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Top five pop-up bars

Top five pop-up bars

The trend for temporary bars shows no sign of abating. Here are five recent additions to the the pop-up scene.

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1 Dusk Bar, Somerset House
Visions of a balmy summer’s evening outside Somerset House quickly evaporated (or should that be drowned) on our recent visit to Dusk Bar, thanks to last week's almighty thunderstorm. However, both the staff and cocktails at the Tom Dixon designed space proved equal to the elements, and we enjoyed excellent Bombay Sapphire creations and platters of mezze under the safety of parasols.

If you want to learn how to whip up drinks in the lightning-resistant comfort of your own home, try one of the Gintelligentsia masterclasses (today until 18 October 2009), which will teach you the art of mixology. (+44 20 7845 4653; www.bombaysapphiredusk.com)

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2 Carriage Of Curiosities, nationwide
Hendrick’s – one of our all-time-favourite gins – is notorious for its unusual brand activity, and the latest pop-up bar doesn’t disappoint. Housed in a restored train carriage dating from 1890, drinkers are invited aboard to dine, sup Hendrick’s cocktails and indulge in weird and wonderful culinary creations (including contributions from Esquire’s top jellymonger, Bompas & Parr).

Anyone who visits the train/bar/museum is encouraged to donate an item of curiosity to the collection. The carriage is pulling up in various locations across the country (see www.hendricksgin.com/carriage for details).

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3 Frank’s, Peckham
A bar on top of a carpark in Peckham: perhaps not the most brilliant brief, but we are rather taken with this quirky addition to the pop-up scene. The order of the day here is definitely anything Campari based, which is fine by us — this summer Negroni-fuelled aperitivo hours have been dominating our drinking. There’s tasty snacking food on offer, plus cultural stimulation in the form of art from the Hannah Barry gallery. (www.frankscafe.org.uk)

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4 Greenhouse Bar, Saf
Dig for victory meets cocktail chic at Saf (a luxe vegan/organic restaurant in Shoreditch), which opened its pop-up Greenhouse Bar this week. Ingredients for the drinks couldn’t be fresher as herbs, spices, fruits, berries and flowers are all grown on site around the bar. If the green-fingered fancy takes you, then pick-your-own ingredients – otherwise leave it to the pros and enjoy the likes of the Grey Goose Martini Botanique: 50ml Grey Goose La Poire, 3 raspberries, 1 violet de-stemmed; 6 tarragon leaves, juice of 1⁄4 lime, 20ml simple syrup, 1⁄2 shiso leaf, 25ml fresh pear juice. (+44 20 7613 0007 www.safrestaurant.co.uk)

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5 Monkey Tree, The Big Chill/East London
Reigning supreme over The Big Chill this weekend was Monkey Shoulder Whisky’s treehouse bar. Perched atop a cardiac-arrest inducing hill, the cabin was the ideal spot to soak up a panoramic view of the festival action, take in the sunsets and enjoy some seriously good cocktails. Revelling in some welcome sunshine, we especially enjoyed the refreshingly gingery Monkey Mule. Look out for the Monkeys popping up again, 10-13 September, at the Truman brewery. (www.monkeyshoulder.com)