Swingers

Swingers LDN golf courseSwingers isn’t an adventurous wife-swapping secret society, this Shoreditch pop-up is a hopping, raucous party where you can play … you guessed it, golf.

Drinks are just as serious as golf here (or just as fun, either way). With a whisky-heavy menu of cocktails, lots of boozy jugs, and even an elegant wine and bubbles bar if you’re so inclined. We say keep that sportsmanship vibe alive and go for the sharing cocktails like the aptly named Caddy Jack with Gentleman Jack, apricot brandy, lemon, honey and bitters. Or if you want something a bit fresh and tart, nab a Berry Lemonade Pitcher with Grey Goose L’Citron, lemonade, fresh raspberry and mint. Nibbles come in the form of quintessential east London grub: street-food stalls parked up inside the building. From Patty & Bun to Pizza Pilgrims to When Mac Met Cheese, this is a glutton’s idea of heaven (and ours too).

But let’s not forget the name of the game here … and that’s golf. Whether you’re a Tiger Woods — minus the affairs — or an all-thumbs newbie, throw inhibition to the wind and just get stuck in. You’ll love it.

Best Bars tip: Once you’ve destroyed your game mates after 9 holes, shimmy your way back up to the bar and dance the night away to brilliant throwback tunes that even the shyest of your group won’t be able to resist.

Ground passes £3; Advance golf tickets £10 (include entry and golf).
Wed-Fri: 6pm-12:30am; Sat: 12:30pm-12:30am.
7-11 Hearn Street (off Curtain Road), London EC2A 3LS.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

Swingers LDN bar area

Bristol Cocktail Week 2014

Bristol Cocktail Week bartenderBristol Cocktail Week is celebrating all things booze with delectable and delicious treats for you to enjoy. From 20-26 October, jaunt around the city tasting all of the best bits the bars have to offer.

From cocktail cup heats to sherry tastings to Bacardi’s “A Night in 1930s Cuba” party, there’s more than enough to whet your palate. So go on, hand over that fiver and grab your wristband — you’ll make up for it in spades with all the discounted cocktails and cheap entries to the week’s festivities.

And if you really want to share the bar love, you can vote for your favourite haunt or event and say who you think is the best.

Best Bars tip: On Saturday night, take a journey with Hendrick’s Gin Through The Ages shindig. 
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips
Bristol Cocktail Week logo

London Cocktail Week 2014 Guide

London Cocktail Week drinkers 2

So we’ve talked about London Cocktail Week before … and as the days approach, you may not be able to even handle the excitement (without a drink). So with over 200 bars, and seemingly a gazillion events and pop-ups, what the hell are you going to do? FRET NOT! We’ve got the guide to get you through the best and booziest week of the year. Just don’t forget to buy your wristbands in advance, earlybirds nab ’em for £10. Think of all the £4 cocktails you can drink … yum.

Monday 6th October

LCW Rum Club at Trailer Happiness

Rum Club Food Pairing with El Dorado at Trailer Happiness
177 Portobello Rd, NW11 2DY. 7:30pm-8:30pm. £5 per ticket.
This is *THE* place in London to drink that sweet, sweet rum and indulge yourself in Tiki vibes. And the monthly Rum Club is getting an extra special kick by playing host to the entire El Dorado range that will be paired with gourmet foods from the Guyanese region. Expect a cocktail on arrival with plenty more to follow — plus solid chats and eats.

LCW Femmes du Bar at Happiness Forgets

Les Femmes du Bar at Happiness Forgets
In the basement, 8-9 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU. 5pm-8pm. Free entry.
Come down to one of our favourite little Hoxton bars and check out Clotilde Lataille and Madame St-Germain who will be serving up fun and floral libations on the night.

