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Fu Manchu 15-16 Lendal Terrace, SW4 7UX;

020 3397 8844

Combining cocktail joint, dim sum parlour,

nightclub and live music lounge, this

hangar-like venue also deals in bracing

pick-me-ups. Could mossy Green Tea-ni,

'full of antioxidant goodness' (apple, lime,

matcha powder and gin), bring eternal life?

The look - think Fu Manchu's lair - needs

more lurid kitsch, but the dumplings are

decent value at £15 for eight. Great fun.

Black Dice A sexy, glammed-up cellar where the

cocktails are as slick as the joyous DJ mixes

Beneath swish North African restaurant Momo, Black Dice is

a glammed-up reboot of the former Kemia Lounge - now

bedecked in 1960s rock-peacock attire. Roost at the bar's

copper top or loll on sofas sipping Sours and signature drinks

such as Inked Daiquiri (with Demerara charcoal), served with

banter aplenty. £12.50 cocktails are forgivable given there's

no cover charge for what ends up a late-late party with

drinks as slick as its DJ mixes. Dance to joyous jams from

hillbilly hellcats to northern soul at this sharp, sexy cellar.

25 Heddon Street, W1B 4BH; 020 7434 4040

Joyeux Bordel

A dark dive-deluxe bar with sophisticated drinking

'Joyeux Bordel' roughly translates as 'a jolly ¨ ne mess' - which

might accurately describe your demeanour after a soirée in

this basement. Bartenders prepare well turned-out cocktails

relying on rare, vintage and recherché spirits. Expect the likes

of Suze and Cynar-spiked Martinis, double rum Dark Destroyers

and mezcal Margaritas. Fresh ingredients, homemade tinctures,

great attention to detail and correct service are also part of the

picture. A sophisticated hole-up, with a funky vinyl soundtrack.

147 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QE; 07599 885001

Kansas Smitty's

Hot swing and cool Juleps at this steamy underground jazz bar

Set in a tiny basement under O„ Broadway bar - but

independently run - this 1950s-style beatnik bunker is dark,

steamy and raw. It hits all the right notes, mind, especially on

Wednesdays when the eponymous owners showcase their

musical talents. For jazz a¨ cionados (who may have seen the

eight-piece swing combo at Ronnie Scott's), a soirée chez

Smitty's is like having the boys jam in your front room. Juleps

in recycled tins are prepped at the cellar's microscopic bar:

the house signature is one of various bourbon spins on this

traditional Kentucky cooler. Another Julep variant (with Scotch,

camomile, and pink peppercorn) calls itself Sleepytime: fat

chance! In full swing, Kansas Smitty's could raise the dead.

63 Broadway Market, E8 4PH; 07731 016744

63 Broadway Market, E8 4PH; 07731 016744

Still thirsty?

Clerkenwell & Social

2-5 St John Square, EC1M 4DE;

020 7608 2117

A new duplex DJ bar linked to nearby

Barsmith, C&S sells cocktails for £8.95,

so best rock up between 5pm and

8pm for the two-for-one o� er. Options

include Breaking Good (a chilli pisco

Sour) and Beer New World (pale ale and

orange bourbon). Alfresco diners occupy

tables facing cobbled St John's Square,

accompanying their Prosecco with pizzas.

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