The 5 best cocktail bars in North London

Ruby’s, Dalston, 76 Stoke Newington Rd

Ruby’s is an ideal hipster haunt for great cocktails, that dingy Dalston ambience and really fun and interesting selection of music

From the outside it doesn’t look like much but once you descend the narrow staircase into the bar you’ll instantly understand the appeal.

 

Original Sin, Stoke Newington, 129 Stoke Newington High St

Simple, unpretentious but run by mixologists who really know their stuff.

Original Sin will be hosting a monthly masterclass called Taste No Evil starting in April with Fords Gin. . The event is a celebration of spirit categories. Rather than learning about specific products, the brands involved will give more of a category class with a particular focus on how the spirits are enjoyed in cocktails. . You will then get an opportunity to make up your own drink, drawing on the information you have been given about cocktail structures and balance, with guidance from us and the brand ambassadors. . One cocktail from each event will be selected and will feature on the Original Sin menu until the next session. . The sessions give you an opportunity to play with flavours and engage in cocktail culture in more depth. As bartenders we can sometimes take the back bar for granted, so we are extending that luxury to you on a journey of flavour discovery. . If anyone has a particular interest in spirits or creating cocktails, the tickets are available through designmynight.com (link in our bio) . April 11th – Fords Gin – History of gin through cocktails May 9th – Nikka – Japanese whisky and the mizuwari June 13th – Cana Brava – Cuban style and the daiquiri

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Fontaine’s Bar, Dalston, 176 Stoke Newington Rd

Art deco design through and through – bringing a taste of the Forties to Dalston

High Water London,

A real bartender’s bar – expect your cocktails to be uncluttered and just spot on.

Ray’s Bar

A different kind of hybrid cocktail bar that becomes a club, gallery etc.

The perfect pint of Guinness at The Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington.

The Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington is arguably the best Irish pub in London. It’s shabby and not chic, and consistently serves one of the finest pints of Guinness you’re likely to find around these parts. The locals are a mix of Irish Londoners and the young hip gentry of Stokey. The cultural roots of the pub are clear to see but it feels genuine and not over the top. On top of this they play an eclectic selection of classic rock and they seem to have Bowie posters plastered all over the pub, but maybe I’m exaggerating.

Of course, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day on Friday and when I went in on Wednesday night they were already hauling out boxes of decorations and kegs of Guinness and beer. I’ve heard you’re probably best getting a spot early in day if you’re planning on celebrating St Paddy’s Day.

Now…you might ask what can be so perfect about a pint of Guinness. Well there’s a lot of debate surrounding this issue but all I know is what I was taught when working in a pub with an Irish manager, and I had this confirmed for me at The Auld Shillelagh:

1. Hold the glass under the tap at a 45° angle.

2. Pull the tap down and let the Guinness pour in until the glass is almost full.

3. Let it rest for one and a half minutes.

4. Top up the pint for a “firm and creamy head”

If that isn’t quite clear enough, head over to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to watch a ‘how to’ video I made at The Auld Shillelagh.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig! (Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!)

Kaspa’s Kinder Bueno Milkshake Review

Kaspas on the outside looks very Tacky (Which I love!)… Shiny black signs with pink and white writing, in lights! Very Las Vegas style…. The inside is pretty much the same, glittery black tiles with old school American style booths.
Kaspas, is a chain and has dessert parlours all over the UK, they offer a range of sweets from sundaes, waffles & crepes, cakes & puddings, hot drinks, milkshakes & smoothies.
I opted for the milkshake (seemed the least calorific)…. It was phenomenal, absolutely delicious!! Two LARGE scoops of creamy vanilla milkshake with 4 bars of Kinder Bueno blended together = heaven… they did ask if I want to add whipped cream on top but since I’m on a diet I didn’t opt for that! I will say that I was having heart palpitations while sipping on this naughty concoction – but it was worth every sip 😉

Sophie xx

Express with an Oo

Expresso anyone?

If your like me and wonder why expresso’s don’t seem to be keeping you awake anymore. I got the perfect solution. This drink puts the O in expresso.

Garnished with a few coffee beans, the espresso martini is a sophisticated little devil – it’s dressed to kill.

