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CRACKING COCKTAILS

Duck & Waffle - Nutella Negroni Thought the Negroni couldn’t get sexier? Nutella got involved. Served up in a retro glass Nutella jar this beast was first created for World Nutella Day (apparently a real thing) but everyone went so nutty for it that it’s making an Easter comeback, a resurrection you could say. Get high and get a taste of this crazy goodness from 31st March to 5th April. Want to hear more? Check it in our Evening Standard ‘cocktail of the week’ column. 40th Floor Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY Easter.Nutella The Botanist - Chocolate Cocktails The Botanist is shaking up some seriously chocolatey cocktails for Easter. Forget just having one egg, in here you get to have four cocktails. Boom. They will be shaken with tobacco, cognac, coffee and popping candy - all the good stuff - and will get Easter off to a cracking start. Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE // £10 each Rivington Grill - Cream Egg Flip Prefer a boozier version of your favourite Easter treat? The Cream Egg Flip is the best way to indulge. Made with rum, Bailey’s, coconut syrup, Coco Pop’s milk (true story) and topped with double cream and bee pollen. Only question is… how will you eat yours? 28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ cream.egg.flip Hot Cross Rum at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings The cocktail masterminds at B&H Buildings have created one of the ultimate boozy offerings this Easter has to give. Available as part of brunch over the bank holiday, Hot Cross Rum’s simple mix of dark rum, hot cross bun syrup (YUM), shaken with egg and topped with cinnamon will keep you buzzing all Easter. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, London EC1R 0HU Need less Easter-themed booze in your life? Check out our Evening Standard Cocktail of the Weeks and see how many you can check off over the weekend or hit our favourite pubs with cocktails to keep both your pint and fancy booze lovers happy.

FEASTER

Last Sipper: Easter Sunday Lunch Dram & Smoke’s Scottish winter pop up is so over and they’ve moved on for some Easter lovin’ with Brewdog for a one-off Sunday lunch. Their six-course menu will include Scottish delights such as haggis and beer-battered Mars bars but best of all it’ll all be paired with six Brewdog beers for all kindsa goodness of booze and fatty grub. The Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP // Sunday 29th March, 11:30am – 1:30pm or 2:30pm – 4:30pm dram.and.smoke York & Albany You know that sweet Easter bunny that we all know and love? You can eat him here. Wild rabbit will be served three ways with saddle, braised leg and liver, delicious! There will also be the king of chocolate puddings as well as a petting zoo and an Easter egg hunt (meant to be just for the kids but we won’t tell if you wanna get involved). 127-129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS FryHard What’s better than an Easter filled with cakes, cheese and chocolate bars? An Easter filled with deep-fried cakes, cheese and chocolate bars, that’s what. This pop-up of battered glory will be sending all food to their oily death in the name of Easter dinner. This is not for the sugar-free, raw food, organic dieters; this six person feast will be clogging up your arteries with deep fried lamb joints, roast potatoes and veggies too. Go FryHard or go fryhome. Box Park, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 11am - 7pm FryHard (1) Easter at The Salt Yard This Spanish-Italian charcuterie joint is opening up for the first time ever on a Sunday for a selection of Sunday roast-inspired dishes. We’re talking roast porcetta with olive oil whipped mash and baked bream with fennel gratin and gremolata. They’re also shaking up some brand new cocktails including blood orange Mimosas and antique smoked Negronis. Now that’s a Sunday session. The Salt Yard, 54 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NA House of Ho Everyone loves a scotch eggs these days so what better than to stuff your faces with ‘em over Easter, the national holiday of eggs or something. The House of Ho’s Bobby Chin (aka. don of all things Vietnamese) has worked on a Vietnamese special to satisfy your savoury flex this weekend. All the normal egg action but with minced pork, cellophane noodles, fish sauce, panko breadcrumbs and Asian spices, this baby is only available for Easter so don’t miss it! 55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1W 6HW // Tuesday 30th March - Monday 6th April, £5 ho.egg Need a brunch fix? Check out our favourite places in London for all your bacon and egg needs. Or for more roast/gravy porn, here's our pick of the best roasts in town.

