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The London List: Monkey Shoulder’s Malt Jockey At Factory 7, ShoreditchThe London List

By James Massoud on 27 Mar 2013

Monkey Shoulder’s a quirky, fun name for a whisky isn’t it? Show the rest of this post…

And renowned for their entertaining events as well, they didn’t disappoint with their latest ‘For One Night Only’ event, The Malt Jockey.

The latest night saw Monkey Shoulder’s Global Brand Ambassador, Dean Callan, unveil his new Manhattan cocktail – Malt Jockey – to an excitable audience in Shoreditch. The theme for the night was ‘An Evening at The Races’, with attendees invited to race remote controlled horses around a Scalextric track. And while people were playing jockey with their trigger fingers others could place bets on the races.

Professional bartenders kept guests liquidated throughout the evening by serving up delicious Monkey Shoulder cocktails, while Street Kitchen sated any hunger with their tasty snacks. For wannabe mixologists the recipe and method for the Malt Jockey is below. And if you want to join the fun next time round register your details here.

Mix your own Malt Jockey
40 ml Monkey Shoulder
30 ml Sweet Vermouth
10 ml Maraschino Liqueur
3 dashes Chocolate Bitters

1. Add all ingredients to mixing glass
2. Add ice and stir
3. Once dilution is reached, strain into chilled glass
4. Garnish with a twist of orange

The London List: Fast Times At Monkey Shoulder’s Social ClubThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 10 Dec 2012

Of all the brands to throw a secret party in East London, Monkey Shoulder would be near top of our list, so it’s fair to say we were excited for their Monkey Shoulder Social Club last Thursday. Show the rest of this post…

Taking over a warehouse and gallery space dangerous close to Mangal 2 in Dalston, we arrived brimming with anticipation and certainly weren’t let down.

Given a Monkey Shoulder Republic dollar on the way in, we swapped the cash for a cocktail and the night kicked off in style. With the bar serving a range of (Monkey Shoulder) classics, from an Old Fashioned to a tasty Whisky Mule, everything was knocked back a little too easily. Luckily there was food to soak up the delicious drinks, and with a gourmet street food menu that included pulled pork burger and mac-n-cheese, we didn’t go hungry either.

After taking in 15 minutes of The Big Lebowski in a screening room upstairs, we headed back down for a how-to by one of the barmen. Challenging guests to make the perfect Old Fashioned, if you passed the test you won a key to a treasure chest of Monkey Shoulder goodies, all locked away in separate compartments. Daresay we surprised ourselves, and walked away with a bottle of the drink and a shaker to boot!

First swinging by the marvelous camper van photo booth, it was soon time for the main attraction, and Rebel Bingo in the main room. Not the sort of thing you’d find in a local community hall, Rebel Bingo take their bingo very seriously, and accompanied by pounding beats on the PA and some lewd number calling, three lucky players went home with the largest bottle of Monkey Shoulder you’ve ever seen, a Thomas Heatherwick Spun Chairs and more.

It was a fantastic night, although as midnight was coming up, the Turkish restaurant at the end of the road was just too tempting to pass up!

If you were one of the lucky people to have been initiated into the Monkey Shoulder Social Club, visit to find yourself. Follow them @MnkyShldrUK and for further announcements.

The London List: Monkey Shoulder Social ClubThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 19 Nov 2012

With speakeasy cocktail clubs getting all the hype at the moment, your stereotypical stuffy whisky joint has gone a little out of fashion. But that’s where the Monkey Shoulder Social Club comes in. Show the rest of this post…

With a party on Thursday 6th December at a secret East London location, the famed whisky brand will unite cultured drinkers and whisky virgins, one and all, for one hell of a party and some of the finest Scotch.

Picking up a head of steam amongst younger whisky fans, Monkey Shoulder with their Social Club will be celebrating seven very successful years after launching in the UK only back in 2005. Once guests discover the secret venue, own a dimly-lit side street and behind an unassuming old metal door, the Monkey Shoulder bar will be open all night with bartender mixing up cocktails and classics with their own twist, while a DJ set from A Skillz and Rebel Bingo plus gourmet street food will keep everything ticking along nicely.

To win tickets just head over to Spaces are limited. Entry for application closes 28th November. Winners will be notified 29th November.

This is one party you don’t want to miss.

The London List: Vice x Project X PartyThe London List

Posted in London, London List, Parties
By Sam Bathe on 3 Mar 2012

A collaboration between hipster magazine Vice and Warner Bros. to promote their new film Project X – essentially one crazy teen party – the pair threw a party of their own last Thursday. It’s fair to say anticipation was high, and that’s before we saw what was billed. In a warehouse in Dalston (we got that) the party was meant to be across eight rooms (we got two), there was a free bar, bouncy castle, a few pinata and some big balloons, but none of the foam party, secret rooms, photobooths, LED dance floor, dressing up closet, fairground rides, confetti bombs, giant video games, vodka guns or paint party we were promised. Some of the live music was good, with Male Bonding and Is Tropical playing live and Toddla T on the decks, but after the disappointment sunk in, half the crowd had left by 12.30am and the party was dying down before it every really begun. Project X is in theatres now.

