From spruced-up pubs in the burbs to cutting-edge cocktails in Hoxton, the capital’s drinking scene is as full-on as ever. Here we hand-pick the best-rated bars and pubs our expert reviewer, Keith Barker-Main, has visited this month, so if you’re looking for a new watering hole, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll on for four fresh bars which are all well worth visiting.
Words: Keith Barker-Main
Brew, the Tea Pub, Tooting
What: A prototype for a crowd-funded chain that aims to update greasy spoon caffs with tea-based cocktails, served up in a pastiche setting of a 1930s tea room. Straight-up cuppas include Earl Grey made with real bergamot; cocktails stretch to an Old Fashioned made with Buffalo Trace bourbon and lapsang souchong.
Where: 114 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RR
Crown & Greyhound, Dulwich
What: A grand 1900 Grade II-listed gem in cutesy Dulwich Village with an impressive literary pedigree: Dickens and Thackeray drank here, Ted Hughes and Harold Pinter gave readings here. A refurb has retained splendid original features such as dinky snugs and a majestic mahogany bar while adding a dining-room extension and a new 20-room boutique hotel upstairs.
Where: 73 Dulwich Village, SE21 7BJ
The Great Northern Railway Tavern, Hornsey
What: A lavish north London gin palace, its etched mirrors, snob screens and stained glass spectacularly spruced up courtesy of Fuller’s. Modern additions such as moquette-upholstered banquettes reference old railway carriages and blend in sympathetically. A wide range of character indie beers and ciders are joined by home-infused gins and wines with plenty of low-priced interest.
Where: 67 High Street, N8 7QB
Super Lyan, Hoxton
What: While White Lyan upstairs is temporarily closed, fans of owner Ryan Chetiyawardana are well-served at Super Lyan, the old joint’s dark and moody basement, complete with a lap-dancer’s metal pole. Star turns on the drinks front include Man on Fire, a refreshing, smoky Dewar’s 12 and Del Maguey mescal sour, served over an ice rock of Gibraltarian proportions.
Where: 153-155 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ
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This article was published 23 June 2017