WELL… what a year twenty thirteen has been for the BarChick Massive. Not only have we hit hundreds of new bars, have had new BarChicks joining the crew, had record breaking hits and launched a slicker sexier new app, but we’re also writing for even more big dog publications such as EasyJet Traveller Mag, Lastminute.com, View London, Elle, Maxim etc, so you shouldn’t miss us! Plus we now have over 50 city guides on the site meaning BarChick’s taking over the world one step at a time just like we planned…! Who knows where we’ll be this time next year (probably working from our super yacht).
A year as a BarChick has many hangovers and highlights, so we thought we would give you a run down on why we thought this year ROCKED.
Kim - Happiness Forgets. Great place with really lovely bartenders that always make you feel welcome and make cracking drinks.
Tyler @tylerwrites - I loved Door 74 in Amsterdam for sheer class, incredible cocktails and putting up with me hounding the bar, twice. But probably Comptoir des General in Paris wins for the beautiful madness of it.
Lee - Crazy Homies - close to home and always sorts me out with a badass Margarita.
Jennie Rae @HotBarChicklet - Satan’s Whiskers – The BarChick mandem headed here for the Christmas after party – sexy neon lights, banging cocktails and some weird ass taxidermy (check out the squirrel with the huge dildo attached… why not?!).
Gabriella @gabysimonian - Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour – I’ve found myself in here one too many times trying to learn Chinese through bleary eyes. And it’s next door to my favourite Asian supermarket so that’s always a plus.
Louise @BarChickLouise - Sager and Wilde. When I’m not feeling the cocktails, this is where I go for delicious wine, it’s impossible to order a bad glass here. It’s got the vibe of a cocktail bar, has been opened by a super cool couple and is around the corner from my house.
Kim - Shaky Pete Jeary, obvs. Because he's my husband and knows exactly how I like my Martinis.
Tyler @tylerwrites - So hard! Sarah Parniak from Cold Tea in Toronto was a total gem, and led me on the path of fantastic bar discoveries. Paul at The Union in CPH got me wasted in about 20 minutes, which wasn't such a help for the next six bars I had to review, but more fun. And Guillermo Gonzalez at HPS in Amsterdam for awesome style, an awesome 'tache and any man that pours whisky through bone marrow and serves it up has my attention.
Lee - Ali from Hawksmoor… DUDE!
Mr G @HotBarChap - Thobile from Vista. What a guy!
Louise @BarChickLouise - Marlowe Harris – Evans and Peel/Kench and Bibsey. Because he manages to open a wicked bar, be a dad, write for us, still answer my emails like he’s sitting at a computer all day and make killer drinks. Hero.
Tatiana @Hotbarchick - Hmm tough call. A Boiler Maker (with Four Roses) gets a shout out, but it was the year of the Rum Old Fashioned for me. Ideally made with La Hechicera.
Kim - Wet Beefeater Martini with a twist, followed by another one.
Henry @HenryGriffin - Anything from Meantime Brewery, but particularly their Pale Ale. The fact they have their very own beer tanker makes them hard to ignore. And Camden Wit beer deserves a mention for the taste and the genius bottle design.
Hannah @HannahGLodge - It was the year of the Aperol Spritz and I was ALL over it.
Lee - Anarchy in the Brûlée at Night Tales from God Save the Gin. Served long with a garnish of a smouldering of brûlée'd orange, sugar and cinnamon, damn good!
Leah @HotBarChica - Mezcal Bloody Mary, a smokier, naughtier take on the classic hangover cure with all the health benefits of the aloe vera plant, what’s not to love?
Mr G @HotBarChap - Anything biltong infused.
Suzie @FatBarChick - The Domestic Bliss at Coal Vaults, made with raw and charred quince rum, caraway, cinnamon, sugar and egg white. Settle into a vault with your naughtiest mates and get some rounds in.
Louise @BarChickLouise - Spotted Lyan Martini at White Lyan: Mr Lyan Gin, vermouth, absinthe spot, twist and an olive. This place takes away the shaking, citrus and ice that you usually find in a bar and gives back perfect drinks, bar chat and a lap dancing pole.