From Guinness inspired gin sours to sherry Shaquiris, burnt toast breakfast drinks, fizzy Piña Coladas and a Grasshopper with a seriously boozy tequila makeover – London’s latest openings are inspired, bizarre and most importantly, very drinkable.
We visit bars in Soho, Bethnal Green, Hoxton, Tooting, the City and Piccadilly to sample the latest London style. Take a look…
Breakfast Fizz from Duck & Waffle Local
Duck & Waffle Local is all about accessing great taste - fast. So they cut out the wait time on drinks and introduced Tap & Tails to get your cocktails to you faster. The Breakfast Fizz is made from Grey Goose L'Orange, fresh pink grapefruit and a distilled infusion of burnt toast (Rich Woods is the head of spirit and cocktail development for the company and is a mega genius, hence weird-sounding ingredients such as this) which is kegged, charged with gas and served straight from the tap. Whether you choose to take the 'breakfast' part of the name seriously or not is up to you... no judgement coming from this quarter if you do.
Note: to order drinks here you have to be eating too. Judging from the food menu this shouldn't be too problematic - duck liver crème brûlée with charred sourdough anyone?
Location: 52 Haymarket, St. James’s Market, SW1Y 4RP
Olive Bellini from Bar Termini Centrale
A second location for Bar Termini signals the start of what is surely going to be one of the most successful roll outs London has seen. Afterall who doesn't love great Italian coffee, bracing Negronis and nibbles of cheese and pastries to guide them through the day? This drink is a savoury twist on a Bellini, made by reducing olives and adding olive leaf water to create a puree, before topping this with Prosecco. It gives a refreshing drink, with a very subtle savoury hint, and a full taste of Italy.
Location: 31 Duke Street, W1U 1LG
Dogs Nose Clover Club from Super Lyan
Super Lyan is the newly launched basement bar inside what was White Lyan and it's churning out some banging classic drinks while staying true to the Lyan asthetic and ideals. Taking hop-tails to a whole new level, the Dogs Nose Clover Club contains Guinness, Chambord liqueur, vodka, gin syrup (made using juniper, black cardamon, orange peel, coriander seed and cassia), grapefruit juice, lemon juice and egg white. It's an absolute must-try for anyone descending the stairs - which of course, you should.
Location: 155 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ
SHISO FROM SCOUT
Opening its doors on Great Eastern Street just a month ago, Scout is a sustainable cocktail bar from Talented Mr Fox. Everything here gets put to use, including the decorative plants and there's even separate area downstairs called The Lab, bookable for up to 10 as a private area, which features a daily changing menu of food and drink that the team are developing in real time for future menus. The Shiso is made using shiso leaf, honey wine and vermouth and is beautifully exectued as both a sustainable drink and a tasty one too.
Location: 93 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HZ
Shaquiri from Foxlow Soho
Known for their classic approach to drinks, and always adding in delightful individual twists, Foxlow's latest site in Soho adheres to this style with their opening menu. The Shaquiri is a light cocktail made with manzanilla sherry (bone-dry and flinty wine from Sanlúcar de Barrameda), lime juice and Peychaud's bitters. Clean and moreish it's the perfect start to a meal from this oh-so-talented restaurant.
Location: 8-10 Lower James Street, W1F 9EL
Champagne Piña Colada from Coupette
Techincally Coupette isn't even open yet... but we already know the team (some of the top names in London's bar scene will be behind the stick here), the location and some of the drinks which means a - owner Chris Moore is doing his marketing right and b - we can without doubt guarentee that once June hits and Coupette launches, it will be superb. Just as superb as this Champagne Piña Colada which is made from Bacardi Heritage rum, coconut sorbet, pineapple and Moët & Chandon champagne. Drooling as we type...
El Chapulin from Stillwater
Bringing a new neighbourhood cocktail bar to south-west London, Stillwater is all about great drinks, tasty food and a friendly-vibe. But don't let it's laidback style fool you - the guys here know their drinks and turn out some absolutely delicious cocktails. The El Chapulin combines Olmeca Altos reposado tequila, amontillado sherry, a splash of dark cacao and the faintest hint of white creme de menthe. It's a Grasshopper for the modern palate.
Location: 206 Trinity Road, SW17 7HP