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Issue 76 - Called to the bar

Whisky Magazine Issue 76
November 2008


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Called to the bar

Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman heads to the bright lights of the big city to investigate some great drinking spots.

When the first fledgling pages of this publication were taking shape 10 years ago in a cramped office in London, the bar scene in the same city was similarly in its infancy.

Little did most people appreciate then that both Whisky Magazine and London drinks culture would go on to thrive and achieve such global domination.

A decade ago, the seeds of London's present day drinks scene had just been sown.

In the dawn of New Labour optimism and ‘Cool Britannia', seminal bars such as Alphabet, Match and The Met Bar had only just opened their doors. Thanks to their pioneering foresight, London is now the epicentre of global drinking culture and the cocktail scene. New York may be close behind and Tokyo is coming up strong, along with some European cities, however, London is where most of the exciting innovation and takes flight.

The city boasts the greatest concentration of bartending greats and a plethora of the most cutting edge style bars as well an abundance of classic hotel bars. There are also some great places for special tastings at London's great whisky institutions – downstairs in the atmospheric cellar at Milroy's of Soho or Berry Bros & Rudd, as well as Whisky Exchange's tasting nights at the modern visitor attraction Vinopolis.

The following list of great London bars for drinking whisky hopes to set thirsty tourists on their way but is far from exhaustive. After all, if you grow tired of drinking in London, then you must be tired of life...

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