Pop-up: Purl cocktail bar
by Sarah Alcock
At Purl cocktail bar in London's Marylebone you'll find true magicians of mixology, creating alcoholic alchemy in a decadent 1920s, speakeasy-style setting - what's not to love?
So we were delighted to hear that they've launched a pop-up at The Bedford in Balham, southwest London, and had to go and try it out for ourselves. Baristas wearing obligatory braces and comb-overs shook up some of Purl's classic favourites for us, from GT Turbos to Bubblegum Martinis (made with grape bubblegum-infused vodka and with a popping candy rim), brought back purely for this new pop-up venue. Also on the menu are Mr. Hyde's Fixer Upper, Champagne Caviar, Rum Grog, and other intriguing concoctions made with homemade syrups, smoke-infused mixers, boozy foams and hand-chiseled ice.
Purl at The Bedford is open until 27 April 2014 and bookings can be made through their website.
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A restaurant bar - grab a seat and enjoy one of the wonderful wines sold by the glass while nibbling on cheese or charcuterie.
A friendly bar in a gastropub-style restaurant. Sip a prosecco cocktail or a craft beer and feast on salted almonds, Sicilian olives or fried corn kernels.