Hello Aperol Spritz. Or a Campari Spritz for that matter, or Americanos, gin and tonics, French 75s, Death in the Afternoons, Champagne Juleps and Negroni Sbagliatos. If it’s fizzy and tastes better in Spring then it counts. And as they say, it’s always 5pm somewhere...
2. Lessons at Sager+Wilde Restaurant
Those clever folk at Sager+Wilde Restaurant are sharing their boozy knowledge with us, which means you can learn about great tasting wine and delicious cocktails from the best of the best. Saturday Wine School is now in session as is the Cocktail Masterclass every second Sunday. Sign me up!
3, Jamie Jones
Travelling down from the north, this Mancunian is one of the busiest bartenders in London, having recently taken over the reins at the Social Company, overseeing all the bars within Jason Atherton’s restaurants – seven of which are in London. So far he’s already launched Seven Tales in Farringdon and has multiple more openings worldwide. We love Seven Tales, we adore the new menu at Berners Tavern and are excited as all hell to see what he does with the other social sites.
4. Cherry blossom season at ROKA
While we enjoy April showers, the Japanese are busy this time of year with their time-honoured tradition of Hanami, to do with the transient beauty of flowers. If you prefer blossoms to umbrellas then head to Shochu Lounge at ROKA on Charlotte Street to celebrate Sakura – the cherry blossom season – with a spectacular, fully immersive cherry blossom installation in collaborationg with Suntory Whisky and a Sakura-inspired cocktail menu.
5. Post-work bevvies by sunset
It’s no longer dark for the whole commute home...which means we don’t really want to go home just yet! Yoga bunnies can unroll those mats but we’ll opt for a G&T by the setting sun, so much better for our instagram feeds. Thank you April.
6. Burgundy Pinot Noirs
Winter is perfect for rich and spicy wines but April is all about light reds, especially from France’s south west. Think easy drinking, fresh and served slightly chilled, these wines still have that beautiful yet subtle complexity to keep it interesting.
7. Dandelyan’s non-alcoholic Espresso Martini...with JD in it
Dandelyan’s current menu is outrageously good. But have you tried The Bradsell? This boozeless concoction is made with cold brew Squaremile coffee, malt syrup and chai spices. It tastes like a sundrenched trip to the Orient and is even named after the man who invented the Espresso Martini, Dick Bradsell. What makes it even better however is a slug of good old Tennessee whiskey...because why on earth wouldn’t you?
8. Dalston Yard re-opening
Throwing open its doors at the end of April is our much loved Dalston Yard which has completely rocked our summers for the past few years. There’s gin bars and whisky bars and more street food than you could possibly snap and filter in an evening. Get in, dig in, pig out and make merry.
9. New cocktails to try at Callooh Callay and Ace Hotel Gallery Bar
Two of our favourite Shoreditch bars have brand new tipples for us to try this month. Callooh Callay’s updated Sticker Album drops in a few weeks and Ace Hotel have already launched their new drinks including a very tasty Simply Red with Glenmorangie, Campari, balsamic strawberry shrub and aromatic bitters and a moreish Day Dreamer using Aylesbury Duck vodka, lemongrass, lime, egg white and soda.
10. Fanny Nelsons
It’s open! A beautiful little bar-slash-pub off Columbia Road which we last saw under construction when we popped in to meet owner Andy Bird. Drop by for simple and fresh fare, well-made drinks and charming service. It’s everything we’ve ever wanted in a local.
April, the month of fresher than fresh rhubarb, which works incredibly as a puree in cocktails. Forced rhubarb, grown in the dark, usually appears in January. The field-grown variety replaces it in April and, while is less tender, is much more flavourful. Tasty!
12. Experimental Beach Ibiza
Sunsets, coconuts and cocktails. We’ve grown up a bit since our Pacha days and getaways have become much less painful and far more beautiful. Luckily the French bar owners behind Experimental Cocktail Club, Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels and Joyeux Bordel in London also own a delightful little spot in Ibzia, which opens for the season mid-April. See you on the beach.