This week Megaro Bar turns the grand old age of 1. And we’ve had one helluva year. From rooftop parties to making it across the Atlantic, here is the best bits of Megaro Bar’s first year:
When Sipsmith’s approached us to compete in Ginstock 2013 we jumped at the chance. Yes, it was in 3 day’s time – we didn’t even make it onto the voting ballot – and yes we weren’t even open yet but who are we to say no to a challenge. So, with all hands on deck from the teams at Sipsmith’s & Megaro we created Have you seen Tom Collins? And we smashed it. A runaway day of downpours, revelry and general gin-induced chaos, 6 hours later we came in 3rd place. Not bad for a team without a bar to their name!
Kicking off with the Mamont competition
Next up was our Mamont Vodka competition, in collaboration with Eaux de Vie. 10 intrepid teams of bartenders & their Sherpas/bar backs battled the heat to make their climb to the summit – with plenty of Mamont pit-stops of course – and then had a mere 15 minutes to think up their drinks, collect their ingredients and leg it back to Megaro Bar to present to the judging team. The adventure was rounded off with an incredible Russian feast prepared by Karpo restaurant.
Film Noir Season
Last November became Noirvember at Megaro Barwith the help of Eaux de Vie. For a month The Picture Room hosted screenings of hard-boiled heroes and femme fatales, accompanied by a collection of exceptional American whiskies. And free-flowing bourbon flavoured popcorn, of course.
Henry Thomas & K&I Studios exhibition
Last year we launched our first exhibition at Megaro Bar – a stunning collaboration between photographer Henry Thomas & Cape Town based design team K&I Studios. Their exhibition This Way Up invites guests to descend into a panoramic skyline of London, whilst the Dark Room became a space where city meets country & where images meet words. Did we mention the awesome launch party, too?
Spring/Summer menu launch, fishy martinis & making it across the Atlantic
This spring we launched our Spring/Summer collection, a programme of cocktails divided into 4 acts that gradually build into a crescendo of flavour and intensity. The runaway star of the show was the Fisherman’s Martini, crowned one of London’s top 3 martini serves, featuring in countless reviews and even making it’s way across the Atlantic to feature at Beefeater’s Bartenders’ Breakfast at Tales of the Cocktail.
Ben being referred to as the ‘big dog behind the bar’ by the Evening Standard … on Nico’s day off!
You snooze you lose was the comment from the bench.
So, you say, what’s next? How will we top year one?
We’re kicking off the birthday celebrations from today and will be giving away Megaro Bar cocktail flavoured fudge around King’s Cross for the rest of the week. And to really celebrate in style every bag also contains a 50% off drinks voucher, valid until the end of the week.
And from there we we’ll be heading into an autumn of further film seasons, a new photography installation, our Autumn/Winter collection and of course unlimited late night shenanigans.
Bring on year two!