reviews

  • the cocktail trading co. development bar & table

    london: the cocktail trading co. development bar & table

    the cocktail trading co. is less a bar, more a playground for bartenders and guests to revel in the joy of cocktail craftery. here the team combine top notch ingredients with their imaginations, resulting in some of the most creative (and definitely the most fun) cocktails in london. the drinks are pre-teased in the illustrated menus to help you navigate the list of playful creations. even then, when they arrive you’re not quite sure if your being presented with a bouquet, a desert, children’s toy or some sort of foreign object… and that’s all part of the theatre. thankfully, the theatrics aren’t at the expense of the taste, they only serve to augment the experience of the drink through the other senses. every drink is a conversation cocktail but to highlight a few - the decadent tom & jerry is a creamy, salted chestnut cup…with a side of cheese; the bonsai beautiful is drinkable zen adorned with butterflies on top; the eggsperimental cocktail cup is a moreish breakfast concoction with a surprise in the (real) eggshell cup; Apairoteef contains a white chocolate pair of dentures…if you can get past that; the guido forks comes with a fiery surprise, pept-abysmal serves up a bottle of drinkable medicine and for a britain you can imbibe, experience try a ‘bag o’chips’ with real chips and roast tatty seasoning. a brilliant place for a conversation starter (first date?), a place to pace and absorb the experience.

    19 april 2016 by becky
  • blue bottle café

    tokyo: blue bottle café

    american coffee culture gains an outpost in shinjuku [03.2016].

    29 march 2016 by andreas
  • the gibson

    london: the gibson

    somewhere between the nomadic stretch anchored by the barbican and old street tube stations lies a blink-and-miss diminutive addition to london’s concept bar repertoire. a dim glow of tea lights, illuminate an ambiguous decor with a ‘vintage’ feel whilst the eclectic serving ware wouldn’t go amiss in phileas fogg’s collection - ranging from golden dragon vessels to coconut shell cups and edison-lightbulb glasses. the extensive drinks menu is the product of fierce and unrelenting experimentation in the pursuit of ultimate taste experiences. the thematic takes it’s cue from the original ‘gibson martini’ replete with a lone pickled onion. [gibson girls being the ‘it’ girls of the 1890s, encapsulated through the idealist illustrations of charles dana gibson]. every drink is crafted with time and love and the menu will only be updated once a year - these aren’t throw away formulas. you’ll struggle to decide which drink to select as each contains a bizarro ingredient often a savory ‘condiment’ addition - a pickle, chutney, ketchup. just a few of the ingredients from the opening pages: aromatised sandalwood, soft tofu, electrifying flower bud, edible beer soap air, grain ash flavoured cacao butter, pumpkin and walnut jam, grilled rice powder, balsamic picked quail egg, cheddar whey, warm fejoa snow, myrrh bitters. you get the concept. the menu is divided by month, suggesting what you may imbibe throughout the year - all the more reason to make return visits. a delightful experience where every drink is a conversation starter.

    28 march 2016 by becky
  • smalls

    melbourne: smalls

    a boutique wine bar for gourmets.

    24 february 2016 by andreas
  • voyager espresso

    new york: voyager espresso

    this striking coffee parlour adds much needed austerity to the financial district [02.2016].

    12 february 2016 by andreas
  • motel

    moscow: motel

    despite its name, this watering hole is simply too buzzing to lay your head to rest [02.2016].

    06 february 2016 by andreas
  • foxglove

    hong kong: foxglove

    watering hole extraordinaire [01.2016].

    16 january 2016 by andreas
  • the year

    sao paulo: the year

    a night haunt extraordinaire pops up in a fast-emerging part of town [12.2015].

    16 december 2015 by andreas
  • internazionale

    beirut: internazionale

    coolest hang-out on the block, really. and yes, it's named after an italian soccer team.

    27 november 2015 by andreas
  • skylounge winter treehouse

    london: skylounge winter treehouse

    ’Tis the season…for winter-themed pop-ups. The gloves are on for the most fantastical festive escape in the city, exporting revellers to Alpine-style chalets, snowy Lapland scenes and magical woodlands. The Treehouse at SkyLounge is amongst our favourite selections, buried in the heart of the City. Off-the-beaten-track twelve floors high at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel resides an enchanting winter lodge that feels worlds apart from the streets below. The speciality here is the bone-warming hot rum cocktails. The indulgent Spiced Apple Toddy sees Chairman’s Reserver Rum warmed through with Rekorderlig apple cider, spices and whipped cream. Hot Peach Tea cuts rum with peach liqueur, hot white tea and soothing honey and lemon. Those after something a little more chilled can opt for the wintry Plum’n’Rum Old-Fashioned fizz. Sip’n’snuggle as you absorb some of London’s most iconic landmarks including Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s, The Shard and the Gherkin, all wrapped in a sheepskin throw. Winter comfort food includes the truffle mac’n’cheese, ‘big bad’ mini dogs, grilled cheese sandwich and tuna melt cakes. Indulge your (very!) sweet tooth with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches or the warm grilled banana split with melting fudge pieces. Great for an after-work catch up. Open until late February.

    25 november 2015 by becky