Your February 2015 Bar Guide

HOT NEW OPENINGS

London Grind The Grind team are brewing up another joint,and this time it’s south-side. The ultimate place to combine your coffee and cocktail craving, big up their Hot Flat White Russians, they’re adding food into the mix. These guys keep on giving and are gonna dish up bad*ss brunches and delicious dinners. 2 London Bridge, London, SE1 // Opens mid-Feb GUIDE.LONDON.GRIND Blixen This all day dining French brasserie style joint will be whipping up everything from banana bread and Croque Monsieurs to juicy steaks. Plus with one of the guys from The Riding House Cafe involved of course it’s going to be mega. 65a Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA Kurobuta  The Japanese junk food restaurant that took London by storm is so hot it's getting a bigger new home. All you Chelsea types won't have to stray too far, it's setting up shop on King's Road with all the same old legendary plates like the sashimi pizza and Robata BBQ dishes washed down with barrel-aged cocktails. 312 King's Road, London, SW3 5UH  Boom Burger Ja’macin us crazy; we’re all over these jerk burgers and it’s about time you got in to them too. Boom are hitting Brixton and are bringing the usual boom burgers and plantain fries as well as some new menu treats. 1 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PA GUIDE.BOOM.BURGER Dolls House Islington Taking over from where the House of Wolf left off in a three storey Victorian townhouse, expect drinking, dining and a naughty members only nook. There’ll also be an Espresso Martini bar to get ‘picked up and f*cked up’ in and to start the night as you mean to go on. 181 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ The Fourteenth Colonie What used to be Giant Robot is now turning into a mega NYC style bar and restaurant. Brunch, killer cocktails, craft beer and a well-stocked wine cellar. Hello pumpkin waffles and Nutella French toast. 45 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RS // Opens 14th Feb GUIDE.FOURTEENTH.COLONIE Beer & Buns Largest collection of Japanese beer in the UK? Hells yeah. Chuck in some harita buns and a side of pinball and fuseball and we’re there. Think dive bar meets Japanese speakeasy and you’re on the right track. Upstairs @K10, 3 Appold Street, London, EC2A 3AF // Opens 5th Feb Bleecker Street Burger Tried and tested Bleecker Street Burger van is setting up a permanent shop in Spitalfields Market, and we’re super excited. On opening night we’ll be queueing up for a Bleecker Black with double aged beef patties, American cheese, black pud and special burger sauce. Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6EW GUIDE.BLEECKER.ST (1) Chez Chow Chow The people behind North Audley Cantine are opening up a new drinking spot, in honour of their pooch Teddy the Chow Chow. With Asian and canine influences throughout, they’ll be serving up well-made cocktails and bar snacks like popcorn shrimps and sticky pork ribs. 40 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZP // Soft launch: 4th , 5th , 7th Feb with 50% off. Milroys BarChick’s always bought booze from Milroys and now London’s oldest whisky shop is boasting a banging basement cocktail bar. Pick up some bottles and get downstairs to get on it. 3 Greek Street, London, W1D 4NX GUIDE.MILROYS

POP UPS

Sourced Market's Retox vs Detox at Old Street Whether you joined the masses who hit the gym in the new year, are already in great shape or just don't give a sh*t, this one's for you. Popping up by Exit 3 of Old Street tube, Sourced Market's Retox vs Detox pop up aims to showcase the best of both, giving commuters the choice of better quality food and drinks no matter how healthy or indulgent you feel. They're got everything from incredible Scotch eggs, Crosstown Gourmet Doughnuts, Five-a-day fresh salads and soups, mega bacon rolls, and a range of Paleo treats to a fine selection of craft beers, cider and wine, and green detox juices for the health freaks out there. Get it while it's hot (or cold-pressed). Old Street Underground Station, Exit 3 // 7am - 10pm // until 26th March sourced-market-scotch-eggs The Bottle Shop Craft beers are so hot right now. Good job Bermondsey’s own craft beer company is setting up shop at the Love and Scandal coffee shop and serving up small batch beers from around the world. With tasters changing on the reg this is definitely one to hit for an after-work sesh. Love and Scandal, 107 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AB // 6pm – 11pm, Thurs & Fri from 29th January Bulleit & Beer at The Stevedores  This six-week beer and whiskey pop up in East London is the ultimate place to hide away from the cold. Grab your mates and swing by for special beers from Buxton Brewery and others, and mega Bulleit Whiskey cocktails. There'll be music to keep your toes tappin' and snacks to keep you upright. 29-32 The Oval, London, ET 9DT  The Wandering Chef at The Little Yellow Door An eccentric concept based around a houseshare between five total opposites – all fictional, obv – they’ve got handwritten menus on the back of magazines, regulars who’ve got their hands on their very own key and cocktails based on the flatmates’ favourite telly. Be sure to pop over and get involved in the ultimate dinner party. The Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HT // Fridays 6pm – 1am wandering.chef Beehive Focusing on high quality, locally sourced food, the five course tasting menu at Beehive changes every weekend and is served alongside a cocktail, craft beer and wine bar. They’ve got disco, hip hop and funk DJ’s on from 10pm too so you’ll never want to leave… Beehive Place, Brixton, London SW9 // Every Fri & Sat until March Street Feast at Hawker House We are SO over eating outside. Street Feast is taking you indoors. With the finest selection of traders like Bleecker St Burger, Hanoi Kitchen, Yum, Bun, Bob’s Lobster, Dogtown, Rola Wala and Busan BBQ you won’t leave hungry. They’ve also got six bars serving up craft beers, hot cocktails and even a whisky roulette where you could win a dram worth £40. This is gonna be ten weeks of great food, banging booze and partying. 260 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG // 5pm – 12am every Fri & Sat from 30th January until 4th April, £4 entry after 7pm GUIDE.STREET.FEAST Rooftop Valhalla Vodka Bar Just because it’s goddamn freezing outside doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the al fresco rooftops. Valhalla Vodka Bar’s chocked full of heaters, sheepskin throws as well as the all-important mulled wine and vodka to warm those cockles. Overlooking Tower Bridge, The Shard and The Gherkin, it’s the perfect place to grab that awesome view whilst keeping cosy and boozy. Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF // Weds – Sun until 28th February

