From trendy tea bars to retro party playgrounds, we’ve whittled down our pick of the best new bars, cocktail dens and outdoor terraces popping up in the city this month, guaranteed to quench your thirst come Friday night…
Flight Club Bloomsbury
Shoreditch's ever-popular darts joint is spreading its wings to open a second, more central location in Bloomsbury. Decked out like fun-loving fairground, the quirky new bar and restaurant features a Victorian carousel bar, darts booths (for game time) and occasional ballet performances – because what are darts without a beautiful ballet rendition? Geared up for groups of friends (or couples), get your game on by taking part in one of the competitive darts challenges, while chowing down on sharing-style, stone-baked pizzas, delicious burgers, and classic cocktails.
55-59 Albion House New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury, WC1A 1BS
Lucky & Joy
Brought to you by the talented Ellen Parr – co-founder of supper club duo The Art of Dining and previous chef at Moro – and Pete Kelly of Background Bars, Lucky & Joy is a buzzing new food and cocktail bar pop-up that offers a bold new take on modern Chinese cuisine. Diners will be dazzled with an array of fresh, flavoursome concoctions, whilst Pete will pillage the kitchen pantry, infusing Asian fruits and spices into his killer cocktail list. There will also be a bar snack menu of bao buns, Tornado potatoes and a BBQ in the garden cooking up smoky, sizzling delights, and DJ sets kicking off till late.
298-299, Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9HA, open from 3rd August
Mint Gun Club
Stoke Newington’s stylish new opening comes in the form of a quaint cocktail bar and tea house, run by Richard Hunt, a three-time International Bartender of the Year champ and the man who’s been in charge of the booze at Hawksmoor, Milk & Honey and Mahiki. This swanky Stokey hangout is inspired by Rich’s travels around the world, so expect an exotic array of far-flung favours. Décor is Scandi-chic, with a hint of Moroccan elegance and Indonesian palms. During the day, single-estate and rare blend teas from all corners of the globe will be served alongside afternoon tea spreads – think Tiffin Tea, an Indian layered lunch box lined with banana leaves; and High Tea seved with English sparkling wie, Japanese mochi, marshmallow, Turkish delight, semolina cake, cucumber and kimchi sandwiches and the MGC twist on the staple Club Sandwich. Cocktails will be divided into four sections – gimlets, aperitifs, tonics and night-caps – and include quirky combos of coconut wine, citrus sea salt, fig jus, kewra, neroli and cypress water. Non-boozy offerings will include a selection of creative tonics, club sodas, kombucha, juices and fruit-laden lassis.
4a Brooke Road, Stoke Newington, N16 7LS, open Tues-Sun 12pm-11pm
Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane at Stratford’s newest alfresco drinking din. A retro haven of wonky wonders, Pitch’s trendy outdoor terrace pays homage to the iconic eras of the ‘80s and ‘90s, resulting in a throwback playground of bonkers, quirky delights. Abstract lighting hangs suspended from geometric pergolas, whilst pyramid-shaped party booths provide a welcome respite for tipsy drinkers. There’s a canopied area with communal seating – for when the weather’s not playing nice – as well as an outdoor cinema space (with bean bags) playing a collection of cult ‘80s classics – think BIG, Terminator and Coming to America – and street food offerings will be served up by the likes of Piadina Project; The Gyoza Guys; Kalimera and Tico’s Hotdogs.
Pitch Stratford, Bridge Road, Stratford, E15 3PA, open 5pm - 11pm Mon - Fri and midday - 11pm weekends/bank holidays