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Best boozy collaborations:

Oriole x Grand Marnier

Cocktails, dinner and contemporary dance? Now that’s our kind of date night. Head to Oriole for ‘A Touch Of Rouge’ – exclusive Grand Marnier cocktails that have an element of the eccentric about them. Expect impromptu contemporary dance from The Divine Company as you sip away. Counts as your culture for the week. Reservations are strongly recommended via the Oriole website. Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd October, 6pm - late

Mr Fogg’s Residence x Talisker

It’s all about the Highland jinx at Mr Fogg’s Residence on Wednesday. Sojourn in Skye is a night of Talisker fun.; expect a bespoke whisky menu, live Ceilidh music, bagpipers and a selection of Scottish delicacies. We’re dusting off our kilt. 15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD Wednesday 3rd October

COYA Mayfair x Seedlip

Life’s about balance. Hit it too hard Monday? Or just want to give your liver some love? Crack over to Coya on Tuesday where BarChick favourite (and serious pioneer of the drinks world) Seedlip are serving up free No & Low ABV cocktails alongside COYA's new vegan menu. Virtuous (and v. tasty). Free to attend, email [email protected] to sign up to the guestlist. COYA Mayfair, 118 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NW Tuesday 2nd October, 5pm - 8pm  

Events and parties not to be missed:

Cub becomes Cub-a with Havana Club Icónica’s Paladar Series

BarChick loves a slice of the island life. Add to this rum, Cuban food, and a multi-sensory, private dining experience and… well, we’re there faster than Hemingway could order a daiquiri. For two nights only, Cub becomes Cub-a in a badass collaboration between Havana Club and legendary NYC bar BlackTail. 10 courses, 30 guests each evening, and an immersion into Cuban culture. Sí, por favor. Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd Tickets for the ten-course set menu including drinks will cost £85pp, excluding service 153 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ

Piscoteque parties

It’s LCW people. Expect to get pis…coed! With three opportunities to get down with your bad self at these Chilean Pisco parties, there’s no excuse not to. Whether you head to Apples & Pears, Looking Glass Cocktail Club or Resident of Paradise Row, then Pisco! Waqar pisco cocktails, a killer latin playlist and exotic light bites are calling you. 4th October - Apples & Pears, Brick Lane 5th October - Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Hackney 7th October - Resident of Paradise Row, Bethnal Green

Cocchi Negroni Journey @ TT Liquor

By the time it gets to Saturday, it’s time to go hard or go home. We recommend going hard by immersing yourself in the world of the Negroni cocktail. Join Georgio Bava in tasting 5 Negronis, creating your own bespoke serve, and even walking away with a goody bag. You made it this far – you’re allowed to be Cocchi. The Spirits Collective Pop-up TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 8AA 2pm to 3.30pm and 8pm to 9.30pm sessions

The Light House

There *may* come a point in the week when the idea of living a lighter life appeals – and when that happens, we recommend you find sanctuary at The Light House. Keep things fresh with a selection of low-calorie cocktails created by a different legendary bartender each day. Then there’s a beautiful multi-sensory light instillation, and ‘Light Talks’ in partnership with the awesome Healthy Hospo about how to find balance (and for once we’re not talking balanced cocktails). Monday 1st - Sat 6th 5-7 Grape Street, London, WC2H8 DW Tickets cost £12 for two cocktails and entry to the instillation.

Nine Lives bar x Bulleit Bourbon = ultimate block party

You know it’s gonna get off the chain when the street’s on lockdown, people – and this is exactly what’s occurring on Saturday. Channeling New York parties in the 80s, Nine Lives bar and Bulleit Bourbon are closing down Holyrood Street to throw the people of London the ultimate block party. Bespoke Bulleit cocktails, Bulleit glazed BBQ treats and old skool sounds –right up BarChick’s street. Saturday 6th 3pm – 10pm

Porter's Gin vs Fernet Branca - Pickup Basketball Game

Booze and basketball – hell yeah. This is the second pick-up style basketball game from Porter's Gin and Fernet Branca. Show your ball control skills (or just cheer from the side-lines with a drink) by swinging over to CitySport on Friday. Open to everyone, with jerseys and refreshments provided. About the only time in LCW dribbling is encouraged. Friday 5th October - 2pm - 4pm CitySport, The Franklin Building, 124 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7DP  

Top takeovers:

Blacktail at Bloomsbury Club Bar

When it comes to Friday night of London Cocktail Week then it’s a tale of two halves – BlackTail in NYC, and the Bloomsbury Club Bar in, well, you know where. Talk about power couples. From 6pm guests can enjoy a menu of bespoke creations that give an authentic taste of the ‘lush life’. Plus, the sultry hideaway vibe of the bar is the ideal place to conceal any tired eyes... The Bloomsbury Club Bar, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN Friday 5th from 6pm

