MeatUp Grill is one of my favourite places for steak in Wandsworth. I have been a regular visitor here ever since they opened their doors in 2016. Founder Sachin, Head Chef Stephen Hinkley and the team have been regaling the South West London locals with their BBQ grilled meats, prime cuts and steaks. In particular, I am a big fan of their steaks and their MeatUp Mondays. You can read all about their food in my blogpost here.
This time, however, the focus is on their drinks. MeatUp do a solid range of well-curated cocktails. Mr. K and I decided to sample some of their boozy offerings one fine Thursday evening. MeatUp have a happy hour from 5pm – 7pm every weekday, so it’s a great opportunity for some after-work tipples.
My first drink of the evening was the English Garden (£11) – rosemary-infused gin, fresh raspberries, cranberries, lime and soda. It was a perfect first cocktail to start with – light and refreshing. With vibrant colours and mellow flavours, it would be a great cocktail for a balmy summer evening!
Mr. K sampled the GB Martini (£10) – Gentleman Barista’s espresso, Absolut Vodka, Mozart chocolate and vanilla. As espresso martinis go, it was smooth and pretty well made… and finished all too soon. Even I, who is not a big fan of espresso martinis, found myself reaching back for more sips.
I was recommended to try their signature Wandsworth Village (£12) – Belvedere Vodka, Chambord, vanilla, pomegranate, apple juice and prosecco. It came served with a pineapple foam. It was a frothy, fruity but sophisticated cocktail, very easy on the palette. The creaminess of the foam balanced well with the fizz of the accompanying prosecco shot.
Next, Mr. K tried the Bisol Negroni (£10) – Bisol prosecco, gin, campari and antica formula. As a regular Negroni consumer and connoisseur, his verdict on this one was that it was a bit weak compared to some of the negronis made elsewhere.
Mr. K’s final tipple of the evening was the Midnight Margarita (£9) – an intriguing drink with an exquisite name. It had charcoal-infused ocho tequila, agave syrup, and freshly squeezed lime. It was an innovative twist on a classic cocktail and the colours on it were just picture perfect.
My final drink of the evening was the Dark ‘n’ Stormy (£9). It was comprised of Gosling’s Black Seal rum, homemade ginger extract, velvet falurnum and lime. It was definitely my favourite of all the cocktails I tasted that evening – it was absolutely divine and I would highly recommend ordering this one.
I can say with absolute conviction that the cocktails at MeatUp are as enticing as their meats and grills. When it comes to good food and smashing cocktails, you really do get everything here under one roof. With the London summer still being elusive, this is a good place to bring the barbecue indoors and to work your way through a killer cocktail menu.
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N.B. All opinions expressed in this post and the photographs used are my own. I review anonymously as a paying customer.