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AN EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT
The Roxy Bar & Screen
This is a super-cool bar-cum-cinema that shows a
combination of cult classics, new releases and live
sports, as well as hosting a film and TV quiz.
You should order: Alongside the smartly chosen
wine list and the usual draught brews, they have a fine
selection of unusual bottled beers such as Coopers
Sparkling Ale and Erdinger Dunkel.
Roxybarandscreen.com; 020 7403 4423;
128-132 Borough High St, London SE1
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SOAK UP SOME HISTORY
The Crown Liquor Saloon
The ornate interior dates back to 1849, featuring
mosaic tiles and painted glass. If there’s a group of
you and you fancy a clandestine drinking session,
reserve an enclosed snug, each with an antique bell
for ordering drinks.
You should order: Try the local beers: Belfast Ale,
Hope & Glory and Belfast Black.
Crownbar.com; 46 Great Victoria St, Belfast, BT2
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SUP BY THE SEASIDE
Located in a boutique hotel in a Georgian terrace, this
Seventies-inspired bar serves up great cocktails and
snacks. But it’s the coastal location that’s the real pull.
You should order: Going on pun quality alone, we’d
suggest a Chiving Miss Daisy (Hendrick’s gin,
chestnut liqueur, chive syrup, lemon juice, grenadine).
Blanchhouse.co.uk; 01273 603 504; 17 Atlingworth
St, Brighton, BN2
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THE BEST BLUES TUNES
The Blues Kitchen
Consistently cramped, perpetually noisy but never a
disappointment, this bar hosts live bands every night.
Spectators soak up the soul with hearty fare inspired
by America’s Deep South.
You should order: Sample one of the Blues Kitchen’s
20+ selection of quality bourbons. Add a shot to their
Oreo cookie milkshake for a stomach-bloating treat.
Theblueskitchen.com; 020-7387 5277; 111-113 Camden
High St, London, NW1
UK’S BEST BARS
This thirst-quencher takes the niche-theme crown.
It’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical poem
Jabberwocky, and features faux-Victorian décor.
You should order: The Mad Hatter Tiki Punchbowl:
rum, crème de peche, rhubarb, ginger juice, lemon juice
and grapefruit bitters, served in an actual gramophone.
Calloohcallaybar.com; 020-7739 4781; 65 Rivington
St, London EC2
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Concrete Tea Building
This huge bunker of a bar, beneath Pizza East
restaurant, has been transformed by Nick ‘Soho
House’ Jones: it’s all mood lighting and industrial cool
and there’s seriously great food from upstairs.
You should order: Champagne, cocktails and shots
such as the Concrete (a condensed White Russian).
Pizzaeast.com; 020-7729 1888; 56 Shoreditch
High St, London E1
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CIDER LOVERS’ PARADISE
Based on a converted Dutch barge, this is nirvana
for serious fans of fermented fruit juice. With seating
split between boat deck and quayside terrace, it’s
perfect for the spring and summer.
You should order: Still or sparkling; dry or sweet;
apple, pear, strawberry or raspberry – anything,
as long as it’s cider. There’s even apple eau de vie
and Somerset cider brandies.
Applecider.co.uk; 0117 925 3500; Welsh Back, Bristol BS1
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