Swift at Licoreria Limantour

It’s also getting a bit fiesta-friendly at Swift. Award-winning cocktail bar Licoreria Limantour bring the vibes of Mexico City to Soho for a series of guest shifts and collabs. Start the party a day early with their Mexican Party on Sunday night (screw X Factor, there’s gonna be live Mariachi). Or bunk off work in time for their Mexican aperitivos Monday afternoon. Free grilled oysters, yo. Sunday 30th September | Mexican Party | 6pm - late Monday 1st October | Mexican Aperitivos | 1.30pm -  4pm Swift, 12 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TQ

Jack Wareing at Worship Street Whistling Shop

No one ever tell Jack Wareing he’s punching. The Porter's Gin brand ambassador and former Dandelyan bartender will be jumping behind the bar at WSWS to serve up four excusive punches. With concoctions ranging from dark and daring through to saucily refreshing, there’s a punch for all tastes. Get in.

Worship Street Whistling Shop, 63 Worship Street, EC2A 4JH Saturday 6th October, 6pm - 12am 

The Broken Shaker at Madison Rooftop 

Suits, step aside. St Paul’s hottest rooftop, Madison, is being taken over by renowned Miami hotspot The Broken Shaker, and they’re Miami beach good vobes with them. Expect an urban oasis with expertly mixed cocktails from Bobby Eldridge. There’s a cocktail called a Coco-nut Case which will probably sum up BarChick by the end of the week. Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF 2nd to 5th October.

Le Syndicat at Experimental Cocktail Club

Feeling chic? A little bit of je ne sais quoi is arriving in central London, courtesy of Le Syndicat bar and Grand Marnier. Be transported to Paris via ECC – they’re promising spellbinding cocktails, a low-key urban vibe and retro hip-hop playlists. Sounds achingly cool, we’re there. From 6pm-1am, 2nd – 4th October. 13a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS

Hot pop ups:

Scout’s Like-Minded Creatures Pop-Up

Gang’s all here, folks… on Tuesday 2nd internationally renowned bartenders Matt Whiley, Luke Whearty and Alex Kratena will be taking over the bar at Scout for one night only. Nine drinks, three bartenders, surprises a plenty and a party to (hopefully) remember. Scout, 224 Graham Road, E8 1BP Like-Minded Creatures Pop-Up, Tuesday 2nd October, 6pm - late

Hendrick’s Tini Martini Bar

Teeny tiny ‘tinis are coming your way this LCW, courtesy of Hendricks gin. For a trio of nights they have guest bartenders putting their spin on the Hendrick’s miniature martini. Expect appearances from the crew at DUKES bar, Employees Only and Kinly bar. Small but very, very mighty. Swordtail Studios 2083 Acton Mews, London E8 4DG Weds 3rd – Friday 5th from 7pm

Absolut’s Porn Star Martini Townhouse

Porn and Soho go hand in hand, so it makes sense that Absolut have decided to raise the roof (and maybe some eyebrows) with their Porn Star Martini Townhouse on Greek Street. We can pretty much guarantee it’s not what you expect. Passion Fruit Kaleidoscope. Misty vanilla forest. Bubble filled maze. If these are tickling your fancy, you know where to go. From 6:30pm, Wednesday 3 October 19 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DT

Tequila & Mezcal Fest

There’s not much in life BarChick loves more than tequila. Fact. So there’s no bl**dy way we’d miss hitting Bargehouse OXO Tower for the fifth year of Europe’s biggest Tequila, Mezcal and agave spirit festival. Over 50 agave brands, 6 pop-up cocktail bars and 3 restaurants serving up Mexican street food – if it sounds epic, that’s because it is. With signature serves from MNKY HSE and Ella Canta, food from places including Peyotito and Café Pacifico, and TWO pop-up bars from the Patrón Tequila Experience... you can sleep when you’re dead, right? 5th, 6th and 7th October Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH Tickets HERE

PHEW.

