Dirty Martini – launch party of new Bishopsgate branch

We have been excited about visiting Dirty Martini’s newest branch – they have just opened their first city centre location on Bishopsgate, very near Liverpool Street station!

During the evening, we sampled some lovely cocktails, like the French, Passion Fruit, and Lychee Martinis; as well as some quirky and unique cocktails exclusive to the new Bishopsgate branch, like the Mischief Maker, created by Matt Greenwood (Product Innovation and Standards Manager) and his bar team. All this was accompanied with snacks from their bar menu, including Dirty Martini’s version of Smoked Salmon Blinis, Arancini balls, Crispy Vegetable Gyozas and Chargrilled Chorizo & Cherry Tomato skewers. Sadly though the very salty soy and mirin dressing for the gyozas ruined them; it could have been tempered easily with some sesame seed oil before bring out to customers. The arancini balls were particularly lovely with their gooey, oozing cheese centres and crisp bread-crumbed exteriors; the highlight of the evening regarding the bar snacks.

We really appreciated the friendly and attentive service particularly from Laura and Tamarin who specially organised Pear and Chocolate Martinis for us to try; all washed down with still and sparkling water from Blenheim Palace.

Thanks to the CG Restaurants Group PR, Restaurant and Bar teams, especially Matt, Rax, Tamarin, Lucy, Laura, Bogdan, Talar and our waitresses for looking after us so nicely during the evening. We will be back soon, particularly to try the intriguing sounding ‘Carrot Cake’ Martini and learn to make it during a cocktail masterclass with Matt! (Watch this space for a follow-up review.)

Dirty Martini Bishopsgate will be opening to the public from Thursday 26th September, 2013.

For party enquiries, get in touch with: Bogdan, Jess, Laura or Nicola on 020 8741 5900 or via email: dirtymartini@lucre.co.uk

To organise private events, available on Sundays, booth bookings and table reservations at the new Bishopsgate branch, and happy hours info, please see below/ contact:

HAPPY HOUR

Half Price Martinis, Prosecco cocktails & bottles of wine
£10 off Champage
£2.95 Acai & Grolsch

Mon-Wed 3pm-10pm
Thurs-Fri 3pm-8pm
Sat 3pm- 8pm
Sun Open for private events only

For private hires please contact lucy.elworthy@cgrestaurants.com

For booth bookings & table enquires contact dirtymartinibg@cgrestaurants.com

For organizing events at any Dirty Martini branch, contact:
E. events@cgrestaurants.com
T. 0844 371 2550

Twitter: @Dirtymartiniuk
Website: http://dirtymartini.uk.com

Address:

158 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4LN

events@cgrestaurants.com
0844 371 2550

Here’s to welcoming Dirty Martini Bishopsgate to London’s go-to list of bars. Happy drinking, munching and partying the nights away!!! 🙂

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