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SAINTLY SPIRITS

Tequila Hit hard by the January blues?  You need a shot of tequila. It’s the only spirit that’s proven to release happy endorphins (you know, the same as chocolate and sex). Also, being made from agave and all things organic it’s also been linked with dissolving fats and lowering blood pressure. Keep it natural baby and make sure it’s an 100% agave tequila. If you’re not keen on shooters and don’t fancy sipping it neat, go for a Tommy’s Margarita: tequila, lime juice and agave syrup - it comes from the same plant as tequila and contains only natural sugars which leaves you less dehydrated after drinking. Or if you’re heading out hit up BarChick’s favourite Margarita joints in London. TEQUILA Kamm & Sons Kamm & Sons Ginseng Spirit is the hero of the healthy drinking world. This British aperitif contains 4 types of ginseng along with 40 other botanicals including manuka honey and echinacea (see ya later flu). It’s got a lower ABV than most spirits so you won’t get too p*ssed, and ginseng is actually good for metabolizing alcohol; if you’re gonna drink during that detox, this is the way to do it. Get your health kick with a Sunshine Mary: Kamm & Sons, yellow tomato juice, a squeeze of fresh lemon, 6 dashes of green Tabasco sauce, a pinch of salt, pepper, and celery salt and a touch of horseradish. KAMM.SON  

CALORIE COUNTING

No-one likes a calorie obsessor (unless they’re the creator of this site: getdrunknotfat.com). That said it’s a little too easy to sink half your daily allowance in a few cocktails: just because it’s liquid doesn’t mean it don’t count people. If you can’t fit in your jeans but don’t wanna ditch the booze altogether, here are a few that won’t have you piling on the pounds faster than you can say Piña Colada. Vodka, soda & fresh lime aka. Skinny B*tch They don't call this one skinny for nothin’. The queen of low-cal drinking, vodka and soda with a squeeze of fresh lime (step away from the cheap cordial) comes in at less than 90 calories a drink. SKINNYBITCH Martini At just over 100 calories get straight to the point with a Martini; gin or vodka, vermouth and lemon peel. Add an olive if you’re feeling dirty. MARTINI G&T Keep it simple with a G&T and if you’re looking to save 50 calories by switching to slimline, make it a good’n like Fever Tree – after all tonic makes up 70% of your drink, don’t f*ck it up. GINTONI Champers Celebrate detoxing in style with a glass of Champagne. It’s not only sexy and small but it has fewer calories than a glass of wine or beer. Need more? Medical research (no, not done by BarChick) has also said that Champagne is linked to lower rates in heart disease. CHAMPAGNE