EVENTS

Jump In - Adult Ball Pit Being a grown up sucks what with bills ‘n jobs ‘n ting, sometimes you just wanna be a kid again and go nuts with soft play. Luckily creative agency/total heroes Pearlfisher have opened up a pop up ball pit of 81,000 white balls for adults to leap around in total joy. It’s also being billed as a great place to hold meetings. Good luck convincing your boss on that one. 50 Brook Green, W6 7BJ // 10am – 5pm, Mon – Fri until 13th February GUIDE.BALL.PIT The Charred Society at Bam-Bou  Every Monday evening members will get 25% off all of the delicious, rare and amazing whiskies in the Red Bar, taking notes as they go in their whisky passport. Once this is full up you’ll get access to the next level of membership with even rarer blends and unique bottles. Work your way up to gold membership and you’ll get 35% off! 1 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DB // 9th Feb, to join the guest list email: bar@bam-bou.co.uk  The Candlelight Club – 1920’s Ball Whether you’re doing Valentines single or not, you can’t go wrong with jazz, dancing, champagne cocktails and full on sexy, party vibes. They’ve got burlesque performers, Gatsby dancers and a DJ spinning some vintage beats that will get you rocking some Charleston moves after a glass of Moët or two. Secret location to be revealed the day before // 14th February, tickets £30 GUIDE.CANDELIGHT.CLUB London Beer Week If you’re a beer, ale, lager or cider lover, this week is gonna blow your mind. With pop ups, parties, masterclasses and self-guided tours around some of London’s best beer-swigging venues, get your pint glasses filled and drink up. Various Locations // 16th – 22nd February Wine Tasting with Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Kicking off the series of wine tasting events will be ‘One Grape, Many Ways: Chardonnay’. The evening will be led by Julia Oudill, who will hand pick four grapes from the region and guide you through everything you need to know. 8-10 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP // 18th February, tickets £40 GUIDE.WINE.TASTING No. 3 London Dry Gin, After-Dark Cocktails at Kew Gardens Every fancied hanging out in kew Gaens after dark? Now you can thanks to new late night Thursdays at Kew. Kick back amongst tropical flowers in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and work through botanical gin cocktails with a twist. 37 Kew Green, Richmond, Surrey Lock In Lunch Long lunch parties are the way to go, why wait until the cocktail hour to get the party going? Kicking off at 3pm at Hixter City, the first Saturday of every month will play host to Lock in Lunch – with a warm up, lunch and after-party this is how to get the party started in style. 9A Western Courtyard, Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4AE // 7th February GUIDE.LOCK.IN Chinese Late at Horniman Museum Celebrate the Year of the Sheep at this late museum opening that will keep you busy with Chinese dance performances, music, art installations, a meditative journey with a tea artisan and that all-important booze fix at their cocktail bars. 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ // 26th February, tickets £5 The Naked Truffle Treat your sweetie, drop the box of cheap chocolates and get your cocoa fix here instead with a whole night moulded around the stuff. With a three course menu of rich and luxurious textures, expect chocolate to feature in every part. Set in a secret N1 location guaranteed to be stunning, candlelit and super sexy, probably best to leave the dairy intolerant dates at home… Secret location to be revealed three days before the event // 14th February, tickets £50 GUIDE.NAKED.TRUFFLE