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Pour the mix into moulds and freeze them up. LOLLY.bellini Espresso Martini This bad boy will wake you up, f*ck you up and cool you down. Serves 6 3 tbsp fine sugar 125ml espresso 2 tbsp vodka 4 tbsp water Dissolve the sugar in the water over the heat and bring to the boil. Take from the heat and pour into a cocktail shaker. Add the cooled down espresso and vodka and shake well. Once it’s a decent temperature pour into moulds and impatiently wait… LOLLY.espresso.martini Dark ‘N Stormy This cocktail is a Bermudan classic which makes it perfect for sunny days when you need to be chilling and boozing… Serves 4 15ml rum 10ml lime juice 20ml sugar syrup 80ml ginger beer Another simple one; just stir all the ingredients together and pour into moulds! Get stem ginger in the moulds too if you wanna sex it up. LOLLY.dark.n.stormy Mojito Refreshing, boozy, minty goodness. Who said we could only have one? Serves 8 500ml water 1 lime, juiced A handful of mint 3 tbsp brown sugar 0.5 tsp rum Cut eight thin slices of lime then juice the rest. Add it to the water and sugar and then heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep eight mint leaves spare but steep the rest in the mix for 10 minutes. Get a piece of lime and a mint leaf into each lolly mould, mix the rum into your sugar water and pour into the moulds. LOLLY.mojito Pimm’s The sun’s only gotta be out for 10 minutes before the supermarkets sell out of Pimm’s, use yours to make this perfect summer’s day lolly. Serves 6 50g icing sugar 4 tbsp Pimm’s 250ml ginger beer/lemonade 150g sliced strawberries 50g sliced apples 18 mint leaves Boil the sugar and water until the dissolved then remove from the heat. Add the Pimm’s, ginger beer/lemonade and leave to cool. Divide the strawberries, apples and mint leaves between the moulds and pour in the mixture. LOLLY.pimms Bloody Mary Lollies and Bloody Marys are two of the best hangover cures so kill two birds/headaches with one stone. Serves 4 110g tomatoes 1 celery stalk ½ lemon 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp chilli powder ¼ tsp cracked black pepper 120ml vodka Pinch of salt Blend all the ingredients except the vodka into a puree then strain through a sieve. Add the vodka and blend for another 30 seconds. Pour the mix into the popsicles and either wait ‘til you’re hanging like a fruit bat or freshen up with this savoury lolly fix. LOLLY.bloody.mary Blood Orange Negroni Because lollies can be trendy too… Serves 10 110g caster sugar 235ml water 50ml gin 50ml Campari 50ml dry vermouth 300ml blood orange juice Dissolve the sugar in the water over heat then remove and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and get them in the freezer for a sweaty day. LOLLY.negroni Mudslide Spike these creamy, chocolatey pops because you’re a grown up now. 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NORTH

THE FALTERING FULLBACK One look at this foliage-adorned pub and you could be in a countryside village. You aren’t, of course, you’re in Finsbury Park. Suck it up. Screens are all around the horseshoe-shaped bar, but pick a top-of-the-table game and you’ll be heading through to the mega back room where the real action is. Big screens, long tables and an up for it crowd provide a Bierkeller-like environment for prime sports enjoyment. And out the back – the term ‘beer garden’ does not do this space justice. It’s more like the treehouse from your childhood dreams. Local allegiance: Arsenal 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB CAMDEN HEAD This is the kinda pub you can take a bunch of mates to, whether they’re into the footie or not. For the latter, put a menu in front of them and recommend the ‘proper chips’ - homemade and chunky. The perfect distraction device when you’re really into the match and keep forgetting they’re there. Just incase your team loses, they’ve got great comedy nights too, so go get cheered with some stand-up after the weekend games.  Mid-week match? No worries, there’s always events like live music going on here and best of all there’s sh*t loads of booze, which is what you really need. Local allegiance: Arsenal 100 Camden High Street, NW1 0LU

