It’s nearly London Cocktail Week, which means we’re ready to roll around London trying some of the best concoctions, potions and tipples the tenth anniversary celebration has to offer.
Whether it's a ‘tini’ martini bar with added pygmy goats, a jumbo cocktail village or immersive sensory experiences deconstructing the nation’s favourite cocktails, this year’s bumper festivities promise to be truly spectacular. Indeed, some of the best bars from all over the world will be popping up in London. From New York’s hot new properties Katana Kitten and Mister Paradise to Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour, mixologists from these esteemed establishments have devised signature cocktails for your drinking pleasure.
So, without further ado, we’ve gathered up the best pop-up bars from around the world that you need to visit during London Cocktail Week.
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Top of the LCW pop-ups
Head out east for flavours from Down Under. Hackney’s Scout bar is welcoming Sydney’s Bulletin Place to the neighbourhood for most of next week, with the cocktail bars joining forces on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night. Bulletin Place was awarded five stars by Time Out Sydney for the way it ferments and crafts ingredients in-house, much like London’s own clever watering hole, Scout. For the Aussie bar’s residency, expect British seasonality with its signature Antipodean twist. All cocktails will be made using fresh and fruity Belsazar vermouth – and we reckon all of them will be little rippers.
Mon Oct 7-Thu Oct 10, 5pm-midnight.
‘Mi casa es su casa’ could be the strapline for this little spot in Mexico City’s trendy Roma district, since it’s best known for the warm reception it gives its guests. But you don’t have to board a flight to CDMX to feel the love. Licoreria Limantour will be taking over basement bar Discount Suit Company with one of the Mexican bar’s head honchos, Benjamin Padron Novoa, behind the stick and mixing some rocking drinks. Back home, the bar channels indigenous ingredients in fun concoctions. Expect more of the same here, with Patron tequila providing the spirit for a true Mexican fiesta – and for a fair few Margaritas, no doubt – just below the streets of Spitalfields.
Tue Oct 8, 5pm-1am.
Described as Hong Kong’s ‘multi-sensory’ cocktail bar, Quinary claims to play with textures, flavours and even sounds when it serves drinks to its customers. So get in touch with your senses when the bar takes up a second home in Smithfields’ Oriole. Startenders Antonio Lai and Samuel Kwok will be tickling more than the taste buds with their out-there Don Julio tequila cocktails in this London bar’s exotic subterranean setting. Grab an experimental bevvy and then prepare to go into full sensory overload when a live jazz band kicks off from 9pm. Not bad at all for a Tuesday night.
Tue Oct 8, 6pm-midnight.
One of the most exciting events on the LCW calendar takes place at the Sun Tavern, when Londoners will get a taste of brand-new Toronto bar Supernova Ballroom as part of their series of cocktail events. Why should you care? Cause these guys care. It’s a bar from Kelsey Ramage, a former Dandelyan bartender and one half of Trash Tiki, an anti-waste cocktail platform that helps make rubbish into wonderful cocktails and has put sustainability on the global bar agenda. Ramage and partner Iain Griffiths will be pouring £6 Bombay Sapphire cocktails – including Seven Minutes in Heaven, made from white chocolate and pineapple – to a punk rock soundtrack courtesy of fashion designer Pam Hogg.
Wed Oct 9, 6pm-1am
This new East Village restaurant and watering hole might be best known for its homage to Stanley Kubrick – from references to ‘The Shining’ in the toilets to a ‘red room’ at the back made for partying that echoes ‘A Clockwork Orange’. But you’ll find NYC’s playful Mister Paradise in slightly more sophisticated surrounds during London Cocktail Week, with the bar taking over Clerkenwell’s dead posh Zetter Townhouse. Sample drinks from the creators of cocktails like the Cafe Disco (a sexed-up Old Fashioned) and shots like the Crossfit Breakfast (Venezuelan rum, coffee, coconut, malted pandan whipped cream). Welcome to paradise.
Wed Oct 9, 7pm-1am