Tuesday 7th October

LCW Secret of the Elixir at Punch Room

The Secret Of The Elixir at the Punch Room
The Edition Hotel, 10 Berners St, W1T 3NP. 6pm-7pm. £6 per ticket.
Come and meet Drambuie’s brand ambassador, Herman Van Broekhuizen, so he can take you on a taste voyage and unveil the myths and truths around the secret elixir that lies at its heart. So not only will you get a history lesson and a journey into the surreal, your ticket will include one free Drambuie cocktail at the Edition’s Lobby Bar.

London Cocktail Week  Jose Cuervo Hacienda

Cuervo’s Hacienda at The Hoxton Hotel Shoreditch
81 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HU. Mon: 7pm-11pm; Tues-Wed: 5pm-11pm; Thurs: 9pm-11pm; Fri: closed; Sat: 12pm-12am; Sun: 12pm-9pm. Free entry. £10 for masterclass.
If you really love your agave, or even if you don’t, come and dance with the dead at this east London hacienda. From inventing your own Day of the Dead Margarita to getting a masterclass in the spirit (and trying a selection from the 13-strong portfolio), you’ll leave here never wanting a lick of salt with your tequila shot again.

Wednesday 8th October

Zetter Townhouse lounge

Little Red Door at The Zetter Townhouse
49-50 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ. Call 0207 324 4545 to make a reservation. 6:30pm-late. Free entry.
In celebration of London Cocktail Week, the Townhouse is inviting some of their favourite Parisian bartenders from Little Red Door to come man the bar. For one night only, the cocktail kings from the Marais district will be serving up some of their finest concoctions including a Blanco Collins (made with tequila), Iggy (made with vermouth, cognac, eucalyptus syrup and Fernet Branca) and Quatre Sans Cul (made with vermouth, whisky and champagne).

London Cocktail Week Paris in London Grand Marnier at Cecil's

Paris in London with Grand Marnier at Cecil’s
The Basement, 8 Holyrood St, SE1 2EL. Mon-Sun: 5pm-11pm. Free entry.
Hump day is French day it seems. Get your French fill and let those talented chaps from the city of love create Parisian-styled cocktails for you. Brand ambassador Julien LaFond will be on hand, helping to immerse you in a world of French flavour peppered with Parisian music and Crêpes Suzettes. Keep an eye out for special prizes too.

Thursday 9th October

Maker's Mark at Steam and Rye

Find Your Favourite Serve With Maker’s Mark at Steam & Rye
147 Leadenhall St, EC3V 4QT. 6:45pm-8:45pm. £15 per ticket.
If you just can’t get enough of that nutty bourbon goodness, then book yourself into the Maker’s Mark tasting. Set in the big, brash and all-too-fun Steam & Rye, you’ll get to meet the charming whiskey aficionado Amanda Humphrey who will whisper the secrets of the spirit to you as you taste your way through different cocktails to find your own perfect serve. “Hello bartender, we’ll take that neat please!” Plus you can dip your own bottle in the iconic red wax and you get to go home with a nifty gift bag.

sipsmith 100 martini pop-up bar

Sipsmith 100 Martini at Kettner’s
29 Romilly St, W1D 5HP. Mon-Thurs: 5:30pm-9:30pm. £15 for 2-hour sitting.
We got a taste of this event at their pop-up earlier this year, so we can vouch first-hand this is a seriously wonderful gin experience. Kettner’s is a perfect luxury setting for kicking back and waiting for that Martini trolley to come to you. Play around with the interactive iPad menu as it asks you lots of personalised and bizarro questions to figure out which of the 100 Martinis is for you. Trust us, they’re always right.

Friday 10th October

NOLA bar shoreditch

NOLA vs NOLA: it’s a Salmiakki Dala launch party!
1st Floor (above Bedroom Bar), 68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY. 6pm-12am. Free entry.
Salmiakki Dala Swedish Fernet launches for the very first time in the UK with the ultimate duel for bragging rights. Pitting seven of New Orleans’ best bartenders against the talented folks at NOLA, each team is then challenged to make one seriously kick-ass cocktail. They all have to use the same ingredients, but there are no other rules. For £8 you get to taste both cocktails and then vote for your favourite.

