A bar launch that lived up to the hype, Alex Kratena (head bartender at Artesian when it was consistently named the World's Best Bar) and Monica Berg (Nordic drinks super star) opened their very first bar, an ambitious two-part project serving cult-like katsu sandos on the side of cocktails. And what cocktails they are, including slushies and classics on tap in Elementary, and incredble, elevated cocktails in Tayēr that change so regularly, you’ll never have the same experience twice.
Some of the city’s coolest creatives opened awesome places for people to drink in 2019. In fact, we were truly blessed with great new bars this year – and that’s despite it being a bit of a dicey time for hospitality in London right now. So let’s raise a glass to the trendy taprooms, dazzling cocktail bars and specialist spirit spots London gained this year. We got hotly anticipated watering holes from drink world luminaries as well as rising stars on the scene. Plus, a new rooftop bar, a circus-themed pub and London’s first agaveria. When it comes to drinking, we’re ending the decade on an absolute high.