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The Best Winter Bars In London
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The Best Winter Bars In London

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Updated: 21 November 2016
The weather may be getting colder, but there’s a whole host of new bars in which to keep warm. Popping up all over London with warming cocktails and seasonal ingredients, these are the new bars and menus to visit this autumn.
Remember The Maine | Courtesy of Salvatore's Bar
Remember The Maine | Courtesy of Salvatore’s Bar

Salvatore’s Bar

Go around the world in a cocktail menu at Salvatore’s Bar. The bar, run by the world’s most famous (and most skilled) bartender Salvatore ‘The Maestro’ Calabrese, has just launched a new menu based on the maestro’s travels. On it, you’ll find 16 cocktails, divided into continents — the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Visit the USA with a Bulleit rye and bourbon blend cocktail that takes a full two months to make, thanks to it being aged in a barrel washed with a mix of berries, port and vinegar. Next, move onto Scotland and a Game of Thrones-style horn filled with Haig Club and Talisker, Drambuie, dandelion bitters and heather and lavender soda. Asia is best experienced through a stunning sake, sencha and yuzu Japanese cocktail, while Africa offers a Marrakesh-style tea, myrrh and mint delight. There’s no better way to introduce yourself to the Playboy Club’s infamous bar — now fully open to the public.

Salvatore’s Bar, 14 Old Park Ln, London, UK, +44 20 7514 9000

Interior of 68 and Boston | Courtesy of 68 and Boston
Interior of 68 and Boston | Courtesy of 68 and Boston

68 and Boston

Eric Yu of The Breakfast Group, (the man behind our beloved Opium bar), Martin Malley, co-owner of Planet of the Grapes, and Luca Cordiglieri, formerly bar manager at The Dorchester’s China Tang, are the three big names from London’s nightlife scene that are behind 68 and Boston, the newest addition to Greek Street. Launched this month, this is a wine bar with a difference. Firstly, all bottles are a decently priced £20 — no more, no less — and there are no duds on this menu thanks to truly excellent sourcing and help from the likes of The Wine Sleuth. Easy, no? Secondly, head up the flight of stairs, and you’ll find yourself in the yin to the downstairs yang; a cocktail bar lies nestled directly above. ‘68’ is the Italian-feeling wine bar below, all slick lines and swirling glasses paired with meats and cheese. Meanwhile, ‘Boston’ is the lounging, slightly eclectic cocktail bar above, the late-night hot spot to head to after your post-work wine.

68 and Boston, 4-5 Greek Street, London, UK, +44 20 7287 3713

Cocktail Trading Company

The second branch of the Cocktail Trading Company launched in 2015 and is looking to live up to its older sister’s reputation. Squirreled away in the basement of Ask For Janice’s Smithfield branch, it’s not often that anyone would recommend you bypass Janice’s drinks, but that’s exactly what you need to do, heading downstairs instead. There you’ll find a cosy basement bar with a Cocktail Trading Co’s signature portrait of Winston Churchill gazing down on proceedings. The ambiance is great and the drinks equally so, with all the usual, wonderfully bonkers suspects on the menu; spiced blood orange sherbet tequila sunrises served up in sunscreen bottles and snow-globes filled with rosebud, cardamom and vanilla concoctions. Take along your own weird and wonderful knick-knacks when you go drinking — in the spirit of the nearby Victorian market, they may just exchange them for a cocktail or two.

Cocktail Trading Company, The Basement, Ask For Janice, 50 – 52 Long Lane, London, UK

Rev JW's Spirited Sermons | Courtesy of Rev JW
Rev JW’s Spirited Sermons | Courtesy of Rev JW

Spirited Sermons at the Rev JW

Back by popular demand, there’s a whole host of new Spirited Sermons being preached at Rev JW this autumn. Forget bible verses though. The praises being sung in this holy hell-raising establishment are for the world’s oldest and most fascinating spirits — of the drinking variety. Sermons consist of an evening at the Rev’s (one of London’s most lauded hidden bars) with an expert teaching you the history of the liquor taking the stand that night, as well as lessons in how to shake them into cocktails.

Spirited Sermons at the Rev JW, 32 Goodge St, London, UK, +44 20 3174 1155

Temptation Wheel | Courtesy of The Savoy
Temptation Wheel | Courtesy of The Savoy

The Savoy’s Thames Foyer

Experience temptation itself thanks to The Savoy’s Thames Foyer new Temptation Wheel menu. Served in the venue’s thoroughly decadent, glass-domed surrounds, it’s a lesson in warming autumnal decadence. Matching handcrafted cocktails with individual desserts and gourmet chocolates, the menu is a journey through all things rich and indulgent, displayed on a mahogany spinning wheel and divided into an artist’s palette of flavours. One must-try favourite is the Winding Road cocktail, aka the ultimate way to chase away winter’s chill. Featuring a glorious blend of Barcardi Ocho, ruby port, coffee maple and chocolate bitters, it calls to mind windblown streets viewed from bay windows while sat by a roaring fire.

The Savoy’s Thames Foyer, The Strand, London, UK, +44 20 7836 4343