The London List: ‘O’ By Tank Magazine Presents ‘Best Of British’ At The Shop At BluebirdThe London List

By Eva Alex Liu on 21 Feb 2012

London Fashion Week’s launch last Friday was perfectly kicked off with a salute to the best of British fashion. Peppered with a few cocktails along the way. Show the rest of this post…

Lifestyle, art and fashion publication Tank Magazine hosted the ‘Best of British’ party at one of London’s secret treasures, The Shop At Bluebird. The concept boutique is located on King’s Road, a boulevard made famous for its association with the birth of many ’60s and ’70s trends. Renowned designers including punk-queen Vivienne Westwood and mini-skirt inventor Mary Quant opened stores on the road over a legendary couple of decades when their rise as some of the nation’s most distinguished designers began.

The pop-up space inside was transformed into an oasis of mirrors and pendulous light bulbs. Printed on the mirrors was a visual timeline  exhibiting Britain’s most iconic fashion designers of the last fifty years. Among the pivotal dates on display was the opening of Vivienne Westwood’s ‘SEX’ boutique at World’s End in 1974. The timeline was also giving heed to more recent designers like Meadham Kirchoff and Jonathan Saunders. The guests were treated to both a beautiful installation and and a crash-course in British fashion history.

As the night progressed and the venue become increasingly crowded there was a real buzz in the air. DJ Ben Bridgewater spun electro on the decks whilst the unlimited supply of free cocktails was thwarted by a lack of mixers which resulted in undismayed guests sipping Belvedere Vodka on the rocks.

Photography by Eva Liu.

The London List: Vice And Project X Are Throwing A PartyThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 10 Feb 2012

To celebrate the release of Project X on March 2nd, Vice are throwing a party to more than challenge the riotous movie. To be in with a chance of winning VIP ticket, they want people to submit their Dos and Don’ts on Facebook and vote for their favourite. As a little inspiration, they’ve interviewed Tyler the Creator, Snoop Dogg and A-Trak about their craziest party stories to get your juices flowing. Good luck… for surviving the party if you win tickets.

The London List Competition: Win Tickets To The HTC x Beats Audio PartyThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 4 Oct 2011

We’ve teamed up with HTC® and Beats Audio™ to offer you the chance to attend one of the biggest music parties of the year at The Roundhouse in Camden on Thursday 6th October. Show the rest of this post…

The HTC® and Beats Audio™ party will be headlined by global superstar and will also feature performances by Nero and DJs Fedde Le Grand, Martin Solveig, Dirty South and Zedd.

For your chance to win one of five pairs of tickets, all you have to do is answer the following question: played whom in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine?

a) Wolverine
b) John Wraith
c) Agent Zero

Send your answer to Deadline is tomorrow (05/10/11) at 4.30pm GMT.

HTC® and Beats™ have been working together to create superior mobile audio experiences for consumers, and recently celebrated the launch of HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio™, the first handset to feature the new music technology.

The London List: Launch PartyThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 16 Sep 2011

Vice do a lot of things. They run a magazine, they have a record label, they print books, they put films out, but perhaps most crucially, they host parties. So pleasingly, after wrestling from the hands of the porn industry, they’re throwing a massive event to celebrate. With an amazing line-up and free drinks all night, you’ll probably want to be coming to this, so for your chance to win tickets, head over to Good luck!

The London List Party Review: Launch At The Old Blue Last, 12/05/11The London List

By Sam Bathe on 13 May 2011

When Vice throw a party, they want you to think it’s going to be the coolest thing in the world. Show the rest of this post…

They’re often free in, and instead you have to apply for and win tickets, though their website, or if you’re part of their blogging network (as we are), bribe you with entry in return for free publicity.

For their launch event, we were teased with the mere chance of getting our hands on a couple of must-have tickets (not even a guarantee, just another spot in the raffle), if we previewed the event on our blog, or promised a write-up in the aftermath. And then barely five minutes later, another PR company for Noisey got in touch, offering us a couple of spots, plus extra for us to give away too. It somewhat notched down Vice’s attempted to big-up the bash.

So anyway, we went, and it was actually quite fun, though almost entirely down to openers Bo Ningen, and a handful of free drinks tokens.

Taking to the stage in a flurry of Japanese, which unsurprisingly flew straight over the audience’s head, the four-piece noise merchants are a little like Yuck, with the fuzz and wall of sound of Weekend. Though their first track sounded suspicious like they were just flailing around on their guitars with no particular order, as the band got into the real track, and the melodic riffs filtered through, they were actually quite compelling.

If you were asked to picture an indie-rock band, you’d come close to envisioning The Vaccines. They wear the right clothes, they have the right look, they play short, snappy, simplistic guitar songs, with heavy riffs and a scowling singer over the top. They are, however, one of the better ‘landfill indie’ bands around, even if it’s a hollow crown. Remarkably influenced by The Libertines, with the edge of The Cribs thrown in the fun, or just an un-moany Glasvegas, The Vaccines raced through hits of debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, done before you knew it, and fairly entertaining in part.

Giggs was the apparent, and a little out of place, headliner. The rapper, much-hyped last year but who seems to have done nothing since, packed a remarkable entourage on-stage, all of whom apparently employed to stand still, sway their heads, or hold Calvin Klein-esque underwear poses, put on a sterling show that even non-fans of hip-hop enjoyed. Jumping along to his big hits, something about a ‘monster’, it was a good end to the night, and another Vice party that didn’t disappoint, although that was to our expected standards, not the implied hype.

Pictures courtesy of and Vice

The London List: Lacoste L!veThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 22 Mar 2011

To celebrate the launch of their SS2011 campaign, Vice are throwing a party for Lacoste this coming Thursday. Wiley’s playing live, with some great DJs too, and it’s all going down at their store near Carnaby Street. Visit for more information.

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