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Morning fix

Not crack. Coffee. Coffee doesn't question your morals, EVER. Not even during a walk of shame. Go AWOL and get to Scooter Cafe. You dig cats, scooters & retro Faema espresso machines? F*ck yes. Go shake paws with resident Bob the Tabby, take stupid early bird Instagram photos of scooters (don’t knock it, it’s fun) and drink flat whites on the terrace. Basically, jump off here to prepare yourself for the madness that is South Bank. But if you put a higher premium on coffee over cats and coziness, go to Four Corners. This is for the connoisseur: they’ve got soft brews, affogatos and cold drip in glass bottles that you can swill all morning in their uber clean space of marquee letters, maps and bad ass baristas in stripy shirts. If you’re up and at em before 10, do an almond croissant. If you’re a cheapskate and are after more of a lowbrow affair, do Marie. Not literally. Marie’s is your traditional English caf with a Thai food twist. Basically, the breakfast for the most hanging champions in Londontown. Scooter Cafe, 132 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE // Four Corners, 12 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RJ // Marie, 90 Lower Marsh, London SE1 Four.Corners.Coffee

Get strollin’

Scooters aren’t available to rent at Scooter Cafe, so you’re sh*t outta luck, Grab another coffee to take away (trust, you need it) and amble over to the South Bank Skatepark; you’ll get prime river sightings, obligatory busking and a gratis spectacle of skateboarding. Lean on the railing for a bit, have a fag and don’t do anything stupid. Like trying to skateboard whilst drunk. Leave it to the professionals. If goggling at fit skateboarders isn’t your thing, go chill at Jubilee Gardens and watch the frenzy unfold. There’s a carousel, a playground and lots of grass to where you can get your sunbathe on. After all that Vit D you’ll need to nosh and we’ve got just the place for you: Royal Festival Hall food market. Artisanal triumphs once again. There are 40 traders who rear, grow and produce everything themselves, so you’ll be sorted no matter what. If you fancy something a little less collapsible and a little more sit-down, head to Hayward Gallery’s Concrete. Perched a few stories high, the tourists won’t smell it and you’ll get epic Thames panoramas. You’re safe to sip your white wine spritzer and eat your seasonal salad in peace before sh*t gets naughty. Because it will. Come back here from 5-7 for their ‘laughing hour’ and you’ll get hammered for half the price. Cant find it in the dark? Keep your eyes peeled for the neon concrete mixer. Just don’t try straddling it—it’s art… And there are fit DJs for just that. Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8RT // Concrete, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX Jubilee.Gardens

Culture fix

After you’ve brunched & boozed you’re ready for a bit of a culture crawl. The swaying’ll just make it that much more fun. After imbibing booze it’s only natural to imbibe art, because booze is basically liquid art in a pint glass and galleries are awesome whilst buzzed. f you fancy interactive art like slides on the sides of buildings and roaming beds, go to Hayward Gallery. But if you a fancy a real massive London institution, don’t deprive yourself and go to Tate Modern. Now, drunk, sober, whatever, just keep your paws off the art: Dali, Rothko & Hirst…they’re not f*cking around. If you wanna peruse books go to South Bank Book Market under Waterloo bridge. Scavenge real hard & you may even find some erotica. You’re more likely to find sheet music or quirky culinary books, but s’all good ‘cos it’s all one big thumping boozy adventure. Go on, haggle. Read a book. Put the Tinder away… Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX // Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG Tate.Modern

Sundowner

If you find yourself in front of the Riverside Terrace Cafe, ABORT. Nothing good will ever come of this. Look up, follow the multicolored bunting & let it lead you to Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Cafe. Get some Pimm’s or G & Ts - very British, always banging. And with those epic views of the Thames, Westminster & The London Eye, how could you complain? You can’t. You’re blissed out, you’re smashed & if the sun’s gonna be out anywhere, it’s gonna be here. But if it’s chilly & you’re sick of al fresco, no problem. Head back to Concrete for that ‘laughing hour’ cos it’s cheap & good.

Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Cafe, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX // Concrete, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

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Nightcap

Meander down toward Blackfriars Bridge and go hard (decadent like) at the best new cocktail bar in the world, Dandelyan. It’s like a futuristic art deco bachelor pad with booze-lined glass shelves, sexed up purple leather and floor to ceiling glass looking straight out at that murky motherf*cker. The cocktails will blow ya mind with tree sap, bee pollen and concrete all legit ingredients. Want a different vista, but can’t be bothered to move? We got you. Head to Rumpus Room on the roof & go wild; inspired by Bright Young Things (a group of hedonists who romped around London in the 20s) Rumpus Room is looking for a 21st century version & all eyes are on you. Drink bubbly from the bottle. Be bold with the bartenders. Do everything Mum tells you not to in a magical glass box in the sky. Don't worry: what happens up there, stays up there. 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People seem to have a love/hate with tequila, but times are changing and the days of knocking back a warm red hat Sierra are no more. Those Mexicans are doing amazing things with tequila production, it’s a true art form. Sip it, try it in an Old Fashioned, make a load of Tommy’s Margaritas - but whatever you do drink the good stuff. Here's BarChick's round up of the world's finest tequilas and how to drink 'em like a pro. HOW TO WIN: Read it. Like it. Share it. Love it. But all you have to do to win the whole lot is scroll to the bottom of this post and tell us your favourite. Simple. May the best man win. Aqua Riva Why we love it: This one's created by super glam wonder woman Cleo Rocos, co-star of the Kenny Everett Show. It's an 100% agave tequila made with a massive splash of Cleo whose vibrant and contagious love for the spirit will have you drinking it 'positively' (check out her book) and all night long only to wake up happier than before! We love everything about it, including the label that Cleo commissioned by a 17-year-old art student she met on the tube. Our kinda girl. How we drink it: AquaRiva Espresso Martini: 35ml AquaRiva, 15ml Aquariva Organic Agave Syrup and a double shot of espresso, pour all the ingredients (and a load of ice) in to a shaker & hard shake. Strain in cocktail glass, garnish with three coffee beans and you have yourself a party. AquaRiva.Reposado.bottle.000.shot Cabeza Blanco Why we love it: Part of The 86 Co family, who are famous for working with the best distilleries in the world and for their no nonsense bartender-inspired products. Tequila Cabeza is made from 100% estate owned agave grown by the Vivanco family, and these guys have been in the game for a good five generations! We love the flavours of coriander and toasted seeds, there's a spice to it with a fruity edge. How we drink it: We shoot it! Have your Tequila Cabeza served with a traditional Mexican side shot of spiced pomegranate, orange and lime juices. The only way. TequilaCabeza.000 Calle 23 Reposado Why we love it: When Sophie Decobecq, a student at the time, travelled to Mexico and had a chance meeting with Julio Bermejo (only the inventor of the motherfreakin' Tommy's Margarita) she was inspired and fell in love with the culture, skill and everything tequila. The rest is history and today Calle 23 is da bomb. Aged for 8 months in bourbon casks this stuff tastes better than good. Bartenders love it, you’ll see why. How we drink it: We’re having ours like a Paloma Apuñalado (originally created by Don Javier Delgado Coron). Pour 50ml Calle 23 Reposado into a glass with the juice of one lime, top up with Ting and garnish with a lime wedge… when a tequila tastes this good you keep it simple. Calle.23.000 Casamigos Anejo Why we love it: Owned by Rande Gerber, Michael Meldman and George freaking Clooney this stuff is new on the scene and we're digging it. Already stocked in some of the best bars in the world for good reason. Made using hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay soil and cool climate of Mexico’s Jalisco Highlands for a minimum of seven years. Like George its delicious on the mouth, and arguarbly smoother. How we drink it: Quite simply on the rocks (with George) Casamigos Anejo 750ml Don Julio Blanco Why we love it: The late founder Julio Gonzalez started making Tequila in 1952 when he founded a distillery called La Primavera, and it's still made there today. You know he was good at his job because he earned the title "Don" that gave the tequila its name. It’s made using the highest-caliber, fully matured, ripened, blue agave that comes through in the taste with hints of citrus to balance it out. How we drink it: Give your Mojito a tequila twist! Made in the exactly same way as your usual Mojito but replacing rum with Don Julio® Blanco Tequila. Muddle nine leaves of mint in your glass, then pour 25ml Don Julio , 50ml lime juice, 50ml water and 110ml lemon juice into your shaker, add ice and shake until cold. Fill a glass with ice and strain the liquid into your glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. Don.Julio.Blanco.000 El Jimador Blanco Why we love it: Tequila is made from agave plants that are harvested by workmen called jimadors, so it only seems fit that there’s a tequila named after them! This is a good tequila for making cocktails for the masses, its well priced and one of the biggest selling tequilas in Mexico. Not gonna argue with that. How we drink it: If you’re making Palomas then go for El Jimador, it makes a banging one. 55ml El Jimador Blanco Tequila, 15ml lime juice, 7ml sugar syrup, grapefruit soda. Shake the first