by Chloe Hay
Whether you prefer simple Amaretto Sours or complicated Mai Tais, The Peacock Bar in Clapham Junction, London has a cocktail combo to suit you.
Nothing sounds classier than putting on a fancy dress, grabbing your most glamorous girlfriends and heading into central London for a night of cocktails, dancing and general debauchery. One snag in the plan though – funds. London is well-known for being a ridiculously expensive capital to go out drinking in. Even a pint of lager can cost you the best part of a fiver in some pubs, so many wouldn’t even dream of ordering a cocktail. However, not every bar in London is overpriced and there are a secret few where you can even get your hands on a bargain cocktail – honest!
The Peacock Bar is not only your answer to affordable alcohol, but also to an evening of excellent entertainment at no extra cost! For just £19 per person you and your friends can get behind the bar with your own personal barman who will help you master the art of cocktail making. Each trainee mixologist chooses their favourite beverage to make and makes a minimum of three glasses of it (if you accidentally poor too much in the jug then you can easily end up with five glasses!) to share with the group later in the evening. So, that’s a minimum of three cocktails for your £19, which – when you are in control of the alcohol/fruit juice ratio – isn’t a bad deal.
Once all your drinks are made – complete with coloured straws and umbrellas – you can take them all over to your private reserved seating table and enjoy!
Saturday nights at The Peacock Bar also means Cabaret Night so if you coincide your cocktail making extravaganza with a Saturday, then you will be getting two types of entertainment for the price of one! Who said London was a rip-off?
And, if you’re the type of person that enjoys meandering to different bars as the night goes on, there are plenty of other bars on The Peacock Bar’s doorstep, which for the majority, are also free entry. A popular British favourite is Revolutions that is a mere two minutes walk from The Peacock Bar, is free entry, serves a huge variety of vodka shots in pretty much every flavour imaginable and is relatively cheap too.
Clapham Junction may not be central central London, but it’s not far off and it’s worth the short journey if you’re wishing for a fantastic night without paying (as the Brits say) an arm and a leg for it!
*Cocktail making sessions are only available to pre-booked groups.