This week citysocializer’s picks of the best new bar openings transport you to Soviet Russia, Las Vegas, Colonial India and .. Salford Docks (hmm – might rethink that one). But forget the hassle of a boarding card and checked baggage, you don’t have to leave the streets of you beloved city.
Ruski’s Tavern, London
This Kensington bar combines our two great loves, vodka and caviar (well it makes a nice change from the usual 4am kebab). The plush velvet, distressed wood and (less subtle) soviet posters will transport you from the streets of Kensington to the ‘Motherland’ – helped along by the vodka we’re sure. You can imagine our excitement when we discovered the plush velvet seating soon gets thrown to one side as the night gets into full swing and guests are encouraged to climb on the furniture and go hell for leather dancing on any available surface. Oh YES.
For more info: ruskis.com
The Dock Yard, Manchester
The timing of Steve Pilling’s latest opening (the man behind Damson) in Media City could not be more perfect as the nights draw in and we’re look for comfort in cask ale and hearty food. As the first traditional pub to land in Media City we’re sure it’s going to be a popular choice as an alternative for post work drinks and lunchtime dining without the frills of Salford Quays.
James Martin Manchester
Saturday Morning celebrity chef James Martin has this week launched his self-named (well why not) restaurant in Manchester 235 casino. The food is uncontrived, simple locally sourced British cuisine with no smoke or mirrors just good quality. Nothing works up an appetite like losing a few quid on the roulette table so why not check it out next time you’re out for a flutter.
Just opened in Mayfair, Gymkhana fuses the regency of India with modern Great Britain. Inspired by the Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs set up by British Raj – where members of high society went to socialise (rah) – we can safely say it’s one to save for a pay day weekend. If you do want to treat yourself or a friend and splash the cash we cant think of a better place to do it than perched at their marble bar or dining in one of their turned oak booths.