three ingredients with ice and then strain over ice into a highball glass. Top with grapefruit soda and a wedge of grapefruit if you're feeling fancy. EJ.Hero.Blanco.UK.2014.full.size.000.transparent Herradura Plata Why we love it: It was originally founded in the 1870’s and has been a tried, tested and loved recipe since then. The name “Herradura” translates as horse shoe, which you’ll recognise as being on the iconic label. Plata is made from 100% agave and aged in oak barrels to give it that woody finish. How we drink it: You haven’t lived until you’ve had a Tommy’s Margarita and Herradura Plata is the ideal tequila for it. You need 60ml of Herradura Plata, 30ml of freshly squeezed lime juice and 15ml of agave syrup. Shake all the ingredients together and fine strain into a chilled glass. It's BarChick's go to drink and it's banging. Herradura.Plata.000 Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Why we love it: This is not Jose Cuervo as you know it, this is daddy of the family. Jose Cuervo was founded all the way back in 1795 by Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo and is now the no.1 selling tequila brand on the planet. Not only is this bottle beautiful but the liquid is truly exceptional, ultra-aged by tequila masters in French and American oak barrels for an average of 3 years to give a unique and amazing taste. How we drink it: To really appreciate this drink (and at just under £100 you should) enjoy it in something that resembles a Cognac or tasting glass. This will allow you to appreciate its full flavour, aroma and velvety finish. Jose.Cuervo Ocho Reposado Why we love it: Everyone loves Ocho, find us a bartender that doesn’t! Created by one of the most influential people in the tequila industry, Tomas Estes, aka the Tequila Ambassador for the Mexican government worldwide... nuff said. This guy knows tequila and it shows in Ocho. How we drink it: Ocho Reposado is great neat but if you’re going for a cocktail Ocho Reposado either works wonders in a Tommy's Margarita or for something a bit different like the Mexican 55! 25ml Ocho Reposo, 15ml lime, 10ml agave nectar, shake ingredients and then strain into champagne flute and top with prosecco. Ocho.Tequila.000 Olmeca Altos Reposado Why we love it: Olmeca is the brainchild of internationally renowned UK bartenders Henry Besant and Dre Masso who got together with Olmeca's Master Distiller Jesus Hernandez and made some seriously good sh*t. Some say three's a crowd but in this case one of the most remarkable tequilas was born. Robust but sweet with a vanilla essence and woody depth... one of our favourites. How we drink it: Nothing beats a Margarita - and this one has a twist! Take a large pineapple chunk, three sage leaves and muddle in a shaker. THen add 50ml Olmeca Altos Reposado, 25ml lime juiuce, 10ml agave syrup and some ice. Shake and double strain into your Margarita glass. Olmeca.Altos Patrón Silver & Patrón XO Café tequila-based coffee liqueur Why we love it: After seeing how and where it’s made we have to give it to Patrón  - this process is a well thought out one and it shows. Patrón  Silver is crafted in small batches, triple distilled and aged in wood casks whilst Patrón XO is created by blending Silver and natural coffee essence – our party wingman. How we drink it: Both of these bad boys are perfect individually but also excellent together! If you measure equal Patrón Silver & Patrón XO Cafe and espresso shaken over ice, it makes an incredible tequila-based Espresso Martini. Ultimate party starter. Patrons 1800 Coconut Tequila Why we love it: The wild card in the mix. We can see you judging us from here but trust us, this is an incredibly moreish 100% Agave Tequila with natural coconut flavouring! Tiki is back b*tches and we'll have our 1800 served up in a pineapple, thanks. How we drink it: On the rocks or in a Colada! Combine 1800 Coconut, 50ml cream of coconut, 75ml pineapple juice and 50ml fresh lime juice in a shaker with ice. 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Taking home 6 out of 8 international categories, plus being the home of this years Lifetime Achievement Award winner, it’s safe to say: we got it going on. Best International Cocktail Bar: The Artesian Year after year, The Artesian continues to show the world who’s boss when it comes to cocktails, racking up awards like candy. With artfully presented, mind blowing drinks, plus some of the best bartenders in town, this is so much more then just a hotel bar. Artesian.Pineapples Best International Hotel Bar: The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy With so many tourists coming to London every year, it’s a no brainer that we kick ass at hotel bars. So much so, in fact, that all of the top 4 nominees were from the Big Smoke. Want the best? 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RIVER.dandelyan Best International Bartender: Ryan Chetiyawardana Sure, no one can pronounce his name, but he hasn’t let that stop him from being one of the best minds in the biz. Kind, humble and positively genius when it comes to drinks, Mr. Lyan (as he’s frequently known) is almost a scientist, looking at drinks in a way completely beyond most of us. Ryan.Cheti Best International Brand Ambassador: Claire Smith-Warner It sounds like the best job ever: traveling the world & partying with bartenders, getting them interested in a product, but its also a lot of work. Known as “The First Lady of Vodka,” Claire has brought a style & class to Belvedere that has completely elevated the entire category of vodka. She's essentially upgraded the spirit from 'something that you knock back in uni to get plastered' to 'something you specifically order to savor and enjoy.' 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 Americas

