The Best Bars To Booze In - October 2015

Sister sites, basement digs, Autumn cocktail menus and evening specials in a glass domed atrium...welcome to October.  It's gonna be epic. Mr. Fogg’s Tavern Phileas J Fogg has been roaming the globe for a long f*cking time and he’s ready to return to London Town and swill a stiff one. This sister venue to Mayfair’s Mr. Fogg’s Residence is going to steamroll all over Covent Garden and the team powering this machine is intent on making you forget to which century (and perhaps which body) you belong. Go back to a time of hot air balloons and steam locomotives and sip grog in tankards and pewter cups on Victorian armchairs  Aunt Gertrude was even generous enough to provide a gin parlour and salon above as a haven to whatever folly is bound to ensue below. 58 St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4EA // From 19th October 2015 Cocktail Trading Co-Smithfield Cocktail Trading Company is coming to Smithfield  - in a basement no less, underneath Ask For Janice. As it’s inspired by the Grade II listed Victorian marketplace in which it’s nestled, expect marketplace bustle and if you’re sh*t broke, bring whatever bric-a-brac you could find in your flat and barter like mum taught you. The bartenders will be well up for trading you booze. BarChick will trade our souls for a Chocolate Flip (Bacardi 8 yr rum, cacao-infused chartreuse, tawny port, pistachio ice cream). Inside Ask For Janice, 50-52 Long Acre Lane, London EC1A 9EJ  cocktailtradingco.000 Dry Martini-London The team behind Barcelona’s Dry Martini are well aware of their status as firmly established institution in the world of libations and so they’re determined to dominate London. With that kind of pedigree behind it, it’s safe to expect greatness; brightly-coloured sofas, chessboard flooring and an extensive selection of Martinis. If you’re the off-piste type, get involved with their 80 gins and myriad bitters as you’ll be able to craft your ideal Martini; BarChick likes hers dirty, naturally. How about a certificate with your name and number on it after each ordered drink? A tip of the hat to your brilliant taste and formidable drinking ability. For every Martini ordered, the number on the ticker beside the bar increases and you officially enter into the annals of Martini history. Bon Voyage. Melia White House Hotel, Albany Street, Regent’s Park, London NW1 3UP Dry Martini L Bounce-Shoreditch The sister venue to Farringdon’s Bounce is setting up its new stomping grounds in Shoreditch and it’s sticking to the multi-purpose formula: private events, daytime conferencing, ‘Gin Palace’-inspired cocktail bar, ping pong and pulling. Rumour tells us that there will also be a 25-foot pizza counter. Prepare to get smashed whilst playing epic games of ping pong. Fingers crossed for sleazy red solo cups and beer pong. 239 Old Street, London EC1V 9EY Ping.pong.playing.3 The Vault at Milroy’s of Soho Shoehorned into a basement on Greek Street is a 55 seater cocktail bar and a private 12 seater ‘Barrel Room’ where whisky lovers can get their fix without having to deal with throngs of thirsty desperate tourists.  As they’ve just recently launched a new Autumn/Winter cocktail menu it's the time to get down there! Expect cocktails that use quality aged whiskies from Japan to Scotland and the best twist on an Espresso Martini BarChick's tasted. BarChick loves a neat whisky, but why not give The Rising Sun a shot the next time you visit? Home spiced rum, bergamot, wasabi, hop and grapefruit bitters. Hell yeah. 3 Greek Street, London W1D 4NX The Other Room The owners of Bermondsey Arts Club are opening a beer bar on Tower Bridge Road - and we're psyched. There will be a selection of 50 beers and a menu packed with Californian-inspired fare. Plan a trip to SE1 this October and see what everyone’s cracking on about as it’s all pretty damn opaque. If this bunch is behind it, it’s going to be wicked. 60 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 4TR // From mid October  theotherroom.intro Temptation Wheel at The Savoy For those who like the theatrical and decadent, the Thames Foyer (which is a glass domed atrium) of The Savoy has launched one of those fancy evenings of which us Brits just can’t get enough. The glowing and spinning mahogany wheel is your menu for the evening with light and refreshing to dark and rich, each dessert has been carefully paired with a handmade chocolate and cocktail that will be brought to your table on a domed bell car.  Expect a spectacle fit for a royal dinner with all of the glam and none of the seriousness. We'll be pairing One Thousand and One Layers (ginger chiboust cream, roasted mangoes, passion fruit caviar, caramelised puff pastry) with aWinding Road (Bacardi Ocho, ruby port, coffee maple, chocolate bitters). Strand, London WC2R 0EU Mahogany Bar and Cocktail Bar at Wilton’s Music Hall Wilton’s Music Hall is a charity, which has recently been salvaged and restored, so it’s probably best you be a Good Samaritan and imbibe as much culture, music and alcohol as you can to keep the engine going. Spend an evening in a Grade II listed historic building on a worn leather sofa with a bottle of red and your outrageous mates. If you fancy an Italian Opera or a Cockney sing-a-long in a semi-dilapidated Victorian space as a respite from boozing, you got it. Think English farmhouse meets Western Saloon and you’re there. 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB wiltons 68 & Boston When 3 legends like Eric Yu (who owns Opium), Martin Malley (from Planet of the Grapes) and Luca Cordiglieri (of China Tang) collaborate and open a bar in Soho, you can expect a super streamlined operation with some meticulously chosen wine, that won’t make too large of a dent in your wallet. This bar has a split personality: downstairs is 68, which is an all day wine bar with all bottles priced at 20 quid (so you’ll be more keen on sampling different styles) and upstairs is Boston, which is a late-night cocktail den (where you'll find BarChick) with servers in white tuxes serving classics such as Manhattans and Negronis. It’s not a members only club, but it’ll boast said vibes, so maybe dress the part. 4-5 Greek Street, London W1D 4DD // From 8th October 2015