BARCHICK’S BEST WAYS TO BLOW SOME CASH
Looking to spank some cash… then look no further. Whether you’ve got the corporate Amex, got a load of dirty money that you need to drop and fast, or are simply looking to get laid and your wallet is the only chance you’ve got (without getting hookers involved), then read on my friend…
Purl: If you are looking to drink something a little more special than your average Pina Colada, then Purl bar hold the key with their rare vintage liquors. For £100 (minor) you can transform your already amazing concoction into something even greater. Add 1863 Hannisville Rye to your Manhattan or Old Tom gin from 1910 to your Martinez, the list goes on. If you are more of a shot lover, them why not slam some vintage spirits (or sip, your choice) for £30.
50 Blanford Street, Marylebone, W1U 7HX
Dabbous: Want to blow some dolla but don’t have the patience to stubborn out a long evening of wining and dining or maybe you just want to whisk your date straight home after looking like a big dog? Then hit the bar snacks, but ditch the olives and the cashew nuts and order up the 90 quid oscietra caviar – spenny and seductive. Tick tick.
39 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2SF
Piano Bar: Let’s face it, who doesn’t like finding a diamond in the bottom of their drink….no one, unless it gets swallowed. Well look no further than the Diamond Martini, with Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, Champagne and Angostura bitters plus a real diamond chilling in the bottom of the glass. The size of the rock is up to you ranging from £1,000 – £4,000… but go all out, give it to someone you fancy, and you never know… they might end up swallowing something else.
Sheraton Park Tower, 101 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RN
Café Pacifico: Love tequila? Want your money spending to be remembered in the form of an engraved plaque behind the bar? Hell yeah, cos Café Pacifico does just that. For £150 you can enjoy a sipping shot of 1800 Coleccion tequila… look like a complete legend ordering it and be forever remembered with your name in ink. Just don’t neck it and don’t forget your sombrero – total waste of the moment.
5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JA
Claridge’s Bar: If you want to go a little mad… but not all out then hit Claridge’s and order the Fleur-De-Lis, it’s a twist on the classic Old Fashion using Rémy Martin XO and Louis XIII cognac. At £30 it’s not going to break the bank… but a couple of rounds might start to make a dent.
Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR
Bob Bob Ricard: If you like Champagne, then book a booth pronto because each one is fitted with a Champagne button – hell yes! No wasting time trying to catch the waiter’s attention and no deciding whether or not you should splash out… just hit the button and wham! Why not go all out and couple it with the Beluga caviar for £145 followed by the Surf ‘n’ Turf for £69.50. Cos you can.
1 Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DF
The Beaufort Bar: Hit the Savoy, pretend your P. Diddy and blow some cash (some serious cash) by ordering the Methuselah of 2002 Cristal from The Beaufort Bar. 6 litres of Champagne this good, this rare, and this big comes with a hefty price tag to match: £16,400 to be exact. But hey, at least it will go a long way and you never know… you might make some new friends and fast, that, or you’ll be too wasted to leave.
The Strand, London, WC2R 0EU
The American Bar: If a good Daquiri floats your boat (and you’ve always wanted a/another boat) then head here for one that’s 250 quid a pop. It’s not on the menu, but if you ask nicely they will concoct one with the 1930s pre-Castro Bacardi Gold. For a drink this historic, it’s worth its weight in liquid gold.
The Strand, London, WC2R 0EU
Vieille Bon Secours: If, like Homer Simpson you are a beer fanatic, then this is the perfect thing to spank some cash on. It’s hard to get hold of, but then again it is the most expensive beer in the world so what do you expect? The Utobeer stall at Borough Market is a good place to start looking, where large bottles have been spotted for £469… 39 quid for a pint of beer with a ‘complex taste’… what will be complex is working out if you can afford a round.
8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL
Harrods: If you are willing to let your chocolate addiction break the bank and you love gold… then why not combine the two with a box of Champagne truffles coated in flakes of edible 24-carat gold. A box of 15 works out at £190, but hey, they beat After-Eights any day.
87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Whistling Shop: 10 quid whisky cocktails no longer excite you? Then let’s turn it up a bit. Get the £40 Jailbait Cocktail made with WS2 whisky, WS2 Salt and Pepper bitters and frozen sugar. The clue’s in the name so drink at your own risk, it’s pretty clear trouble could lay ahead if you have too many (and that’s not just the bill).
63 Worship Street, London, Greater London EC2A 2DU
The Lanesborough Hotel: Fancy a chilled weekend out the house with a few mates, then why not book The Lanesborough Suite. With 24 hour butler service, king sized beds, two living rooms and a dining room it is the height of luxury. At £14000 per night (ex VAT obvs) it’s steep but hey it includes a complimentary chauffeur driven Rolls Royce so at least you will save on taxis (those guys do add up).
Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA