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:
Why: 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
What: Where's The Rum Gone
Why: 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
What: From the Team Behind 108 Garage
Why: 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
What: Old-School Glamour
Why: 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
What: Not Quite Notting Hill
Why: 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