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Best boozy collaborations:

Oriole x Grand Marnier

Cocktails, dinner and contemporary dance? Now that’s our kind of date night. Head to Oriole for ‘A Touch Of Rouge’ – exclusive Grand Marnier cocktails that have an element of the eccentric about them. Expect impromptu contemporary dance from The Divine Company as you sip away. Counts as your culture for the week. Reservations are strongly recommended via the Oriole website. Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd October, 6pm - late

Mr Fogg’s Residence x Talisker

It’s all about the Highland jinx at Mr Fogg’s Residence on Wednesday. Sojourn in Skye is a night of Talisker fun.; expect a bespoke whisky menu, live Ceilidh music, bagpipers and a selection of Scottish delicacies. We’re dusting off our kilt. 15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD Wednesday 3rd October

COYA Mayfair x Seedlip

Life’s about balance. Hit it too hard Monday? Or just want to give your liver some love? Crack over to Coya on Tuesday where BarChick favourite (and serious pioneer of the drinks world) Seedlip are serving up free No & Low ABV cocktails alongside COYA's new vegan menu. Virtuous (and v. tasty). Free to attend, email [email protected] to sign up to the guestlist. COYA Mayfair, 118 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NW Tuesday 2nd October, 5pm - 8pm  

Events and parties not to be missed:

Cub becomes Cub-a with Havana Club Icónica’s Paladar Series

BarChick loves a slice of the island life. Add to this rum, Cuban food, and a multi-sensory, private dining experience and… well, we’re there faster than Hemingway could order a daiquiri. For two nights only, Cub becomes Cub-a in a badass collaboration between Havana Club and legendary NYC bar BlackTail. 10 courses, 30 guests each evening, and an immersion into Cuban culture. Sí, por favor. Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd Tickets for the ten-course set menu including drinks will cost £85pp, excluding service 153 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ

Piscoteque parties

It’s LCW people. Expect to get pis…coed! With three opportunities to get down with your bad self at these Chilean Pisco parties, there’s no excuse not to. Whether you head to Apples & Pears, Looking Glass Cocktail Club or Resident of Paradise Row, then Pisco! Waqar pisco cocktails, a killer latin playlist and exotic light bites are calling you. 4th October - Apples & Pears, Brick Lane 5th October - Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Hackney 7th October - Resident of Paradise Row, Bethnal Green

Cocchi Negroni Journey @ TT Liquor

By the time it gets to Saturday, it’s time to go hard or go home. We recommend going hard by immersing yourself in the world of the Negroni cocktail. Join Georgio Bava in tasting 5 Negronis, creating your own bespoke serve, and even walking away with a goody bag. You made it this far – you’re allowed to be Cocchi. The Spirits Collective Pop-up TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 8AA 2pm to 3.30pm and 8pm to 9.30pm sessions

The Light House

There *may* come a point in the week when the idea of living a lighter life appeals – and when that happens, we recommend you find sanctuary at The Light House. Keep things fresh with a selection of low-calorie cocktails created by a different legendary bartender each day. Then there’s a beautiful multi-sensory light instillation, and ‘Light Talks’ in partnership with the awesome Healthy Hospo about how to find balance (and for once we’re not talking balanced cocktails). Monday 1st - Sat 6th 5-7 Grape Street, London, WC2H8 DW Tickets cost £12 for two cocktails and entry to the instillation.

Nine Lives bar x Bulleit Bourbon = ultimate block party

You know it’s gonna get off the chain when the street’s on lockdown, people – and this is exactly what’s occurring on Saturday. Channeling New York parties in the 80s, Nine Lives bar and Bulleit Bourbon are closing down Holyrood Street to throw the people of London the ultimate block party. Bespoke Bulleit cocktails, Bulleit glazed BBQ treats and old skool sounds –right up BarChick’s street. Saturday 6th 3pm – 10pm

Porter's Gin vs Fernet Branca - Pickup Basketball Game

Booze and basketball – hell yeah. This is the second pick-up style basketball game from Porter's Gin and Fernet Branca. Show your ball control skills (or just cheer from the side-lines with a drink) by swinging over to CitySport on Friday. Open to everyone, with jerseys and refreshments provided. About the only time in LCW dribbling is encouraged. Friday 5th October - 2pm - 4pm CitySport, The Franklin Building, 124 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7DP  

Top takeovers:

Blacktail at Bloomsbury Club Bar

When it comes to Friday night of London Cocktail Week then it’s a tale of two halves – BlackTail in NYC, and the Bloomsbury Club Bar in, well, you know where. Talk about power couples. From 6pm guests can enjoy a menu of bespoke creations that give an authentic taste of the ‘lush life’. Plus, the sultry hideaway vibe of the bar is the ideal place to conceal any tired eyes... The Bloomsbury Club Bar, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN Friday 5th from 6pm

Swift at Licoreria Limantour

It’s also getting a bit fiesta-friendly at Swift. Award-winning cocktail bar Licoreria Limantour bring the vibes of Mexico City to Soho for a series of guest shifts and collabs. Start the party a day early with their Mexican Party on Sunday night (screw X Factor, there’s gonna be live Mariachi). Or bunk off work in time for their Mexican aperitivos Monday afternoon. Free grilled oysters, yo. Sunday 30th September | Mexican Party | 6pm - late Monday 1st October | Mexican Aperitivos | 1.30pm -  4pm Swift, 12 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TQ

Jack Wareing at Worship Street Whistling Shop

No one ever tell Jack Wareing he’s punching. The Porter's Gin brand ambassador and former Dandelyan bartender will be jumping behind the bar at WSWS to serve up four excusive punches. With concoctions ranging from dark and daring through to saucily refreshing, there’s a punch for all tastes. Get in.

