Sam Paget Steavenson is The Rum Runner, a man on a mission to prove that bar-quality drinks can be served at any event or pop-up, they’ve even got their own Airsteam. Whilst he might not have his own bar, he certainly knows a thing or two about where to go for a drink. Until you can catch him at an event, then check out his favourite bars in Notting Hill:
This used to be a tiny museum above The Portobello Star that hosted tastings and masterclasses. The new bigger offering is just across the road and it’s not only a great place to learn about the history and art of gin making, but the ground floor bar has a great drinks list. The team distill their own gin and as you can imagine, it’s delicious.
Make Sure You Order: I always start with a classic G&T and then will move onto some of the more experimental flavour combinations.
Where: The Distillery 186 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 1LA
Where's The Rum Gone
The slightly kitsch 70’s interiors here are bit of a novelty but lots of fun nonetheless, and because it’s in a basement it’s pretty easy to lose track of time! All the drinks on the cocktail menu have a ‘Tiki twist’, this place always guarantees a good night out.
Make Sure You Order: I always go for something like a classic Mai Tai as rum is definitely their specialty
Where: 177 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2DY
From the Team Behind 108 Garage
Newly opened from the team behind 108 Garage, this three-story building houses a grill, raw bar and champagne bar. The marble and brass interiors on the ground floor are super slick and the tequila and mezcal bar upstairs has a cosy feel that’s perfect for a late-night cocktail. It also happens to be right next door to our studio, so it’s dangerously convenient! A very welcome addition to the local area.
Make Sure You Order: Keep it classic and go for a Margarita.
Where: 36 Golborne Road, Notting Hill, W10 5PR
This place looks a bit like the inside of a cruise ship from the 1930’s and oozes old-school glamour. There’s shiny copper as far as the eye can seem which makes for the perfect setting for a Whiskey Sour or an Old Fashioned. Every detail is stylish, as is the crowd it attracts.
Make Sure You Order: Head there after supper for a lat night, Old Fashioned
Where: 123 Clarendon Road, Notting Hill, W11 4JG
Not Quite Notting Hill
Although this is not in Notting Hill, it’s worth making the short journey over the canal to come to this place. They host a variety of pop-ups in the kitchen but the drinks menu remains the same. There’s a slight American feel to The Shop as all cocktails are served in signature milk bottles or jam jars, and they do a mean Tommy’s Margarita which has always been a favourite drink of mine
Make Sure You Order: It has to be the Tommy’s Margarita!
Where: 75 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3ND