Classic cocktails and house wines just not doing it for you? Move over mundane sips, because this lot are really shaking things up. From beer-topped drinks that come in giant 3 litre steins to Champagne-soaked beauties arriving in Instagrammable treasure chests, these are the quirkiest sharing cocktails in London.
Ziggy Green: Watermelon Margarita
First Darcie & May Green set up shop on the most flowery barge boat you ever saw, then there was Scarlett Green’s pornstar martini cocktail fountain. And now? Aussie favourite Daisy Green Collection has raised the stakes with the watermelon margarita sharer at Ziggy Green. On Friday and Saturday nights, fill up on ceviche, tacos and tres leches cake washed down with margs served fresh from a whole melon.
Mahiki: Jewel of the Sea, Treasure Chest
From shots lined up on surfboards to treasure chests filled with Champagne and a giant oyster that serves 10 of you thirsty night owls, Mahiki is one of the swankiest places for sharing cocktails in London. Sure, £600 isn't exactly cheap, but with the Jewel of the Sea pairing rum and fresh fruit with a whole bottle of Dom Pérignon rosé, you’ll want to splash out… literally.
Simmons: G & Teapot
Always up for a good time, Simmons are the party bars bringing you cut-price happy hours, pink interiors and fun bartenders. Whether it’s a birthday party or after-work drinks, head to one of their citywide outposts for a gin-fuelled G & Teapot, the vodka, schnapps and curacao Par-Tea-Pot or go all out with an 8-person Tropic Like It’s Hot.
Nightjar: Yorkshire Punch, Picardy Punch
With a menu spanning pre-prohibition, prohibition and the post-war eras, Nightjar takes bartending seriously. The Old Street hideaway is known for its concoctions served in quirky receptacles and the sharer cocktails are no different. While the fruity, gin-based Yorkshire Punch is served in an owl, the Picardy Punch arrives at your table in a swan; filled with Grey Goose vodka, Grand Marnier berry liqueur, elderflower, lime, lemon and a top of pink Champagne.
Queens: Skate-Dine-Bowl: Radlerita
Bowling with mates? Date night on the ice rink? Upgrade your visit to Queens: Skate-Dine-Bowl with food and drinks from MEATLiquor's in-house chefs. We’re talking loaded burgers, seitan fingers, deep-fried mac n cheese and a drinks list that features cocktails, hard shakes and massive drinks served in steins over ice. Shaking up tequila and agave syrup before topping with grapefruit beer, the Radlerita is available from half a litre up to 3 litre servings.
Laki Kane: Tahitian Free Diver, Octopussy
Helmed by Mahiki alum Georgi Radev, Laki Kane is the Islington tiki haunt that’s home to an Insta-worthy interior, Thai dishes and floral shirts galore. But for those of you who came for the drinks? You’ll be greeted with a menu of rum libations. Not only will you find tiki mugs and quirky vessels, but the Octopussy which is surrounded by tentacles and a Tahitian Free Diver that'll literally plunge you into the deep blue sea.
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