London continues to flourish for Movember, with plenty of drinking dens to moisten your moustache.
Take Coya, for instance. Nestled alongside Green Park on Piccadilly, this peerless Peruvian venue comprises of a bar, a restaurant and private members’ area, complete with terraced garden. Opened by Zuma and Arts Club founder Arjun Waney, the design in the upstairs members’ bar juxtaposes distressed decor in an Incan palette with ornate chandeliers and a leather embossed bar. For drinks sans membership, repair downstairs to their massive Pisco bar with a library of homemade pisco infusions and rare tequilas.
Hawksmoor Air Street launched recently, with a glamorous Art Deco cocktail bar paying homage to the Fumoir Bar at Claridges, with views through floor-to-ceiling etched and stained glass windows onto Regent Street. They’ve beefed up their menu with a few new cocktails including the excellent “full-fat old fashioned”, made with butter-infused bourbon; heart surgeon provided at your own expense.
The South American trend continues in all corners of London, with the Barrio Group opening up their newest venture Barrio East on Shoreditch High Street. The quirky new hotspot features interiors taking cues from Latin party destinations as well as a 1960s “Sprite” 4-berth caravan converted into a perch where one can watch the action unfold both onstage and on the dancefloor. They will be relaunching their cocktail menu across all the Barrio Bars, so drop into one for rum and tequila heavy mixology.
Craft beer fanatics should investigate the brand-new Brewdogbar in Shoreditch, which features a stripped-back design and one of the most formidable ranges of draught beer in The Smoke; the opening was commemorated with projections of the Brewdog logo across the capital and the founders’ naked image on the Houses of Parliament.