Best Places To Get Pisco Sours in London
Pisco Sours are taking over London! This fantastic Peruvian drink was invented in Peru's capital, Lima, in the 1920s by an experimental American bartender, Victor V. Morris. The cocktail is made by mixing together Pisco, lime juice, egg white and sugar syrup, topped off with some bitters, shaken to a frothy, smooth yet bold drink. Here are our recommended places to get a good Pisco Sour in London; so check them out and try this real authentic South American treat.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Pick up a menu and scroll straight to the ‘Short and Sassy’ section, where you’ll find a mischievous pisco treat awaiting. Coming to the table embellished in vibrant orange, go for the Pisco Inferno if you’re tastebuds tingle at the mention of pisco, yellow chartreuse and campari shaken up with fresh lime and homemade pineapple syrup.
Billed as a "bloomin' smashing Pisco sour", this playful cocktail bar serves their Bloomin’ Bueno packed with lashings of ABA pisco, fresh lemon juice, nettle cordial, Briottet bergamote, egg white and lavender bitters. It’s a taste sensation alright. Grab one and head for their secret bar (it’s hidden behind a wardrobe).
Tracking down this stunning cocktail bar and Dim Sum parlour is no easy feat. Hidden away in the depths of Chinatown, locate Opium’s non-descript green door and lap up the rewards of majestic cocktails in intimate, elusive surrounds. A pisco sour is found in amongst the classics, and is yours for £10.50.
Nola is a love note to New Orleans in cocktail bar format, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know a thing or two about this South American favourite. Slotting in next to a long list of the classics, Nola’s pisco sour features a refreshing hit of Chilean ABA, and it’s all yours for £11.
Shaker & Co is one Euston’s prized assets when it comes to cocktail bars. Arguably better known for their innovative creations, these guys serve an excellent spread of the classics too. Ask for a Pisco Sour and watch as bartenders with a skill for their craft get to work; drinks are very reasonable at between the £8 and £10 mark.
For pisco drinking in speakeasy-styled opulence, you’ve met your match with The Luggage Room. Tucked in a corner of Grosvenor Square, pisco is blended with sugars and fresh lime juices to produce a cocktail with an indulgent zesty kick. At £13.50 this one doesn’t come cheap, but you are drinking at one of Mayfair’s most decadent drinking spots after all.
Notorious for 1) their flamboyant cocktail making skills and 2) their infectiously welcoming attitude; there was always going to be room for a pisco sour on Be At One's exhaustive list. Head to any one of their London bars for a pisco mix served up in champagne flutes with lemon and sugar, finished with a dusting of bitters and nutmeg. Yum.
Those lush tequila mixes rightly take a healthy chunk of the plaudits at El Patron, but don't leave without trying their pisco sour offering. Start with their ABA Pisco; expertly blended with coconut kalani, guava, orange bitters and mango syrup, before kicking on with a taste of their authentic tapas and tequila.
Wishbone is a fun place for you to get a good Pisco Sours in London. They will first ask you to pick your poison (obviously Pisco), then you choose if you want it with or without egg (obviously with), and lastly if you'd like it straight up or on the rocks. The bartenders will then add their choice of sours, using homemade syrups and fresh lemon juice, making for a nice punchy surprise!
Another restaurant taking inspiration from their southern friends, Cafe Pacifico is the original Mexican cantina in London where you can get authentic Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere. They also happen to make a fabulous Pisco Sour you don't want to miss!
Another great place to get a Pisco Sours is Chotto Matte - surprising I know, seeing as it's a Japanese restaurant. But don't worry it yet, you'll be blown away by the flavour they can get out of this drink, simply with the use of an authentic Pisco. Well worth a visit.
Hidden by a raunchy sex-shop, La Bodega Negra's downstairs restaurant and bar is a fantastic place for authentic Mexican food. Taking inspiration from their Latin American neighbours, they make a fabulous traditional Pisco Sour, making it one of the best places to go for the drink in London.
Located right in the exciting centre of Soho you'll find Ceviche, which is the first bar in Europe dedicated to this delectable drink. Boasting an impressive collection of over 20 Pisco infusions, called Macerados, this is the place to go for a Pisco Sour. It also has a fantastic decor, embracing the creative flair of Lima.
Coya in the heart of Soho is said to be a ceviche and Pisco haven. Serving up traditional Peruvian food, supposedly the best in London, you'll really get a feel for South American flavours here. They even have a spacial Pink Pisco Sours you just have to try.
Andina is an all day Peruvian restaurant serving healthy food and drinks inspired by the Peruvian Andes; the soul food of Peru. It also features revolving art works by some of Peru’s best artists including Mari Cruz Arribas and Nella Nitram. Along with all this, they also have on hell of a Pisco Sour. The amazing food combined with the cultural experience you'll get makes this one of the best places to get Pisco Sours in London.
This interesting Japanese/Brazillian/Peruvian fusion restaurant is most definitely one of the best cocktail spots in London - if only to enjoy the views from atop Heron tower while sipping your drink. While the drink is not actually on the menu, they do have Piscobar, Peruvian Pisco churned through ice with yuzu and housemade ginger syrup and ginger bitters. And rumour has it, the bartenders are more than happy to whip up the drink for you!