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Pop-up bar pro Louis Hyams shares his top five tipple turfs in London

Posted at 5:30 pm, June 28, 2013 in Food & Drink, Secret London, Top 5
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Louis Hyams is the owner and mastermind behind Background Bars, a pop-up bar and events company that provide imaginative drink concepts for various projects including the Red Market, FEAST, Dalston Roof Park and the Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building. Surely, he knows a thing or two about cocktails! So we asked him for his top five places in the big smoke to enjoy a fine tipple or two…

Trailer Happiness
‘I’m a big fan of Portobello Road for a good quality cocktail experience. Trailer Happiness doesn’t take itself too seriously. The drinks have a Tiki twist with a strong focus on rum, oh and you might want to watch out for the cocktails that are served flaming, and by that I do mean on fire!’

Portobello Star
‘The Portobello Star is half proper pub and half cocktail bar set in an old Notting Hill pub. It’s the kind of place where one quick drink turns into a whole night of working your way through the menu and there’s generally a pretty wild atmosphere. There are plenty of quirks that come with the drinks but I’m a fan of the classic Tommy’s Margarita. This is one for all the party animals!’

La Bodega Negra
‘Through a sex shop and into a cool New York style hangout with an emphasis on Mexican food and drinks. It’s located in Soho and has a great buzz on most nights of the week. There’s a good selection of artisan Mezcals and they also serve good chilli Margaritas and Mexican snacks.’

Dalston Roof Park
‘When it comes to London rooftops there is no better choice than Dalston Roof Park. Granted Background Bars serve up the cocktails, but there’s always plenty of fun to be had with an eclectic mixture of events on offer including free cinema screenings, gigs and top DJs. Plus it’s in the East End which means the vibe is pretty chilled; no dress code here. This year’s cocktails are mixed with cold-infused teas, herbs and fruit that have been picked from the garden. Plus it’s got a huge inflatable roof to keep us all dry when it starts to chuck it down.’

‘A great little gem in the east London cocktail scene, Ruby’s has been serving up a cracking menu of creative cocktails for over a year now. The bar is pretty intimate so it’s perfect for a date and the bar staff are top notch when it comes to mixing drinks. The Blackberry Mojito in a 1940’s milk bottle it gets my stamp of approval.’

Find out their latest pop up at backgroundbars.com.

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