The December 2015 Hotlist

Most people will tell you to get your festive kicks at a pub this December (which you should and will obviously do), but how about putting the mince pie down and mixing sh*t up? From an Israeli-inspired rusty metal shack in Hackney Wick to a basement tapas outpost that’ll be open till 5am, BarChick’s got you covered. Hot Box  It's all about Texan BBQ with a bit of spice with HotBox's new menu! They opened just over a year ago and what's made a mega difference is their new custom-built wood and charcoal grill. So when we're talking Texan BBQ we're talking the real deal, baby... throw in some Central American inspiration and you have the likes of 18hr smoked brisket tacos, pork rib with a scotch bonnet glaze, charred green salads and elote Mexican corn. As if this wasn't enough, they have an awesome little cocktail bar called 46 & Mercy downstairs.  After that insane meat fix you'll be needing a nightcap! HotBox, 46-48 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT October 22, 2015,13.33.23s,N9033 German Gymnasium This historic grade II listed triple height gymnasium in King’s Cross has been turned in to some kinda bygone Europe in London, and it's ticking all the boxes. A grand cafe, an epic outdoor terrace, a restaurant, a Meister bar playing Berlin beats and private dining spaces. The brasserie menus feature European dishes (think beef goulash and veal schnitzel) and the drink lists encompass everything from German, Austrian and Hungarian wine to cocktails that are vaporized in carafes. If you happen to head there for 4pm, you’re in for a treat: chiming clocks will signal the beginning of the German tradition of Kaffee & Kuchen (coffee and cake). What an absolute wonderland. 1 King's Boulevard, , London N1C 4BU Noble Rot Roaring fires? Check. Carafes of red wine? Booths looking out on the lit-up festive street? Check. This new perfect wine bar is exactly where you’ll find BarChick hiding away as it has December written all over it.  It looks like it was plucked right outta Paris circa the 1940 but is in new, very capable hands: the wine connoisseurs behind Noble Rot magazine are on the grapes while ex- Sportsman Head Chef Stephen Harris is doing his gourmet thing in the restaurant. The small tables next to the open fires are where you wanna be when Mr. Frost comes knocking and nothing warms you up like a wicked glass of wine.  They’ve got bottles from underrated countries like Greece and Croatia and hard to find vintages that’ll keep even the most adventurous wine snob happy.  Pair that up with some fat olives, bread and oysters and you won’t be leaving anytime soon. 51 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB noblerot Other Room Into craft beers? Good 'cos the bunch behind Bermondsey Arts Club have just got themselves a younger more craft beer-obsessed sibling called The Other Room and it’s mega. It's all there from hearty stout (big up Anspach & Hobday) or sessionable table beer, they’ve got you covered with over 5o beers and half of them are from nearby South London breweries doing damn cool things with starch. It's all slate walls, copper fixtures, clusters of old-world paintings in gold frames and it's officially in BarChick’s little bar black book. 60 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 4TR otherroom.000 Victory Mansion Art Deco meets Colonial at this new mega bar/time capsule in Stoke Newington. Victory Mansion is all palm wallpaper, Russian naval ship lighting, Toby jugs, biodynamic wine and rhubarb and custard candy floss served alongside puntastic cocktails like the Beatnikka (Nikka whiskey, Bold liqueur, beetroot grenadine, lime & egg white). The real clincher is that their head chef used to work at Ottolenghi, and they're serving up almond cream and prawns or lamb rump in apricot, pumpkin and poppy seed puree 'til the early hours. If you wanna keep it casual, hit this place up for an impromptu cocktail session with your date or mates; but if you’re in the party planning spirit, book the Wonder Years-inspired basement bar. Night owl? You’re in luck: they’re open ’til 2 and keep the food and drinks rolling. 18 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PL victorymansh2 Mick’s Garage Tel Aviv meets Los Angeles meets Costa Rica and the epic summit is happening in Hackney Wick. The team behind Crate Brewery and Berber & Q have joined forces and taken over a former mechanics garage in Queen’s Yard and transformed it into a roastery/Middle Eastern smokehouse/fermented tea bar and it’s seriously wicked. Where else can you listen to live music and sip on home-brewed spiked kombucha whilst eating maple-glazed merguez sausages on a chesterfield sofa underneath a hanging garden? We’re pretty sure nowhere. If you’ve got loads of mates in tow, they’ve even got ‘mess-hall’ trestle tables to accommodate all of you. Mick’s Garage, Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN berberq Park Chinois Alan Yau's newest and grandest is about forsaking the vodka in favour of the Champagne; it’s about nostalgic romance and Dinner Dance aesthetic; it’s about old school values versus new money. Travel to a land where the Big Band era meets French Rococo meets 1950s New York meets Shanghai. And all in a 15,200 square feet that fits up tp 350, it's mega.  