Worship Street Whistling Shop, 63 Worship Street, EC2A 4JH Saturday 6th October, 6pm - 12am 

The Broken Shaker at Madison Rooftop 

Suits, step aside. St Paul’s hottest rooftop, Madison, is being taken over by renowned Miami hotspot The Broken Shaker, and they’re Miami beach good vobes with them. Expect an urban oasis with expertly mixed cocktails from Bobby Eldridge. There’s a cocktail called a Coco-nut Case which will probably sum up BarChick by the end of the week. Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF 2nd to 5th October.

Le Syndicat at Experimental Cocktail Club

Feeling chic? A little bit of je ne sais quoi is arriving in central London, courtesy of Le Syndicat bar and Grand Marnier. Be transported to Paris via ECC – they’re promising spellbinding cocktails, a low-key urban vibe and retro hip-hop playlists. Sounds achingly cool, we’re there. From 6pm-1am, 2nd – 4th October. 13a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS

Hot pop ups:

Scout’s Like-Minded Creatures Pop-Up

Gang’s all here, folks… on Tuesday 2nd internationally renowned bartenders Matt Whiley, Luke Whearty and Alex Kratena will be taking over the bar at Scout for one night only. Nine drinks, three bartenders, surprises a plenty and a party to (hopefully) remember. Scout, 224 Graham Road, E8 1BP Like-Minded Creatures Pop-Up, Tuesday 2nd October, 6pm - late

Hendrick’s Tini Martini Bar

Teeny tiny ‘tinis are coming your way this LCW, courtesy of Hendricks gin. For a trio of nights they have guest bartenders putting their spin on the Hendrick’s miniature martini. Expect appearances from the crew at DUKES bar, Employees Only and Kinly bar. Small but very, very mighty. Swordtail Studios 2083 Acton Mews, London E8 4DG Weds 3rd – Friday 5th from 7pm

Absolut’s Porn Star Martini Townhouse

Porn and Soho go hand in hand, so it makes sense that Absolut have decided to raise the roof (and maybe some eyebrows) with their Porn Star Martini Townhouse on Greek Street. We can pretty much guarantee it’s not what you expect. Passion Fruit Kaleidoscope. Misty vanilla forest. Bubble filled maze. If these are tickling your fancy, you know where to go. From 6:30pm, Wednesday 3 October 19 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DT

Tequila & Mezcal Fest

There’s not much in life BarChick loves more than tequila. Fact. So there’s no bl**dy way we’d miss hitting Bargehouse OXO Tower for the fifth year of Europe’s biggest Tequila, Mezcal and agave spirit festival. Over 50 agave brands, 6 pop-up cocktail bars and 3 restaurants serving up Mexican street food – if it sounds epic, that’s because it is. With signature serves from MNKY HSE and Ella Canta, food from places including Peyotito and Café Pacifico, and TWO pop-up bars from the Patrón Tequila Experience... you can sleep when you’re dead, right? 5th, 6th and 7th October Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH Tickets HERE

PHEW.

London Cocktail Week takes place from Monday 1st - Sunday 7th October. Expect 300 bars taking part and a Cocktail Village at the Old Truman Brewery - in other words, a sh*t ton of fun. Digital passes are £10 through the DrinkUp app and get you special £6 cocktails (and £4 non-alcoholic drinks) at all participating bars, free entry to the Village and priority access to pop-up events and parties arranged by London Cocktail Week." ["post_title"]=> string(48) "London Cocktail Week 2018 - BarChick's Top Picks" ["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(37) "london-cocktail-week-2018-the-best-of" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-09-28 17:30:32" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-09-28 16:30:32" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=59995" ["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(1) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#1034 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(59995) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-09-28 17:30:32" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-09-28 16:30:32" ["post_content"]=> string(13300) "Ready? GOOD. Cos' it’s that time of year again.  From Monday 1st October to Sunday 7th October London Cocktail Week is back baby! The big city is buzzing with cocktail shenanigans, people swaying merrily from bar to pop-up to world-famous bar team takeover. If you’re finding checking out the list of what’s on is as overwhelming as trying to pick a Netflix movie on a hangover, then fear not. We’ve picked the hottest goings on, so all you’ve gotta do is get your ticket and get OUT there. You’re so welcome.

Best boozy collaborations:

Oriole x Grand Marnier

Cocktails, dinner and contemporary dance? Now that’s our kind of date night. Head to Oriole for ‘A Touch Of Rouge’ – exclusive Grand Marnier cocktails that have an element of the eccentric about them. Expect impromptu contemporary dance from The Divine Company as you sip away. Counts as your culture for the week. Reservations are strongly recommended via the Oriole website. Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd October, 6pm - late

Mr Fogg’s Residence x Talisker

It’s all about the Highland jinx at Mr Fogg’s Residence on Wednesday. Sojourn in Skye is a night of Talisker fun.; expect a bespoke whisky menu, live Ceilidh music, bagpipers and a selection of Scottish delicacies. We’re dusting off our kilt. 15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD Wednesday 3rd October

COYA Mayfair x Seedlip

Life’s about balance. Hit it too hard Monday? Or just want to give your liver some love? Crack over to Coya on Tuesday where BarChick favourite (and serious pioneer of the drinks world) Seedlip are serving up free No & Low ABV cocktails alongside COYA's new vegan menu. Virtuous (and v. tasty). Free to attend, email [email protected] to sign up to the guestlist. COYA Mayfair, 118 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NW Tuesday 2nd October, 5pm - 8pm  

Events and parties not to be missed:

Cub becomes Cub-a with Havana Club Icónica’s Paladar Series

BarChick loves a slice of the island life. Add to this rum, Cuban food, and a multi-sensory, private dining experience and… well, we’re there faster than Hemingway could order a daiquiri. For two nights only, Cub becomes Cub-a in a badass collaboration between Havana Club and legendary NYC bar BlackTail. 10 courses, 30 guests each evening, and an immersion into Cuban culture. Sí, por favor. Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd Tickets for the ten-course set menu including drinks will cost £85pp, excluding service 153 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ

Piscoteque parties

It’s LCW people. Expect to get pis…coed! With three opportunities to get down with your bad self at these Chilean Pisco parties, there’s no excuse not to. Whether you head to Apples & Pears, Looking Glass Cocktail Club or Resident of Paradise Row, then Pisco! Waqar pisco cocktails, a killer latin playlist and exotic light bites are calling you. 4th October - Apples & Pears, Brick Lane 5th October - Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Hackney 7th October - Resident of Paradise Row, Bethnal Green

Cocchi Negroni Journey @ TT Liquor

By the time it gets to Saturday, it’s time to go hard or go home. We recommend going hard by immersing yourself in the world of the Negroni cocktail. Join Georgio Bava in tasting 5 Negronis, creating your own bespoke serve, and even walking away with a goody bag. You made it this far – you’re allowed to be Cocchi. The Spirits Collective Pop-up TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 8AA 2pm to 3.30pm and 8pm to 9.30pm sessions

The Light House

There *may* come a point in the week when the idea of living a lighter life appeals – and when that happens, we recommend you find sanctuary at The Light House. Keep things fresh with a selection of low-calorie cocktails created by a different legendary bartender each day. Then there’s a beautiful multi-sensory light instillation, and ‘Light Talks’ in partnership with the awesome Healthy Hospo about how to find balance (and for once we’re not talking balanced cocktails). Monday 1st - Sat 6th 5-7 Grape Street, London, WC2H8 DW Tickets cost £12 for two cocktails and entry to the instillation.

Nine Lives bar x Bulleit Bourbon = ultimate block party

You know it’s gonna get off the chain when the street’s on lockdown, people – and this is exactly what’s occurring on Saturday. Channeling New York parties in the 80s, Nine Lives bar and Bulleit Bourbon are closing down Holyrood Street to throw the people of London the ultimate block party. Bespoke Bulleit cocktails, Bulleit glazed BBQ treats and old skool sounds –right up BarChick’s street. Saturday 6th 3pm – 10pm

Porter's Gin vs Fernet Branca - Pickup Basketball Game

Booze and basketball – hell yeah. This is the second pick-up style basketball game from Porter's Gin and Fernet Branca. Show your ball control skills (or just cheer from the side-lines with a drink) by swinging over to CitySport on Friday. Open to everyone, with jerseys and refreshments provided. About the only time in LCW dribbling is encouraged. Friday 5th October - 2pm - 4pm CitySport, The Franklin Building, 124 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7DP  

Top takeovers:

Blacktail at Bloomsbury Club Bar

When it comes to Friday night of London Cocktail Week then it’s a tale of two halves – BlackTail in NYC, and the Bloomsbury Club Bar in, well, you know where. Talk about power couples. From 6pm guests can enjoy a menu of bespoke creations that give an authentic taste of the ‘lush life’. Plus, the sultry hideaway vibe of the bar is the ideal place to conceal any tired eyes... The Bloomsbury Club Bar, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN Friday 5th from 6pm

Swift at Licoreria Limantour

It’s also getting a bit fiesta-friendly at Swift. Award-winning cocktail bar Licoreria Limantour bring the vibes of Mexico City to Soho for a series of guest shifts and collabs. Start the party a day early with their Mexican Party on Sunday night (screw X Factor, there’s gonna be live Mariachi). Or bunk off work in time for their Mexican aperitivos Monday afternoon. Free grilled oysters, yo. Sunday 30th September | Mexican Party | 6pm - late Monday 1st October | Mexican Aperitivos | 1.30pm -  4pm Swift, 12 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TQ

Jack Wareing at Worship Street Whistling Shop

No one ever tell Jack Wareing he’s punching. The Porter's Gin brand ambassador and former Dandelyan bartender will be jumping behind the bar at WSWS to serve up four excusive punches. With concoctions ranging from dark and daring through to saucily refreshing, there’s a punch for all tastes. Get in.

Worship Street Whistling Shop, 63 Worship Street, EC2A 4JH Saturday 6th October, 6pm - 12am 

The Broken Shaker at Madison Rooftop 

Suits, step aside. St Paul’s hottest rooftop, Madison, is being taken over by renowned Miami hotspot The Broken Shaker, and they’re Miami beach good vobes with them. Expect an urban oasis with expertly mixed cocktails from Bobby Eldridge. There’s a cocktail called a Coco-nut Case which will probably sum up BarChick by the end of the week. Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF 2nd to 5th October.

Le Syndicat at Experimental Cocktail Club

Feeling chic? A little bit of je ne sais quoi is arriving in central London, courtesy of Le Syndicat bar and Grand Marnier. Be transported to Paris via ECC – they’re promising spellbinding cocktails, a low-key urban vibe and retro hip-hop playlists. Sounds achingly cool, we’re there. From 6pm-1am, 2nd – 4th October. 13a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS

Hot pop ups:

Scout’s Like-Minded Creatures Pop-Up

Gang’s all here, folks… on Tuesday 2nd internationally renowned bartenders Matt Whiley, Luke Whearty and Alex Kratena will be taking over the bar at Scout for one night only. Nine drinks, three bartenders, surprises a plenty and a party to (hopefully) remember. Scout, 224 Graham Road, E8 1BP Like-Minded Creatures Pop-Up, Tuesday 2nd October, 6pm - late

Hendrick’s Tini Martini Bar

Teeny tiny ‘tinis are coming your way this LCW, courtesy of Hendricks gin. For a trio of nights they have guest bartenders putting their spin on the Hendrick’s miniature martini. Expect appearances from the crew at DUKES bar, Employees Only and Kinly bar. Small but very, very mighty. Swordtail Studios 2083 Acton Mews, London E8 4DG Weds 3rd – Friday 5th from 7pm

Absolut’s Porn Star Martini Townhouse

Porn and Soho go hand in hand, so it makes sense that Absolut have decided to raise the roof (and maybe some eyebrows) with their Porn Star Martini Townhouse on Greek Street. We can pretty much guarantee it’s not what you expect. Passion Fruit Kaleidoscope. Misty vanilla forest. Bubble filled maze. If these are tickling your fancy, you know where to go. From 6:30pm, Wednesday 3 October 19 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DT

Tequila & Mezcal Fest

There’s not much in life BarChick loves more than tequila. Fact. So there’s no bl**dy way we’d miss hitting Bargehouse OXO Tower for the fifth year of Europe’s biggest Tequila, Mezcal and agave spirit festival. Over 50 agave brands, 6 pop-up cocktail bars and 3 restaurants serving up Mexican street food – if it sounds epic, that’s because it is. With signature serves from MNKY HSE and Ella Canta, food from places including Peyotito and Café Pacifico, and TWO pop-up bars from the Patrón Tequila Experience... you can sleep when you’re dead, right? 5th, 6th and 7th October Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH Tickets HERE

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Ready? GOOD. Cos’ it’s that time of year again.  From Monday 1st October to Sunday 7th October London Cocktail Week is back baby! The big city is buzzing with cocktail shenanigans, people swaying merrily from bar to pop-up to world-famous bar team takeover. If you’re finding checking out the list of what’s on is as overwhelming as trying to pick a Netflix movie on a hangover, then fear not. We’ve picked the hottest goings on, so all you’ve gotta do is get your ticket and get OUT there. You’re so welcome.

