For a sect of our readers whom I think perhaps don’t get their fair share of posts, I thought I’d begin a series for night spots, clubs, and pubs. Now regardless of age or gender we all like to go out for a few belts sometimes and living here affords you more than your fair share of places of opportunity. I thought it would be good to start with some chaps that know what it’s like to be an American moving to London. Owning directors
Steve Locke, Rys Oldfield, and Leigh Miller, all American bartenders who worked back in the states together tending bar for TGIFridays, until just over 10 years ago they moved here and started their own bar empire( the first bit there isn’t firsthand, but the empire is right on!) With 11 locations and one more in the works, I thought even if you’re looking for a place with your mates from work these locations are all about central London( everywhere but North London), and you’ll be close to one no doubt. Heck, if you are a student, or looking for jobs in London after your recent relocation to London, you’ll not have any trouble finding these spots.
B@1 is likely best known for its 190+ drink menu. With all kinds of specialty house mixtures the choices are endless. If you tell your bartender you don’t know what to order, or “what’s good”, they ask you what sorts of flavors or spirits you’re comfortable with. They actually attend a formalized training for 8 weeks, which I find pretty dedicated, but it certainly helps with all those concoctions and countless recipes’. If you’re the kind of person who likes to have a plan when you go somewhere than you can’t go wrong with the results of the top five B@1 mix’s as voted by the patrons.
I left the links for the Americans, in case you want to get a jump on the after work life over here in London. I couldn’t hardly list something like an “Irish Disco Biscuit” and leave it at that. B@1’s 11 locations, some of which are likely in areas your relocation agents may mention, are :
- B@1 Balham
- B@1 Battersea Rise
- B@1 Clapham Common
- B@1 Covent Garden
- B@1 Hammersmith
- B@1 Putney
- B@1 Richmond
- B@1 Soho
- B@1 Spitalfields
- B@1 Shoreditch
- B@1 King’s Cross
- B@1 Monument – Coming Soon!!!
I’m leaving these links for those of living in London now as they have a mighty nice Happy Hour offer. Two drinks for the price of one, and most locations run it from 5:00-8:00. And for all those budget conscious students and open to suggestions as to what to have, they have a “bartenders special” every Wednesday through Sunday nights. Any two drinks the bartender chooses are sold for only 5 pounds all night. I can say that I have been to one or more (not saying how many) of these establishments and I’m kind of partial to some of their more exotic Margaritas. Irrespective of what you order once you get there, B@1 locations are fun spots to go out for a few after your work or school day.