KEEPIN’ IT SIMPLE

An obvious point would be to keep it simple. If you can’t stave off the whisky, pour it on the rocks. Need your gin fix? Forget the sours and reach for the tonic. Boozing or not keep hydrated. Flush out toxins and keep sexy with 2-3 litres of water a day, you know the drill. Matching every drink with a glass of water does the world a favour in the morning, even if it does mean you spend all night queuing for the toilet." 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We say screw cutting things out in 2018, just do things differently. January can be a pretty fun month, especially if you do it the BarChick way. DON’T: LEARN A NEW SKILL… INSTEAD: LEARN A NEW PARTY TRICK The music is playing, the drinks are flowing and the party tricks are coming out. Do you want to say “I took up Italian lessons this year” or do you want to impress with a damn good party trick? Knotting a cherry stick with your tongue while moonwalking will make you far more friends than a belated driving licence… you can’t drink and drive anyway. moonwalk DON’T: JOIN THE GYM… INSTEAD: GO RAVING The beauty of a rave is you can dance for 6 hours straight with it feeling like 2 minutes. Drink lots of water, lose weight by sweating and have a damn good time. It’s practically a month’s worth of gym sessions in one night, SORTED. rave INSTEAD: HAVE MORE SEX Sex is like doing a 20 minute skipping session but a lot more fun, obviously. It’s exercise, so use and abuse this fact. Don’t get sweaty with strangers in a gymnasium – and don’t even get us started on Bikram yoga. Instead, pick someone you like, use that dimmer switch and whack on some Marvin Gaye… you know what to do. sex DON’T: GIVE UP DRINKING… INSTEAD: DRINK BETTER COCKTAILS It’s all about drinking the right way  - for example, tequila lets off happy endorphins (Jen An loves the stuff). Plus loads of bars do 'skinny' cocktails. The Anthologist has a whole load all year round, such as the Skinny Superfood Collins that’s only 105 calories with Gin Mare, fresh basil, raspberries, blackberries, agave and fresh lemon juice, served long with soda. tequila INSTEAD: DRINK MORE WATER It’s something we all know but somehow ignore, yet having a water in between drinks really does fend off the hangover and helps you remain a respectable person. Get into the habit of having a glass between drinks and downing a pint before bed and you’ll be good to go in the morning. Hangover who?! water DON’T: GIVE UP DRINKING TO SAVE MONEY… INSTEAD: LEARN HOW TO MAKE COCKTAILS AT HOME Drinking cocktails at swish bars can start to add up, so if you’re watching the bank balance and not the liver, head to one of the many cocktail classes in London and learn to make a signature cocktail. Stock up your booze cupboard, throw some parties and make the drinks yourself! It saves you money plus it makes you look bad ass. make cocktails DON’T: CUT OUT BAD FOODS… INSTEAD: TRY NEW WEIRD FOODS We could all cut out cheese, pizza and chocolate but where is the fun in that? Instead of cutting food out, bring new foods in. The fruit and veg aisle always has some weird looking stuff, dragon fruit is a good place to start. 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From a big-ass punch from officially ‘The best new spirit of the year’ to ridiculously decadent Espresso Martini twists and just damn good Daiquiris  - it’s time to shake things up this Christmas.  These are the 12 drinks we’ll be making this year. 1.Merry Citrus by Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto Forget vats of mulled wine and sickly sweet punches - this fresh citrus punch is the ultimate drink to make for the whole gang.  Italicus is the most award winning spirit of 2017 so if you want to look like you really know your stuff (as well as try something damn good) this is the bottle you need to bring to the party. In a tureen or punch bowl: 1 bottle Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto 1 bottle Chardonnay Chilled fennel seed tea Dashes of orange bitters 4 tbsp sugar Stirred over ice Garnished with something beautiful WATCH HOW MERRY CITRUS IS MADE   2. Sweet Manhattan by Buffalo Trace Channel your inner Don Draper and keep things perfectly classic this Christmas.  Game of cards and a Sweet Manhattan? Now you’re talking. In a mixing glass: 50ml Buffalo Trace 25 ml Antica Formula Stir over ice Pour into coupette glass Garnish with a cocktail cherry WATCH HOW A SWEET MANHATTAN IS MADE.   3. Boodles Royale by Boodles Gin Considering kicking off with a Kir? You can do better than that. Boodles Mulberry Gin is bang on for this time of year; currants, berries, sugar and spice, it’s all in there. Topped up with fizz it’s possibly the chicest (and most simple) cocktail you’ll ever make. In a Champagne flute: 1 part Boodles Mulberry Gin 3 parts Champagne Garnished with a lemon twist WATCH HOW TO MAKE A BOODLES ROYALE.   