EAST

THE COBORN ARMS A proper local among the dodgies, this pub is tucked just off Mile End Road.  One big boy screen and three other flat screens guarantee a decent view from pretty much anywhere, so no FOMO when you need to get more beers in. The ales are great, the food is a solid traditional English fare and the bar staff are a laugh. Put your jacket back on when heading for the loos though – it’s so cold you can see your breath in the gents… Local allegiance: at a push, West Ham. 8 Coborn Road, E3 2DA THE WATER POET  It’s pretty quiet around this area on a weekend, so it’s surprising to find this place totally rammed for big football and rugby matches. A 5 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station, this pub’s got a huge projector screen and three big flat screens, including one outside if you fancy it al fresco.   The bar can be busy, but if you want to watch the games (with some hot regulars around for good measure), this place is worth the half time queue. After the game have a go on the pool tables and catch the sun in the garden. Local allegiance: There isn’t one so go with your mates, whoever you’re all supporting. 9-11 Folgate Street, E1 6BX

SOUTH

THE RYE   Bang on Peckham Rye is this killer pub; bangin’ food, cocktails, craft beers, board games, ping pong tables, up for it staff and (what you’re here for) a huge garden and terrace complete with a projector screen. They show all the big games and if you like your footie with a large side of atmosphere this is your spot. Afterwards go celebrate by running naked round the Rye (don’t) or hit the gin bar Pedler opposite and cry in to your Martini.  Local allegiance: Millwall is close by so you might get a few of ‘em lurking in here 31 Peckham Rye, SE15 3NX THE BLACK PRINCE This corker of a pub in Kennington is the real deal; a local gem, with good food and even better beers. Three flat screen TV’s ensure the game you’re after is on and the friendly bossman advises that they show ALL 3pm football matches, but bear in mind his preference for rugby means the egg-ball might win should fixture clashes occur. There’s a cool outside area for fag breaks and fresh air but no funny business, you lot – it’s overlooked by a block of flats. Strictly no streaking. Local allegiance: N/A, so go for it. 6 Black Prince Road, SE11 6HS BALHAM BOWLS CLUB Where shabby deliberately stops just short of dilapidated (the lampshades here have holes in them), BBC is full of charm and character. It used to be a bowls clubhouse and it’s comprised of various downstairs rooms of vintage and wonderfully-mismatched furniture. In other words, your girlfriend will probably love it. There’s a flat screen in one room and a projector upstairs, but it’s worth checking listings as private functions occasionally render the big screen inaccessible. Hint: book the upstairs for your footy-watching p*ss-up, they’ve got Sky and BT up here. Local allegiance: N/A and Balham’s pretty friendly these days, so if you’re up for a post-match brawl keep walking. 7-9 Ramsden Road, SW12 8QX

WEST

THE TEMPERANCE First thing’s first: The Eight Bells down the road is a nicer pub. However, on Fulham match days it’ll be an absolute scrum, so head to The Temperance 100 yards away and you won’t have to order 10 rounds in one go and end up with more beer on your shirt than in your mouth. This place is massive, with loads of screens and a good selection of beers and ales on tap. As per Bonds off Oxford Street, the food choice is extensive and prices are reasonable, largely because it’s the same menu - but if you’re after burger and chips and aren’t expecting anything sensational you’ll be happy. Local allegiance: Fulham. 90 Fulham High Street, SW6 3LF THE CROSS KEYS  You’d never know it because it’s so nestled down the smart residential roads off of King Street, but this beauty is actually only a Petr Cech goal-kick from the A4. The Fuller’s link means solid food and a killer craft beer selection is on offer, and it’s sports-friendly which means two flat screens and a projector are available plus an additional wheelie-screen is on the bench just incase. The outside area leads to a sweet outbuilding, suitable for anyone not interested in shouting obscenities at 22 men who won’t hear. Local allegiance: at a push, QPR.

