The festive season is fast approaching and before you know it, we will be donning our Christmas jumpers and bringing in the New Year. With that in mind, it is never too early to start your winter drinking, after all if there is one good thing about winter it is the constant excuse to get merry as the weather certainly isn’t! And besides, you are definitely going to need something to help you face those shops. With that in mind, we have rounded up our favourite hangouts for a festive tipple, or two! Let the celebrating commence…
Grab your ledohosen and head to Bodo Schloss where you will be transported away from London to an Austrian ski lodge complete with dirndl and winter tipples. Re-live the debauchery of apres ski at its best alongside cocktails that will definitely fill any festive nostalgia. With drinks such as the Ski Boot that can be shared amongst eight of you, it will be hard not to get into the Christmas spirit, and with a 70’s themed disco to follow, it won’t be long until you are busting out some Christmas moves.
Callooh Callay Bar
Channel Narnia at Callooh Callay where you will not only find a secret wardrobe transporting you to a mysterious drinking lounge, but also plenty of fun. Whilst, unfortunately, we cannot promise you will bump into your Aslan, there will be a whole host of winter cocktails available to taste such as the Butterscotch Soda and The Gingerbread Man, reminding you exactly why you love the festive season.
If you are looking for a more cultural Christmas this year, head to Graphic Bar, where you can sip on some cocktails surrounded by modern art. Whilst the art that cover the walls is constantly changing and evolving, the cocktails on offer are masterpieces in themselves. Famous for its gin combinations, the creativity does stop there, with a whole host of paint tin punches on offer. This is a fun place to get the festive season started and definitely worth a try.
Whilst we love a good cocktail, sometimes there are just too many to choose from. Have the hard work done for you this Christmas by grabbing a bottle and heading to BYOC (Bring Your Own Cocktail), where master mixologists will mix up a tailor-made drink to your liking. Based in both The West End and Camden, BYOC is the best place to get away from the cold. With open fires, exposed brickwork and a 1920s gramophone, this is one for a cosy Christmas date.
Known as ‘London’s worst kept secret’ Bart’s is definitely the place to get your Christmas party started. And when we say Christmas party, we don’t mean the drunken karaoke kind, we mean a sophisticated house party that you won’t be able to stop talking about until at least next ywar. Think 1920s Great Gatsby and you are on the right track. Disguising itself as a London apartment by day, it transforms into a luxurious drinking den by night, serving illicit liquors and alcoholic concoctions.
Located in Marylebone, head to Purl where you can escape the Christmas masses by hiding out underground. Pushing the boundaries, Purl is never one to shy away from experimentation and if you are wanting to try something new before the end of the year, it’s definitely worth a visit. Embrace the festive season by trying one of their -50 degrees Martinis or take part in one of their professional master class where you can learn to make the wonderful concoctions for yourself.
If laid back winter drinks are more your thing, head to B-Soho on Portland Street, where not only will you find innovative cocktails but also live music and an array of Italian delicacies to help line your stomach. Complete with communal lounging area, once you will arrive you will find it hard to leave, placing yourself firmly on the sofa for the whole Christmas season.
If you are feeling a little bit scandalous this year, head to Shebeen, an underground drinking den in the centre of Kentish Town that was once home to Victorian police cells. The Irish establishment specialises in creating classic and Poitin based cocktails with a twist. Making up a third of their drinking menu, Pointin is one of the strongest alcoholic beverages in the world, and was once illegal in Ireland.
Be daring this Christmas by heading to the Adventure Bar in Clapham. The bar is quickly becoming famous for serving the first cocktail to be served with an edible insect: The Cricket Soup. After trying this you will have your new found party trick for the season. If this is not entirely your thing, they also serve some fantastic sharing cocktails in popcorn shaped drinking vessels, making for a fun evening out.
A favourite haunt of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, no cocktail list would be complete without this classic venue. Enjoy your Christmas comforts at this renound location, embracing your favourite Bond girl or guy. Shaken not stirred please.
St James Bar, Sofitel Hotel
If you are feeling a little bit blue this Christmas, head to St James’ Bar at the Sofitel Hotel, where you can drink some cocktails amongst some of history’s great. Get some words of wisdom from Winston Churchill in the form of the British Bulldog cocktail served on the rocks. Or if you are feeling like spending an evening with Marilyn, try the Blonde Bombshell.