We asked London’s infamous mystery blonde bar expert BarChick – “all you need to know is we love bars and we are very good at drinking” – where to take your mother/mistress/intern/date/hipster friend out and got very excited about the answers.
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Hipster – Callooh Callay
Although a true lover of educating, BarChick wouldn’t want to take the East London hipster too far out of their comfort zone. Tucked nicely into the Shoreditch triangle is Callooh Callay – welcome to Narnia people!
It’s surrealist chic: old gramophones decorate the window bays, exotic light shades are shaped like bunches of grapes and even the corridors are plastered with a mural of 80’s style old-school cassettes. If this doesn’t impress, then lead them on through the Victorian wardrobe into the next bar, sit them on the enormous red and white striped throne and play worship.
For the lucky few who hold the key there is the hidden Jubjub bar where you can mingle with all sorts of bar loving folk, you’ll also drink some of the best cocktails in London.
Fashion Intern – Danger of Death
A day out on Brick lane would not only mean a feast of inspiration for their latest blog post (crazy outfits / street art / vintage galore), but also a trip somewhere new for them. A pizza slice from Super Pizza is the perfect way to kick start a night in Danger of death, plus the pizza and beer will be well within budget for their intern sized wallet.
Antiques shop from the outside, pizza shop on the inside, but there’s a whole lot more going on and the door you passed on your right is the one you want to get through. Here you will find the hidden members bar and no doubt the interns good looks, tactical and well practised flattery will come in handy when trying to get down to this super sexy, laid back lair of fun.
The owner has some of the best cocktail bars in NY and London so we say share a Hurricane or the Painkiller!
Mistress – The Beaufort Bar at the Savoy
Show her the best of British and take her to The Beaufort Bar at one of the finest British institutes, The Savoy. She can sit pretty surrounded by 40ks worth of gold decor! They have cabaret most nights, cocktails that come in birdcages and even some that have gold flakes in them. No doubt she’s used to being spoilt rotten and The Beaufort Bar will do just that.
Your Mama – The Zetter Townhouse
This is a real haven for collected / quirky bits and bobs (including a stuffed kangaroo), and with the seasonal cocktail list created by one of the best barmen in the world it’s a no brainer for mum!
It’s a textile heaven in here with velvet sofas, armchairs made from coffee bean sacks, heavy oak tables and tasseled lighting, plus if you creep downstairs to the loos you’ll find some “wonderful wallpaper”.The Gooseberry Kir Royal was delicious on our last visit, as was the Nettle Gimlet (it doesn’t sting) and the Somerset Sour so try all three!
Next door neighbour Michelin star chef Bruno is on the case with the food so be sure to share some nibbles!
The Boho-Chic Date – Riding House Cafe
It’s the perfect safehaven to escape the hoards after an afternoon trawling Oxford street. The decor is all retro with orange booths, reclaimed furniture, wood paneled walls and stuffed squirrel light fixtures. It’s a bit like a sexed-up ski lodge.
Sit at the bar and you can enjoy their impressive selection of beers, wines and ciders. Naturally the cocktails mustn’t be neglected, BarChick would recommend the Penicillin with Chivas and Laphroaig (plus all sorts of medicinal ingredients), they also have really good food throughout the day so get some small plates to share.