Your April 2015 Bar Guide

NEW OPENINGS

Bull In a China Shop You had us at Japanese whisky Inspired by ‘Oriental curiosities’ this new Shoreditch hangout will be an all-day restaurant and Japanese whisky bar from the guys behind The Drunken Monkey. Fill your face with Chinese-spiced, whisky-glazed rotisserie chicken and wash it down with some of the best whiskies in the world. Opens: 8th April 196 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6LG bull Foxlow - Stoke Newington Hawksmoor’s new little bro The second Foxlow will be a 100 cover restaurant in Stoke Newington, set over two floors with a terrace for soaking up the sun (rain) on. We’re already big fans of the 10 hour beef shortrib with kimchi and their legendary fried chicken and eggs with croissant waffles brunch. See you there. Sign up for softlaunch here. 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS Queenswood Veggie heaven From the guys behind Soho’s Damson & Co, Queenswood have got a menu jampacked full of globe-wide grub. Bringing dishes like almond milk souffle and wasabi-coated cod to Battersea, the food will do you some good as well as taste totally epic. Vegans and veggies will be well looked after here too so round ‘em up and get involved. Opens: 1st April 15 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA queenswood Berber & Q Hummus heaven This Middle Eastern and North African grillhouse will be bringing some insane food to East London. The chef has taken inspiration from Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Turkey and we’re totally hyped up about it. Arch 338, Acton Mews, London, E8 4EA  Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar Happy hour happiness Hungry North Londoners: Joe’s has landed with all the usual fried chicken greatness, creamy whipped potatoes and crazy good mac’n’cheese that the Covent Garden spot offers up. Sip on Sazeracs and go cheapskate by hitting them up for 50% off at the soft launch ‘til 12th April! Opens: 6th April 300 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2TG  joes Smokehouse Chiswick Lick those fingers Islington’s Smokehouse is set to take over a pimped up Chiswick pub and take some of that finger lickin’ BBQ goodness west. Neil Rankin is behind the menu and it’ll be all local produce from small farms and rare breeds. Here for the booze? You can get your craft beer fix here too. Pow! Opens: 6th April 12 Sutton Lane, London, W4 4DL 

THINGS TO BOOK

Balls to Dating - DoingSomething - 5th April It’s out with the awkward dating interview scenario and in with thrashing some poor singleton at table tennis and grabbing some balls. Games Makers will be on hand to head up the round Robin tournament, there’ll even be a spin the bottle ping pong special and DJ Pete Pong will be getting the party started. It’s a date. Tickets £10 per person balls Cognac Masterclass at 69 Colebrooke Row - 12th April Classic cocktails are king, and where better to learn how to shake them that at one of Colebrooke’s masterclasses? Tony’s kind of a big deal in the boozing world so if anyone’s gonna show you how to do it right, it’s this guy. Cognac cocktails? You got this one. Tickets £40 per person. Seasons in the Sky at Sky Pod - 17th April Go and get your head in the clouds for some seasonal action at Sky Pod. It’ll be shedding it’s winter garden coat and springing into deckchairs, daffodils and lush green lawns! The cocktail menu has had a bit of a shake up too so get sky high. sky.pod

POP-UPS

The Billingsfield Kitchen Sharing’s caring From a group of friends looking to share fresh, seasonal, British produce, the name comes the amalgamation of Smithfield meat market and Billingsgate fish market - clever, hey? Book in for a seven dish sharing menu of delicious plates, which includes a welcome cocktail. BYO - don’t forget! 11 Beehive Place, London SW9 7QR // Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th April // £35 per person + £5 corkage FryHard Deep fried everything What’s better than cakes, cheese and chocolate bars? Deep-fried cakes, cheese and chocolate bars, that’s what. This pop-up of battered glory is down to Messhead who will be sending all kinds of food to their oily death in the name of Easter dinner. This is not for the sugar-free gluten-free raw-food organic-only almond milk drinkers. This six person feast will be clogging up your arteries with deep fried lamb joints, roast potatoes and veggies too. Go FryHard or go fryhome. Box Park, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 11am - 7pm  FryHard (1) Lights Out Classic cocktails in a speakeasy salon This 1920s-inspired bar has popped up in Reece 79 hair salon in Clapham for some high-quality, central London secret bar atmos that SW has been lacking. They’ll be serving up twists on some classic cocktails as well as some imaginative mixes alongside some live 20s-style tunes for some killer old school speakeasy vibes. 79 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London SW4 9JN // 25th April  Edible Playground Quinoa castles and chocolate lego Indulge your inner child and hit the Edible Playground for some board games and playing with your food. Build your own quinoa castle (seriously) before stuffing your face with it, paint a goddamn chicken then wrap your tastebuds around it and play chocolate ganache Lego and shortbread Jenga before filling your chops. Get nostalgic and get naughty - nobody will tell you off, you’re a grown up now. It’s BYOB though. Ugh, responsibilities. Secret N1 Location // Thursday 23rd April, 7pm - 10pm  edible.playground (1) The Nomad Cinema Cinema watching for a cause Y’know cinemas pop up now, right? Well this travelling big screen is popping up at the Lexi Cinema for a showing of Blade Runner and the Hoxton Hotel for Napoleon Dynamite. Don’t get too excited about Blade Runner, it’s sold out. BUT Napoleon Dynamite still has stuff to give so get involved. All profits go to The Sustainability Institute, an environmental and education charity in South Africa, so go and watch a movie for a good cause… 81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3HU // Sunday 26th April, 5pm // Tickets £12 here  Lewisham Model Market Get loco in Lewisham (yes really) Who’d have guessed the party was in Lewisham these days? After a banging summer last year, Model Market has headed back to SE13 for street food, drinking, dancing and damn good south-side times. They’ve got six bars with craft beer and killer cocktails on tap and 10 micro diners with brownies, hotdogs and all of south’s best grub. This is perfect for whiling the summer nights away. 196 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6LS // 17th April – 25th September, 5pm – 1am  model.market