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Name:

Haley Forest

Social Media Handle:

@HCForest

Where are you from & where are you based?

I grew up in foggy San Francisco, but came to London after Uni for “just one year” while I was working as a chef. Fast forward nearly 7 years later and I’m still here.

Why are you a BarChick?

I like to know everything when I’m passionate about a subject. Thus, getting my geek on about booze, particularly on an international front, is the best job ever. Being part of a movement towards greater drink education (and fun times!), working with a team of kick ass ladies, it’s a tough life… but someone has to do it!

When you’re not BarChicking how do you spend your time?

I’m a full time food, drinks and lifestyle writer and connector of dots. In short: I travel the world, party with chefs and bartenders, chronicle their (mis)adventures and talents, and make sure the correct people are talking to each other.

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What's your favourite neighbourhood in your city?

When I’m in London, it’s hard to choose between Soho and Shoreditch. Soho feels old world and alive, filled with places like The Blind Pig (I’m there often enough to call it my “Soho Office”), Spuntino (it’s all about the Truffle Egg Toast!), and Bone Daddies (Foodgasmic ramen). Shoreditch is all about the nightlife and weekends; loaded with bars like Callooh Calley, Happiness Forgets, NOLA, Satans Whiskers and Portside Parlour, plus epic restaurants like The Clove Club, MEATmission, and Viet Grill.

Favourite International Bars?

Attaboy(NY), Pouring Ribbons (NY), Corner Club (Stockholm), Sherry Butt (Paris), Little Red Door (Paris), Trick Dog (SF), Melrose Umbrella Co (LA), Satans Whiskers (LDN), Happiness Forgets (LDN), The Blind Pig (LDN).

What's your go-to drink?

Depends on my mood. I gravitate towards a Negroni (you’d think a Bartender can't f*ck that one up, but believe me, they can). I also love a Clover Club; it’s a great classic, but one I’ve seen done in terrible ways.

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Guilty pleasure drink?

Pina Colada.

Favourite city for a boozy break?

Between Copenhagen or Edinburgh. Both cities are quite small with great bars you can literally walk between. Paris - a bit bigger - is also great for that with clusters and neighbourhoods you can focus on.

Most epic BarChick adventure or most badass BarChick moment?

Walking into Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam, with my mother no less, and being greeted by the bartender (Danil Nevsky) by name. My mother says to me “I thought you didn’t know anyone here?” I didn’t, but the power of the internet had worked it’s magic for me. The next night, I worked some family connections and got Dan and I into The Butcher, where I promptly ran into other bar friends from London and Moscow. Oh international bar life.

What do you drink at home?

A Negroni or just a basic G&T. I have nearly 50 kinds of gin at home, so that's kinda my jam.

Where do you hit for a late night party in London?

NOLA (LDN), Glass (Paris), Employees Only (NYC)

Midnight Snack?

Still out and partying? Head to Employees Only in New York; their kitchen is open till 3am. In San Francisco - there’s a crepe stall (Crepes A GoGo) on 11th opposite Bar Agricole that’s legendary. In London, it’s all about Duck & Waffle; they’ve got a 24 hour license, banging food and a ridiculously epic view.

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Hangover cure?

Lots of water. Many Bloody Marys. Solid breakfast with toast, bacon, eggs, fruit. And (even though the thought of facing the world sucks) going for a walk for fresh air helps loads.

Hottest bartender you’ve ever seen?

It was a dark winter night in New York. I was in a bar I hadn’t even meant to go to, but took the wrong train and ended up there. Walking in, I passed someone and half turned, his smell causing me to stop in my tracks - he just smelled right on some crazy pheromonal level. I blinked and continued walking. Later, trading banter with one of the other guys, he popped behind the bar and we both just stared. Tall, thin, blue eyes, a boyish grin. Not my type, but man… he just felt right…. Sigh...

Planning a hot date, what's the agenda?

I like classic dates where you actually do something. So in London, take me to All Star Lanes for round of bowling (I may or may not kick your ass), followed by dinner at Lyles or On The Bab, and then drinks at Satans Whiskers. Some kind of experiential theatre thing like Secret Cinema or Alice Underground are also great ideas.

What's one thing you can’t live without?

Red lipstick, black eyeliner, a plane ticket and a map of great bars.

Who is your wingman?