57 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BG

CENTRAL

SUNSET STRIP  OK so not the one for those who are easily distracted (by t*ts) but if you’re after a game with benefits, Soho’s strip joint is your place. It’s open plan so not the intimidating sleaze dungeon you’re imagining and there’s a big screen showing all the games and it sells booze at pub prices.  See you there.  Local allegiance: As long as you love strip clubs, you're in 30 Dean Street, London, W1D 3SA  BONDS A bit on the clinical side but a decent size and within 100 yards of Oxford Street shopping hell, Bonds is a handy escape from the hordes. All games are shown but they don’t necessarily take over the entire pub, so not the place to scream abuse at the ref, more a catch the game out the corner of your eye kinda place.  There’s a big food menu and you won’t have to break the piggy bank to pay for a pint which is rare round here. Local allegiance: Arsenal, Man United, Barcelona...you’re in central, everyone’s gonna be there. 11-16 Dering Street, W1S 1AR THE SHIP At that odd part of London between both Borough Market and Elephant & Castle comes The Ship. You’ll find plenty of pub properness here, including Fuller’s ales and reliable food – and both Sky and BT football matches are shown on two flat screens. Darts and table football provide a welcome alternative to listening to Gary and Jamie arguing at half time, too. Local allegiance: Millwall 68 Borough High Street, SE1 1DX" ["post_title"]=> string(42) "The Best London Pubs to Watch the Football" ["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(38) "best-london-pubs-to-watch-the-football" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-05-20 10:53:02" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-20 09:53:02" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=56580" ["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)#407 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(56594) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-05-20 10:37:11" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-20 09:37:11" ["post_content"]=> string(2545) "Us Brits are doing beer all wrong, did you know that? BarChick has a tough time in life, flying around the world drinking the world's best booze. We are fresh back from Amsterdam where we judged the Heineken Global Bartender Final. Heineken are the don’s when it comes to making beer, they’ve been doing it forever, and now they’re trying to make sure people are drinking it properly.

How is it done?

Talk to Franck. Franck’s job is to go around the world and teach people how to serve a beer properly (and you thought our job was tough). How does he do it? With the only 5 steps you need to know when pouring a pint.

The 5 Steps

Heineken Star Serve is a global programme that’s all about making sure that draught beer you’re sipping it mega. Pretty important. To get the Star Serve you gotta follow the 5 steps. It’s not as simple as it might look and pulling the perfect pint takes some serious skill. Next time you order a beer look out for the following: Rinse – A cold, wet glass makes the head last longer Pour - 45 degrees baby Skim - the foam head supports the closure of the beer away from air and oxygen and with this protection the beer stays fresh longer. If you skim the foam it closes up the bubbles, so the protection is even stronger. Check - for a full 5 out of 5, your head needs to sit on the shoulder of the stars. Like this (insert image) Serve - service must come with some good chat, a smile, and on a coaster - facing you. If they get all of this right? Stay put, it’s a jungle of dodgy beer pouring out there. Order another.

