Oftentimes the very first impressions of a bar turn out to be reliable markers of the overall experience. Like when you walk in to be greeted by a shady-looking character behind the bar stocking the chilled Jager fridge, and your … Continue
Do you like cocktails? Of course you do, youâre browsing a website called Social and Cocktail. But how about cocktails and Indian food? Sound like a good combination to you? We agree.
Ah, the Mai Tai – that fruity, flirty, rum-packed cocktail we all associate with sitting on a beach in some Polynesian setting, exotic flower firmly pinned behind our ear with not a care in the world. So where was this … Continue
The relationship between drink quality and intensity of interior design is almost always inverse.Â Save for a few hotel bars where lavish interiors is a pre-requisite, much like an X-factor boyband, for the most part you can be sure that … Continue
London is a hectic place – the hustle and bustle, milling crowds, and seemingly unending stream of people rushing to and fro will occasionally cause us all to be a bit frazzled now and then. This can be especially true … Continue
It seems like one of the most daunting challenges imaginable – opening a new bar in London, a place already alive and buzzing with watering holes that suit all tastes imaginable. Surely to have confidence that your endeavour is going … Continue
âShall we go out for dessert?â These are the words generally spoken by some trendy New Yorkers, usually in a rom-com where they will then accidentally bump into the future love of their life. The habit of finding a spot … Continue
Sometimes you want a cocktail in a flashy nightclub, served by some Tom-Cruise wannabe whoâs flaring with such enthusiasm his limbs make you think of an octopus on speed. Thatâs fine – these bars are like the Vegas of the … Continue
Thereâs a distinctly magical-garden feel aboutÂ The Fable. Pot plants droop from the bar-front and walls, creating a kind of secret forest effect, and we’ve just been served two drinks with herbs floating in them.
Itâs not often you get to sit and watch the sun dip below the horizon from thirty-three floors up while being poured a chilled tea-cocktail from a steaming pot. The Thames becomes a snaking silver ribbon and the lights begin … Continue
Chilgrove Dry Gin Using grapes to produce the neutral spirit with which the botanicals are distilled to produce gin is nothing new, GâVine has been around for a while for example. It is a relatively uncommon source of base spirit … Continue
Live bands, a field in the countryside, the obligatory muddy wellies… and cocktails? Not usually the tipple of the festival goer – youâre more likely to see a reveler waving a glow stick and clutching a cider. But not at … Continue
The prospect of drinking in a bar with no ice and no citrus sounds dodgy. Iâm kind of expecting a bunker somewhere where the cocktails are served in tin cups and the staff are dressed like extras from Dadâs Army. … Continue
Summer has been here for a while, and for many this means heading off on holiday. We canât be the only ones that get overly-excited about trying a whole host of exciting new bars and cocktails in a different country. … Continue
Weâre sitting on a heavy oak bench the colour of melted chocolate. On the table in front of us are little discs of communion wafers, and a tiny glass of blood-red wine. Looking right, we can appreciate the stained glass … Continue
Cocktail garnish has come a long way since the conventional and unimaginative slice of orange that used to float listlessly in aÂ Screwdriver. We’ve moved on from olives, lemon twist and maraschino cherries, and now have all manner of tropical fruits, … Continue