BANK HOLIDAY PARTIES

Balls to Dating - DoingSomething - 5th April No more awkward dates in three minutes, it’s all about thrashing a fellow singleton at table tennis. Games Makers will be on hand to head up the tournament and there’ll even be a spin the bottle ping pong special. DJ Pete Pong will be spinning the decks so get this party started, it’s time to grab some balls. 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD Enter the Easter Time Warp Taking inspo from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Maggies are making you “stop and look around once in while” at their retro 80’s bank holiday party. From Thursday through to Monday you can go back in time for film screenings, cough medicine-flavoured cocktails - hmm… - and some old school shots as well as plenty of disco ball action. Get into the groove because it’s time to party. Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL Maggies Easter Tipsy Tea Party This Easter, eggcentric Mr Fogg is inviting fellow adventure-seekers for an Easter edition of his famous tipsy tea. He’ll be feeding you with an array of typical easter goodies; hot cross buns and chocolate eggs by the bucketload, as well as Tanqueray and champagne teas. Lumbered with the parents this Easter? This one’s Mumma friendly so go get your boozy Easter fix. Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD // Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th April, from 2:01pm Easter at Beaver Lodge Make your Easter an all-American one at Beaver Lodge this Bank Holiday weekend starting off with Cowboys in Space on Thursday; we’re talking UV paint and DJs aplenty. Then onto Dam Good Friday with a harmonica beatboxing champion hoedown, natch, Blame it on the Beaver for a Saturday night of DJs and funk and finishing off with an Easter Frat Party on Sunday. Sh*ts getting real. Beaver Lodge, 226 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW10 9EL Beaver

EGG HUNTS

The Hunt for the Missing Moonshine Head to Barts for some secret speakeasy action this Bank Holiday for an Easter egg hunt like no other. Uncle Barts has hidden golden eggs, most holding some super sexy gifts inside them, all over his weird and wonderful apartment. He’s also lined up some great tunes from Jazz Jam musicians so get hunting down them eggs, grab a drink and soak up the speakeasy vibes. Barts, Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DW // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 6pm - late What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander at Sketch Try saying that after a few cocktails. They’re going all out at Sketch and installing a 3 meter wide nest right next to their amazing egg pod loos with life-sized geese sitting on top of each egg. WHAT?! They are also hosting an egg hunt on Easter Sunday. It’s egging crazy over here. 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG Sketch Easter at The Roof Gardens London gardens don’t get better than this one. For an egg hunt across the 1.5 acres of greenery rocking above Kensington High Street, get up to Roof Gardens and start the lookout for the huge Choccywoccydoodah egg of chocolate Easter joy. If you want the goodies without the work, send kids/big kids/chocolate slaves off to do the hunting whilst you prop up the bar with a cocktail or two. The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA Worried about what you're gonna do when it's all over? Take a look at our guide to April and get busy." ["post_title"]=> string(27) "The Ultimate Easter Weekend" ["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) "the-ultimate-easter-weekend" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 18:19:28" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 17:19:28" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=56131" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [1]=> object(WP_Post)#400 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(55647) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-03-26 08:08:50" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-26 08:08:50" ["post_content"]=> string(4951) "

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" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#402 (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" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#403 (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" } } ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#392 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(56131) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 17:37:14" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 16:37:14" ["post_content"]=> string(11966) "

CRACKING COCKTAILS

Duck & Waffle - Nutella Negroni Thought the Negroni couldn’t get sexier? Nutella got involved. Served up in a retro glass Nutella jar this beast was first created for World Nutella Day (apparently a real thing) but everyone went so nutty for it that it’s making an Easter comeback, a resurrection you could say. Get high and get a taste of this crazy goodness from 31st March to 5th April. Want to hear more? Check it in our Evening Standard ‘cocktail of the week’ column. 40th Floor Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY Easter.Nutella The Botanist - Chocolate Cocktails The Botanist is shaking up some seriously chocolatey cocktails for Easter. Forget just having one egg, in here you get to have four cocktails. Boom. They will be shaken with tobacco, cognac, coffee and popping candy - all the good stuff - and will get Easter off to a cracking start. Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE // £10 each Rivington Grill - Cream Egg Flip Prefer a boozier version of your favourite Easter treat? The Cream Egg Flip is the best way to indulge. Made with rum, Bailey’s, coconut syrup, Coco Pop’s milk (true story) and topped with double cream and bee pollen. Only question is… how will you eat yours? 28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ cream.egg.flip Hot Cross Rum at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings The cocktail masterminds at B&H Buildings have created one of the ultimate boozy offerings this Easter has to give. Available as part of brunch over the bank holiday, Hot Cross Rum’s simple mix of dark rum, hot cross bun syrup (YUM), shaken with egg and topped with cinnamon will keep you buzzing all Easter. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, London EC1R 0HU Need less Easter-themed booze in your life? Check out our Evening Standard Cocktail of the Weeks and see how many you can check off over the weekend or hit our favourite pubs with cocktails to keep both your pint and fancy booze lovers happy.

FEASTER

Last Sipper: Easter Sunday Lunch Dram & Smoke’s Scottish winter pop up is so over and they’ve moved on for some Easter lovin’ with Brewdog for a one-off Sunday lunch. Their six-course menu will include Scottish delights such as haggis and beer-battered Mars bars but best of all it’ll all be paired with six Brewdog beers for all kindsa goodness of booze and fatty grub. The Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP // Sunday 29th March, 11:30am – 1:30pm or 2:30pm – 4:30pm dram.and.smoke York & Albany You know that sweet Easter bunny that we all know and love? You can eat him here. Wild rabbit will be served three ways with saddle, braised leg and liver, delicious! There will also be the king of chocolate puddings as well as a petting zoo and an Easter egg hunt (meant to be just for the kids but we won’t tell if you wanna get involved). 127-129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS FryHard What’s better than an Easter filled with cakes, cheese and chocolate bars? An Easter filled with deep-fried cakes, cheese and chocolate bars, that’s what. This pop-up of battered glory will be sending all food to their oily death in the name of Easter dinner. This is not for the sugar-free, raw food, organic dieters; this six person feast will be clogging up your arteries with deep fried lamb joints, roast potatoes and veggies too. Go FryHard or go fryhome. Box Park, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 11am - 7pm FryHard (1) Easter at The Salt Yard This Spanish-Italian charcuterie joint is opening up for the first time ever on a Sunday for a selection of Sunday roast-inspired dishes. We’re talking roast porcetta with olive oil whipped mash and baked bream with fennel gratin and gremolata. They’re also shaking up some brand new cocktails including blood orange Mimosas and antique smoked Negronis. Now that’s a Sunday session. The Salt Yard, 54 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NA House of Ho Everyone loves a scotch eggs these days so what better than to stuff your faces with ‘em over Easter, the national holiday of eggs or something. The House of Ho’s Bobby Chin (aka. don of all things Vietnamese) has worked on a Vietnamese special to satisfy your savoury flex this weekend. All the normal egg action but with minced pork, cellophane noodles, fish sauce, panko breadcrumbs and Asian spices, this baby is only available for Easter so don’t miss it! 55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1W 6HW // Tuesday 30th March - Monday 6th April, £5 ho.egg Need a brunch fix? Check out our favourite places in London for all your bacon and egg needs. Or for more roast/gravy porn, here's our pick of the best roasts in town.

BANK HOLIDAY PARTIES

Balls to Dating - DoingSomething - 5th April No more awkward dates in three minutes, it’s all about thrashing a fellow singleton at table tennis. Games Makers will be on hand to head up the tournament and there’ll even be a spin the bottle ping pong special. DJ Pete Pong will be spinning the decks so get this party started, it’s time to grab some balls. 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD Enter the Easter Time Warp Taking inspo from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Maggies are making you “stop and look around once in while” at their retro 80’s bank holiday party. From Thursday through to Monday you can go back in time for film screenings, cough medicine-flavoured cocktails - hmm… - and some old school shots as well as plenty of disco ball action. Get into the groove because it’s time to party. Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL Maggies Easter Tipsy Tea Party This Easter, eggcentric Mr Fogg is inviting fellow adventure-seekers for an Easter edition of his famous tipsy tea. He’ll be feeding you with an array of typical easter goodies; hot cross buns and chocolate eggs by the bucketload, as well as Tanqueray and champagne teas. Lumbered with the parents this Easter? This one’s Mumma friendly so go get your boozy Easter fix. Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD // Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th April, from 2:01pm Easter at Beaver Lodge Make your Easter an all-American one at Beaver Lodge this Bank Holiday weekend starting off with Cowboys in Space on Thursday; we’re talking UV paint and DJs aplenty. Then onto Dam Good Friday with a harmonica beatboxing champion hoedown, natch, Blame it on the Beaver for a Saturday night of DJs and funk and finishing off with an Easter Frat Party on Sunday. Sh*ts getting real. Beaver Lodge, 226 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW10 9EL Beaver

EGG HUNTS

The Hunt for the Missing Moonshine Head to Barts for some secret speakeasy action this Bank Holiday for an Easter egg hunt like no other. Uncle Barts has hidden golden eggs, most holding some super sexy gifts inside them, all over his weird and wonderful apartment. He’s also lined up some great tunes from Jazz Jam musicians so get hunting down them eggs, grab a drink and soak up the speakeasy vibes. Barts, Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DW // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 6pm - late What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander at Sketch Try saying that after a few cocktails. They’re going all out at Sketch and installing a 3 meter wide nest right next to their amazing egg pod loos with life-sized geese sitting on top of each egg. WHAT?! They are also hosting an egg hunt on Easter Sunday. It’s egging crazy over here. 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG Sketch Easter at The Roof Gardens London gardens don’t get better than this one. For an egg hunt across the 1.5 acres of greenery rocking above Kensington High Street, get up to Roof Gardens and start the lookout for the huge Choccywoccydoodah egg of chocolate Easter joy. If you want the goodies without the work, send kids/big kids/chocolate slaves off to do the hunting whilst you prop up the bar with a cocktail or two. The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA Worried about what you're gonna do when it's all over? Take a look at our guide to April and get busy." ["post_title"]=> string(27) "The Ultimate Easter Weekend" ["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) "the-ultimate-easter-weekend" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 18:19:28" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 17:19:28" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=56131" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["queried_object"]=> NULL ["queried_object_id"]=> int(0) }

Find a Bar

FIND A BAR
WHERE
WHAT
WHO
WHEN

Mr Buckley's

1$

277 Hackney Rd, London, E2 8NA

Tel: +44 20 3664 0033

Bethnal Green

Opening hours

Mon - Thurs: 5pm - 12am,
Fri: 5pm - 2am,
Sat: 10am - 2am,
Sun: 10am - 12am

Check out their site

What to Order

Go for the Jack Rose with Apple Brandy, lemon juice and grenadine

Barchick Says

Date Updated: 21/07/2014

Hackney road is pretty damn cool; it’s got a Bingo hall, a Co-op cash point that lets you pick “Cockney” as a language oh and a farm. Only thing we could say it’s lacking is a good bar… but things are changing and Mr Buckley’s is the start. It’s a two floored restaurant and bar that’s perfect for a pit stop or late night boozing. They’ve been praised for their food but as always BarChick came for the drinks so she hit the bar and their (unusually) high bar stools downstairs .

It’s a clean cut kinda place, wood lined and industrial with lights from old Russian liners and custom made stools. Their menu is to the point, two sided, and when they say small plates they mean it, order in a few and then some. The cocktail list is short but that only makes it easier to get through them all right? We went for the Jack Rose with apple brandy, lemon juice and grenadine. Their wines are well chosen and if you’re asking we say go for the Reisling Kung Fu Girl from Charles Smith – if BarChick was a wine this might just be her.

It’s all good times, good food and good company and if it leaves you with a lingering hangover head back in the morning for their brunch and Bloody Madison cocktail with bacon infused bourbon. Sorted


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