Best boozy collaborations:

Oriole x Grand Marnier

Cocktails, dinner and contemporary dance? Now that’s our kind of date night. Head to Oriole for ‘A Touch Of Rouge’ – exclusive Grand Marnier cocktails that have an element of the eccentric about them. Expect impromptu contemporary dance from The Divine Company as you sip away. Counts as your culture for the week.

Reservations are strongly recommended via the Oriole website.
Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd October, 6pm – late

Mr Fogg’s Residence x Talisker

It’s all about the Highland jinx at Mr Fogg’s Residence on Wednesday. Sojourn in Skye is a night of Talisker fun.; expect a bespoke whisky menu, live Ceilidh music, bagpipers and a selection of Scottish delicacies. We’re dusting off our kilt.

15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD
Wednesday 3rd October

COYA Mayfair x Seedlip

Life’s about balance. Hit it too hard Monday? Or just want to give your liver some love? Crack over to Coya on Tuesday where BarChick favourite (and serious pioneer of the drinks world) Seedlip are serving up free No & Low ABV cocktails alongside COYA’s new vegan menu. Virtuous (and v. tasty).

Free to attend, email [email protected] to sign up to the guestlist.
COYA Mayfair, 118 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NW
Tuesday 2nd October, 5pm – 8pm

 

Events and parties not to be missed:

Cub becomes Cub-a with Havana Club Icónica’s Paladar Series

BarChick loves a slice of the island life. Add to this rum, Cuban food, and a multi-sensory, private dining experience and… well, we’re there faster than Hemingway could order a daiquiri. For two nights only, Cub becomes Cub-a in a badass collaboration between Havana Club and legendary NYC bar BlackTail. 10 courses, 30 guests each evening, and an immersion into Cuban culture. Sí, por favor.

Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd
Tickets for the ten-course set menu including drinks will cost £85pp, excluding service
153 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ

Piscoteque parties

It’s LCW people. Expect to get pis…coed! With three opportunities to get down with your bad self at these Chilean Pisco parties, there’s no excuse not to. Whether you head to Apples & Pears, Looking Glass Cocktail Club or Resident of Paradise Row, then Pisco! Waqar pisco cocktails, a killer latin playlist and exotic light bites are calling you.

4th October – Apples & Pears, Brick Lane
5th October – Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Hackney
7th October – Resident of Paradise Row, Bethnal Green

Cocchi Negroni Journey @ TT Liquor

By the time it gets to Saturday, it’s time to go hard or go home. We recommend going hard by immersing yourself in the world of the Negroni cocktail. Join Georgio Bava in tasting 5 Negronis, creating your own bespoke serve, and even walking away with a goody bag. You made it this far – you’re allowed to be Cocchi.

The Spirits Collective Pop-up
TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 8AA
2pm to 3.30pm and 8pm to 9.30pm sessions

The Light House

There *may* come a point in the week when the idea of living a lighter life appeals – and when that happens, we recommend you find sanctuary at The Light House. Keep things fresh with a selection of low-calorie cocktails created by a different legendary bartender each day. Then there’s a beautiful multi-sensory light instillation, and ‘Light Talks’ in partnership with the awesome Healthy Hospo about how to find balance (and for once we’re not talking balanced cocktails).

Monday 1st – Sat 6th
5-7 Grape Street, London, WC2H8 DW
Tickets cost £12 for two cocktails and entry to the instillation.

Nine Lives bar x Bulleit Bourbon = ultimate block party

You know it’s gonna get off the chain when the street’s on lockdown, people – and this is exactly what’s occurring on Saturday. Channeling New York parties in the 80s, Nine Lives bar and Bulleit Bourbon are closing down Holyrood Street to throw the people of London the ultimate block party. Bespoke Bulleit cocktails, Bulleit glazed BBQ treats and old skool sounds –right up BarChick’s street.

Saturday 6th 3pm – 10pm

Porter’s Gin vs Fernet Branca – Pickup Basketball Game

Booze and basketball – hell yeah. This is the second pick-up style basketball game from Porter’s Gin and Fernet Branca. Show your ball control skills (or just cheer from the side-lines with a drink) by swinging over to CitySport on Friday. Open to everyone, with jerseys and refreshments provided. About the only time in LCW dribbling is encouraged.

