In this season of good cheer and high spirits, we thought you might need a little festive drinking inspiration, so we put our heads together, sank a few martinis, lost track of what we were doing somewhat and then decided to get someone else to do it for us. So we quizzed Soho bar supremo Brenhan Magee of the Bohemia Group for the insider lowdown on the London drinking scene. His qualifications? He’s behind The Club Bar & Dining (pictured right) – a hip Mayfair hangout on Warwick Street – as well as having had a hand in the Breakfast Group’s eat-and-drinkeries Jerusalem and Salvador and Amanda. So, bottoms up – here’s to the new drinking year!
Brenhan, what do you reckon are the top three places in London to get a great cocktail – somewhere where the mixologists actually know their stuff? Somewhere you don’t have to explain to the barman how to mix a martini (as happened to me recently – but that’s another story)?
Number 1: Shochu Lounge under Roka, on Charlotte Street: Tony Conigliaro is one of London’s finest and most creative cocktail gurus, and he’s created a fab menu of Japanese-influenced drinks.
Number 2: Green & Red on Bethnal Green Road (020 7749 9670) – another of the tricks up Hawksmoor head honcho Will Beckett‘s sleeve). Mixologist Dre Masso is revered by the cocktail world and for good reason – he is the best person I have ever had the pleasure to work with in terms of cocktails – he’s not just a bartender, he is a chef.