisco cocktails. We don’t just mix pisco, we pre-infuse it with a whole variety of fruits, or spices. My favourite at the moment is called Peru Bravo, and is a homage to a Peruvian funk music compilation on our own record label. It’s made with pineapple and limo chilli infused pisco, pomegranate juice, lime juice and Fever-Tree ginger ale. How do Peruvians party? There are 4 key elements to partying like a Peruvian, you’ll need: - a Pisco Sour in one hand - ceviche in the other - Peru Boom Bass electronic or Criollo music on the speakers - your best friends Tell us a Peruvian dish anyone can make at home? Ceviche of course. It’s the most exciting dish on earth for either a restaurant to serve or to make at home. It’s easy, you can freestyle and make your own interpretation. Just ensure you have super fresh fish, freshly squeezed limes (not too much – don’t make it bitter) and the right balance of chilli, salt and love. What are your favourite bars in London for pisco cocktails? Ceviche Soho, Andina and Little House (by Soho House). How do you make the perfect Pisco Sour? Ceviche’s Perfect Pisco Sour Serves 1 Ingredients: 50ml Pisco quebranta (quebranta is the variety of grape) 50ml sour mix (30ml freshly squeezed lime juice, 20ml sugar syrup - made from sugar and a few drops of water) 1 egg white Ice to cool Angustura bitters (or preferably Peruvian Chuncho bitters) Method: For home making and parties of more than 4, you can put all the ingredients into a blender with 3 ice cubes and blend until smooth. Or, for the perfect serve, fill a shaker with 5 ice cubes, add the other ingredients and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain and serve. Add 2 drops of bitters in the centre of the drink before serving. Que rico!

Check out how to make the perfect Pisco Sour on Ceviche TV

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Find a Bar

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Bradley's Spanish Bar

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42 Hanway Street, London, W1T 1UT

Tel: +44 20 7636 0359

Tottenham Court Road

Opening hours

Mon - Thu: 12pm - 11:30pm,
Fri - Sat: 12pm-12am,
Sun: 3pm - 10:30pm

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What to Order

Tequila Sangrita – tequila Cuervo Gold and Sangrita

Barchick Says

Date Updated: 30/04/2014

Bradley’s is an institution – it’s been around for over 50 years, and before that it used to be a gentleman’s club… or a brothel – the bartender wasn’t sure but then was there much difference at the time? Probably not. Either way, you can tell that this place has seen some sh*t. They show all the best Spanish football too, it kicks off and it’s awesome.

It’s tiny, with all sorts of things up on the walls and something about it that makes you not want to leave anytime soon – that could be their original 1972 jukebox playing a selection of rock/blues 7”s.

The bar downstairs opens at 5pm and it’s got even more going on than upstairs – do get stuck into their great beer selection, including several Spanish beers (it’s one of the only places that you can drink Mahou on tap in London), and do try a Tequila Sangrita (a shot of tequila followed by a shot of spicy tomato juice). They’re not wasting time on food – this is a classic boozer. Small but perfectly formed!

 


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