Finally recovering from the week of fun and drunkenness that is London Cocktail Week, and what a week it was! We had and amazing time travelling around the different bars and events happening during this delightful celebration of all things alcoholic (not to mention some pretty damn good soft drinks – that kombucha tho! 🐱👓) So much was done in such a dizzyingly short space of time that we’ve decided to do a write up roundup of a few of our favourites from LCW (more to follow):
Dante NYC @ Quaglinos:
One of the world’s best bars, Dante NYC, took over the iconic (and truly beautiful) Quaglino’s bar between the 28th September and 2nd October, serving a selection of their world famous Aperitivo cocktails. Consisting of a speciality curated menu of 10 drinks for this week long residency, we stopped by twice to sample these beauties. Among our favourites were the decadent Chocolate Negroni (Campari, Fords Gin, Cinzano 1757 Rossa, Crème de Cacao, chocolate bitters and Valhrona), The Dante Martini (Fords Gin, Cinzano 1757 Dry, saline, Verjus, toasted fennel tincture, lemon bitters, pickled stuff, Absinthe mist), and the Unlikely Negroni, which had a beautiful sweet-savory balance (Campari, Cabeza, Cinzano 1757 Rosso, banana, coconut shrub, Thai chilli, sesame oil).
Aperitivo has traditionally been a custom associated with the beautiful climes of Italy, yet the team at Dante together with Quaglino’s Bar Manager Marco Sangian and Head Mixologist Federico Pasian have created the ultimate Aperitivo experience in London’s Mayfair. This is a further extension of the Quaglino’s bar team’s commitment to Aperitivo – they are also launching the new Q Aperitivo Sessions in September with four specifically-designed serves that balance zingy bitters with sweet Mediterranean spirits and which perfectly encapsulate the hazy essence of late summer.
The Light House by The London Essence Company:This multi-sensory, immersive journey explored the essence of light presented by The London Essence Company for London Cocktail Week. Really nice breather with some interesting cocktail variations including a non-alcoholic Seedlip cocktail, Pea & Ginger (Seedlip Garden 108, LEC Citrus Cordial, London Essence Ginger Ale), and a guided mediation session with Former Director of Research at Headspace and Mindful Scientist, Brad Sanderson. Really nice atmosphere with some great drinks and immersive vibes, not to mention a resident bartender each night:
- Monday – Erik Lorincz, former head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar
- Tuesday – Ago Perrone from The Connaught, London
- Wednesday – Scarfe’s Bar and Andrea Brulatti from The London Essence Company
- Thursday – Vasilis & Nikos from The Clumsies, Athens
- Friday – Antonio Lai from Quinary, Hong Kong
- Saturday – Ricardo Nava from Licoreria Limantour, Mexico
Dead Rabbit @ The Sun Tavern:
For one night only, from 6pm-1am on Tuesday 2nd October, Dead Rabbit NYC kicked off London Cocktail Week in their usual awesome way, taking over the Taproom at The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green, complete with sawdust floor, low lighting and badass Dead Rabbit whiskey ☠🐇🥃
Bartenders Anna Kremen, Jessica Friedman, and Genesis Cruz of the serial ‘World’s Best Bar’ winners jumped behind the bar to do their thang and serve up such beauties as The Lone Oak (The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, Green Chartreuse, Pistachio, Lemon, Curry Leaf, Angostura Bitters) – a seriously delicious drink!
Dead Rabbit aficionados will be pleased to hear that their world-famous Irish Coffee was also on offer, a caffeine hit that really hits the spot.
The pop up also included the exclusive unveiling of Dead Rabbit’s brand-new ginger beer labels – drawing inspiration from the famous comic book style synonymous with the bar, and marked the last instalment of their distinctive graphic novel menus.
Campari Cocktails with Sother Teague @ Reverend JW Simpson:
Sother Teague, legend in the drinks industry and all round great dude, was behind the bar for one night at one of our favourite hangouts, Reverend JW Simpson for a special CAMPARI takeover and launch of his latest book, I’m Just Here for the Drinks.
Great night with some amazing drinks as usual including winner of the Campari cocktail competition, the Pumkpin Spiced Flip (Campari, Wild Turkey Rye whiskey, fresh mandarin & lemon juice with a homemade spiced pumkpin syrup and a free range egg) – yes, it was incredible!
Twisted Bar pop up launch party:
Old school nostalgia was in abundance for this creative bar, shaking up popular sweet and funky cocktails including a pretty damn tasty Oreo cocktail, Skittles sour infusions, a lemon drizzle G+T, Black Forest Negronis, Cookies and Cream white Russians and so much more!
The experience was made all the more fun with the addition of some classic dance hits blaring out from the DJ booth and a ball pit bath that was actually a lot less comfortable than it looked but good fun 😂
The pop-up bar will be open at 54 Commercial Street in Shoreditch, London, for the whole of October! The month will be peppered with exclusive events, featuring live music, board games, weekly quiz nights and lots of Twisted cocktails!