Black-tea ice cubes, sultana swizzle sticks, honeycomb, vodka, gin, rye and more all shaken and stirred and muddled and served for your pleasure - meet the drinks (and their makers) you'll find at the year's biggest cocktail carnival
This former bank is one of Oxford Street’s staples when it comes to gay bars. The Colombian’s spacious street-level bar features cushy booths for a midnight pash and bar-stool seating that screams ‘you’re one chardonnay away from falling off me'. A generous window where punters can sit and watch passing junkie-wars and dramatic lesbian break-ups is always lined with interesting characters. The upstairs bar of this popular queer haunt is lounge-inspired, where designer lamps and mood lighting set a retro-inspired tone - all pretty swish. The Colombian pulls in a steady stream of afternoon tipplers who pop in for a few post-work bevvies and end up crawling out after last drinks. While the crowd is predominantly gay and lesbian during the week, Friday and Saturday nights attract a mixed crowd of queers, straights and metrosexuals who walk like Tarzan but swing like Jane. Rotating DJs, top-shelf drag shows, a standard selection of beers on tap and a creative cocktail list makes the Colombian a great spot to chill with friends (or walk on the wild side if the wife is out of town).