Hi wondering if you could help me! (you may have covered this before so please excuse me if you have) but i am going to be heading to London for about a week and wondered if anyone could reccomend any good bars to enjoy a whisky in. I already know the shops Cadenheads, RMW, Milroys etc but am looking for a place to drink?
Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
On Piccadilly the Athenaeum hotel has a far more relaxed hotel bar with 100+ malts. This one is for a more sedate evening.
The Library Bar at The Lanesborough Hotel (Hyde Park Corner) is like a blast from Victorian London with a pianist in 7 nights a week. It doesn't have as many malts as the others, it is more of a cognac/armagnac place, but the atmosphere is amazing.
Firstly, if you are in London next week, pop into RMW, identify yourself , and I'm sure I can find some nice whiskies for you to taste.
Secondly, unfortunately, I'm pretty sure the SMWS is members and their guests only. However, there are two good whisky bars in London apart from the SMWS. As has already been mentioned, the Salt bar has a very good selection, but it ain't cheap. The better option is Boisdale of Belgravia - check out their website for the address and details. They have a very decent selection of malts, as well as Cuban cigars and a good in-house jazz band.
One last thing, in case you didn't know, another good place to shop for whisky is Vintage House on Old Compton Street - they have a good top-of-the-range selection and if you like Macallan, they usually have some interesting bottlings of it from their own casks.
Hope this helps
Thanks for the recommendations keep them coming - I was in the Boisdale in Victoria last week - nice place and another one was the new one in Trafalgar square, so just looking for some new places - never know when a bar is going to have that elusive malt tucked away!
Once again cheers guys and any more recomendations would be greatly appreciated.
Nick Brown wrote:You could always join SMWS, enjoy the bar and take a few bottles home with you. If you do join, be sure to google up a list of their distillery codes, otherwise you'll never know what you are drinking.
Do you know how reliable the list is ?
I just wondered where the Whisky Portal had obtained the information as the SMWS don't seem publish it or make it common knowledge.... I have spoken to society members who didn't even know that it exists.
I presume that neither the distillers nor SMWS want the whiskies to be unidentifiable, they just want to make the point that they are not standard distillery expressions.
The list is reliable and correct.
I went to Boisdale, Victoria, but the place were fully booked and the bar overcrowed to say the least. Word of advice: If you expect to dine there, it would probably be a good idea to book in advance. It did look very inviting though.
After this disapointment, I went to The Atheneum on Picadilly…. Only to find that the whiskybar were closed due to refurbishment. I then tried to locate the library bar / lanesborough hotel, but witout any luck. By then it was getting quite late and I was tired after a long day, so back to the hotel, where I relaxed in the bathtub with a Balvenie Founders Reserve for a while…
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