Get into the spirit with these top, festive-inspired tipples that will help you find the humour in your boss’ jokes.
Circo Bar, Bath
The latest cocktail bar to come to the cobbled streets of Bath is called Circo Bar on George Street. With its roaring fire, candlelit tables, plush sofas and armchairs, Circo promises customers a relaxed night out whether you’re with friends, family or after a pint on your own. On Friday and Saturday nights, expect a livelier crowd and a resident DJ who will have you on your feet in no time.
The cocktail menu here is extensive (and delicious) with expert mixologists on hand to knock up a treat for you. Though no official Christmas cocktail list has yet been released, those currently on the menu couldn’t be more in keeping with the season now winter is upon us. The Spiced Orange Mojito, Mint Chocolate Martini, Cherry & Rhubarb Mule or Ginger & Almond Fizz cocktails will hit the spot.
The Tabasco Pick-Me-Up Pit Stop, Shoreditch, Londons
You know the Christmas drill, every year your December social calendar becomes even more crammed with nights out, parties and excuses for knocking back the bubbles. Of course, we’re not complaining… but when it comes to battling through your working day with a throbbing hangover. The Tabasco Pick-Me-Up Pit Stop might be the answer to your-hair-of-the-dog prayers, and this two-day pop-up is promising to help Londoners keep fit and fighting after a night on the town with their menu of bloody Mary-inspired dishes and drinks. Best of all, all food on offer is free.
Open 8am-10am on 14 and 15 December 2017 at The Green at Boxpark Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY. Free food and drink tokens are provided upon entry and you must be aged 18+ to enter.
Mr Fogg’s, London
The three London venues, Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair, Mr Fogg’s Tavern and Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Covent Garden, are garnering quite the rep for their scrumptious cocktails and quirky atmosphere. Inspired by Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days, these London bars are decked with unique and decorative artefacts and antiques from – you guessed it – around the world.
Let’s get to the nitty gritty, though: the drinks. Sit back, relax and have a sip of the Nanty Narker, which contains Cointreau noir liqueur, fresh citrus, orgeat syrup and rose wine. Or why not go for the Old-Fashioned Fanny, which is the perfect drink for a cosy winter’s evening – citrus-infused Dewar’s 12 Scotch whisky, peated Scotch whisky, Jack Daniel’s honey, demerara sugar and bitters. Yum.
Dead Canary, Cardiff
For classy cocktails this Christmas, Dead Canary in Cardiff is a must. Enter through a ‘secret’ black door – in the style of a 1920’s speakeasy – and take in the beautiful modern vintage decor before perusing their menu of mouth-watering bevvies. Why not have a glass of mulled wine? Tis the season after all. Or should you fancy something slightly wilder, how about their Cauldron of Rebirth cocktail – sounds powerful doesn’t it? It includes Icelandic vodka, bitter coffee, nutmeg, dark chocolate and a sweet cream finish. Very naughty and very nice.
The Mesmerist, Brighton
This buzzy pub with retro, gin palace-inspired décor is a must-visit venue this Christmas. With live music and a cracking weekend vibe, you’ll want to pitch up to a table and spend an evening with loved ones as you knock back their delicious cocktails, one after the other. Enjoy a sip of these seasonal-sounding drinks for a festive night you won’t forget: Old Spice (Havana 7-year rum, maple syrup and orange bitters) and the Mesmerist Ginger Beer (Tanqueray gin, root ginger, lemon, gingerbread syrup and Laines bitter).