I planned on going out for just a coffee, the bar tender recommend I try the Expresso Martini. So I did and to be honest it would of been rude to decline such a fantastic offer.

A mix of vodka, coffee liquor and espresso  It’s all finished off with the thick, luxurious, creamy froth that sits at the top of the glass. Waaaaa laa a piece of art. What a fascinating combination that almost should not be allowed to work together when in fact they do.

I wont spoil it for you but It offers your three key things, almost like your perfect man. Sweetness in the liqueur, richness in the coffee and excitement in the vodka what more could you ask for?

If this be the first time you try an Expresso Martini and you dare to take a dance with devil on a one night stand, this time you wont be disappointed.

Go ahead Sip & Swallow

Expresso anyone?

If your like me and wonder why expresso’s don’t seem to be keeping you awake anymore. I got the perfect solution. This drink puts the O in expresso.

Garnished with a few coffee beans, the espresso martini is a sophisticated little devil – it’s dressed to kill.

I planned on going out for just a coffee, the bar tender recommend I try the Expresso Martini. So I did and to be honest it would of been rude to decline such a fantastic offer.

A mix of vodka, coffee liquor and espresso  It’s all finished off with the thick, luxurious, creamy froth that sits at the top of the glass. Waaaaa laa a piece of art. What a fascinating combination that almost should not be allowed to work together when in fact they do.

I wont spoil it for you but It offers your three key things, almost like your perfect man. Sweetness in the liqueur, richness in the coffee and excitement in the vodka what more could you ask for?

If this be the first time you try an Expresso Martini and you dare to take a dance with devil on a one night stand, this time you wont be disappointed.

Go ahead Sip & Swallow

Palm Vaults: Golden (2/3)

Hi, Beautiful People!

It’s Stacey here again with Palm Vaults review.

Drink: Golden

Price: £3.50

Location: Palm Vaults, 411 Mare St, London E8 1HY

Contains: Turmeric, Ginger, Oat Milk, Agave

Garnished with Black Pepper

Commentary: Marketed as an alternative to coffee, this is once again something incredibly special. This hot drink was simply just divine. I would, however, recommend that you mix the garnish of black pepper into the drink before you consume as it does come as a bit of a kick. Not offensive to the taste buds in any way, this alternative to coffee is a must for health fanatics. With the ginger, you are going to get a relief from digestive problems including nausea, loss of appetite and pain.  The turmeric in this concoction also has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidants.

Rating: 4/5

ありがとう

ありがとう, Arigatou, Thank you , Japan.

YUZU ZOO.  A unique citrus martini, with gin and yuzu, balanced with honey & umeshu. A fresh sweet and sour taste. Thanks exactly what it is.

If after a long day of work you need that drink to get you good but not gone, our japanese friends wont let you down.

I found this little number at Sticks & Sushi In Canary Wharf . Being nosey I decided to ask a group of girls why they persisted in ordering this drink three times in a row. I soon found out why.

YUZU ZOO GOT ME FEELING OOO OOO. I seem to be attracting drinks that bring out the ‘best’ in me.

£8.50 so your average price but its no average taste. Sit back and and let savour the flavour.

元気で

Palm Vaults: Velvet Rose (3/3)

Hello, My Darlings!

I couldn’t bare to keep this fabulous drink away from you. I mean, as it as Valentine’s day I guess I’m just in the spirit of giving. Why could blame me? This is the final drink review of Palm Vaults – and, again, this drink was divine. And yes, those are rose petals on the top, and, yes, they are edible. Insert tongue emoji here….

Drink: Velvet Rose

Price: £3.50

Location: Palm Vaults, 411 Mare St, London E8 1HY

Contains: Rose Water, Beetroot Juice, Agave, Almond Milk

Garnished with Rose Petals

Commentary: If I majored in English Literature this would be the perfect time to write a love letter – expressing my affection towards this drink and really the company, Palm Vaults. When the sampling the drink I simply wrote the word, fabulous. You really can not go wrong with any of the drinks that have been reviewed here on the Palm Vaults series on Sip ‘N’ Swallow. The rose water found in this drink helps relieve stress and allergies. The beetroot juice also comes with a whole heap of health benefits including anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties. I applaud Palm Vaults for the drinks reviewed and for my experience, I really could not fault anything.

Rating 5/5