East London Liquor Company bar

East London Liquor Company LCW Distillery Tour
Unit GF1, 221 Grove Road, Bow Wharf, E3 5SN. Thurs-Sat: 3pm-4pm. £25 per ticket.
One of the prettiest backbars we ever did see, this brand new distillery-cum-bar is serving you some of the freshest booze in town. This is your chance to get a glimpse at the inner workings of the distillery as well as to sample their vodka and three gins. Plus the bottle shop will be opened specially for the tour so you can take your favourite gin home with you.

Saturday 11th October

London Cocktail Week Bulleit Bourbon LCCBulleit Bourbon 1950s Diner at London Cocktail Club
224 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EB. Mon: 4:30pm-11:30pm; Tues: 3:30pm-11:30pm; Wed: 1pm-11:30pm; Thurs-Fri: 4:30pm-3am; Sat: 4:30pm-11:30pm; Sun: closed. Free entry.
Get a slice of the ol’ Midwest in the West End with a genuine 1950s American diner. Perfectly in line with the ethos of LCC — i.e. great cocktails, great party — celebrate indulgently with corn dogs, deep-fried pickles and hard shakes. And the tunes will be rockin’ from the Bullet jukebox cranking out 50s hits. Be nice to your roller-skating waitresses and we reckon you’ll get along just fine.

London Cocktail Week Swingers Crazy Golf Course

Freixenet Terrace at Swingers: The Crazy Golf Club
7-11 Hearn St, EC2A 3LS. Thurs-Sat: 6:30pm-12am. £3 entry.
A pop-up, 9-hole, crazy-ass golf course and clubhouse bar in the heart of Shoreditch. Expect a rotating list of London’s most exciting street food vendoors, and if you walk through the clubhouse onto the Freixenet terrace — you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into the Mediterranean. Sip on the Soho Spritz and get your golf on.

Sunday 12th October

London Cocktail Week Monkey Shoulder Cowbell

On Monkey’s Shoulder
9 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AT. Mon-Sun: 12pm-11pm. Free entry.
What do you need? MORE COWBELL! Don’t know what we’re on about … YouTube it (it involves Will Ferrell, so you’re welcome). Expect a Glasweigan party vibe with cowbell karaoke, pallet tables and an eclectic mix of house and classic hits. This is all about having a sense of humour, so go and support the winning team and witness them shaking up your scotch cocktails in all their tie-dyed glory. After a six-month-long (and very intense) competition, this team has come out top … so you know they’re ready for the fun ferocity of London Cocktail Week.

… and now, so are YOU.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

BB Picks: Blues, Bubbly & Bots

The Blues Brothers

POND Dalston SPAM nights

Spam, Sushi & Snackeries at POND Dalston
Every Monday and Tuesday. From 5pm.
Not everyone gets the Monday blues because for those who work in the hospitality industry, Monday night is FRIDAY night. And to show a bit of appreciation for all your hard work, POND is offering special treats every Monday and Tuesday. Expect £2 tequilas, £5 sushi (8 pieces), £4 daily slushie cocktails and £1 snackeries. These boozy bargains are too good to miss.

Kettner's Soho

Gin, Fizz and Jazz at Kettner’s Champagne and Cocktail Bar
Every Tuesday from 7pm in the bar. Free entry.
Gin, Fizz and Jazz Nights on Tuesdays see an evening full of live tunes and £6 gin cocktails. Expect hot jazz and blues, and giggles from their favourite drag artists. Where the hell else should you be?

Drink SHop and Do Lego Robots

Lego Robots at Drink, Shop & Do
Wednesday 1 October. Free from 7pm.

