If you're dating a true gentleman he's probably already wooed you up the Shard and fed you oysters at J Sheekey's, so what happens when it's your go to take him out? Easy! You just need to make sure you match his high standards and tick all the right boxes. We're talking impeccable service, fine cocktails and visits to places with character. If he orders a Gentleman Jack you’re in. Double mellowed, its smoothness is unequalled, just like the gentlemen who drink it.
Every gentleman will love the London Cocktail Clubs. It’s where they can loosen their tie, show off any secret tattoos (we all have a wild side) and order from a fine selection of cocktails. The vibe down here is old school gentlemen’s club with a chequered bar and big sofa lining the back wall - he’ll love it, it's like the gentlemen’s club he's never been a member of. We recommend ordering the Express Yourself for him, it’s made with Gentlemen Jack, Kahlúa, instant coffee and maple syrup. The ultimate pick-me-up if he’s had a hard day’s work.
61 Goodge Street, London, W1T 1TL
Bowling and boys? It’s a win-win situation if you’re looking to take a gentleman out. Swap his loafers for bowling shoes and get yourselves started on a ten-pin sesh. What really scores well with All Star Lanes is each one of them has a banging cocktail bar too. Have a round of bowling and move him over to the cocktail bar to cool off. Order the Classic Sour or our favourite the Tom Selleck Sour with Gentlemen Jack and Amaretto, shaken with lemon and cranberry juice. If you’ve ever seen the show Magnum P.I. you’ll know who Tom Selleck is and how manly this drink really is!
Holborn, Bayswater, Brick Lane, Westfield Stratford, Manchester
A real gentleman knows their BBQ right? Well this all-American diner is the only place to bring him for slow cooked BBQ, frosty beers, sports (if he’s into that) and some damn fine comfy bar stools. They’ve got different locations around London so whether you’re in Fulham, Soho, Tower Hill or Clapham you can take your guy and get him filled up on some of the finest BBQ and drinks in town. Hit the cocktails, they’re awesome and definitely heavy on the whisky side of things. Perfect for a gentleman!
Soho, Clapham, Fulham, Tower Hill
Tellers Bar may look like one for the high rollers, but the cocktails are surprisingly wallet friendly. Higher than high ceilings, iron chandeliers, angelic statues, glass domes, leather booths, marble, and two mirrored bars. It’s like something out of Cinder-freakin-rella (especially with those elaborate arm chairs that look like mini carriages). Say yes to the cocktails, they do a mean Whisky Sour with Gentleman Jack, nothing quite as suave as sinking into one of those booths with a perfectly made classic.
191 Ingram Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1DA
If you’re not keen on the idea of eating steak whilst being watched over by a cow in formaldehyde then look away now. Mark Hix’s Tramshed is, as it sounds, a massive shed, and Damian Hirst's Cock and Bull installation takes pride of place right in the centre of the room. All of Hix's bars have a killer cocktail menu, and this place is no exception. We love the Double Maple Sour, sounds heavy but it’s simply a combination of Gentleman Jack, Maple Syrup & fresh lemon. Or hit their local beers and ciders – perfect for washing down the simple menu of steaks or chicken. Typical Mr Hix has thought of everything.
32 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3LX
Manchester’s favourite pop-up gone permanent does more than just bad-ass burgers, their menu of cocktails in jam jars is divine, our favourite was the Drug Store Bandit…. With a name like that I don’t think we even have to explain why! This place gets busy (it is the hipsters’ favourite hangout) so prepare to wait a bit. Don’t worry, it’s worth it.
Unit 2, Great Northern Warehouse, Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4EJ
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