4. Southern Berry Sour by Southern Comfort Dangerously drinkable, this is light, fresh and long which means you won’t be topping up everyone’s glasses every 5 minutes. Nice. Garnish with some berries and a sprig of holly for an ultra festive vibe. In a tall glass: 50 ml Southern Comfort Squeeze of fresh lemon juice 100ml cranberry juice 50 ml Sicilian lemonade Garnish WATCH HOW TO MAKE A SOUTHERN BERRY SOUR.   5. 1800 Blush by 1800 Tequila Christmas day might not be a time for shots of tequila with Nan but a tequila this good definitely deserves a place at the party.  Super simple to make, tasty and this 100% agave tequila will leave you feeling much fresher the next day than your mate who’s knocking back Prosecco. In a balloon glass: 50ml 1800 Tequila Topped up with Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade Garnished with a wedge of grapefruit and a sprig of mint HERE'S HOW TO MAKE THE 1800 BLUSH.   6. GingerTini by Feeney’s Irish Cream It just isn’t Christmas until you’ve indulged in some Irish Cream. Rather than sipping neat in front of the TV shake it up into this twist on an Espresso Martini, it’s SILLY good and makes the perfect post-dinner cocktail (or post-breakfast, we’re not judging). In a cocktail shaker: 20ml vodka 60ml Feeney’s Irish Cream 40ml gingerbread syrup 15 ml espresso Shake over ice, strain and pour into a cocktail glass Garnish with a dusting of cinnamon and gold leaf HERE'S HOW IT'S DONE.   7. Hide The Rum by Bumbu Caribbean meets Christmas spice in this sexy number; this is the drink to make if you’re looking to impress. It’s smooth, delicious and guaranteed to be beat any Christmas cocktail your in-laws have ever tried. In a cocktail shaker: 50ml Bumbu Rum 15ml Fino Sherry 25ml Session Ale spice reduction 2 dashes Angostura Bitters Shaken over ice Poured into rocks glass WATCH HOW TO MAKE HIDE THE RUM LIKE A PRO.   8. Christmas G&T by Yuletide Gin You just can’t beat a G&T.  Well unless it’s filled with GOLD. Yuletide Gin is made with festive botanicals and spices and has the perfect hint of Christmas.  When you add in tonic it glitters and all the gold bubbles to the top - total Insta dream. In a tall glass: 50ml Yuletide Gin Topped up with Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic Spray orange slice with glitter Garnish and serve THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE.    9. Pineapple Daiquiri by Plantation Rum Get your tiki freak on this Christmas and shake up some Daiquiris Plantation Rum style. Their Plantation Pineapple Rum is unbelievably delicious so if you can resist drinking it from the bottle, this is a damn good way to enjoy it.   In a cocktail shaker: 50ml Plantation Pineapple 75ml pineapple juice 25ml lime juice 12.5ml sugar syrup Shake over ice Pour into a coupette and dust with cinnamon HERE'S A VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE A PINEAPPLE DAIQUIRI.   10. Casa Cider by Casamigos Tequila A tequila that’s almost as tasty as George Clooney himself (he’s the man behind Casamigos).  2017 has been the year of tequila and things have moved way past the salt and lime days - if you wanna see what tequila can do in cocktails then give this a go. In a cocktail shaker: 50ml Casamigos Reposado Tequila 25ml fresh lemon juice 25ml flat apple cider 15ml ginger syrup 15ml agave 2 dashes Angostura Bitters Shake over ice Pour over ice into a rocks glass Garnish with apple slice, aniseed, thyme and cinammon WATCH HOW A CASA CIDER IS MADE.   11. Ginger Mojito by RedLeg Spiced Rum It’s time to fire up the festivities with a delicious spiced rum, and this has got to be the best way to drink it this Christmas, ‘cos who doesn’t love a Mojito? You can ever mix up a whole batch of these beforehand and just add in the ice and stir when your crew arrive. In a large glass (we like a jar): Muddle some lime halves 50ml RedLeg Spiced Rum 10ml Sugar Syrup Sprigs of fresh mint Fill with ice Top up with fiery ginger beer Stir it all together WATCH HOW TO MAKE A GINGER MOJITO.   12. Bee’s Knees by Brooklyn Gin By now we’re going to lay money on the fact you might be a *bit* over turkey, Quality Streets and pigs in blankets (OK, maybe not those actually)- so here’s something a bit different for those who look at another glass of mulled wine.  Made in Brooklyn, this gin is probably the coolest you can get hold of and to enjoy it to the max here’s their perfect cocktail serve. Simple to make and a nice change from that G&T hey? 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This year's hottest bottles

