From a sexy new Nobu hotel and a gin palace inside a WWII bunker to Damien Hirst getting freaky and fine wines being paired with epic burgers... these are the hottest new bars on the horizon for 2016. Bring it on. Even better use our new concierge service to be told about the best new bars, get personalised recommendations and get booked in. All for free, baby.
Opening Autumn 2016
With the illustrious Matsusiha at the helm, you can be rest assured that this Vegas transplant will be nothing short of insane and modern. The skeletal looking hotel will house 156 bedrooms, a seriously grand 5 metre high Japanese restaurant and staggered terraces of landscaped gardens. Sound epic? It undoubtedly will be.
Opening April 2016
The famed crazy golf party is back and setting up quarters in an ex-WWII bunker next to the Gherkin from April 2016. They’ve got two brand new courses, a two-storey clubhouse with a mezzanine gin palace, a private dining room and a snazzy new app. Food will be coming from Pizza Pilgrims as well as Patty & Bun who have a whole new concept going on and there’ll be one more food vendor they’re keeping under their hat. Freixenet will also be bringing the bubbles with bottles of cava, Meantime have got lager and pale ale down and there’ll be four bars shaking up epic cocktails. This place has work party all over it.
Brown’s Building’s, St Mary Axe and Bury Street
Opening Autumn 2016
Damien Hirst is set to open controversial Pharmacy 2 and BarChick loves a controversy. Especially if it’s fueled by questionable medicinal bottles, food and the legend that is Hirst. Pharmacy 2 at Newport Street Gallery will serve as a gallery during the day and moonlight as a restaurant during the night. We’re not sure as to what madness Hirst is conjuring up, but if it's anything like its previous incarnation that was all about shapes and objects reminiscent of pills, we’re happy.
Newport St, London SE11 6AJ
Opening 28th January 2016
D&D’s back at it and this time they're taking on the prime Soho space that Flordita recently lived in. Condolences to the latter, but we’re pretty stoked about the sound of this new multileveled funhouse and we reckon it’s gonna be on everyone’s 2016 bucket list. The immense 400 cap space will be able to house an all-day restaurant, a lounge and a cocktail bar equipped with DJs, so there seems to be no shortage of stimulation. Hit the lounge for all the coffee and wifi or alternatively, swagger down to the basement which’ll be boasting a French-inspired menu from renowned chef Liam Smith-Laing (formerly of La Petite Maison Istanbul, and D&D venue Skylon), live music and bottle service.
100 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0TN
Opening Autumn 2016
Nuno Mendes is back baby and it’s all thanks to crowd funding. It’s also thanks to a few years of cheffing at the Chiltern Firehouse, which afforded him the opportunity to really showcase his talent and enter the celebrity circuit. Undeterred by the closing of Viajante’s last venture, Mendes is all high spirited about relocating to a refurbished Victorian riverfront warehouse in Wapping. Wanna be a part of the magic? Contribute. It’s going to be a culinary journey that’ll reflect Mendes’ travels round the world and he’s pulling out all the stops.
Metropolitan Wharf, 70 Wapping Wall E1W 3SS
Opening end of January 2016
Cocktail Trading Co is migrating to Brick Lane and we’re expecting nothing short of greatness as it’s gonna be the flagship. Featuring a 400 strong back bar, the new CTC will focus on unusual and rare spirits from around the world which will be served in theatrically instagrammable vessels per usual. It all sounds v. grand but don’t worry: no drink will set you back over a tenner. BarChick’s already pre-ordering the puntastic Rum Forrest Rum (aged Colombian rum, chinotto wine and tobacco, rose essence).
68 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GQ
Opening January 2016
From The Sebright Arms to The Old Queen’s Head, Lucky Chip’s been wandering round London Town for an age doing kitchen takeovers; now, they’re ready to settle down in their new digs in Dalston. Think iconic 1980s all American steakhouse with mahogany floors, chandeliers and 80s tunes bursting through a former Woodstock Festival amp. The food will include 54 day aged Rib-eye steak, 50 day dry aged Galician beef, a slew of other burgers and those legendary Lucky Chips (triple-cooked, hand cut and topped with cheese, garlic and fresh herbs or truffle and Gorgonzola). They’re not skimping on the drinks either as there will be an over 100 bottle wine list, decanted bourbons and ryes and cocktails. BarChick’s got her eye on the Lebanese wine.
23-25 Ridley Road, London E8 2NP
Opening 8th January 2016
A new kebab and cocktail joint is coming to Soho and we can't wait. There’ll be seasonal kebabs (think BBQ paneer kebabs and free range chicken shawarma with turban squash hummus), rare wines, craft beers and even cocktails. Save kebabs, they’ll also be whipping up fondue fries and creme brulees, which is totally against the grain but who cares? It may be posh, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be proper. You’ll find BarChick at the table nearest the wood and charcoal-fired robata with a Le Bab Old Fashioned (Rye whiskey, carob syrup and house aromatic bitters) in hand.
Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, London W1B 5PW
Hill & Szrok Public House
Opening 27th January 2016
Their Butcher & Cook Shop is flourishing, but they wanna spread the love all the way out to a public house in Old Street. The aesthetic and grub will be similar as they’ll be housing that tried and tested marble communal table and many charcoal-grilled sustainable meats but we hear the vibes will be more punter/geezer-friendly. If gorging on spit-roasted pig and beef dripping mash isn’t your style, stick with the homemade pork pies, scotch eggs, pork scratchings and sausage rolls and get on the beers.
8 East Rd, London N1 6AD
Opening March 2016
When Jason Atherton's involved, you get excited. His latest endeavor,Sosharu, will soon be calling Clerkenwell home and is purported to be “a social Japanese dining experience serving teppanyaki, robatayaki, and sashimi, combined with an innovative izakaya.” There’ll also be a 12-15 seater restaurant upstairs called Kisetsu. Think seasonal tasting menu curated by Head Chef Alex Craciun (trained at Japan's Kyoto Culinary School) and doled out until you drop. We’ve also been hearing rumours of a basement bar specializing in Japanese hip hop and cocktails mixed with Japanese whisky and sake… Sold.
Turnmill Building, 63 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5NP