We do love drink related occasions, but with Tales of the Cocktail, BCB, Rumfest and now London Cocktail Week; along with the rest of the beer & cider festivals. It does sometimes feel that Birmingham isn’t offering ‘much’ in the way of education, and it’s great to see that the Jekyll & Hyde in Birmingham is hosting a Ginfest.
Yesterday was a good day for ‘free things’, not only did I get sent a set of glasses from The Dorchester (more on that later) I also received something from the lovely curious folks at Hendrick’s. It caught me slightly off guard, wondering how the fine fellows had managed to obtain my actual address. Were those cucumber wielding children of mother’s ruin spying upon me?
Malmaison, the upmarket hotel chain with 12 properties around the UK are having a little ‘spirits’ evening around the country. So, if you like Gin and Whisky you might want to checkout The Spirits of the Mal events happening around the country. Joanne Moore from Greenall’s will be leading the Gin side of things, and [...]
Currently in the depth of Cognac, 12 of the best Gin bartenders who have been whittled down are fighting away in rounds of competitions.
Luckily, no hand to hand combat is taking place. Instead so far they have had a blind tasting of 12 unknown Gins, and a speed round of trying to make 2 G&Ts, a Negroni, a Summer Martini and a Jasmine in 4 minutes 30 seconds.
London, a place that just screams BUSY at you. So it was with surprise that when I first ventured into Rules and asked the doorman if I could visit the bar, that I found myself alone with my server being Brian, the bar manager. [No Doorman? Just pop inside and ask.]
Whilst my first visit may have been on a drizzly Tuesday afternoon, the place is literally a stones throw from the main hubris of Covent Garden Plaza. Had I stumbled upon a secret place, or was I going to be let down – I wasn’t too sure. The reason for the visit, I asked the simple question of ‘Where do you think the best cocktail bar in central London is?’, something that could be a divisive question; afterall everyone has their favourites. A variety of responses came back, but Rules Cocktail Bar was one of the closest places to me and most common answers, from a lot of people I respect.