Broken Shaker - Chicago This second outpost is nowhere near a real beach, but they certainly brought their Miami vibes to the windy city. With Freddie Sarkis (opening bev manager at Celeste) looking after the booze, expect world class drinks, tasty food, and banging tunes - all with a sprinkle of tiki. Freehand Hotel, 19 East Ohio Street, Chicago , IL 60611 USA Chicago..Freehand

Asia

Tastebuds Cocktail Palace - Shanghai Lush cushions, sexy lounges, birdcage lamps and even a small terrace to escape to, Daniel An’s new joint is armed with a massive cocktail list with each as impressive as the last. Being listed as Bartender Of The Year 2014 it’s no surprise his bar is top notch. Level 2, 368 Wukang Lu, Xuhui district, Shanghai, China The Pontiac - Hong Kong When we heard that mega bartender and all around badass babe Beckaly Franks had moved across the world to open a bar, breaths were held with anticipation. This place is one part rock & roll, one part cocktail den, and all kinds of awesome. 13 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, China Hong.Kong..The.Pontiac

Australia

Boilermaker House - Melbourne From the team that gave you Eau de Vie in Sydney and Melbourne, comes not another cocktail bar. This time around the focus has shifted to malt with a 700 bottle strong list with plenty of craft beers knocking around to wash them down with. 209 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Europe

The Dutchess - Amsterdam From a power house team (including the guys behind AMS’s The Butcher and London’s Trailer Happiness), comes this grandiose number. In the new W hotel, find the hospitality ideals of London and New York meet with epically high ceilings, an open kitchen and a glam crowd. Spuistraat 172, 1012 VT, Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam..The.Duchess Red Frog - Lisbon Ring the bell and get whisked away to a drinking wonderland beneath the busy streets of Lisbon where prohibition is a memory and classic cocktails rule the day. Some of the top bartenders in town are here, so you know you’ll be looked after properly. nº5A, Rua do Salitre, 1250-196 Lisboa, Portugal Cash Only Bar - Prague The rebel little sister to legendary Hemingway Bar, get ready for hotdogs, cocktails and the fresh air of no smoking - a rarity in these parts. Long and narrow, with the bar taking up most of the space and plenty of cabinets for booze, it’s all high quality and zero pretence. BarChick will see you there. Liliova 218/3, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic Prague..Cash.Only.Bar" ["post_title"]=> string(36) "Hot New Bars Around the Globe - July" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(34) "hot-new-bars-around-the-globe-july" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-21 16:13:33" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-21 15:13:33" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=57233" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(5) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#400 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(57288) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-07-24 10:58:55" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-24 09:58:55" ["post_content"]=> string(8646) "Bloody Hell, you’re on the South Bank. WHAT DO YOU DO? Notorious for being a tourist trap, Londoners tend to shun this place and keep on trucking across Waterloo bridge. Big mistake. There’s unparalleled riverbank to rooftop bliss and debauch as well as ass-shaking laughter and mega cocktail bars- you just gotta know where to find ‘em. Stick with BarChick and we’ll make the Thames look like the Nile. Dope. Wanna emanate local vibes and impress your mates with all that nook and cranny knowledge? Obviously. I mean, there aren’t any converted bar/cafe/yoga studio warehouses, but there’s a mega view, brilliant interactive art and wait for it…ALCOHOL. Let’s brave this sh*tshow in style: from Lower Marsh to Bank Side, here’s how to do it like a heavyweight and not end up in Giraffe:

Morning fix

Not crack. Coffee. Coffee doesn't question your morals, EVER. Not even during a walk of shame. Go AWOL and get to Scooter Cafe. You dig cats, scooters & retro Faema espresso machines? F*ck yes. Go shake paws with resident Bob the Tabby, take stupid early bird Instagram photos of scooters (don’t knock it, it’s fun) and drink flat whites on the terrace. Basically, jump off here to prepare yourself for the madness that is South Bank. But if you put a higher premium on coffee over cats and coziness, go to Four Corners. This is for the connoisseur: they’ve got soft brews, affogatos and cold drip in glass bottles that you can swill all morning in their uber clean space of marquee letters, maps and bad ass baristas in stripy shirts. If you’re up and at em before 10, do an almond croissant. If you’re a cheapskate and are after more of a lowbrow affair, do Marie. Not literally. Marie’s is your traditional English caf with a Thai food twist. Basically, the breakfast for the most hanging champions in Londontown. Scooter Cafe, 132 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE // Four Corners, 12 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RJ // Marie, 90 Lower Marsh, London SE1 Four.Corners.Coffee

Get strollin’

Scooters aren’t available to rent at Scooter Cafe, so you’re sh*t outta luck, Grab another coffee to take away (trust, you need it) and amble over to the South Bank Skatepark; you’ll get prime river sightings, obligatory busking and a gratis spectacle of skateboarding. Lean on the railing for a bit, have a fag and don’t do anything stupid. Like trying to skateboard whilst drunk. Leave it to the professionals. If goggling at fit skateboarders isn’t your thing, go chill at Jubilee Gardens and watch the frenzy unfold. There’s a carousel, a playground and lots of grass to where you can get your sunbathe on. After all that Vit D you’ll need to nosh and we’ve got just the place for you: Royal Festival Hall food market. Artisanal triumphs once again. There are 40 traders who rear, grow and produce everything themselves, so you’ll be sorted no matter what. If you fancy something a little less collapsible and a little more sit-down, head to Hayward Gallery’s Concrete. Perched a few stories high, the tourists won’t smell it and you’ll get epic Thames panoramas. You’re safe to sip your white wine spritzer and eat your seasonal salad in peace before sh*t gets naughty. Because it will. Come back here from 5-7 for their ‘laughing hour’ and you’ll get hammered for half the price. Cant find it in the dark? Keep your eyes peeled for the neon concrete mixer. Just don’t try straddling it—it’s art… And there are fit DJs for just that. Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8RT // Concrete, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX Jubilee.Gardens

