September 2015's Most Banging Bars To Booze In

The Autumnal Equinox is approaching, which means you'll find BarChick sipping whiskey in a dark corner booth in some of the best drinking dens in London. From slick new hotel bars to Hawaiian hangouts and a mermaid bar; September's got it going on. And with dim lighting, anything goes...hello dark debauchery. Seymour’s Parlour-Zetter Townhouse Here’s the lowdown: The Zetter Group teamed up with the cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro (69 Colebrook Row, Bar Termini) and they’re bringing the best of everything to their slick new hotel in Marylebone. Seymour’s Parlour, which is named after the fictitious ledge that is Wicked Uncle Seymour, is where you wanna kick back: we’re talking coupe glasses galore, curios, dark red walls and flattering lighting .  Gear up for a cocktail list inspired by the races made with tasty sh*t like grass-infused gin and Champagne syrup, a Georgian drawing room conducive to what could very well turn into roaring high-class orgies and an al fresco roll top bath for those who can’t drink without stripping and splurging 684 quid on a penthouse suite. Farewell rent. 28-30 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JB Zetter.bar_3406662k (1) The Manhattans Project at POND Fancy Tiki without someone in a coconut bra and hula skirt sashaying in your face?  This East London bar concept is launching a new residency at POND for 3 months and we're on it for the Hawaiian fusion cuisine alongside classic cocktails with a twist. Eat Kalula Pork (Smoked pork with iceberg cups, coriander and lime dressing, kohlrabi and pineapple pickle) pair it up with American Gothics (Rye Whiskey and Calvados, sugar and bitters smoked with applewood) and (if you're hard enough) 8 Rum Mai Tai (8 rums, pineapple, almond syrup and fresh citrus).  Go get some. From September 4th//3 Gillet Street, Dalston N16 8JH maitaimanhattansproject   Humble Grape Wine Bar It's time to sub that chilled rose for some real wine. This two-story shop/bar/eatery on Battersea Rise also doesn't skimp on the charcuterie and cheese and if you can’t be ars*d to match the wines for yourself, take it from us and crack in to their prized Garnier and Fils Pinot Noir (a heady flavour profile of Campari, Christmas spices and cherries), savor many picante meat platters and go on and throw in a few baked Camembert with garlic and rosemary for good measure.  Stop by a Monday and you can buy a bottle from their adjoining wine shop and pop the cork and hangout in the wine bar for no charge. 2 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1ED humble.grape   The Mermaid Bar-Wright Brothers The Wright Brothers are oyster legends but now they’re marching on to the next frontier—cocktails. Inside their newest South Kensington launch is their first independent basement Mermaid Bar where you can expect killer cocktails such as Fish Tail (Buffalo Trace bourbon, Calvados Morin VSOP, Dom Benedictine, lime juice, orange marmalade and fresh rosemary) and Sirens Call (Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, Luxardo Cherry, anise syrup, apple juice, egg white and lemon juice) as well as some epic ‘Oyster Happy Hours’. Think Parisian bistro with green leather bar stools, granite table tops and shiny chocolate brown curtains. When Wright Brothers are at the helm, you know it's gonna be good. 56 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3DY mermaidbar (1)   Bussey Building Rooftop Bar Bussey boys ask ‘Do you like Pina Coladas and sporadically getting caught in the rain?’ and BarChick responds with a resounding YES. We love it up here with the view across London and the cheap cocktails and that’s why we’re stoked that they’re sticking it out past the end of summer. What bang do you get for your buck? Cocktails shaken up by The Bar Wizards, hot slices from Pizza Pilgrim and Polaroid photos of you and your mates with cocktail recipes written on the back if you get chummy with the bartenders. Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST busseyrooftop   Threadneedle Bar In the historic Royal Exchange building by Bank, this bar's cocktail menu is inspired by Jerry Thomas’ 1862 ‘Bartender’s Guide’; think old school with drinks that run the gamut from John Haig’s Crusta (Haig Club with Mandarine Imperial, lemon juice, gomme syrup and orange blossom essence) to the Mexican Couperee (vanilla liqueur foam, Patron Anejo, Citronge, lime juice and homemade Falernum).  It's all dark hues and sexy Med inspired food from the restaurant next door like oyster carpaccio: yep, bring the plastic. The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR   Truscott Cellar Belsize park might not be at the top of your hitlist but now there's a joint with a 300 bottle strong wine cellar, Mushroom Welsh rarebit and dark marble that’ll offset your fur or suit brilliantly. Yes—it’s the kind of wood-enclosed space that’ll urge you to dress to nines and call people darling, but it’s all in good facetious fun. Just order a few bottles of red and Ritz it up. From September 7th//240 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London NW3 2AE truscottbar   Walrus Room This enclave on Battersea Rise is a kind of manifestation of Lewis Carrol’s The Walrus and The Carpenter when it comes to their cocktails—just revisit the poem and you’ll get the idea. Cocktails are named after lines within the poem, 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) Think gilt cages and mirrors, lithographs, china and glowing bottles of booze. And if you fancy seafood, you’re sorted: Colchester Rock Oysters and Lobster Rolls on deck at your request. 40 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EE TheWalrusRoominterior20153WEB   The Black Penny Brunch mean nothing to you without booze? Your hair of the dog dreams just came true at this new Covent Garden cafe that serves Prosecco for a penny, singular, with brunch plates. We're not sure how they're doing it, but get there before they start asking themselves the same question. 34 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA