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  • Wet Wednesdays: The French 75 Cocktail

    Wet Mercredi!!

    This Wet Wednesday Under Raidar goes international with the powerful classic cocktail known as the French 75. Oui Oui!

    The French 75 was first stirred up in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris by the famous barman Harry MacElhone. Because of the mighty kick this classic knockout provides, it seemed fitting to name it after the commanding artillary gun, the French 75mm.

    The Under Raidar girls love a robust French 75 in the morning evening. There’s nothing better than a great cocktail WITH champagne! The French 75 does go both ways… Gin or Cognac, but here at Under Raidar we stick with Harry’s O.G recipe of gin.

    Wet Wednesdays French 75 Recipe

    • 2 ounces London dry gin
    • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
    • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
    • 5 ounces Brut champagne

    Add all the ingredients except the Champagne to a shaker and fill with ice. 
    Shake well and strain into a Champagne flute. 
    Top with the Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

    A votre santa!

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  • Hip, Sip & Stumble Upon London's Best Speakeasy Bars

    The Under Raidar bootleggers just took a trip across the pond to discover and experience London's best hidden speakeasy bars and, for a country that never even had a prohibition, we were mightily impressed - once we found them that is!

    The London cocktail scene is booming and they've crafted prohibition bars down to a fine art. The bartenders don't just create luscious libations, with experimental twists, they perform mind-blowing cocktail showmanship. After experiencing some of London's most captivating cocktail theatrics it proved Stateside to be a little wet behind the ears. 

    After a lot of drinking researching, which involved a lot of drinking researching some more, we're giving you the low-down and thirsty on a selection of London's best hidden nightlife spots for whenever you cross the pond. So let's get your drink-hole a little bit wet because, after reading this, there won't be a dry mouth or eye in the house. 

    Thirst up is:

    1. Purl, Marylebone: Where Prohibition That Takes You Aback

    Tucked away in the heart of Marylebone, in a vaulted Georgian basement, we stumbled upon Purl - an innovative and multi-sensory 1920s prohibition bar. Look for the sign and descend down the dark stairs to enter the secret prohibition nirvana where anything could potentially go up in smoke or out with a bang!


    Here's the full exposé of Purl's multi-sensory stimulation (with eye-gasmic photo evidence).


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    Smoking cold


    2. Nightjar, Hoxton: The Speakeasy That's No Fly-By-Night.


    Behind an unassuming black door, a stone’s throw from Old Street, you’ll look for find  London’s highly acclaimed prohibition bar that lives and breathes in the basement below. At the bottom of a tall, dark staircase is a door that leads to a world where the 1920s is very much alive and thriving – but ever so spectacularly.....


    Here’s what you'll find inside Nightjar; a bar that yells speakeasy and serves you the 1920s in the glassiest of ways.

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    Stairs down to Nightjar


    3. Bart's, Kensington: Worst Kept Secret. Best Inside Job.

    Just another upscale apartment building in South Kensington is what you won’t be expecting on your quest to find Bart’s. It might take you a little while but once you find it your thirst will be overly quenched. Charming, magical, nostalgic, innovative are words that come to mind because Bart’s crafts something quite enchanting......

    Get the full inside information on Bart's (with glorious photo evidence) here.

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    4. Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Hoxton: Sip Through The Looking Glass

    As we passed Looking Glass Cocktail Club all was not what met the eye which called for a more investigative look through the looking glass. Like any professional drunks speakeasy bar avengers we set out on our peripatetic quest to see what was behind this chic and antique newly-opened 1920s cocktail bar...


    Get the full backstory of what you'll find behind (and through) the looking glass.


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    Step through the looking glass to find...


    5. Milk & Honey, Soho: 
    Soho's Secret Speakeasy That's Pure To The Pour 

    Walking in Soho, on a Saturday night, we were looking for Milk & Honey to make our 10.30pm reservation. After scaling streets across the world looking for hidden bars (and considering ourselves experts) we still love the thrill of discovery. We automatically look for inconspicuous entrances/doors/windows but Milk & Honey challenged us. We retraced our steps and finally saw an unmarked maroon door that looked like any other. No sign, no number, just a rectangular glass peephole showed us we'd arrived.  

    Read the fully poured version of events at Milk & Honey right here.

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    In the bar of Milk & Honey


    6. Bourne & Hollingsworth, Fitzrovia - Teatime With A Twist


    On the corner of Rathbone Place in Fiztrovia it looks like the old Bourne & Hollingsworth department store. Get a little closer and you’ll see it is, in fact, a mural, a facade, a hoax even. We took flight down the metal stairs to reveal a basement cocktail bar, decorated as an old English tea room, with a fireplace and classic floral wallpaper reminiscent of your Grandma’s house - but this is not your Grandma's house.

    See the full English teatime tale of what makes Bourne & Hollingsworth well worth a visit! 

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    A storefront with a backstory


    7 & 8. London Cocktail Club, London - Get in the club

    The London Cocktail Club is rather special; they’re a club you’re going to want to experience again and again for the many adventures that await! They are not just one, but 4 bars, with different themes, different personalities and wickedly different drinks. You need to visit each one to really soak up their individual personalities and definitely their drinks.

    Access the full low-down on London Cocktail Club right here! 

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    If you drink you already belong


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    Shhhhhhhh!

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  • Purl - Where Prohibition Takes You Aback

    Tucked away in the heart of Marylebone, in a vaulted Georgian basement, we stumbled upon Purl - an innovative and multi-sensory 1920s prohibition bar. Look for the sign and descend down the dark stairs to enter the secret prohibition nirvana where anything could potentially go up in smoke or out with a bang! 

    As you enter the secret underground prohibition portal, where you can speak as easy as you can drink, you’ll feel as though you just traveled back to the 1920s (not that you remember them of course). This is how Purl makes you speak easier, drink easier and sets the modern-day speakeasy bar pretty high - in every sense.



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    Globally inconspicuous

    Purl is a magical world of whirled creations mixed with multi-sensory cocktail theater that flows as spectacularly as the drinks. In keeping with the theme of 19th century birth of cocktails, along with pre-prohibition cocktail culture and the art deco period, Purl is immersed in authenticity; an old style telephone booth, vintage telephones, cameras and other 19th century paraphernalia adorn the basement space.

    Purl is engulfed in atmospheric lighting and the interior features exposed brickwork, vintage-style leather seating and cozy cellar caves with glamorous chandeliers. We loved the vintage globe that inconspicuously houses their vast array of bespoke bitters and the hanging tea cups above the bar.



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    Oh becave will you!


    As for the 'tipple whammies'; Purl doesn’t just craft exquisite cocktails but they create an unforgettable drinxperience with creative, inventive flavors in each sumptuous cocktail.

    What got our juices flowing was how experimental and truly exceptional the drinks were. Purl’s twist on Prohibition era libations is an ever-evolving cocktail list, with a mixture of hardcore classics, and forward-thinking sensory peculiarities incorporating foams, caviar, homemade infusions, home-aged bitters, ice carving and even liquid nitrogen.  Every cocktail enthralls every sense from concept to sip; if you love 1920s speakeasy bars Purl takes you back - and certainly aback.



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    Mr Hyde, I'll see you through the smoke



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    Testing, testing, one two entICE


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    Cocktails are poppin'


    Extra Tidbit 

    “It’s in keeping with our theme of late 19th century birth of cocktails along with pre-prohibition cocktail culture and the art deco period…plus Purl is a nice word (it’s also the sound that water makes when it flows over rocks).

    Full Frontal Exposure: www.underraidar.com/purl 

    TW: @Purllondon   FB: PurlLondon

    50-54 Blandford St., London W1U 7HX      (+44) 020 7935 0835


    Purls of wisdom and other discovered London speakeasies are here. 

  • Nightjar - The Speakeasy Bar That's No Fly-By-Night

    Behind an unassuming black door, a stone’s throw from Old Street, you’ll find (and look for) London’s highly acclaimed prohibition bar that lives and breathes in the basement below. At the bottom of a tall, dark staircase is a door that leads to a world where the 1920s is very much alive and thriving ever so spectacularly.

    Nightjar has crafted something quite unique with a 1920s speakeasy vibe you’ll want to bottle but, trust us, you’re going to want to stick with the glass in here. Nightjar only does exceptional; the imbibing offerings alone are worthy of imblblical Revelations boasting pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war drinks and signatures. 


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    Where all the magic is crafted


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    It's all tin ceilings & mirrors

    The live old school 1920s jazz, with a 40s bent, permeates the space bouncing off the tin ceilings and illuminating the dim lighting. You’ll be taken aback with every craftier cocktail, that'll keep you wetter than a shark, and create more of an impression than a Cezanne piece. It’s evident that Nightjar’s cocktails are inspired by industries like chocolatiers, perfumiers and patisseries, rather than other bars, as each drink boasts a sumptuous edibility.  

    Nightjar's libation creations put them on an untouchable bar that’s only within reach when the drink is right in front of you. They use ingredients that you’d be hard-pressed to find in any other bar; purple yam marmalade, purple carrot juice, gooseberry jam and inventive infusions and foams that’ll have you frothing at the mouth in excitement. It’s an injustice to use the word ‘garnish’ to describe their elaborate beautification of each cocktail; candied crab apples, orange-blossom smoked candy floss and egg shells filled with chocolate mini eggs are just a few examples. We don't want to spoil all the surprises that await.


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    Gar-niche garnishes



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    The Naked Lady (looks as good as she tastes)



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    12 Mile Limit (drink this like there are no limits)


    Nightjar is a bar you’ll want to discover, revel in and maybe even rebel at. If a picture speaks 1000 words then ours only speaks 999. You'll need to fly on over to Nightjar and see for yourself. We promise that your mouth will remain ajar in amazement all night.


    Full Frontal Exposureunderraidar.com/nightjar

    TW: @Barnightjar   FB: facebook.com/barnightjar

    Nightjar - 129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB (+44) 20 7253 4101


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  • Milk & Honey - Soho's Secret Speakeasy That Pure To The Pour

    Walking in Soho, on a Saturday night, we were looking for Milk & Honey to make our 10.30pm reservation. After scaling streets across the world looking for hidden bars (and considering ourselves experts) we still love the thrill of discovery. We automatically look for inconspicuous entrances/doors/windows but Milk & Honey challenged us. We retraced our steps and finally saw an unmarked maroon door; no sign and no number - just a rectangular glass peephole showed us we'd arrived.  

    As we entered we were lead down a dark hallway to an intimate, candlelit lounge with wooden booths and 1920s jazz wafting in the air. The drinks were superior with flavors, ingredients and expert mixology that make you understand why this bar is award-winning (they also have a branch in New York.) They operate on a members-only basis but welcome non-members providing you make a reservation. The drinks menu is clearly categorized into Pick Me Ups, Lost & Found, Digestives, Cobblers/Fizzes/Fixes and other such luscious libations.




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    Bar-sque in the bar 



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    Superior interior


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    High Bar-ometer 


    Non-members only have access to The Ground Floors bar (with reservations) while members have their own private lounge, The Red Room, on the second floor, where the bartender doubles as your waiter and manages the entire room and bar -  it’s pretty impressive. Members also have access to The Basement Bar, The Games Room and The Roof Terrace (weather permitting) but who are we kidding? It is London after all!



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    Prescription Julep


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    Champagne Champions


    Milk & Honey's attention to perfection in mixology is astounding. Every afternoon they squeeze oranges, lemons, limes and pineapples by hand. They also press their own ginger beers. Their glassware is kept in freezers set to -30C to keep drinks cold during the delicate preparation phase. As a member, with access to The Red Room, you'll be served drinks containing jagged wedges of ice hand-cut with ice picks from a twice-frozen block of ice made from mineral water.


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    The Diplomat

    Members and non-members alike have to adhere to the House Rules such as: ‘no name dropping or star-fucking' and 'gentlemen will not introduce themselves to ladies. Ladies, feel free to start a conversation or ask the bartender to introduce you. If a man you don’t know speaks to you, please lift your chin slightly and ignore him.

    We don’t usually like rules but we’re prepared to play along for the sake of some splendid cocktails and a wonderfully wicked experience. Just follow our rule: mix equal parts Milk & Honey, shake (speak)easily and pour yourself into this prime prohibition bar in the heart of London.

    You'll be safe in the hand of Milk & Honey.


    Full Frontal Exposure: underrraidar.com/milkandhoney   FB: MilkandHoneyLondon

    Milk & Honey - 61 Poland St, London W1F 7NU   (+44) 20 7065 6840


    See more secret speakeasy bars we uncovered on our London jaunt!