Italicus 

Italian drinks still reigned supreme in 2017 so when the godfather of Italian drinking, Giuseppe Gallo, brought out a fresh as hell Italian bergamot spirit only good things were going to happen. Like winning Best New Spirit of The Year.  Natch.  The beautiful bottle alone is worth a spot on your top shelf and once you've had a whiff on citrus and seen what those notes of lavender, rose and bitter spice do to a glass of bubbles you'll be hooked. Chuck in 3 olives, 'cos if you're going to do Italian you've got to do it properly.

Silent Pool Gin

So there may be approx. 1 million gins to choose from but we're fussy and only drink the best stuff so we say stick local with this delicious one made in Surrey. 24 botanicals, citrus, rose (noticing a trend here?) and balanced out with local honey, this new gin is a real treat and will make the best G&T you and your crew have had all year.

Corte Vetusto Mezcal

Tequila? Old news. This year's been all about mezcal (tequila, we still love you) and new award winner Corte Vetusto is one of our favourites. It's a small batch artisinal mezcal made with wild agave ensuring it's super smooth and sippable and has that perfect level of smokiness; subtle and enhancing rather than making you feel like you smoked 30 last night.  Mezcal is wicked in cocktails as the smokiness adds real flavour so try twisting it into your Tommy's Margarita. If you wanna look like a booze pro this Christmas, or fancy drinking like BarChick, just sip it neat or on the rocks.  You get all that flavour, and being made of 100% agave, you can bet you'll feel better in the morning than your mate whose knocking back the Prosecco.

Belsazar Vermouth

This range of vermouths are a key ingredient in cocktails in some of London’s best bars.  So you should probably get in on it. You can pick your blend from their dry, red, rose or white vermouths depending on what you’re after. Add to cocktails or sip it like BarChick in a Belsazar Vermouth and tonic… it's low ABV so won't have you falling off your chair.

The classics

King's Ginger

This is a Christmas cabinet must have.  Specifically created by Berry Bros way back in 1903 for King Edward VII, it's still going strong today. This liqueur is gingery, zesty and rich,  making it the perfect addition to your Champagne, Christmas cocktails, mulled wine or even just enjoyed straight up on ice. BarChick’s dad won't do Christmas without it.

Tio Pepe Sherry

A Christmas classic that needs to be in your cupboard. It's dry, it's fresh, Nan loves the stuff and it also goes really well in a Bloody Mary; some say it's the secret ingredient. Otherwise treat it just like a glass of white wine and serve unbelievably chilled.

Buffalo Trace 

Whisky is the perfect winter tipple (think hot toddies) and this is one of the smoothest around.  It’ll warm you up from the inside out and then some. Keeping the toffee and apple flavours simple it's perfect in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan for post dinner cocktails or just enjoyed straight up on the rocks.

Peroni

You've got to be able offer people something ice cold and fresh when they walk through the door - and Peroni ticks all the boxes. It's the sassiest beer around. Thought beer was just for good for - well, beer? Think again. Peroni is kick ass in cocktails too. Play like some of the best bartenders on the planet and mix up some Peroni cocktails if you're feeling fancy. They even do gluten free for THAT family member. Salut!

Courvoisier

Everyone needs a little bit of luxe in their life and this cognac totally fits the bill. They've just brought out a limited edition range that includes a Courvoisier Reserve 1978 for £1,100 and we can tell you now that it's worth every penny. If you're after a cheaper version the Courvoisier V.S.O.P is around £30 and excellent if you're mixing up some sophisticated cocktails for guests.

