Fancy making some hip ‘n’ quirky cocktails? Well here are some cocktail ideas from some of London’s quirkiest and hippest bars. Or bar ideas from some of London’s hip and quirky cocktails. Twist it whichever way you fancy.
Dove @ Heads + Tails
We’re starting off up north in leafy West Hampstead, at its neighbourhood cocktail bar Heads + Tails. A bar with something of a split personality, it’s known for its sun-trap garden and cosy interiors. And any bar that quotes David Lynch on its website is ok by me. It says:
“Life is filled with abstractions, and the only way to make
heads or tails of it is going through intuition.”
I’m not sure what that has to do with bars. But I like it.
Their cocktail list features the aromatic Dove. Made with: El Gobernador Pisco, Jasmine Cordial, Fresh Lemon and Prosecco.
Enrique the 5th @ Bobby Fitzpatrick
While you’re in West Hampstead, why not pop into Bobby Fitzpatrick for a pizza and a cocktail. I love retro interiors and, seriously, this place is more Seventies than anything in the Seventies ever was. It’s like something from Abigail’s Party. Check out the image at the top if you don’t believe me.
Their Enrique the 5th cocktail features: Pineapple (surely the most Seventies fruit), with Vida mezcal, Aperol, Lime, Demerara, Absinthe (ouch), and Egg White. Topped with a curl of dried pineapple, just in case you’re not feeling Seventies enough. All it’s missing is a shot of Advocaat.
Jalisco Sky @ Skylight
Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock is now open Thu-Sun for its summer season. Why not stop by for a civilised game of croquet, against the Blade Runner-style backdrop of steel gherkins and glass shards.
If you win, you could celebrate with a Jalisco Sky. What do you mean “what the hell’s a Jalisco Sky?” It’s: Aqua Riva Reposado Tequila, Marie Blizzard APRY, Maraschino, Lemon Juice and Sugar. All topped with a marshmallow, a sprig of mint and a straw (responsibly sourced and recyclable, natch).
Sun Sun Sun @ American Bar
Here’s a swanky one. The Savoy Hotel’s music-themed American Bar pays homage to the musicians that have tinkled its ivories and floated across its lusciously carpeted floors down the decades. And there are lots of decades to choose from: the American Bar claims to be the longest surviving cocktail bar in London.
The Savoy Songbook menu’s collection of twenty cocktails have been created with the bar’s most memorable songs in mind.
Sun Sun Sun is a great choice, inspired as it is by George Harrison’s Here Comes The Sun, from the Beatles’ Abbey Road. It’s made with: Bombay Gin, Lime, Egg White, White Creme de Menthe, Orange Blossom and Yuzu Wine.
Oslo Spritz @ Oslo Hackney
Everyone in East London knows Oslo. Situated right next door to Hackney Central Station, it’s a music venue as much as it is a bar. Named after the Norwegian capital, its USP is its Nordic aesthetic: and, of course, its cocktails.
The Oslo Spritz features: Italicus, Prosecco, Angostura Orange Bitters, Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters and Soda.
Oye Como Va @ Quaglino’s Bar
If Quaglino’s was in Monopoly, it’d certainly be worth a few quid. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, it’s been around since the Jazz Age (1929). Imagine what it must have been like back then! Of course, these days it’s known as much for its food as its drinks.
Down the stairs at the Q Bar you can get your hands on an Oye Como Va (Listen to How) — named after is the song written by Latin jazz and mambo musician Tito Puente in 1962. It’s made from: Tequila Olmeca Blanco, Illegal Mezcal Joven, Manzanilla Sherry, Lime and Chilli Cordial). Available for £12.50 a glass, or £60 a bottle.
Frozen Banana Ramos @ Murder Inc.
Centrally-located, sixty-capacity Gangster noir-style cocktail bar Murder Inc. hadn’t even opened at the time of writing. Set to launch in June 2019, it promises décor inspired by the 1940s/50s: industrial New York meets mid-century glamour. So get your baggy suit on and your tommy gun strapped.
The Frozen Banana Ramos features: Jagermeister, Banana Milk, Coconut Cream, Egg White, Citrus and… Stout. I can’t actually imagine what that tastes like. Therefore, I need to taste it.
Murder Inc. will be at 36 Hanway St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1UP