Where to drink

 
Tim Badham

Central and East London are in bloom, with a variety of bars opening their doors to thirsty urbanites. The first is Beagle. Opened by entrepreneurs/ restaurateurs the Clancy Brothers (who also DJ under the name Krankbrother), Beagle is a moody cocktail den, coffee shop and modern British restaurant, situated in the reclaimed railway arches near Hoxton station. Bar manager Myles Davies’s shining achievement at Beagle is the suitably jazzy “Krank”, a short glass of Scotch, vermouth, ginger liqueur and rhubarb bitters that quietly contends for the title of best London cocktail of 2013.

Jason Atherton’s second restaurant to open this month, the Social Eating House on Poland Street, boasts a first floor cocktail bar named The Blind Pig. Staying on the trend in Soho with exposed brick, reclaimed furniture and dark leather banquettes, The Blind Pig’s Gareth Evans is renowned for his mixological innovations. He is responsible for a Skittle-infused “Kindergarten Cup” and an LED-illuminated “Thermonuclear Daiquiri”.

If you’re heading to Ibiza this year, get in the mood with a visit to Pacha London. The club has undergone a drastic refurbishment, with a new third room, a Martin Audio soundsystem and a redesign more in line with the White Isle.

• Tim Badham is founder of Innerplace, London’s personal concierge service. www.innerplace.co.uk @innerplaceLDN