Sipsmith Sloe Gin

We all know that Sipmsith do a damn good gin, but did you know about their Sloe Gin? Made in the same distillery in Hammersmith by the same crew, it’s super smooth and, having been made using sloe berries, it's got a sweetness. We drinks ours neat. Just the kind of thing you can slip into your emergency hip flask when all the Champagne runs out at the Christmas party.

Louis Roederer

It's the season to party and that means popping the Champagne on the regs. The one we're drinking this year is Louis Roederer's Brut Premier Non Vintage. Blended from at least four vintages and some Chardonnay, it'll slip down a dream. We all know the better the quality Champagne, the easier the hangover, so go for this one and you (and your guests) can thank us later.

Altos Tequila

Sure Tequila doesn't scream 'yuletide classic' but we say think outside the box. Nothing starts a party like some of this stuff, get grandma sipping on a Margarita and you'll have yourself a merry one.  Even better you can whip out the ultimate booze trivia at the table when you learn how the stuff was made by watching THIS. It's epic.  Yes you've learnt something from all that time spent drinking, stick that, Grandad.

 

Other Essentials For Your Cabinet

Tonic (we love Schweppes, it's those bubbles) Tabasco Angostura Bitters Tomato juice Ginger ale   Where to buy your booze? Check out our best booze shops in London, but our favourite 31 Dover can be visited from the comfort of your own home, delivered the next day and they’ve got all the right booze to fill that cupboard." 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Quaglinos We're not talking the flicker of a flame, a spray of glitter or a puff of smoke... the menu at Mayfair's slickest party place take you in a god damned time machine through the last 100 years. For drinks dressed up in petticoats kick off in the 1920's with THIS epic menu - and do not leave without trying the Time Machine.  It's one of the best cocktails in London. 16 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AJ Shrub & Shutter  Looks a bit like your mate's kitchen, with bottles, books, kitchen appliances, ingredients and herbs, but they take cocktails to the next level here, with fresh seasonal ingredients, crazy garnishes and imaginative vessels. BarChick once had a Disney cocktail out of the genie's lamp. It's that good. Try: The Pop Brixton - like a throwback to your school tuck shop visits, served in a plastic pop bottle with a candy lace garnish. 336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8QH shrub-and-shutter-pop-brixton NightJar Officially one of the world's best bars - it's a 1920's style speakeasy's with a seriously killer cocktail menu, with creations made using voodoo smoke, mozzarella, insects, chilli sweets and peanut butter ice cubes. Totally off-the-wall, but some of the best serves in London. Try: Buffalo Fizz, inspired by summers in Italy, with salty mango butter and a giant red metallic ball thats actually a sprayed dried lime, 'cos why not? 129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB nightjar-buffalo-fizz The Gibson With the legendary Marian Beke (ex-Nightjar) rocking the show you can count on this place for a seriously epic cocktail list. Along the same kinda otherworldly, theatrical vibe to NightJar/Oriole where each cocktail comes with its own kitsch serve and extravagant garnishes. Try: The Electric Earl, served in a lightbulb glass, with a 'buzz button' garnish - pop it in your mouth for a rollercoaster taste sensation like nothing else you've ever tasted before. 44 Old Street, London EC1V 9AQ the-gibson Oriole NightJar's Rosie & Edmund have nailed it again with this place.  Old World, New World, Orient, Sharers… it’s all in here so expect original, daring and adventurous creations served up in beautiful and weird vessels. Try: The Ryoan-Ji with blue rose milk, Japanese whisky and seaweed syrup, served in a ceramic egg basket - kind of like Easter on acid. East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, London, EC1A 9LH oriole-ryoan-ji The Walrus Room Through the Looking-Glass is the theme, with cocktails named after lines in Lewis Carrol’s poem The Walrus and The Carpenter, e.g. Of Cabbages and Kings (Kamm & Sons, Greengage Liqueur, Stinging Nettle Cordial, Lemon, Celery Bitters) and A Bitter Tear (Bols Genever, Rhubarb and Rosehip Cordial, Campari, Carpano Antica, Rhubarb Bitters). Try: The Ninha Colada - served out of a fisherman's head, with a chocolate slab garnish, which is set on fire - just y'know another standard Walrus Room serve. 40 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EE the-walrus-room Artesian This epic hotel bar is renowned for quirky vessels and killer serves, from levetating clouds, to cocktail served in a Dali-style teardrop ring, to a giant robot elephant vessel. With 2 HOT new bartenders about to take over behind the stick we're excited to see what the hell is next (flying drinks?). Try: The Colony Cocktail - a giant copper ant bearing a granola style mix on the top and a milky boozy concoction of Absolut Elyx, Wheat, Almond, Juniper and Bergamot - mix it all together for a crazy drink that's rich in texture (and will probably give you nightmares). 1C Portland Place, London W1B 1JA artesian-join-the-colony Purl This bar that doesn't get enough attention for how damn good it is - but we kinda like it that way. Let's keep it between us, yeah?  You'll find all sorts of crazy boozy stuff going down at this New York-style cocktail den where it's inventive cocktails galore, with all sorts of crazy garnishes, from toothpaste tubes, to lollipops and even a frickin' balloon. Try: The Mr Hyde, served with a plume of coffee and chocolate fog. 50 Blandford St, Marylebone, London, W1U 7HX purl-london The Alchemist It may look like just another city slicker bar full of suits but the cocktails here take 'insane' to another level.  Cooked on copper pans over camping stoves, and then bubbling over with dry ice.  That'll liven up the post -work chat when you and your colleague are queuing for the bar. You're gunna want to get the film rolling for this one. 6 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7BA Try: The Red Dead Zombie, popping and bubbling over like it's alive or something. the-alchemist   69 Colebrooke Row It might be low-key on the decor (and name) but their playful cocktails are bucket list material. For example, their Lipstick rose, garnished with a printed kiss mark, is often sent back 'cos people think it's a used glass - these guys! Try: The legendary Prairie Oyster - this twist on a bloody mary looks just like an oyster with a reformulated tomato juice egg yolk, served up with horseradish vodka and Oloroso sherry. 69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA 69-colebrooke-row Lounge Bohemia Hidden underneath a kebab shop in Shoreditch you'll find this intriguing cocktail den, where the sky's the limit in terms of creativity - on BarChick's visit she licked boozy sap from a tree stump, and ate a gin dew drop from a leaf. Seriously. Try: Go for the Tasting Menu (it changes regularly) and now prepare for some really mad sh*t 1 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3EJ lounge-bohemia London Cocktail Club BarChick's fave party guys also dish out some pretty epic showstoppers. From a giant sharing skull bonfire to their renowned bacon and egg martini (which weirdly works). Try: Heisenburg - their take on Tommy's Margarita, with a Breaking Bad-style twist. Served in a science beaker it's blue as day, with a cheeky lil' packet of powder popped on top (don't get too excited, it's only sugar). Various locations london-cocktail-club-hiesenberg-breaking-bad-cocktail Cocktail Trading Co. Okay you thought all that was pretty epic, wait 'til you see what CTC have in store - each cocktail is like some kind of work of pop art. They've done it all here, from cocktails disguised in Chinese noodle boxes with chopsticks, served out of a Wellington boot, hidden in snow globes and even mini trash cans. 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Of course you are.  It doesn’t have to be all about lemon and hot water though people, BarChick’s on hand to advise you how to drink that bit healthier; so ditch the pints, sack off the sugar and drink to your health.

