Top Four “Hold My Phone I'm Going In” Cocktails

Written by: Sophie Taylor

London cocktail week is upon us and there’s not one plastic-flamingo-darned thing we can do about it.

To be perfectly honest I can think of nothing worse than strapping on a wristband, carrying around a guidebook and queuing up for something that could otherwise be served up to my sorry, tired old lips immediately.

However, this year Drink Up London have released an app that eliminates all of the above frivolity. 

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Just get your ticket, download the app and start enjoying your £6 cocktails all week long. Simply remember to flash your digital pass to the bartender first. No, that’s not a euphemism. Unless you’re in Slim Jim’s, then it might be.

Without further ado, here’s our round up of the top four cocktails to enjoy across North London. Enjoy responsibly. 

1 The Bee and Bear   

Don’t be fooled by the sweet smooth nectar that is the Bee and Bear cocktail. The honey cordial masks the kick from the green tea Kombucha and alcoholic throes of Patron Silver, all to be enjoyed within the rather attractive surrounds of Richard Hunt’s Mint Gun Club. Read more about our visit to the pretty tea room / aperitif bar that resides just off the beaten track of Stokey High Street.

Mint Gun Club, 4a Brooke Rd, Stoke Newington, N16 7LS

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2 The Parma Violence

Swing by Slim Jims on Upper Street and demand this gin based citrus delight, with splashing of purpley liquor de violette and a dash of that oh-me-oh-my sugary gomme syrup.

After a couple of these you may well find yourself joining in the Slim Jims tradition of exchanging your bra for a free drink. You can then revel in witnessing your boulder holder join the rest of the bra collection attached to the ceiling.

If that all sounds a little, you know, misog (kill joy? me?) it’s certainly not mandatory. But sometimes it does feel pretty awesome to release the fiery biscuits of their cups for the evening, does it not.

Slim Jims Liquor Store, Islington

112 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN

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3 The Anything on The Menu

Knowhere Special has, ironically enough, a very special menu of cocktails. Each house drink comes with a foodie equivalent, made to order in keeping with your drink choice.

Whatever you decide to choose from the menu comes with our personal recommendation and thumbs up. Don’t forget you’ll also receive a complimentary visit from regular barfly Otto, the Jack Russell with an unhealthy Old Fashioned obsession.

This cosy basement bar has the kind of dimly lit atmosphere other bars can only dream of and is well worth a visit / first date suggestion / Monday night haunt.

Knowhere Special

296 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2TG

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4. The Spice Velvet

23 year old Ron Zacapa rum makes a happy appearance in this little taste sensation, and boy is he welcome. Oslo, Hackney (the rather chic venue and bar under Hackney Central bridge) are hosts to this tangy affair, aptly named The Spice Velvet. It is a surprising cocktail, mixing chocolate bitters with pineapple soda and black cherry liquer. One for you and your connoisseur friends to enjoy over a hearty gossip session. What? It’s been a long week. And there is so much to relay from Saturday! If you fancy it as an accompaniment to your catch up brunch, you are one wise foodie. Read our recent review of Nordic brunch at Oslo and weep.


1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

London Cocktail Week runs from 2nd  – 8th October 2017

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