London Cocktail Club (Oxford Circus)

london cocktail club oxford circusGrab your gats, cause we be ridin’ dirty over to the LA gangster-den that is the London Cocktail Club. It’s dark, a little bit sticky and a hell of a lot of fun. The walls are covered in creepy clown graffiti and there are chalk outlines of bodies on the ground. But you don’t need to wear grills on or sharpen your shooting skills, the staff are always happy to have you. This is hands down one of the best party bars London has to offer, and just because the guys behind the stick are having a blast doesn’t mean they don’t take their cocktails seriously.

And as LCC is a bar industry favourite with bigwigs JJ Goodman and James Hopkins at the helm, you know you’re in for some serious boozing. Beyond the well executed classics, the bartenders can create real magic with their drinks. For the smokiest cocktail we’ve yet to taste, try the Smoking Barrel made with Jack Daniels single barrel, Martini Rosso and Maraschino – all blasted in an old JD bottle with a huge cloud of hickory smoke. For an LCC oddball signature, order the Bacon & Egg martini which is literally served with a slice of bacon, nom nom. And for a bit of DIY, order Flat Pack cocktails for you and your mates … from martinis to daiquiris, you get to play bartender for the night.

If you’re into your food porn – don’t be ashamed, we are too – grab one of the video cassettes, they’re actually menus. The food is just as down and dirty as the setting, so let’s stick with the theme here okay? Battered, meaty, cheesy … none of it is great for the diet, but damn it tastes good.

Best Bars tip: Pop in for after-work cocktails on Mondays, as the LCC lads are shaking them up 2-for-1 all night long. Who says Monday can’t be the new Friday?

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

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