13 Great Ways To Completely Ignore Dry January

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13 Great Ways To Completely Ignore Dry January

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Rebel Bingo is not your average night at Gala

Sorry... you're doing WHAT January? Don't think so mate. London's a great place to drink for 12 months of the year and god knows we need one now. But we're not just talking a pint of warm bitter down the pub — here are 13 extra tasty events from our tickets site, powered by YPlan, to whet your whistle this month.

See how liquid magic is made at Crate brewery

Think Willy Wonka, then replace the chocolate with beer. This behind the scenes tour at Crate's Hackney brewery is a golden ticket to see where and how the magic happens. And you'll get to sample the liquid goodness too. No previous beer boffinry required.
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Party in a rooftop folly

Winter's decided not to come out to play, so head to Kensington Roof Gardens, grab yourself and drink and get stuck into the BBQ. Your surroundings are sculpted Babylonian bliss, while the soundtrack is pop, commercial, alternative and house music. And if it does get a bit nippy, don't fret: the garden's heated.
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Conjure up (alcoholic) spirits from the past

Merchant House has the largest combined collection of gin and rum in the world, and at this party you're invited to delve into the boozy vaults. Slurp old school London drinks including while brushing up on their backstory.
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Crate: Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. But with beer

Stumble in the footsteps of Dickens and Dylan Thomas

Learn how Victorians quenched their gin cravings, explore the secret alleyways where one of England’s most notorious poets faced a duel, see where a wayward Dylan Thomas lost his manuscripts and settle down for a bevvy where Dickens would have once have parked his behind. Less of a literary walking tour, more a stumbling one.
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Put a grin on your face with gin in your face

Sip on a G&T while swotting up on the history of gin — from its origins in Europe to its dark days in London and the 21st century renaissance. Your guides are the savvy London Bar Consultants. That's the spirit.
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Play bad-ass bingo

Here's a bingo experience you won't get down your local Gala: booze, discoing, ridiculous games and increasingly silly prizes characterize this hip night. Oh yes, there's some bingo going on at some point too.
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Have one of these where Dylan Thomas used to have his

Dance to rock music with a free JD and coke (on the rocks, naturally)

Squeeze into your skinny jeans, descend into the depths of Underworld Camden and rock out to tunes by Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Beastie Boys and other greats from the past 30 years. Start off on a free JD and coke too.
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Live the life of luxury, guzzling oysters and fizz

Who said the season of excess is over? Pull up a stool at the swanky Cartizze in Mayfair and tuck into Colchester oysters with balsamic pearls, tarragon and lemon and a couple of glasses of prosecco.Get Tickets

Slurp the delights of the Bermondsey Beer Mile

Bermondsey is officially the brewery-est place in London, and is responsible for lots of the capital's best craft beers. Sample a range of them at the likes of South Brewery and Anspach & Hobday — chatting to the brewers as you do so. Hoppy days.  
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It's a history lesson. It just happens to involve a load of gin

Watch a couple of heavyweights at The O2

Boxing Day may be long gone, but here's an outing that packs a punch: watch Bermondsey's best David Haye take on Australian man of steel Mark De Mori.  
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Put on a tux and try out your luck

Get an hour's tuition on the blackjack table and roulette wheel before trying your luck at the Grosvenor's glitzy casino. Whether or not you come out on top, you're guaranteed a £5 free table bet, plus £5 gaming slots voucher AND a free drink at the bar. Jackpot.
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Be loud and proud at Winter Pride

Why wait for the summer shenanigans? Join London’s LGBTI community for the third annual Winter Pride at Elephant and Castle's Coronet. The night promises four separate outside arches full of queer culture, with local heroes of the scene, awesome DJs and lashings of cocktails.
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Watch this chap knock about his opponent while you know back a few beers

Relive the 1990s with games, music and TV shows

Do you come from a childhood when kids slurped milkshakes, watched Saved by the Bell, and played Connect 4? You can do all this — soundtracked by tunes from the time — at Far Rockaway. Sure feels good to be 12 again. But just swap the shakes for booze this time. Mum and dad would not approve.
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Taste over 40 New Zealand wines

Yep, we did say 40. But we did also say taste. That way you'll still be alive at the end of this epic wine session, as will your taste buds — with the likes of Cloudy Bay, Yealands Estate, Matua Wines, Villa Maria. Scrummy.
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Last Updated 08 January 2016