All posts tagged: bar

Artesian: Best Bar in the World?

Well, this has been rather a long time coming. After a holiday from work and then a horrifying plunge back into work, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the cocktails. Time to catch up with a bar visit from waaaay back at the end of March. For a special occasion (ahem, major birthday), my friends and I took a trip to Artesian, the no.1 bar in the world according to this reputable authority. We were all dressed up and ever so slightly tipsy on French 75s when we arrived at the Langham Hotel, just north of Oxford Circus, where Artesian is located. It was a Saturday night and we were worried about queuing, (no reservations but it was pleasantly busy rather than heaving and we got right to a table by the window. The bar itself has a Chinoiserie theme, with an absolutely gorgeous back bar which I did not manage to get a photo of, and the drinks are Surrealism-themed, each with a hashtag to call their own. The presentation is… unique, …

An evening at Nightjar, London

A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to visit Nightjar in Hoxton, which I’d heard a great deal about, and, spoiler alert, it was fantastic. Totally bizarre drinks, utterly bonkers presentation, but a great atmosphere and tons of fun. Nightjar is a 2 minute walk from Old Street tube station, behind an unassuming door marked only by a picture of a nightjar bird. In contrast to our Cahoots experience, getting in with our reservation was a smooth experience, and we were waved down into a small, dark, elegant space with a lovely Art Deco-with-a-hint-of-Victoriana look. No standing is allowed at Nightjar, which makes for a very relaxed experience. From what I knew about Nightjar, and from the slightly annoying online-only booking process, I was worried it would be pretentious, but nothing could be further from the truth once you get in. The waiters who brought our drinks were hilarious, very happy to explain everything at length, and gently pointed out with the arrival of each new (increasingly weird) drink what was edible in the …

To the trains! Cahoots, London

I’m pretty fortunate to live in London at the moment, a city positively dripping with cocktail bars. Nine of the world’s 50 best bars are here in the city, and there’s an abundance of classic and new-style cocktail bars to choose from besides. Recently I’ve been making a concerted effort to get round as many as possible, as I might move away from London later in the year. Cahoots is a relatively new bar, which opened in early 2015 with a 1940s disused tube station theme. The idea is ‘the Blitz may be going on outside but we’re having an underground party down here,’ which is slightly questionable in theory but really fun once you get down there. It’s from the team who run Bunga Bunga, a (highly) tongue-in-cheek Italian restaurant and bar in Battersea, Maggie’s, the 1980s themed club in Chelsea, and the Mr Fogg’s Victoriana themed cocktail bars. If there’s a thread running through all of this, it’s dedication to a theme. These are high-concept venues, and that was definitely the case with Cahoots. You …