I tend to fly solo, relying on the kindness of strangers to help a girl out. The Bartender can be your best friend.

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Want our advice? Don’t be too heavy handed with the alcohol or they won’t freeze. Save some boozy mix over because that 12 hours freezing time ain’t gonna drink itself. Gin and Tonic These classic ‘n fresh lollies will quench your thirst and cool you down… Serves 10 700ml tonic 45ml gin ¼ lime, juiced A few slices of cucumber Mix together the tonic, gin and lime juice then pour into your moulds over the cucumber slices. Easy! LOLLY.g.t Aperitivo Traditionally, aperitivo is an Italian word for a pre-meal drink meant to stimulate your appetite but we get ours going with an iced boozy snack. Serves 4 100ml cloudy lemonade 15ml Campari 10ml sugar syrup 25ml water Orange zest Stir all the ingredients together then pour over the orange zest into the moulds. Get them in the freezer and wait for aperitivo hour… LOLLY.aperitivo Margarita Margarita lollies aka. the party in a popsicle. Serves 4 150g sugar 175ml fresh lime juice 120ml water 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp orange juice 2 tbsp tequila 2 tbsp Grand Marnier Mix together the sugar, and juices and stir over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and leave to cool then blend together with the tequila and Grand Marnier until smooth. Pour into the mould and wait…. Once frozen, you can garnish with salt if that’s your flex. LOLLY.margarita Bellini Probably not how they’d do it in Harry’s Bar but we love these bad boys anyway... Serves 10 440ml prosecco 150ml sugar syrup 150ml lemon juice 2 large peaches 3 dashes peach bitters Chop the peaches and blend them until smooth before straining through a mesh sieve. Take 8 tbsp of the puree and mix together with the lemon juice, prosecco, syrup and bitters then add the prosecco - carefully though because it’ll fizz like a motherf*cker. If you wanna sex it up a bit, chuck in some edible flowers like violets because it’s summer and we like it. 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. Bonus, they’re super easy to make. Serves 6 530ml vanilla yogurt 1 banana 90ml vodka 90ml Kahlua 90ml Baileys 3 tbsp grated chocolate Blend all the ingredients together then get them in the freezer. Done! LOLLY.mudslide Paloma Tequila + grapefruit = the best damn lolly you’ve ever had. Serves 10 110g granulated sugar 120ml water 590ml grapefruit juice 120ml lime juice 70ml tequila Pinch of salt Dissolve the sugar with the water and leave aside to cool. In a jug, mix together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila and salt then add the sugar water and stir. Pour into moulds and freeze. LOLLY.paloma Mint Julep Because they’re not just for the Kentucky Derby, these icy goodies will keep you chilled any hot day. Serves 10 600ml water 220g demerara sugar a handful of mint 18ml bourbon Heat the sugar and water until dissolved then remove from the heat and add the mint. Muddle the mint and then allow to cool. Strain through a sieve before adding the bourbon and stirring. 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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

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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. 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127 Grove Rd, London, Greater London E3 5RP

Tel: +44 20 8980 2918

Mile End

Opening hours

Mon - Thurs & Sun: 12pm - midnight,
Fri & Sat: 12pm - 1:30am (no admission after 11:30pm)

Barchick Says

Date Updated: 11/03/2013

Be sure to hit the Palm Tree at some point in your life. It stands alone just off the Regent’s Canal and is famed for its live music and old skool landlords. Cool. This place ain’t big but it’s busting with character; shiny gold and black palm tree wallpaper covers the walls and a red hue gives every drinker a rouge tint (lash rash). The till looks like a time machine and the photos above the bar scream “afros and mullets are back in kids!”

The oval shaped bar has velvet curtains hanging above it but it’s less glam than you’re imagining, the name may suggest exotic but this place is an east end boozer to the core. Don’t go ordering anything fancy as it’ll only take time and we’re guessing it won’t taste great, plus with ales from Bow and Battersea you’ll wanna support the locals and order a pint. BarChick went all out with the pork scratchings and if it’s warm you can take things outside to chill on the grass. Canal life is as idyllic as it gets.

This place is booming at the weekends, the old drum kit in the corner comes to life and the piano gets some serious love. Amen.


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Take a cheapskate, Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mum, Beers, Dancing, Music, Parties, Smoking, Wine, Daytime, Evening, Late