There are a lot of bars popping up in London this month. But we’ve made everything easily searchable for you on the site, so you can simply drop in here, and filter by what you’re after. Or if you’d like the complete rundown of all of them, read on…
The Ski Lodge
Pine trees. Falling snow. Reindeer. Snowmen. Ski racks. Piste maps.
Palm trees. The Montague’s pop up ski lodge is only really missing a slope – but after a steaming hot spiced cider, you won’t really care.
Details: Until 5th January | 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
Cabaret Fledermaus is an iconic jazz bar. It’s a little tricky to visit, however, given that it’s in Vienna, and closed in 1913. However, as part of their exhibition on early 20th century club culture, the Barbican have painstakingly recreated the venue – including all 56 handmade decorative tiles – from just one black and white postcard. And if you swing by the exhibition on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you can pop in to the Fledermaus for a cocktail, before catching live jazz in another recreated bar, L’Aubette.
Details: Thursday-Saturday until 19th January | Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Hot Gin Roof
A light at the end of the tunnel of dry January – or even just regular January – is the Hot Gin Roof pop up, a now annual collaboration between gin slingers Sipsmiths and the bohemian Ham Yard Hotel. They’ll be opening their usually private rooftop up for the month, while Sipsmith take over the bar and serve up a plethora of (both boozy and non-boozy) hot cocktails. READ MORE
Details: 24th January – 29th February | Ham Yard Hotel Rooftop, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT
Alpine Whisky Lodge
Flat Iron Square just got a little less flat, and a little less square thanks to its pop up whisky lodge – you’ll find a stellar lineup of malts, some live acoustic music, and even a cozy après ski lodge.
Details: Throughout January | Flat Iron Square, 53b Southwark St, SE1 1RU
In English folklore, the leaves of an aspen tree are said to grant the wearer the ability to visit the underworld and – importantly – return safely. Which in fairly literal way is what you can do at Bar Aspen. Because it’s a subterranean natural wine speakeasy, popping up for just one day a week (Fridays) in a hidden Camden cellar. And it’s got live music. READ MORE
Details: Fridays until 28th February | The Cellars at Music & Beans, 82 Camden High St., NW1 0LT
This miniature pop up alpine village has thought of everything – there’s sourdough pizzas from Radio Alice; DJs; a heated terrace; private log cabins for hire; and bars serving mulled wine and hot spiced plum ciders. So nobody will be left feeling piste off.
Details: Mon-Sat until 29th February | Canada Square, E14 5AB
The Emerald City at Queen of Hoxton
The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop is once again switching its theme for the season, and this time it’s taking a whirlwind to the Emerald City (Oz, not Dublin). You can expect green beers, hot buttered rums, a light dusting of Wiccan magic workshops and storytelling in their cosy wigwam.
Details: Throughout January | Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
The Mind Palace
A Sherlock Holmes-themed cocktail bar has opened next to the pop up immersive experience The Game Is Now. It’s called The Mind Palace, and it’s a pretty good place to sharpen up by destroying any of the weaker brain cells that may have been holding you back. They even have immersive cocktail games, like “The Case of the Poisoned Chalice” to help you do it.
Details: Weds-Sat throughout January | Doyle’s Opticians, W12 Shopping Centre, W12 8PP
Drams in the Dark
In the dark about whisky? Then try literally drinking it in the dark. It’ll help to heighten your senses of taste and smell, and give you a much deeper appreciation for the spirit. And if the whole thing is hosted by a whisky author like Blair Bowman, at a Scottish restaurant & whisky bar like Mac & Wild, all the better.
Details: Fridays throughout January | Mac & Wild City, 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN | £40