Five great places to celebrate your new grad jobBy Lisa Williams
You’ve spent the last month displaying those crucial skills you've learnt at university, but now it’s time to show your colleagues what you do best. We’ve teamed up with DesignMyNight to showcase the best bars in London worthy of not only your new co-workers, but also your finely-tuned drinking expertise.
Just a stone’s throw away from the office (if you work near Bank, that is), you will be neither out of place or pocket at Core. A quirky bar designed specifically for after work drinks, Core is open until 2am on Thursdays and Fridays, making it the perfect place to end your week in style. Enjoy high-quality food, cocktails and bottles of wine at hard-to-beat prices (and maybe a game of graduate favourite, beer pong). Oh, and did we mention, our friends at DesignMyNight are currently running a special offer which guarantees FREE entry on a VIP guest list for up to 100 guests.Get booking.
Have you been impressing your new colleagues? Don’t stop now; take them out to Shoreditch’s London Cocktail Club. Low-level lighting fuels a stylish atmosphere that mixologists thrive off. Serving bacon and egg martinis, jam jar daiquiris, mocktails and Hobo Craft Czech Lager, it’s clear that this joint has something for every drinker. If you’re low on funds, head here any Monday for an all night happy hour; it’s sure to get rid of your weekend blues. With new bars frequently popping up across London, you won’t have to travel far from the office to find one these fantastic speakeasies.
If you love heading to a bar with a bit of a buzz, Adventure Bar is the perfect place for you and your colleagues. Enjoy strong cocktails at their Covent Garden branch, most of which are at knock down prices until midnight, throughout the week and until 8pm on weekends. Situated in a disused, underground wine cellar this (quite literal) drinking den also serves mouth-watering burgers, tasty finger food and spins irresistibly catchy party classics that span the ages (who knows, you may even bring ol’ Alfred from accounting back to life). For something a little special, try their jerk rebel skewers; marinated for two days, slow cooked for a further eight hours and finished on the barbeque; this option is living proof that perfection cannot be rushed.
What is a celebration if it doesn’t involve popping bottles of Champagne on a rooftop? Close to Kings Cross station and around the corner from Regents Canal, The Driver is a four floored gastro pub that caters for all with a DJ and dancefloor hire option as well as dedicating rooms and areas to the more relaxed drinker. If you’re after a succulent meal head down for char-grilled steaks with peppercorn sauce, salmon with sorrel cream dressing or a selection of delicious grazing platters.
Whilst beer gardens may be best associated with long days and summer months, Grand Union in Brixton have created a stunning all-seasons bar to ease you through winter. Forget about your workload for a couple of hours and marvel at the venue’s extensive cocktail menu while you relax in their award-winning Thai influenced garden, equipped with hammocks and a toasty fire pit. As early evening turns to late night, head upstairs to shuffle your feet and throw shapes across their lively dance floor.
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