Friday 5th October – 2pm – 4pm
CitySport, The Franklin Building, 124 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7DP

 

Top takeovers:

Blacktail at Bloomsbury Club Bar

When it comes to Friday night of London Cocktail Week then it’s a tale of two halves – BlackTail in NYC, and the Bloomsbury Club Bar in, well, you know where. Talk about power couples. From 6pm guests can enjoy a menu of bespoke creations that give an authentic taste of the ‘lush life’. Plus, the sultry hideaway vibe of the bar is the ideal place to conceal any tired eyes…

The Bloomsbury Club Bar, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
Friday 5th from 6pm

Swift at Licoreria Limantour

It’s also getting a bit fiesta-friendly at Swift. Award-winning cocktail bar Licoreria Limantour bring the vibes of Mexico City to Soho for a series of guest shifts and collabs. Start the party a day early with their Mexican Party on Sunday night (screw X Factor, there’s gonna be live Mariachi). Or bunk off work in time for their Mexican aperitivos Monday afternoon. Free grilled oysters, yo.

Sunday 30th September | Mexican Party | 6pm – late
Monday 1st October | Mexican Aperitivos | 1.30pm –  4pm
Swift, 12 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TQ

Jack Wareing at Worship Street Whistling Shop

No one ever tell Jack Wareing he’s punching. The Porter’s Gin brand ambassador and former Dandelyan bartender will be jumping behind the bar at WSWS to serve up four excusive punches. With concoctions ranging from dark and daring through to saucily refreshing, there’s a punch for all tastes. Get in.

Worship Street Whistling Shop, 63 Worship Street, EC2A 4JH
Saturday 6th October, 6pm – 12am 

The Broken Shaker at Madison Rooftop 

Suits, step aside. St Paul’s hottest rooftop, Madison, is being taken over by renowned Miami hotspot The Broken Shaker, and they’re Miami beach good vobes with them. Expect an urban oasis with expertly mixed cocktails from Bobby Eldridge. There’s a cocktail called a Coco-nut Case which will probably sum up BarChick by the end of the week.

Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF
2nd to 5th October.

Le Syndicat at Experimental Cocktail Club

Feeling chic? A little bit of je ne sais quoi is arriving in central London, courtesy of Le Syndicat bar and Grand Marnier. Be transported to Paris via ECC – they’re promising spellbinding cocktails, a low-key urban vibe and retro hip-hop playlists. Sounds achingly cool, we’re there.

From 6pm-1am, 2nd – 4th October.
13a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS

Hot pop ups:

Scout’s Like-Minded Creatures Pop-Up

Gang’s all here, folks… on Tuesday 2nd internationally renowned bartenders Matt Whiley, Luke Whearty and Alex Kratena will be taking over the bar at Scout for one night only. Nine drinks, three bartenders, surprises a plenty and a party to (hopefully) remember.

Scout, 224 Graham Road, E8 1BP
Like-Minded Creatures Pop-Up, Tuesday 2nd October, 6pm – late

Hendrick’s Tini Martini Bar

Teeny tiny ‘tinis are coming your way this LCW, courtesy of Hendricks gin. For a trio of nights they have guest bartenders putting their spin on the Hendrick’s miniature martini. Expect appearances from the crew at DUKES bar, Employees Only and Kinly bar. Small but very, very mighty.

Swordtail Studios 2083 Acton Mews, London E8 4DG
Weds 3rd – Friday 5th from 7pm

Absolut’s Porn Star Martini Townhouse

Porn and Soho go hand in hand, so it makes sense that Absolut have decided to raise the roof (and maybe some eyebrows) with their Porn Star Martini Townhouse on Greek Street. We can pretty much guarantee it’s not what you expect. Passion Fruit Kaleidoscope. Misty vanilla forest. Bubble filled maze. If these are tickling your fancy, you know where to go.

From 6:30pm, Wednesday 3 October
19 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DT

Tequila & Mezcal Fest

There’s not much in life BarChick loves more than tequila. Fact. So there’s no bl**dy way we’d miss hitting Bargehouse OXO Tower for the fifth year of Europe’s biggest Tequila, Mezcal and agave spirit festival. Over 50 agave brands, 6 pop-up cocktail bars and 3 restaurants serving up Mexican street food – if it sounds epic, that’s because it is. With signature serves from MNKY HSE and Ella Canta, food from places including Peyotito and Café Pacifico, and TWO pop-up bars from the Patrón Tequila Experience… you can sleep when you’re dead, right?

5th, 6th and 7th October
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH
Tickets HERE

PHEW.

London Cocktail Week takes place from Monday 1st – Sunday 7th October. Expect 300 bars taking part and a Cocktail Village at the Old Truman Brewery – in other words, a sh*t ton of fun.

Digital passes are £10 through the DrinkUp app and get you special £6 cocktails (and £4 non-alcoholic drinks) at all participating bars, free entry to the Village and priority access to pop-up events and parties arranged by London Cocktail Week.