We're very fortunate here at BLADES, in that we have the privilege to travel in order to scour the UK to find the best places to wet your whistle! On our travels, we find many hidden gems to sit, relax and enjoy a drink. So here are some of our favourites that are perfect spots to enjoy this summer.
Claridge's Bar, London
Brook Street, Londons hidden art-deco gem. This compact, boutique bar has played host to many famous people over the decades, many of who's portraits line the walls. A stylish, upmarket hangout and one where you never know who you'll meet.
Blades Recommends: The Flapper Cocktail
The Punch Room, London
Hidden at the back of the London Edition Hotel is one of the cities finest new bars. Styled akin to a private gentlemen’s club, the Punch Room serves speciality punches in single serves or in bowls for up to eight people.
Blades Recommends: Milk Punch, a spicy mix of rum, cognac, cider brandy, pineapple juice, cloves… and milk.
The Devil’s Advocate, Edinburgh
Every surface covered with industrial glass and brickwork, it boasts superb food (in its mezzanine restaurant) and formidable cocktails. A new venture from the guys behind the Bon Vivant restaurant, it’s a little bit tucked away in the Old Town, but press on and you’ll find it.
Blades Recommends: Any classic cocktail; cosmo for the ladies, martini or negroni for the gents.
Red Light, Bristol
Secret, seductive and faintly sleazy, this establishment wholeheartedly embraces cocktail-bar/brothel chic. Entry is through a faux phone-box but once inside opens up into a modern bar.
Blades Recommends: A Bullseye Bloody Mary.
Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
Cunningly hidden behind a very realistic facade of a mens barbershop, Panda and Sons evokes the spirit of the speakeasy, with patrons having to head downstairs and enter through a bookcase. Drinks are novel, original and a work of art. Classics are available but don't miss the opportunity to try there unique creations.
Blades Recommends: The Robinson Crusoe
The Grand Bar, York
Nestled inside The Grand Hotel, York, you'll find the Grand Bar and Whisky lounge. A 5 star sanctuary from the bustle of Yorks ancient streets. Technically two bars in one, boasting a dedicated whisky lounge with some rare bottles and a full cocktail bar. Drinks are original with some quirky items to peak the interest of even the most well versed cocktail aficionado . Atmosphere is calm, quiet and relaxed. The only place to go for a whisky, cigar and a sophisticated chinwag.
Blades Recommends: The Naked Martini, A passionfruit based martini that arrives with a shot prosecco