The days of wearing four jumpers indoors are just about coming to an end, which means it's officially time to crawl out of hibernation (if you haven't already, you overachiever!). From a giant wine festival to a White Lotus-worthy disco, hit these awesome boozy events happening in London and embrace the springtime vibes - whether the sun cooperates or not...
When: Thursday 2 - Saturday 4 March
Where: Eataly, 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD
What: Essentially the Disney World of Italian food, London's Eataly outpost is going all in on vino at the beginning of March, hosting a three-day wine festival featuring loads of Italy's top winemakers. One ticket gives you access to a session that'll teach ya all about reds, whites or sparkles, with five 75ml pours included. You'll also get 10% off Eataly's wine selection, so you can swirl and sip at home.
Tickets £27 - £30 | Book here
When: Friday 3 March, 8.30pm - late
Where: 25 Paul Street, Shoreditch London EC2A 4JU
What: When a restaurant as extra as Big Mamma Group's Gloria throws a birthday bash, you know it's gonna be WILD. To celebrate their fourth year in London, the Gloria crew are setting up shop in Shoreditch townhouse 25 Paul Street to host a one-night-only disco. Get ready for a knees up with big White Lotus energy: DJs on deck spinning Italian house music, limoncello all around and a guest appearance from the restaurant's famous mile-high lemon meringue pie - 'cos you're gonna need some sustenance after all that groovin'.
Tickets £5; all profits go to Hospitality Action | Book here
When: From Monday 6 March
Where: Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
What: The bad-asses at Sexy Fish are dropping their new cocktail menu, Trinity, across six continents on 6 March, so whether you're in Cape Town or Cartagena, you'll be able to get in on the action. Of course, BarChick's a Londoner through and through, so you'll find us in Mayfair choosing from the 20 bangin' new serves dreamed up by Sexy Fish's director of bars, Xavier Landais, and his team. Our first pick? Coffee and Toast, with brown butter-infused The Lost Explorer Mezcal, coffee, caramel, Campari and manzanilla sherry. That's our kinda breakfast!
When: Thursday 9 March
Where: Seed Library, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
What: Celebrate International Women's Day at this girl-powered party taking over lo-fi cocktail den Seed Library for one night only. Sarah Berardi from Hendrick's Gin and Nicole Sykes from Maker's Mark, along with other top female brand ambassadors, have created an epic one-off menu featuring gin, Scotch, tequila and more. Did we mention that all profits from the evening will be donated to mentorship charity The Girls Network? Let's GO.
Book here; walk-ins welcome
When: Thursday 9 March, 6pm and 8pm
Where: 17B Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA
What: In honour of National Absinthe Day in March, TT Liquor is joining forces with London-based absinthe maker Devil's Botany to host a masterclass diving deep into this anise-flavoured spirit. You'll get to sip a welcome cocktail, learn all about absinthe's infamous history and drink it the traditional way - from a dedicated fountain. Once the event's wrapped, you can keep the little green fairy whispering in your ear and order from the bar's limited-edition absinthe cocktail menu. Wicked!
Tickets £10 | Book here
When: From Thursday 16 March
Where: Albie, The Hoxton Southwark, 40 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NY
What: Oriole - the epic Smithfield Market speakeasy with a penchant for OTT cocktails and smooth jazz - had to close its doors at the beginning of the year due to the market's redevelopment. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the bar is making a glorious return with a three-month residency at The Hoxton Southwark. Put on your dancin' shoes...
When: Friday 17 March, 5pm - 2am
Where: Acme Fire Cult and 40FT Brewery, Abbot St, London E8 2LX
What: What's better than a Guinness-soaked party on St Paddy's Day? A Guinness-soaked party with cocktails from the lads at Homeboy, of course! Prepare for some serious craic, 'cos live-fire restaurant Acme Fire Cult and its sister venue 40FT Brewery are hosting the Homeboy crew, who'll be mixing up signature serves like the Wogan (Irish whiskey, apricot brandy, sugar and lime) to a soundtrack of next-level Irish DJs. Peckish? Both the restaurant and the taproom will be making some bangin' dishes using top-quality Irish ingredients (hello, beef fat bun with smoked short rib and Guinness molasses!).
Book here for Acme Fire Cult and here for 40FT Brewery
When: Sunday 19 March
Where: These epic teatime hotspots
What: She deserves the best, so take ya mumma out for an extra-special afternoon tea on Mother's Day - and by "extra-special", we mean one that's dripping with booze. From luxury teas paired with Martinis to tequila-soaked affairs, we've got options for every kinda mother figure.