The X Factor for beer

The Heineken Global Bartender Competition brings the best bartenders around the world to Amsterdam for the world final. This year, following national finals in 18 countries across the globe, 18 bartenders went head to head for a chance to go to Ibiza. Who pours the best Heineken in the world? A hot Russian chick. Obviously. Olga, who works at Tara Brooch in St Petersburg won the Heineken Global Bartender Final. Who came close? Jeffrey Ciego Fajardo in Hong Kong is the cutest guy ever and pours a damn good pint. Happen to be in Macau? Go find him for sure. A little closer to home is The Alexander Pope in Twickenham where they do a great job. 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Whether you’re saving for flights, living the millionaire playboy life (in which case, call us) or blowing your entire inheritance on a gap yah, these are the ridiculously epic bars you need to get on your bucket list. Go get ‘em! THE WILLY T - NORMAN ISLAND If you reserve a table for lunch or dinner don’t expect it to be civilised at The Willy T. This bar is wild – and so is everyone that hops on board (why do you think BarChick loves it?), and nudity is openly encouraged. Once you’ve had one of Willy’s special body shots (which involve whipped cream, cherries, Baileys and being handcuffed to the bar) there’s no going back. Everything that happens here is taken to the extreme, so expect pumping music, awesome Caribbean rum, ski shots (4 shots in a row on a jet ski) and staff that give out temporary skull and cross bone t*t tattoos. Oh, and chicks get a free thong if they manage to get your kit off. The Bight Bay, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands willy.t MODERN TOILET 便所主题餐厅 - TAIPEI, TAIWAN Perfect for those who love a bit of toilet humour. And actual toilets. The concept behind this bar is an odd one; celebrating all things loo, where customers are invited to sit on toilets as they dine. Even the food is served in miniature toilets, cocktails in small urinals (you can take them home as a souvenir) and the tables are baths with glass tops! Round up the meal with swirled chocolate ice cream served in plates shaped like a small squat loo and you can die saying you’ve genuinely seen it all. Warning: you’ll never look at a bowl of beef stew again, but it’s worth it for the laugh. 404 Yizhong St, 101號2樓, Taichun modern.toilet CAVE BAR - PETRA, JORDAN This one’s for all the Indiana Jones fans out there! The ancient city of Petra is carved out of rock, and houses one of the most original bars that we’ve ever come across. The Cave Bar is a 2,000 year old Nabataean (the Ancient settler’s) tomb,which has been converted into a bar of dark alcoves and creepy passageways. This is NOT your average boozer, and providing you can afford the expensive drinks you’ll have an awesome night sipping cocktails by candlelight. While you’re there you’ve gotta go for for one of their signature cocktails like ‘Between the Caves’ – a punchy mix of rum, blue carousel, triple sec and brandy. Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan petra HOBBIT HOUSE - MANILA, PHILIPPINES This Lord of the Rings themed bar has taken its inspiration very seriously, like only having midgets as staff kinda seriously. There’s a huge mural of the beloved book’s lead characters on the bar’s exterior and huge paintings of iconic scenes indoors. Enter through the circular door and wait for the bell to ring and your waiter will appear and lead you into the candle-lit space. You’ll be greeted by a mega selection of imported beer (yup, served by midgets) and awesome live music. At the end of the night remember to tip your valet, all of them wear bricks tied to their shoes to reach the peddles, and don’t forget to check out the mini urinals. This place is f*cking nuts. Arquiza Trade Center, 1212 Marcelo H. del Pilar, Manila 1000, Philippines hobbit SKY BAR - BANGKOK, THAILAND As you know, BarChick loves a rooftop, and this one’s got the highest in the world. Up on the 63rd floor of The Dome at The State Tower in Thailand, this bar is 820 feet above street level. The views are next level amazing (just don’t stand too close to the edge). This place is special people and has international date night written all over it- go early and stick around to watch the city light up at night. The Dome at Lebua, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand skybar THE CLERMONT LOUNGE - ATLANTA, USA This place is legendary in Atlanta, with a legacy of being both the first and longest running strip club in the city. But before you write it off as another t*tty bar think again, because they do things a little differently here. For starters, the strippers are not your typical young girls with big boobs; some are over 60, some are overweight and others are covered head to toe in tattoos. Edgy. Each dancer (OK, stripper) chooses their own songs to perform their *unique* routines to, so you’ll never see the same thing twice. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Blondie – she can crush beer cans between her t*ts. Everyone who comes here, from a-list celebs to average Joes, loves this joint because the drinks are cheap and the party keeps rocking ‘til the wee hours. Get your dollar bills ready. 789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA clermont THE ROCK RESTAURANT - ZANZIBAR Literally a bar, on a rock, in the sea. This one of a kind seafood restaurant is built off the coast of Zanzibar and in really low tide you can walk to it – but be warned, if the tide is up you might have to get a boat (although BarChick says earn it ‘n swim it!). Definitely go for a drink but if you can stick around for the food – it’s amazing and as fresh as you can get. This tiny place only seats 14 inside, but that just makes you feel even more lucky to dine there. This one’s pretty much perfection, just remember to plan your journey back before you hit the cocktails. Michamvi Pingwe Village, Zanzibar, Tanzania the.rock_c.copia3.1000x507 BAR LONGHI - VENICE, ITALY If you’re gonna do Venice, you need to do it in style. And this is style. The terrace at Bar Longhi is ON the Grand Canal so waterside views don’t get better than this, plus you’ll have gondolas pretty much brushing past your feet. The terrace is what we’re here for but inside it’s also sexy as hell; all