The first floor features a singer and pianist and ‘Club Chinois’ downstairs has a 7 piece band plus vocalist who’ll be singing in the vein of ‘Cotton Club meets Japanese haiku”. Both will be brilliant background music for your culinary adventures which’ll focus on Peking duck, caviar, soft shell crab, Angus beef short ribs and the like. It won’t be cheap, but it will be worth it. Dress to the nines. 17 Berkeley Street, London, W1S 4NF parkchinois La Cabina Sure there are many tapas outposts in London, but La Cabina have got their hands on a wicked late license from Thursday to Saturday: eating and drinking in a Shoreditch basement till 5am? Hell YEAH. Think of it as a premature celebration for the launch of the 24-hour underground service. Drinks will include sweet and savoury sounding honey and vanilla vodka cocktails topped with Serrano ham and the food’s got all the Spanish staples: Manzanilla olives, roasted octopus with Mojo Picon, chorizo and churros. Look for the phone booth where Manero’s used to be and that’ll be your entrance. From 4th December//232 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AX lacabina   First Aid Box Shrub & Shutter’s little brother is coming this December and doing so in medicinal style. If you’re feeling sickly (hello Arctic weather), this is where you’ll be heading to be prescribed the proper meds: think killer cocktails in intravenous fluid bags, tasty liquids in syringes and generally botanical infusions. You won’t go hungry either with Joe Knowlden’s (man behind Shrub & Shutter and The Clove Club) menu which’ll boast ceviche, carpaccios and terrines alongside salads and fresh locally sourced vegetables. There will also be creamy Alchemy coffee dripping from a La Marzocco espresso machine all day and cheese from Harvey & Brockless. This is just the kind of neighbourhood bar BarChick wishes we lived next door to so put your pants on, don’t whinge about the trains and get on with it. From 15th December//119 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 0NG firstaidbox House of Ho House of Ho has taken it to the next level and moved into a 6,000 square foot 4-storey townhouse as a flagship restaurant which will offer a Vietnamese take on a colonial era. The menu will be inspired by head chef Ian Pengelley’s travels to Vietnam and include dishes such as minced pork grilled on lemongrass skewers served with caramel sauce and crab salad, massive prawns in flaming hot pots and smoked rainbow trout with green mango. You’ll find BarChick in the secret wine room on the 1st floor or lounge bar on the 3rd where an Asian-inspired cocktail list will make its rounds. We’re hearing rumours of an an epic Pho Mary (Belvedere, wasabi, pho flavor sauce, tomato juice and matcha tea), that sounds like it’s sure to blow any hangover outta the water. From 1st December 2015//1 Percy Street, London W1T 1DB houseofho Coin Laundry Soda Stream cocktails, vintage pinball machines, cold beer and Chicken Kievs come to Exmouth Market in a 70’s inspired two-floor multi-functional space. BarChick’ll be in the basement whiling away the hours with retro board games and carbonated cocktails. As far as food is concerned, think dishes that mum might’ve made when you were young alongside Neal’s Yard cheese and Wells Farm beef. Whether you’re after a coffee or cocktail joint, Coin Laundry’ll sort you out. Keep it retro cool with Grasshopper in hand as winter rolls in. 30th November 2015//70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP Coin-Laundry-Kiev Christmas Snow Globe at The Gherkin Festive sky high shenanigans in the normally impenetrable Gherkin? Oh yes. If you fancy traipsing around, cocktail and canape in hands, in a massive snow globe overlooking insane panoramas of London, then get involved. It's gonna be a real steel and glass fairytale and it's gonna be epic. Lunch, afternoon tea (there are three packages available: classic £35, cocktail £41 or champagne £45) and dinner are at your disposal. BarChick'll be blissing out by the 13ft white Christmas tree when night rolls in, right in the midst of glinting icicles and falling snow. 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP // From Sunday 6th December - Thursday 31st December snowglobesearcys