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B@1 (Be at One) (Bar)

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3 Ramsden Road, Balham, London, SW12 8QX
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
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Best for: the most informative bar staff south of the river.

Great: cocktails, in hundreds of different ways!

Cocktails; there are just so many to choose from. And at the B@1 cocktail bar in south London, the choice is extensive and sweeping, with cocktails ranging from the commonplace (every girl’s favourite, the Cosmopolitan), to the lesser spotted (Key West Cooler, a blend of Absolut vodka, peach schnapps, Midori and Malibu with orange and cranberry juices), to the completely unique (the bartender rustled us up an as-yet-unnamed cocktail themed around typical English flavours he invented for a competition).

With so many different concoctions - from the fresh and fruity, to the rich and creamy - choosing a cocktail can sometimes induce a headache more powerful than the one endured the morning after the night before.

Thankfully, if you have Tom the bar manager on hand with his plethora of cocktail-related knowledge and facts, and Gio, with his maestro-mixing skills, then you can’t go far wrong. I’m actually not that easy to please (ask the boyfriend), so when Tom asked me a multitude of questions regarding my drinks preference, I felt I sent him towards one cocktail choice before veering off on a tangent about how much I hated tequila. I needn’t have worried though, the bar staff certainly know their stuff.

And so, with a drum roll please, I bring you my very own B@1 quiz:

1) Do you like your drinks:
a) sweet
b) sour
c) bitter
d) rich?

2) What is your favourite thing to do on a Friday night?
a) dancing on tables with a group of mates
b) dinner with your nearest and dearest
c) grabbing a takeaway with the mates you’ve known all your life
d) working late in the office?

3) What mantra do you live your life by?
a) Don’t worry, be happy
b) Make love, not war
c) Friendship is forever
d) Work hard, play hard?

4) Where is your ideal holiday destination?
a) Party-capital Ibiza
b) City of love Paris
c) Shopping central Milan
d) Glitzy and rich St Tropez?

If you answered mostly a): you are a massive party animal. Your cocktail of choice would be the June Bug (my favourite): a cocktail consisting of Midori with Malibu, banana liqueur, pineapple juice and fresh lemon juice. It tastes like a grown-up version of the sweet cocktails consumed, plentifully, at your first 18-30 holiday. Like me, you love a good boogie and, like me, you feel that tables are for dancing on, not sitting at. (Whilst we sat and drank cocktails on an averagely busy Tuesday evening, three separate couples requested information about reserving space at the back of the bar, which was free, and the staff even agreed to wear t-shirts with the party girl’s face on. She’s definitely an a), for sure).

If you answered mostly b): you like to get flirty by candlelight with your better half. You feel better if the lighting is flattering (B@1 bar akin to candlelight in partial-darkness) so that you can carry out your seduction. Very sexy. Even sexier is the New York Sour which you’d love: a cocktail that oozes romance and sensuality. It’s made from Bulleit bourbon whiskey and topped with fresh lemon juice, egg white, sugar and aromatic bitters, with a float of red wine. If oysters are the food of love, this is certainly the cocktail of lustful liaisons.

If you answered mostly c): you are a person who loves to be surrounded by your mates. You love your friends – both old and new – so you’d be pleased to discover two people behind the bar that you can add to your ever-growing list of pals. You can swap tips about recipes, where best to go out, and even have a lengthy conversation about Italian football if you wish. Your cocktail of choice would be the Martini, expertly created by stirring Beefeater gin and dry vermouth with ice until chilled. You might switch things up by choosing the Breakfast Martini, with the addition of Cointreau, fresh lemon juice and a spoonful or orange marmalade; or the Lychee Martini, with the addition of lychee juice and lychee liqueur.

If you answered mostly d): you combine work with play. You, like the many businessmen that frequent the B@1 bar, enjoy drinks after work and take full advantage of the happy hour, as anytime before 7pm the cocktails are all 2-4-1 (providing the cocktails are the same). The cocktail you’d choose would be the B@1 signature cocktail, the Truffle: a cocktail that uses the unusual spirit Tuaca combined with Disaronno amaretto and shaken with liquid chocolate and a dash of cream. Heaven.

But I’ll be honest, the guys at the B@1 bar truly know far more than I do about all things alcohol-drenched. The only rational thing to do would be to pull up a pew and get tasting. Maybe you’re a mixture of all four of the above. I know I am.

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“Really good bar with excellent cocktails and very friendly service.”
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andrew, Farnborough (4 years 8 months ago)

“This place is awesome, had a brill time there, people were nice, kool crowd, bar staff where brill, all round 10/10 must go place.”
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neilz, essex (9 years 15 days ago)

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