green and classic with white suited bartenders and a killer classic cocktail list. Even the Queen stays here when she’s in this hood. If it’s good enough for the Queen… Gritti Palace,Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 2467, 30124 Bar.Longhi.Venice MOTHER’S RUIN - TOKYO, JAPAN Look inside the basement under a building down an alleyway in Tokyo and you’ll find the weirdest bar in the city. Don’t be scared by the huge stuffed lizard crawling up the ceiling, it’s all part of the experience yo. This place feels like an Aztec shrine, with glass table lights and toilets that look like a Mayan tomb! The staff are friendly and chilled and will mix you great drinks all night and there’s a great selection of beers on offer too, and as well as small, late-night bites for when you get peckish. The kind of place you won’t want to tear yourself away from, where the entertainment is all in the decor and people watching. NF Building, B1F, 2-2-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 155-0033, Japan mothers_ruin The Artesian - London, UK You need to drink here. Seriously. There are loads of swanky cocktail bars in the world, but there’s a reason why this place has won ‘Best Bar in the World’ and gold at ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ awards three years running. Described by the judges as a “hotel bar cum crazy house”, The Artesian’s cocktail menu is changed seasonally to fit a new highly anticipated theme of killer, delicious and show-stopping offerings. If you get there before July, order a Camouflage (Tanqueray No. TEN, Americano, Kombucha, carrot juice served with a burning stick of sandalwood incense) delivered to your table in a f*cking cool golden Pineapple; an ode to head bartender Alex Kratena’s Czech homeland. The other half of the award-winning duo is Simone Caporale, and together they’ll unveil the mad creations behind the next theme, Surrealism, this summer. BarChick once drank a cocktail there out of a sombrero-wearing skull and we’ll never forget it. The Langham Hotel, Portland Place, London W1B 1JA Artesian.Pineapples Beacher’s Madhouse - Los Angeles, USA Buried beneath The Roosevelt Hotel, this place is less bar more theatre – and a crazy one at that. My Little Pony dolls, transvestites in fishnets and fluffy panda’s make up the staff, alongside performing midgets dressed as ompa-loomas and attached to zip wires (so that they can fly across the ceiling to deliver your drinks, obviously). Watch mini-Justin Bieber hump a car and sing the hits and catch glimpses of the many a-listers that go here – by the end of the night they’ll be dancing on the tabletop poles with you. If you can go meet Jeff Beacher, the owner, when he strides out on stage to introduce the next act – this palce is his brainchild, and he isn’t happy unless everyone’s having a wild time. Roosevelt Hotel, Beacher’s Madhouse, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90028 beacher.s (1) Szimpla Kert - Budapest, HUNGARY This was the first in a big trend of ruin pubs in the city, and it’s the maddest, too. Decor in both the garden and indoor areas is chaotic, like the designer went to a tip, found a load of shiny stuff and let is all explode onto the bare brick walls. Drink their (super cheap) house beer and spend the night dancing on a floor dotted with reflections from all the disco balls, beneath gnomes that hang from the ceiling and colourful, flashing, LED lights that seem to follow you into every corner of the bar. They use old cars instead of tables here, so pull up a chair and soak it all in – this place is perfect for punters in need of some escapism. Kazinczy utca 14, Budapest 1075, Hungary bud2 Delirium - Brussels Don’t be mislead by the exterior, this place is huge. Spanning over two buildings, one on each side of the road, and occupying the street between them, it’s the kind of place you can lose your mates in easily (and you should because you’ll come away having made 10 new best mates in the space of one night). All that room is an accurate reflection of what’s on offer here – nearly 2,500 flavours of beer are available, from traditional and local brews to the experimental and everything in between. Walk through the barrel-top covered ceiling and wait in the queue (there’s no table service, the only downside to this place) and order a cactus beer. Go on, we dare you. Impasse de la Fidélité 4A, 1000 Ville de Bruxelles, Belgium delerium Sketch - London, UK The only bar in London where you’ll get a 2-michelin star restaurant, toilets that look like an art installation, a club, a puffy pink restaurant and a woodland themed bar, all under one roof. If you’re short on time pick The Glade for drinks, the bar where artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu have taken inspiration from 20th century stationary and created an enchanted fairytale forest, and order a ‘9,000 Year’s’ cocktail. Never mixed tequila and Guinness? You’re about to. Before you leave you’ve also got to take a trip to the loos, which you’ll find inside giant egg-shaped capsules. Oh, and the toilet staff dress up as sexy maids. Banging. Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG sketchloo Carpe Diem - Hvar, Croatia Looking for a party? It doesn’t get much better than a mother freakin’ party island. From midnight ‘til 6am boats ferry the party animals from the shoreline of Hvar island over to Carpe Diem island where you’ll be greeted by fires, swimming pools, palm trees, world famous DJs, Champagne lounges, podiums, and the most epic dance floor of all time. When you get sweaty (nb. You will) just jump off in to the sea to cool down, the party carries on in there to. 6am boats will take you back to the island just in time for sunrise. 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To celebrate Iceland’s midnight sun Reyka Vodka have got two hot tickets for you and a mate to hang at the Secret Solstice festival on the 19th, 20th and 21st June in Reykjavik. This is the only festival in the world where the sun doesn’t set and you’ll be treated to flights, put up in a hotel and given exclusive festival passes. On the line-up are Wu-Tang, Zero 7, The Wailers, FKA Twigs, Skream, Foreign Beggars, Charles Bradley, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Erol Alkan, Flight Facilities and a whole bunch more…

