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‘Distinguished Visitors/Talks’

Great Punches of the British Empire

For 200 years, Punch was the dominant social drink of the British Empire, the greatest the world has ever seen.
The one thing a traveler could expect to find, whether he was in deepest Scotland or farthest Tasmania, the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, the Carnatic coast of India or somewhere on one of the sea lanes that bound the vast Empire together, was a bowl of Punch.
But Punch was no monolith: there was more than one way to make it, and local variations abounded. This informal chat is designed to get to the bottom of a few of the most delicious.

This is an “industry only” Masterclass presented by the inimitable Dave Wondrich.
September 17th 2012 – 2-4pm – £25pp
RSVP essential:

Gaz Regan… in conversation

On Thursday 11th October during London Cocktail Week, Gary Regan is doing a special talk (free of charge) at 69 Colebrooke Row, 4 – 5pm.

Gary “Gaz” Regan will hold fort with thrilling yarns about the best bartenders he’s ever known, looking for a common thread among them. Don’t let him forget to tell the tale about the bartender who bested Robert Redford.
Worry not – Drinks will be served too.

Limited space, please book with

Talk with Ian Hart from Sacred Gin

ian hart talkJoin us for a lecture session with Ian Hart, co-founder of Sacred Spirits Company; He’ll share with us the history of his emergence from a Corporate background to become the founder of London’s only vacuum distillery. We will sample and discuss Sacred products and hear about the creative processes used to produce the Sacred line.

Monday, 6 June, 3-5pm at 69 Colebrooke Row
This event is free to attend, please rsvp to as space is limited.

Kammerling’s talk

We invite you for an afternoon with Alex Kammerling to discuss the history of alcohol as medicine and the kinds of ingredients that have been used for centuries.

We’ll explore the botanicals for his secret recipe for Kammerling’s ginseng spirit and a selection of infusions and distillations he’s created over the past 5 years.

A tasting will be offered as well as a chance to sample some of Kammerling’s signature cocktails and an open session for a bit of play with mixing the new spirit.

This talk is open to all, however space will be limited so please rsvp at
Monday, 11 April, 3-5pm at the bar with no name at 69 Colebrooke Row

Lagavulin night

hursday we hosted a night of Lagavulin whisky with cocktails by our own Tony C. We started with a comparative whisky tasting with expert, Dr. Nick Morgan followed by a sampling of Lagavulin 16 year old with an assortment of blue cheeses.

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Dave Wondrich book signing at 69 Colebrooke Row

It was a full house this past Friday for the first in a series of 69 talks, this one featuring Mr. Dave Wondrich. The punch was flowing and nearly everyone got an autographed copy of Dave’s new book, Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl. Thanks to all that came by and cheers to our friend Mr. Wondrich for a very memorable evening.

A very special evening

We are very excited to welcome back to the bar with no name close friend Dave Wondrich. Esteemed cocktail historian and author of the indispensable ‘Imbibe!’ and recently, the definitive account on the flowing bowl- ‘Punch’, he is a wonderfully entertaining speaker having joined us over summer for the Drink Factory talks .
This very special evening on Friday 21st of January will be the first in a series of talks to grace the bar, and will feature Dave talking through (and of course, liberally ladling out) Punch, and discussing its history and development into modern day drinking. Bookings are being taken now so get in early for this one!