Culture fix

After you’ve brunched & boozed you’re ready for a bit of a culture crawl. The swaying’ll just make it that much more fun. After imbibing booze it’s only natural to imbibe art, because booze is basically liquid art in a pint glass and galleries are awesome whilst buzzed. f you fancy interactive art like slides on the sides of buildings and roaming beds, go to Hayward Gallery. But if you a fancy a real massive London institution, don’t deprive yourself and go to Tate Modern. Now, drunk, sober, whatever, just keep your paws off the art: Dali, Rothko & Hirst…they’re not f*cking around. If you wanna peruse books go to South Bank Book Market under Waterloo bridge. Scavenge real hard & you may even find some erotica. You’re more likely to find sheet music or quirky culinary books, but s’all good ‘cos it’s all one big thumping boozy adventure. Go on, haggle. Read a book. Put the Tinder away… Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX // Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG Tate.Modern

Sundowner

If you find yourself in front of the Riverside Terrace Cafe, ABORT. Nothing good will ever come of this. Look up, follow the multicolored bunting & let it lead you to Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Cafe. Get some Pimm’s or G & Ts - very British, always banging. And with those epic views of the Thames, Westminster & The London Eye, how could you complain? You can’t. You’re blissed out, you’re smashed & if the sun’s gonna be out anywhere, it’s gonna be here. But if it’s chilly & you’re sick of al fresco, no problem. Head back to Concrete for that ‘laughing hour’ cos it’s cheap & good.

Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Cafe, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX // Concrete, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

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Nightcap

Meander down toward Blackfriars Bridge and go hard (decadent like) at the best new cocktail bar in the world, Dandelyan. It’s like a futuristic art deco bachelor pad with booze-lined glass shelves, sexed up purple leather and floor to ceiling glass looking straight out at that murky motherf*cker. The cocktails will blow ya mind with tree sap, bee pollen and concrete all legit ingredients. Want a different vista, but can’t be bothered to move? We got you. Head to Rumpus Room on the roof & go wild; inspired by Bright Young Things (a group of hedonists who romped around London in the 20s) Rumpus Room is looking for a 21st century version & all eyes are on you. Drink bubbly from the bottle. Be bold with the bartenders. Do everything Mum tells you not to in a magical glass box in the sky. Don't worry: what happens up there, stays up there. Dandelyan and Rumpus Room, Mondrian Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD RIVER.dandelyan" ["post_title"]=> string(57) "Neighbourhood Guide: South Bank (Don't End Up In Giraffe)" ["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(53) "neighbourhood-guide-south-bank-dont-end-up-in-giraffe" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-27 15:36:05" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-27 14:36:05" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=57288" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["comment_count"]=> int(0) ["current_comment"]=> int(-1) ["found_posts"]=> string(3) "698" ["max_num_pages"]=> float(140) ["max_num_comment_pages"]=> int(0) ["is_single"]=> bool(false) ["is_preview"]=> bool(false) ["is_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_archive"]=> bool(false) ["is_date"]=> bool(false) ["is_year"]=> bool(false) ["is_month"]=> bool(false) ["is_day"]=> bool(false) ["is_time"]=> bool(false) ["is_author"]=> bool(false) ["is_category"]=> bool(false) ["is_tag"]=> bool(false) ["is_tax"]=> bool(false) ["is_search"]=> bool(false) ["is_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_comment_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_trackback"]=> bool(false) ["is_home"]=> bool(false) ["is_404"]=> bool(false) ["is_comments_popup"]=> bool(false) ["is_paged"]=> bool(false) ["is_admin"]=> bool(false) ["is_attachment"]=> bool(false) ["is_singular"]=> bool(false) ["is_robots"]=> bool(false) ["is_posts_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_post_type_archive"]=> bool(false) ["query_vars_hash":"WP_Query":private]=> string(32) "aca9a318a7ba79ff4761669f789a38a2" ["query_vars_changed":"WP_Query":private]=> bool(false) ["thumbnails_cached"]=> bool(false) ["stopwords":"WP_Query":private]=> NULL }

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Mr Buckley's

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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

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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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Take a cheapskate, Take a client, Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mistress, Take your mum, Beers, Food, Killer cocktails, Music, People watching, Pulling, Wine, Daytime, Evening, Late