SAINTLY SPIRITS

Tequila Hit hard by the January blues?  You need a shot of tequila. It’s the only spirit that’s proven to release happy endorphins (you know, the same as chocolate and sex). Also, being made from agave and all things organic it’s also been linked with dissolving fats and lowering blood pressure. Keep it natural baby and make sure it’s an 100% agave tequila. If you’re not keen on shooters and don’t fancy sipping it neat, go for a Tommy’s Margarita: tequila, lime juice and agave syrup - it comes from the same plant as tequila and contains only natural sugars which leaves you less dehydrated after drinking. Or if you’re heading out hit up BarChick’s favourite Margarita joints in London. TEQUILA Kamm & Sons Kamm & Sons Ginseng Spirit is the hero of the healthy drinking world. This British aperitif contains 4 types of ginseng along with 40 other botanicals including manuka honey and echinacea (see ya later flu). It’s got a lower ABV than most spirits so you won’t get too p*ssed, and ginseng is actually good for metabolizing alcohol; if you’re gonna drink during that detox, this is the way to do it. Get your health kick with a Sunshine Mary: Kamm & Sons, yellow tomato juice, a squeeze of fresh lemon, 6 dashes of green Tabasco sauce, a pinch of salt, pepper, and celery salt and a touch of horseradish. KAMM.SON  

CALORIE COUNTING

No-one likes a calorie obsessor (unless they’re the creator of this site: getdrunknotfat.com). That said it’s a little too easy to sink half your daily allowance in a few cocktails: just because it’s liquid doesn’t mean it don’t count people. If you can’t fit in your jeans but don’t wanna ditch the booze altogether, here are a few that won’t have you piling on the pounds faster than you can say Piña Colada. Vodka, soda & fresh lime aka. Skinny B*tch They don't call this one skinny for nothin’. The queen of low-cal drinking, vodka and soda with a squeeze of fresh lime (step away from the cheap cordial) comes in at less than 90 calories a drink. SKINNYBITCH Martini At just over 100 calories get straight to the point with a Martini; gin or vodka, vermouth and lemon peel. Add an olive if you’re feeling dirty. MARTINI G&T Keep it simple with a G&T and if you’re looking to save 50 calories by switching to slimline, make it a good’n like Fever Tree – after all tonic makes up 70% of your drink, don’t f*ck it up. GINTONI Champers Celebrate detoxing in style with a glass of Champagne. It’s not only sexy and small but it has fewer calories than a glass of wine or beer. Need more? Medical research (no, not done by BarChick) has also said that Champagne is linked to lower rates in heart disease. CHAMPAGNE

KEEPIN’ IT SIMPLE

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Keystones Cocktail Club

2$$

1 Copenhagen Street, Worcester, WR1 2HB

Tel: +44 19 0573 1437

Opening hours

Mon - Wed: 5pm - 1am,
Thurs - Sat: 5pm - 3am

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 25/04/2013

This suburban venture from the boys behind The London Cocktail Clubs is unlike anything Worcester’s ever seen before. Opening its doors for the first time in an explosion of cocktails, crazy-ass bartenders and comic book characters, BarChick may or may not have been wearing a cape, pow!

Take the steps down from street level where you’ll be met by comic book style artwork, a large open room, comfortable looking leather sofas and a corker of a playlist; we literally two-stepped all the way to the bar and BarChick’s hot date was in jazz splits before the tequilas were even on the deck.

When it comes to cocktails the list is simple and bit of a party starter, we started on Old Fashioneds but very quickly moved to Pornstar Martinis (it just felt right). Props to the dudes behind the bar who put on an a hot show and kept the three deep bar moving, there was even a little bit of flaring going on, if you’re a sucker for that kinda thing, ahem.

Monday to Thursday you’ll want to chill out here and take advantage of the pizza and banging offers, Orange Wednesdays for example render any orange cocktails half price. As soon as the weekend hits grab your glad-rags and make the most of this rad party place; challenge a mate to a game of table tennis, get geeky with the old-school Space Invaders or make like BarChick and shake it out to a little No Doubt… boom, we’ll be back.


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Take a client, Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mistress, Beers, Big groups, Dancing, Debauchery, Food, Killer cocktails, Music, Parties, People watching, Pulling, Wine, Evening, Late