HOW TO WIN

Hit a bar that sells Reyka Vodka (see below), order a cocktail with Reyka in it for you and a mate and chat to (flirt with) the bartender to get their name. Then go to https://reykasolstice.co.uk/, enter in your name, the bartender’s name and the cocktail you drank! SO easy. So worth it. And if you win your bartender will get tickets too! ReykaMidSummersDayHRLStyleBranded

A BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU’LL BE DRINKING

Reyka is a small batch and damn delicious smooth tasting vodka that’s handcrafted in Iceland’s first vodka distillery using arctic spring water, lava rock and some of the cleanest air in the world.

WHICH BARS TO HIT

London – Chiswell Street Dining Room Ealing Park Tavern Hat & Tun Market House One Canada Square The Botanist (Broadgate Circle & Sloane Square) The Gun The Jugged Hare The Well The White Swan Satay Outside London – Carmelite (Aberdeen) Orchid (Aberdeen) Rye & Soda (Aberdeen) Lord Cliffden (Birmingham) 10 Feet Tall (Cardiff) Ten Mill Lane (Cardiff) Coco (Cheltenham) Bossa Bar (Leicester) Manhattan 34 (Leicester) Taps Bar (Leicester) Das Kino (Nottingham) Pepper Rocks (Nottingham) Milk (Reading) Mix Bar (Reading) No.6 (Swansea) San Giovanni (Warwickshire) The Snug (Ware, Cambridge East Road, Cambridge Lensfield Road, Hertford, High Wycombe, Hitchin, St Albans) COMPETITION CLOSES ON THE 31st MAY Terms and conditions apply: https://reykasolstice.co.uk/terms.html  Reyka_bottle_visual" ["post_title"]=> string(38) "Win a Trip to Iceland with Reyka Vodka" ["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(38) "win-a-trip-to-iceland-with-reyka-vodka" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-05-19 17:43:45" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-19 16:43:45" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=56573" ["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)#405 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(9318) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-05-20 18:45:31" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-20 17:45:31" ["post_content"]=> string(10588) "Turn your picnic into a p*ss up and prep yourself a batch of homemade ice lollies for when the sun’s out and you fancy a suck… you’ll need a mould but they’re not hard to come by. 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Find a Bar

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Old Mary's

2$$

24 Craven Terrace  London W2 3QH

Tel: +44 20 7262 5240

Opening hours

Weds & Thurs: 5pm - 11:30pm,
Fri & Sat: 5pm - midnight

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 28/02/2013

Old Mary’s is everything you expect an underground speakeasy to be: sexy, sultry, imaginative and full of character. There’s no denying this place has been well thought out and as one of this area’s only offerings it really is a good find, tucked under some average Bayswater pub. Just don’t look at the Young’s sign on the way and if you do, try not to let it put you off, trust. With a maze of different rooms, wine cellars and dark corners this old candlelit dungeon is the perfect place to whisk your mistress away to (or take over a room and fill it with ya mates).

The cocktail menu is simple yet informative and the guys there are all about broadening their knowledge of cocktails so if you fancy it let them experiment, you won’t be dissapointed. The Espresso Martini was the perfect start to a long night propping up the bar and the yet-to-be-named cucumber and mint gin sour that came next was just what the doctor ordered. BarChick’s very handsome date was feeling courageous and went for a Tequila Old Fashioned – and yes it did make him happy (or was it the snogging?). Their focus is primarily on gin and we could see they’re putting together a nice little collection back there, the clue was in the Sipsmith. If you’re feeling peckish, don’t miss out on the Hot Dogs, they’re damn tasty and go hand in hand with a long night of boozing.


Good For

Take a cheapskate, Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mistress, Take your mum, Beers, Big groups, Debauchery, Food, Killer cocktails, Music, Parties, People watching, Pulling, Speakeasy, Daytime, Evening