So you’ve seen The Lego Movie, heard about the Art of the Brick exhibit at Old Truman Brewery, but still haven’t managed to get your hands on those irresistible plastic stacking blocks. NO MORE! Now you can create your very own Lego robot and the only rules are that it must have at least two limbs, you must give it a name and a special ability. Oh, and please don’t chew the Lego.

The Blues Brothers Special at The Blues Kitchen — Shoreditch
Friday 3 October. Free before 9:30pm, £5 after. Free entry in fancy dress all night.
If you can’t get enough of that funky duo, then pay tribute with a whole night dedicated to those Ray Ban-wearing hip cats. From an Illinois County Jail photobooth, full-on fancy dress, Mr. Fabulous cocktails and a live set from the resident musicians and DJs until 2am. “It’s a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” Don’t worry — you’ll never get caught, you’re on a mission from God.

Scarfes Bar Cabaret

Cabaret at Scarfes Bar
Sunday 5 October. Doors open at 7pm. Single ticket £32.40.
The Cabaret evenings will be held bi-weekly and this is the first night on. Hosted by Dusty Limits, who is at the forefront of the “new Cabaret” scene, he’s “the compere without compare”. Expect bursting glamour and a heady cocktail of music, dance, acrobatics, singing and close-up magic.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week covent garden bartenders
London Cocktail Week

Get it in the diary folks, London Cocktail Week is coming … and it’s going to be bigger and boozier than ever. From the 6th-12th of October, be prepared for all things spiritous as over 200 bars across London will be slinging £4 special cocktails as part of the event (as long as you’ve got your wristband). So whether you’re east, west, north or south — you’ll be able to get stuck straight into the libatious goodness.

You can start your crawl with elegant bubbles at Kettner’s Champagne and Cocktail Bar, then treat yourself to Michelin-starred nibbles and inventive cocktails at Oskar’s Bar at Dabbous. Then let’s bust out the party hats and head to mezcal-heavy hot spot 184 Hackney Road or join our fun and flashback-loving friends at Earlham Street Clubhouse.

But it’s more than just cheap and awesome drinks, there will be events galore. From tastings to masterclasses, parties to pop-ups, there’s enough to keep your brain informed and your whistle wet. Feel like a cruise? Hop on to a Vestal Voyage, the world’s first floating distillery (for reals). If you need more food with your booze, go to Trailer Happiness for a rum club food pairing with El Dorado. And for those of you who work in the hospitality/drinks industry, be sure to nip by The Bartenders’ Centre: a theatre space offering back-to-back seminars that’ll teach you all of the things you need to know (or want to know, either way). Tickets for these chats will cost £10 with all proceeds going to The Bartenders’ Best Scholarship Trust.

Best Bars tip: For all of the best boozy bits, follow along with us on Twitter LIVE during the whole week. We know we can’t do it all, but we’ll damn well try.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

London Cocktail Week

The 25 Best Bars to Watch the World Cup in London

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks/months/years, you should know the FIFA World Cup 2014 is just about to kick off. Some will prefer watching it at home, but we know many will want to make the most of London and its bars to go out solo, with mates or a date, to enjoy the footie with tipples and nibbles. Want to know where to watch the World Cup? We’ve rounded up the 25 best places to watch games in London, from alfresco beer gardens to rooftop pop-ups, festivals in vaults and local boozers …

FIFA World Cup 2014 logo where to watch

CENTRAL

Soho

Boteco Brasil
123 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EW
4pm-1am until July 13
Backed by the Brazilian Embassy, Boteco will be showing all games in 100% Brazilian atmosphere, with a boteco-inspired design, cachaça cocktails and exceptional Brazilian street food to tuck into. If you’d like to hang around in between games, they are putting on a series of specially curated exhibitions, talks, live music and culinary classes. Book ahead for special menus to nib on while watching players do their thing.

De Hems
11 Macclesfield St, London W1D 5BW
Mon-Thurs: 10am-12am; Fri-Sat: 10am-12:30am; Sun: 10am-11pm
Don your orange garb for De Hems is the heart of the Dutch community in London, and there will be nowhere better to watch Holland take on the rest of the world. There’ll be plenty of Dutch beer and bittergarnituur … just make sure to come early, as De Hems are not taking reservations.

El Camion Soho - where to watch the World cup - Mexican bar and restaurant
El Camion

El Camion 
25-27 Brewer Street, London W1F 0RR
El Camion — Mon-Sun: 12pm-11am; The Pink Chihuahua — Mon: 9pm-3am; Tues-Sat: 6pm-3am
If you want to watch the Mexican games with an authentic atmosphere, head to El Camion for your World Cup fix. Deals on buckets of beer, sharing tacos and pitchers of Margaritas will be available during the matches. Book ahead and don’t forget the party goes late into the night downstairs (and the matches will be shown there too). Time for tequila we think …

City

Steam & Rye
147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
Mon-Wed: 12pm-late; Thurs-Fri: 12pm-3am; Sat: 5pm-3am; Sun: Closed but available for private hire.
If you want to head straight from the City into World Cup shenanigans, pay a visit to the big and brash Steam & Rye. The bar will be showing all of the matches and with the huge main hall, we reckon you might just be able to book yourself in for a table. Why not get a shark’s head sharing cocktail while you’re at it? And with big saucy ribs, you’ll get your feed on too.

Sushisamba tree terrace watch the World Cup
SUSHISAMBA

SUSHISAMBA
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
38th floor SUSHISAMBA — Mon-Wed: 11:30am-1:30am; Thurs-Sat: 11:30am-3am; Sun: 11:30am-12:30am
39th floor bar/lounge — Mon-Tues: 4pm-2am; Wed-Sat: 4pm-3am
If you want those samba vibes with a hell of a view, SUSHISAMBA will be screening all of the matches and there will be special World Cup cocktails for you to imbibe. Head to the bars or tree terrace for live coverage (as long as it fits into the standard opening hours). No bookings allowed, so it’s first come first served … head early to snag your seat. There are some premium tickets for £75 to watch in the lounge with a bottle of champagne and some tasty platters of nibbles.

Covent Garden/Holborn

Bavarian Beerhouse
190 City Road, London EC1V 2QH
Mon-Thurs: 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: closed
Since “you can never write off the Germans”, why not watch them on Old Street’s Bavarian Beerhouse with massive litre mugs in hand? The bubbly dirndl-clad waitresses will keep things fun, light hearted and on-theme. You’re probably not the only one to have the idea to watch Germany here, so make sure to book ahead (it’s mandatory).

Big Easy Covent Garden
12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
Mon-Wed: 12pm-11:30pm; Thurs-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-11pm
Putting a Big Easy spin on the World Cup, the bar will have its staple in-house smoked ribs, three screens, slushie cocktails and over 300 whiskies on the menu for World Cup nights to remember … or not. And don’t worry, when they call it the “Soccer Cup” — they’re just having a laugh.

Bounce ping pong bar - where to watch FIFA World Cup 2014
Bounce

Bounce
121 Holborn, London EC1n 2TD
Mon-Wed: 4pm-12am; Thurs: 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-11pm
If you love ping pong just as much as you love football, then get down to Bounce for the World Cup parties. The bar will be showing all of the England games on all the TVs, including two 10-foot-wide cinematic screens. Expect special World Cup cocktails, a two-man brass band, half-time game shows with the party carrying on after the final whistle with DJs spinning into the night. There’s a free guestlist for the first three group games and all subsequent England games. Get registered for beer, pizza, ping pong and the ultimate display of football.

Fitzrovia

Jetlag
125 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QB
Mon-Thurs: 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 10am-1am; Sun: 12pm-11:30pm
The self-dubbed “executive decision” for London’s sports fans lives and breathes live games, so the World Cup will be the heart of their summer. The bar has added special drinks to the menu for the occasion, including a selection of refreshing smoothies (virgin, but they might spike them if you ask nicely), and are doing “Jetlag flights” with drinks, food, sweets and even bubbly for £30. You can book a table to tuck into some international food before the games start.

Nordic Bar
25 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PN
Mon-Wed: 12pm-12am; Thurs-Fri: 12pm-2am; Sat: 5pm-2am
The Scandi hub will be showing all games over three big screens. Northern countries might not be playing, but they are still getting involved so expect treats in the form of special snack match packages and an extra happy hour between 9 and 10pm during England games.

EAST LONDON

Bar Kick Shoreditch - sports bar - where to watch the World Cup
Bar Kick

Bar Kick
127 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE
Mon-Wed: 12pm-11pm; Thurs: 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
For those after a quirky and cool little East End hang, this Shoreditch den will prove the perfect football watching spot. A year-round sports bar, they have a special thing for table football but will get into the craze for the World Cup and show all matches. There are tapas on the menu to compliment a lengthy drinks list, or you can arrange a buffet if you’re coming with a group.

Fat Ronaldo’s World Cup Bar and Grill
347 Old Street, London EC1V 9LP
Mon-Wed: 4pm-12am; Thurs: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat: 4pm-3am; Sun: 4pm-11pm
If you want an all-day party with your World Cup experience, Fat Ronaldo’s hits the mark. Enjoy the BIG screen action from the comfort of your deck chair under the palm trees and breath in the samba atmosphere. During the day, you can watch vintage game re-runs and indulge your inner-child with the Panini sticker swap shop. There’s room for 300 football-crazy fans (as long as you pay entry on the door), and with three giant HD screens, surround sound, DJs, ice cold beers and cocktails — you may as well make this your home away from home for the month. Private arch and table booking packages are on offer, plus food courtesy of east London favourite Smokey Tails BBQ — think Messi Burgers and 8hr slow cooked beef brisket. The late license beach bar will be slinging out Tiki rum concoctions too.

No. 90 Bar
90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, E9 5LN
Tue-Fri: 5pm-11:45pm; Sat: 12pm-11:45pm; Sun: 12pm-11pm
For water-side footie fun, head to the canal to watch all the England games on the big screen at No. 90. There’s a food-and-football package — for £30 a head you’ll get a nibbles platter and four beers. Expect an airy warehouse space and a chilled-out vibe.

Netil360 rooftop bar BYOB - World Cup 2014
Netil360

World Cup at Netil360
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
Saturday 14 June: 2pm-2am
For summer rooftop fun and to kick off England in the World Cup, nab yourself a ticket to this banging east London party. On Saturday 14 June, you can spend the whole day celebrating all things World Cup and then watch the England v Italy match. Things get started at 2pm with street-food stalls, DJs, hot tubs and two cinema screens. Entry for non-members is £10 and is free for members. The bar will be open until 2am — so if footie ain’t your thing, just grab a Pimms and slip into the hot tub. And you can still soak up the World Cup in style here for all the 5pm and 8pm games (these will cost £5 for non-members). Oh, and did we mention the BYOB policy? Yep, this is pretty lush.

World Cup Warehouse at The Liquor Store
3 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH
Doors open an hour before the game
The pop-up-loving space is up to be a World Cup hot spot during the month. All games will be shown on their six big screens, and the space is warehouse-sized so get a group of mates together to make the most of it. You’ll all love having BrewDog flowing and hot dogs grilling, and there’s even a plan for some half-time mezcal …

WEST LONDON

The Cow
89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH
Mon-Sat: 12:00 – 23:00
If you’re keen to use the World Cup as an excuse to eat your way around the world, The Cow’s head chef will be whipping up specials from the countries that are playing on the night, with a changing cocktails menu to go along.

Fever Pitch Pop-Up
474-476 Fulham Broadway, London SW6 1BY
Daily: 11am-1am
A big happy pop-up in Fulham dedicated to the 2014 World Cup. With 13 screens, two roof terraces, four bars and space for 800 people — we reckon this will be one of the busiest and buzziest haunts in London. “Stadium food” will be available with hot dogs and toasties, as well as Broadway Bar and Grill’s classic menu.

SOUTH LONDON

Bunga Bunga
37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA
Tues-Thurs: 6pm-1:30am; Fri: 6pm-2:30am; Sat: 11:30-5:30pm and 7pm-2:30am
Expect a total football frenzy. The place will be packed full of fans, flying flags and big screens showing the Azurres fighting their way through the Cup, with a critical first game against England itself. Bunga Bunga is a favourite of ours for everything Italian and you’ll want to grab yourself a pizza to devour as you cheer.

Cocobananas
101 Howie Street, SW11 3BA
Fri and Sat: 10:30pm-2:30am + all England & Brazil groups World Cup games
Get yourself straight to a beach party in the heart of Rio … with a little football on the side. Cocobananas will be showing all Brazilian games, and you’ll get to enjoy a street food buffet and unlimited frozen cocktails and house punch before kick off for £20. The party continues into the morning with a DJ on the decks.

Cocobananas Brazilian bar and nightclub - where to watch world cup

The Draft House Westbridge
74-76 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3AG
Mon-Thurs: 12pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: 12pm-12am; Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
For a more chilled out World Cup experience without Brazilian flags or fruity cocktails, head to The Draft House. All five of their locations will be showing the games, but we like the Westbridge best for its brand new Barrel Bar — it’s available for hire if you and your mates want a private World Cup party without having to worry about the beer. Buckets of beer will be available for games, but their usual selection of tipples and nibbles is up there too.

Grand Union Brixton beer garden - where to watch FIFA World Cup 2014
Grand Union bar

Grand Union
123 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5UA
Sun-Wed: 12pm-12am; Thurs: 12pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1:30am
If you’re up for alfresco watching, then look no further — this bar has maybe the best beer garden in London, with a capacity of up to 300. They’ll be showing games outside, and you can also pre-book their huts and booths for a cosy World Cup experience. Look out for £5 Caipirihnas and a whole new international burgers menu.

Honky Tonk
Clapham: 16A Clapham South Side, London SW4 7AB
Daily: 12pm-2am
Chelsea: 6 Hollywood Road, London SW10 9HY
Daily: 12pm-12am
Celebrate the World Cup with beer bucket specials and watch the USA struggle against its hard-hitting group – Germany, Portugal and Ghana – in a stars and stripes clad setting. When the Australia matches are on, the Clapham bar will also be throwing some shrimps on the barbie.

The Old Frizzle
74-78 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1RQ
Mon-Wed: 11am-11pm; Thurs-Fri: 11am-12am; Sat: 10am-12am; Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
Watch the football with a country feel in this chilled and leafy gastropub out in Wimbledon that boasts several big HD screens. Make a family day out of it —  this place welcomes all (and especially sports fans).

The Old Frizzle Wimbledon pub - where to watch FIFA World Cup 2014
The Old Frizzle

The Toy Shop
32 Putney High Street, London SW15 1SQ
Mon-Thurs: 5pm-11pm; Fri: 5pm-2am; Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
This ticket’s got two trips in one — you’re going back to your childhood with extra colourful spaces and playful cocktails, plus a welcome detour via Brazil during the World Cup month. Expect extended happy hour, Caipirinhas and Brazilian-inspired nibbles, plus special beer and food deals.

World Cup Carnival at The Vaults
Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN
Opening times according to game times.
It’ll be a party like no other at The Vaults, who are taking it upon themselves to recreate fully the stadium atmosphere in underground Waterloo. Think 5-metre-wide screen, games, cocktail specials and live music every night to keep the festivities going long after the games end. Tickets are coveted so book quick if you want to make it to some of the big matches.

You can find more bars on our dedicated Pinterest board.