  • The Nightjar - A Speakeasy That's No Fly-By-Night

    Behind an unassuming black door, a stone’s throw from Old Street, you’ll find (and look for) London’s highly acclaimed prohibition bar that lives and breathes in the basement below. At the bottom of a tall, dark staircase is a door that leads to a world where the 1920s is very much alive and thriving ever so spectacularly.

    Nightjar has crafted something quite unique with a 1920s speakeasy vibe you’ll want to bottle but, trust us, you’re going to want to stick with the glass in here. Nightjar only does exceptional; the imbibing offerings alone are worthy of imblblical Revelations boasting pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war drinks and signatures. 


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    Where all the magic is crafted


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    It's all tin ceilings & mirrors

    The live old school 1920s jazz, with a 40s bent, permeates the space bouncing off the tin ceilings and illuminating the dim lighting. You’ll be taken aback with every craftier cocktail, that'll keep you wetter than a shark, and create more of an impression than a Cezanne piece. It’s evident that Nightjar’s cocktails are inspired by industries like chocolatiers, perfumiers and patisseries, rather than other bars, as each drink boasts a sumptuous edibility.  

    Nightjar's libation creations put them on an untouchable bar that’s only within reach when the drink is right in front of you. They use ingredients that you’d be hard-pressed to find in any other bar; purple yam marmalade, purple carrot juice, gooseberry jam and inventive infusions and foams that’ll have you frothing at the mouth in excitement. It’s an injustice to use the word ‘garnish’ to describe their elaborate beautification of each cocktail; candied crab apples, orange-blossom smoked candy floss and egg shells filled with chocolate mini eggs are just a few examples. We don't want to spoil all the surprises that await.


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    Gar-niche garnishes



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    The Naked Lady (looks as good as she tastes)



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    12 Mile Limit (drink this like there are no limits)


    Nightjar is a bar you’ll want to discover, revel in and maybe even rebel at. If a picture speaks 1000 words then ours only speaks 999. You'll need to fly on over to Nightjar and see for yourself. We promise that your mouth will remain ajar in amazement all night.


    Full Frontal Exposureunderraidar.com/nightjar

    TW: @Barnightjar   FB: facebook.com/barnightjar

    Nightjar - 129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB (+44) 20 7253 4101


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  • Bart's - Worst Kept Secret. Best Inside Job.

    Just another upscale apartment building in South Kensington is what you won’t be expecting on your quest to find Bart’s. It might take you a little while but once you find it your thirst will be overly quenched. Charming, magical, nostalgic, innovative are words that come to mind because Bart’s crafts something quite enchanting.

    As we walked through the lobby, up some steps and down the hallway we found a black door next to a gold plaque with ‘Bart’s’ on it. We stepped into the tiny entry area that was covered in Mickey Mouse wallpaper; was this bar taking the Mickey? No. We rang the bell, the speakeasy hatch in the door slid open and we were invited in. Order a drink and you’ll see very quickly that there’s no Mickey being taken at Bart’s.

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    Pickled Ploughmans



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    Cookin’ up ‘Gone Fishin’



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    'Behind The Smoke Screen' - smoked & presented in a Dewart's box.



    Street signs adorn the wall with stuffed animals, luggage, a mustached Mona Lisa and the much-needed Thirst Aid box. The atmosphere is laid-back and welcoming but the drinks are serious; seriously the most unique con-cocktails you’ve ever had in your life. We’re not exaggerating or inebriated here. 


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    Speakeasy and drink even easier



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    In front of the menu is ‘Behind The Smoke Screen’



    Inside old books you’ll discover the menu boasting cocktails that could never be an apt disclosure of what’s to come. The bartenders revel in experimentation and, as they have a background in food, they really understand the art of complimentary flavors and mixology. It’s good to know that your bartender has good taste.

    Bart’s is just as much about the theater, astounding attention to detail and experimental flavor (using food in the most innovative and enthralling of ways) as it is about the cocktails. All these elements together will get you all wet where it matters.
     

    We all need Thirst Aid


    Who’s behind the mask? Just the Under Raidar masterminds

    What’s great about Bart’s is they’ve managed to capture every component of what a true speakeasy bar should have: personality, authenticity, phenomenal cocktails and comfort. The bar’s atmosphere makes you feel as comfortable as you should be in your own living room. It really is London’s ‘Worst Kept Secret’ because Bart’s has something you really won’t be able to keep schtum about. 


    Full Frontal Exposure
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    TW: @BartsLondon    FB: facebook.com/bartslondon

    Bart’s - 87 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW   (+44) 020 7581 3355


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  • Looking Glass Cocktail Club - Your Chance To Step Through The Looking Glass

    Upon arrival at Looking Glass Cocktail Club in Hoxton all is not what meets the eye which obviously called for a more investigative look through the looking glass. Like any professional drunks speakeasy bar avengers we set out on our peripatetic quest to see through this chicly antique 1920s cocktail bar. It’s truly a dream for those with a decidedly discerning palate and an appreciation for Lewis Carroll’s whimsy. Looking Glass Cocktail Club ingeniously combines multi-sensory elements to create an unforgettable experience you’ll (literally) want to go through. 

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    Bar #1 that’s not just an affront.


    The bar area is small, cosy and stripped back to just a handful of ornate Louis XVI armchairs and other antique victorian seating. We found the head bartender to be as experimental as he was engaging. He took as much pleasure in offering, as we did in accepting, his homemade vermouth - which pleased our mouths much indeed. He also showed us, first-hand, the crafting of the perfect cocktail and his experimentation is evident in each inventive drink he created. We held up our part by creatively consuming them!

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    The Shoreditch ‘Cuppa’


    The cocktail menu was an abundance of molecular elements on a list of twisted classics with I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E cocktails that are totally credible at the same time. The liquid offerings were divided into Old Fashioned Style, Short Drinks, Long Drinks and Tea Cup Cocktails with lots of British-inspired names like ‘How Very English’, ‘The Modern Gentleman’ and ‘The Shoreditch Carrot’. Then there were those like the Caliente y Sicio and The Intrepid Onca Pinata for a refined Spanish twist.  

    We’re proud to say we pretty much tried everything on the menu and highly recommend The Shoreditch Cuppa, Past Your Bedtime and Mal Adona. We can safely say every drink was quite something and, well, everything in our case!

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    The Artisan Negroni: Part 1



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    The Artisan Negroni - Part 2



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    The Artisan Negroni - Part where you drink


    What we loved about Looking Glass Cocktail Club is that what you see isn’t what you get; there’s so much more besides (and behind). Without giving it all away we’ll say that any Alice In Wonderland fan should apply, as well as those who avidly seek intelligently crafted prohibition cocktails, served pretty damn neat. We won’t divulge anything more so you’ll have to pay them a visit to find out how to, literally, go Through The Looking Glass…oh and how!


    Full Frontal Exposure: underraidar.com/lookingglass

    TW: @LookingGlassE2    FB: LookingGlassCocktailClub

    49 Hackney Rd, London E2 7NX    (+44) 20 7613 3936 

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  • Bourne & Hollingsworth - Teatime With A Twist

    On the corner of Rathbone Place in Fiztrovia it looks like the old Bourne & Hollingsworth department store. Get a little closer and you’ll see it is, in fact, a mural, a facade, a hoax even. We took flight down the metal stairs to reveal a basement cocktail bar, decorated as an old English tea room, with a fireplace and classic floral wallpaper reminiscent of your Grandma’s house - but this is not your Grandma’s house.

    It’s furnished with mismatched tables and chairs that are somehow imperfectly perfect. White tablecloths dress the tables, (they’re clearly waiting for you) with aptly selected comfy touches that are oh so welcoming. 

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    Just an affront


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    More tea, liquor?


    The bar itself is a small a hatch in the wall but the magic they craft behind there is tantamount to a storm in a teacup (they serve many cocktails in china teacups.) It’s a rather splendid way for a spot of afternoon gin, or bourbon, or anything that takes your fancy - and they have a lot to fancy there.

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    It’s pretty mantel in there



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    Better than your Granny’s bar


    If you like origami you’ll love their menu; a folded 4x4 square that unfolds into a box shape (sans lid) with detailed hand-drawn artwork to perfectly compliment their splendid array of libations. Believe us you’re going to be rather taken with this bar, that’ll charm the socks off you, and after a few of these cocktails maybe more will be charmed off. At Bourne & Hollingsworth your teatime pleasure just tippled. 


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    Mocha Cocktail


    We wanted to make sure we really tried and tested their libation selection and we’re proud to share our delightful divulgences. 

    Junipear: Gin mixed with pear puree, lemon juice, herbal liqueur, lengthened with lemonade and finished with a blackberry liqueur.

    Hudson Cobbler: Bourbon & Drambuie with lemon bitters, seasonal fruit & berries. 

    Chimps Tea: Monkey Shoulder scotch whisky & peach liquor, lemon juice, Earl Grey tea syrup, orange zest. You wouldn’t get this in an Olde English Tea Shoppe. 

    Storm In A Mug: Dark rum & Sailor spiced rum shaken with raspberries, lime juice & spiced English Breakfast tea and topped with ginger beer.

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    A smashing cuppa 



    A visit to B & H is a teatime you won’t forget but totally not a place for tea-totals. This bar tops everything guaran’tea’d.


    Full Frontal Exposure: underraidar.com/bourneandhollingsworth

    TW: @bandhgroup   FB: facebook.com/bourneandhollingsworth


    Bourne & Hollingsworth: 28 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1JF

    (+44) 20 7636 8228


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  • London Cocktail Club: 1 Cocktail Club. 4 Bars. 4 Cheers For That.

    The London Cocktail Club is rather special; they’re a club you’re going to want to visit again and again for the unique experiences that await! They are not just one, but 4 bars, with different themes. You need to visit each one to really soak up their individual personalities and definitely their drinks!


    Imbibe inventively 


    What London Cocktail Club do that’s really great is they’re dedicated to the art of the cocktail; the classics (Martinis, Old Fashioned, Daiquiris, Mai Tai etc) but they’ve carved a reputation for contemporary creations like the Bacon & Egg Coupet, Squid Ink Sour and Rhubarb & Custard. They’re experimental with traditional ingredients and British typicalities that you would never expect in a drink. 

    The first one we visited was the Tattoo Rum Parlor in Shaftesbury Avenue. You go down the stairs to the basement where the natutical-inspired bar awaits you, with old school British Navy-style pin-ups, plenty of skulls and a whole lot of rum and tumble - if you’ve drunk enough!

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    Tattoo Rum Parlour - Drinks Ahoy Matey!



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    The Gin Palace - Bottoms down and bottom up!


    We then moved on to Gin Palace in Googe Street - a basement bar with a kitsch punk vibe. We saw Jack The Ripper, in graffiti art, as we went down the stairs but hope he didn’t see us. The bar space was dark and mysterious and the seating area at the back was rather seductive. The dim lighting is lifted by the brightly lit back-bar showing off row upon row of intriguingly dangerous looking spirits. The drinks we had were perfectly balanced (in the right way!) and after a few of those you’ll certainly be seeing spirits. With sharp attention to detail, to make every experience memorable, they even present their menus inside old VHS boxes (videos are for the taking.) 

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    Royal decor - The Gin Palace, Goodge St.

    Be sure to check out their Cocktail Club in Covent Garden (the only bar that has a membership by law but it’s 1 quid by law) and their newest bar in Oxford Street. London Cocktail Club is a club you’ll be thirsting to be a part of!


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    Covent Garden Cocktail Club


    London Cocktail Club are all about the cocktails and the environment which is always buzzing. Each location is designed with a unique experience in mind. They even offer cocktail classes for those who are so inclined. They’re innovative and forward-thinking so our advice is to amble on down for some experiential imbibing action in style. London Cocktail Club - you know great times and great drinks so it’s safe to say we’re in the club!

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    Get in the club


    Full Frontal Exposure: underraidar.com/londoncocktailclub

    TW: @LDNCocktailClub    FB: LondonCocktailClub


    Get the full G n’ T (give n’ take) on other secret cocktail bars in London right here!


    London Cocktail Club Locations

    Rum Parlour - 61 Godge St., London W1T 1TL  (+44) 20 7580 1960      

    Gin Palace - 224a Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EB (+44) 20 7580 1960

    Covent Garden - 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JA (+44) 20 7836 9533

    Gangsters Tequila Paradise - 4 Great Portland Street, London W1W 8PA  (+44) 20 7580 1960

  • Speakeasy... but thirst things thirst

    A bar without a sign is definitely a sign; a sign of the times that have been and gone yet today they have made a trendy comeback in cities all across the globe. These hip watering holes that are more hole-in-the-wall, underground and hidden, are what makes these historic-themed establishments so appealing since the repeal of course.

