Ale to chocolate milk: where to drink in EC1
Ever wondered how anyone keeps score on those boozy darts matches you see on TV? Us too. It’s not a problem at Flight Club, where no one will require alcohol-addled brains to perform any such feats of mental arithmetic since it installed a real-time scoring system designed by an actual rocket scientist. Far be it from us to question how it works, especially when there’s plenty of other things to occupy us: namely the fantastic array of lagers, ales and wheat beers served up to make us feel like proper darts players. And if you do want to keep a clear head to keep score, there are alcohol-free and gluten-free beers on tap too.
2a Worship St, EC2A 2AH
Did you know the east once teemed with distilleries and breweries? Somehow it makes the appearance of Brewdog in the heart of old Dickensian London feel like a homecoming. There are 18 craft beers on rotation – and that’s before you get to the bottle collection and guest beers. Soak it up with proper hot dogs, the menu for which includes vegan options too.
45-47 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1M 5RS
When it comes to hump day and we’ve already worked a 40-hour week, we know it’s time to unwind with a chocolate milk. City favourite, Forge, does highly slurpable rendition – but don’t be fooled, there’s nothing innocent at play here: they’re made with Jagermeister, Baileys, vanilla syrup and double cream. Next head downstairs for more cocktails from Wednesday to Friday, when it’s open until 3am. After all, Wednesday is the new Thursday in the City.
24 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
As all good caffeine connoisseurs know, Clerkenwell Grind is more than just a buzzing coffee house. After dark, as the clock strikes eight, those superior granules are put to arguably even better use in the ultimate night time pick-me-up: espresso martini. It’s the perfect spot for an all-day catch-up with friends. After a few cocktails, when you’ve twisted one another’s arms that you haven’t had a proper night out for way too long, head downstairs to the handy subterranean dancing den that stays open until 2am. Expect even more cocktails and music spun by Grind-approved collaborators and guests from its own on-site recording studio.
2-4 Old St, EC1V 9AA