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Spritz season isn’t over yet: here’s where to drink the cocktail of summer 2019

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The UK’s best (and most photogenic) spritz bars, from London to Glasgow.

From the classic Aperol to the new French twist, spritzes continue to rein supreme as the hottest cocktail trend of summer 2019.

With no shortage of spritzes on the menu at the moment, though, it can be hard to decide on where best to sample the trend. To help you out, we’ve rounded up our favourite places to drink them.

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FOR THE CAMPEST SPRITZ IN LONDON

Following the ridiculously popular Gloria in Shoreditch, east London – a riot of excellent Italian food and seriously camp interiors – comes the hugely anticipated opening of its Sicilian sister restaurant, Circolo Popolare in Fitzrovia, which just so happens to have gone big on the spritz. 

Circolo Popolare in Fitzrovia
Circolo Popolare in Fitzrovia

Highlights include the anti brexspritz (beefeater gin, apple annurca liqueur, pear, cucumber, elderflower cordial and mint, £8) or spritz veneziano (Bitter Select, Plymouth thyme gin, prosecco and blood orange bitter, £6.50). Just add the truffle shuffle pizza (£18) topped with provola cheese, fresh truffle and truffle sauce.

Find out more at bigmammagroup.com now.

FOR A SPRITZ IN THE SKY

Lost In Brixton cocktail bar in London
Lost In Brixton

With an impressive menu of 16 summer spritz cocktails, new rooftop bar Lost In Brixton is the best place to drink them south of the Thames. Try a sunkissed spritz (£9) – with Pococello limoncello, strawberry puree, prosecco, soda, lemon and strawberry – paired with their food delivered straight from a selection of the restaurants from Brixton market below.

Find out more at lostinbrixton.com now.

FOR A TASTE OF HISTORY

The Kelvingrove Cafe in Glasgow
The Kelvingrove Cafe in Glasgow

The Kelvingrove Cafe has long been a gem of Glasgow’s cocktail scene, set up in a converted ice cream parlour on Argyle Street. The Ivy (£7) is one of its most popular drinks, a mix of Belsazar riesling, albariño, elderflower, cucumber, lemon and cava. The bar is encouraging a culture of aperitivo drinking by serving cocktails with a deliberately low ABV – just like this one.

Find out more at kelvingrovecafe.com now.

FOR AFTER-WORK SIPPERS

New Orleans-inspired Smokestack in Leeds has a few creative takes on the spritz. Lady Botany (£8) is a mix of gin, lime and pink peppercorn cordial, and pineapple soda. Or try the Breakfast at Tiffany’s (£8): gin, elderflower and lemon balm cordial, topped with prosecco. 

Smokestack in Leeds
Smokestack in Leeds

Once you’ve drunk your fill of spritz, be sure to head upstairs to The Roost for the best funk and soul DJs in Leeds.

Find out more at sandinistagroup.co.uk now.

FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL SPRITZ

Manchester’s Science & Industry
Manchester’s Science & Industry

It’s not easy to find Manchester’s Science & Industry (it’s accessed via a concealed doorway in the Northern Quarter) but once you do, you’ll find a bar that means business. Its reimagining of the spritz is the charlemagne: Amaro Montenegro (a liqueur made with 40 herbs and spices), prosecco and a raspberry and rosemary cordial (£9.50).

Find out more at caneandgrain.co.uk now.

FOR A BITE ON THE SIDE

Hacha Bar in Dalston, east London
Hacha Bar in Dalston, east London

One of the best things about a spritz is that it’s designed to be enjoyed with ‘little bites’. Hacha Bar in Dalston, east London, does both brilliantly. Their mezcal spritz is a unique combination of mezcal, dry vermouth, carrot cordial, lemon and coriander soda (£9.50). And their delicious spiced aubergine tostaditas (£5.95 for two) are just begging to be eaten with it.

Find out more at hachabar.com now.

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