A Stumbling Guide to Bars in London
Betty’s Coffee, Dalston
A newcomer to cocktails, Betty’s Coffee has been a hub for those seeking some caffeine refreshment by providing a homely, divine little spot in Dalston. As soon as you go into this small independently run cafe -and take a seat in the cosy chairs – you can tell this Dalston bar is a local fave.
While the great coffee and made-to-order lunches (including a halloumi burger that made me drool) Betty’s has a respectable cocktail selection perfect for a boozy brunch or a quick tipple before a night out. With two cocktails served for £10, you couldn’t ask for better value.
I opted for the Betty’s Apple Pie, sweet Aspall cider blend with a cinnamon and sugar rim. Use of beer and cider in cocktails is quite unusual so this was an unexpected, and ultimately refreshing treat.
A visit to this bohemian little place sets you right up for the day, and if the sun is shining grab the cosy table near the front and settle in for a few perfectly balanced drinks and banter with the friendly staff. A warning though, try to avoid drinking mezcal here before 4pm, which is according to the staff ‘Cocktail hour’.
After a quick stop in O’Neills Irish bar China Town to watch the football we head off for some incredible Dutch and Belgian beers at Soho’s De Hems. If you have never tasted Vedett White from the tap you are missing out, add a thin slice of lemon and this light wheat beer takes you to heaven and back.
I have been meaning to go to this veritable gin palace for a long time, and I was not expecting it to have been so busy. After deciding on a sharing bucket that nostalgically brought me back to the Thai islands for a moment, we got to the serious drinking.
It was fairly strange that the bar operated table service for drinkers but considering it was busy service was still quick. This West End bar houses the largest collection of gin in the UK so knows exactly what it takes to make a good libation. Drinking from paint pots is a novelty but the drinks themselves were delicious. A much hyped, yet deserved reputation, Graphic has a great atmosphere and is an ideal spot for gin connoisseurs.
A visit to a good old fashioned British boozer allowed me to get a taste for my favourite ale, Doombar, a smooth flavourfull and thoroughly drinkable pint.
I am quite certain I visited a bar after the pub, however by then my skills of description and recollection have become somewhat challenged.
12 full hours in London’s Bars later and I can tell you, there is so much out there to explore, don’t just settle for a standard boozer. From talented mixologists to charming bartenders, London is one of the finest places in the world for a night out, so what are you waiting for?