    For those who were already hung-over in their history class might not recall learning about the Prohibition era between 1920-1933; an effort to curtail the consumption of alcohol by prohibiting its sales, manufacture and distribution. This was a time that we could only shudder to imagine occurring today. However, throughout the stringent laws, we all know that the effort had the opposite affect and the result led to adulterated and sometimes toxic liquors served at hundreds of clandestine bars, called speakeasies, across the world. 

    Today artisanal cocktails are the new vogue and are being served in chic bars in the US and across the world from London to Los Angeles, Moscow to Manhattan these hip bars show no signs of slowing down as a cadre of entrepreneurs celebrate the art of the cocktail in small-discreet and nostalgic lounges reminiscent of Prohibition-era bars in hundreds of cities scattered across the globe. 

    Hidden in back alleys most speakeasy bars today incorporate traditional customs like a password, no sign, secret entrance, classic cocktails and some serve liquor in teacups reminiscent of the avoidance of a police raid. It’s all part of their effort to transport patrons back to an era that most of us cannot comprehend experiencing firsthand.

    From New York’s Backroom bar to The Varnish in Los Angeles to Purl in London these bars hone an contraband excitement and inconspicuousness that you don’t get in a your average sports bar with a flashing neon Budweiser sign. The only twist in the (cock)tail is keeping your ear to the ground to stumble upon them but you’re guaranteed an unforgettable drink-up - hands down.

  • Hidden Shhhhpooky Halloween events in Los Angeles

    Instead of going out this Halloween why not go under where you can combine the quintessential spooky-themed thrills with a little more dare rather than just scare? When it comes to keeping it underground Under Raidar knows the places to really get your cackle on. We like to keep it short, sweet and definitely street so here is a selection of what you can expect at our featured speakeasy cocktail bars this Halloween 2012 in Los Angeles....spookeasy style of course!

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  • LORD PIMMS CUP Pimms No. 1, Starr African Rum, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple, strawberry, cucumber, mint, Angostura bitters PERUVIAN FLOWER Pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange flower water, grapefruit bitters, egg white. PRICKLY PARADISE Goslings Dark Rum, Aperol, lime juice, ginger, prickly pear, ginger beer MI AMARO Casa de Noble Reposado Tequila, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Amaro Ciocaro, St. Germain HORNY HONEY Plymouth Gin, lemon juice, lime juice, horny goat weed/peppercorn infused honey, orange bitters, egg white SUMMER SMASH Templeton Rye, Drambuie, lemon juice, sugar, Peychaud's bitters, peaches

  • Cocktails ( Blind Barber - Culver City )

    Cocktails ( Blind Barber - Culver City )

    :: COCKTAILS ::

    STRAWBERRY FIELDS
    Stoli Vodka, lemon, honey, strawberries, parsley

    SMOKE AND DAGGER
    Jack Daniels Whiskey, jalapeno infused Cointreau, lime juice, ginger and cucumber

    BLACK JACK
    Jack Daniels Whiskey, Grand Marnier, blackberries, lemon, sugar

    SWEENEY TODD
    Jameson Irish Whiskey, egg whites, lemon juice, honey and creole bitters

    HOT HEATHER
    Milagro Tequila, lemon juice, ginger, agave, grapefruit and pineapple

    BATMAN
    Plymouth Gin, St. Germain, angostura bitters, lemon juice, sugar, mint



    :: SEASONAL COCKTAILS ::

    LORD PIMMS CUP
    Pimms No. 1, Starr African Rum, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple, strawberry, cucumber, mint, Angostura bitters

    PERUVIAN FLOWER
    Pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange flower water, grapefruit bitters, egg white.

    PRICKLY PARADISE
    Goslings Dark Rum, Aperol, lime juice, ginger, prickly pear, ginger beer

    MI AMARO
    Casa de Noble Reposado Tequila, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Amaro Ciocaro, St. Germain

    HORNY HONEY
    Plymouth Gin, lemon juice, lime juice, horny goat weed/peppercorn infused honey, orange bitters, egg white

    SUMMER SMASH
    Templeton Rye, Drambuie, lemon juice, sugar, Peychaud's bitters, peaches