This is the Circle line. As you can clearly see, it is not shaped like a circle. In fact, it seems to be shaped like a bottle… of craft beer… from the UK. So, in keeping with the country's huge boom in the micro-brewing scene, we've put together a crawl along the Circle/Bottle line, taking in the nation's finest small-batch barley pops along the way. With 27 stations, hitting every one would take a very ambitious liver, so we're going to every other station, making 14 pubs in all. It's a loop, so we/you could begin anywhere, but we have to start somewhere, so, without further ado...
Take a 14-drink ride on the Bottle line
Stop #1: Edgeware Road
Hit The Wargrave Arms, which's hosting the oxymoronically permanent pop-up BBQWhiskyBeer. You're interested in the latter of the options. Drink: London Field's Love Not War.
Stop #2: Great Portland Street
The Albany is right across from the station, and prides itself on its selection of crafts. Drink: a geographically appropriate Camden Hells (because it's close to Camden and not, er, the other one).
Stop #3: King's X
About halfway between the station and Euston Square is Euston Tap, with a selection of 27 rotating taps and 250 bottles. Drink: literally whatever the barman recommends -- he knows more than you.
Stop #4: Barbican
When a neighborhood starts with the word "bar", you know it's going to be good -- hit The Old Red Cow, and indulge yourself in their vast, encyclopedic list of crafts. Drink: Beavertown Smog Rocket.
Stop #5: Liverpool Street
Head to The Water Poet; do not drink water. Drink: a bootle of Truman Runner, from a new micro just up the street in Spitalfields.
Stop #6: Tower Hill
Ostensibly a cocktail bar, Mary Janes also has a respectable list of small-batch barley pops. Drink: Little Scotney Pale Ale, brewed with water from Scotney Castle.
Stop #7: Cannon Street
Hit up the new joint Pelt Trader, where you will sadly have to part with actual cash for one of their 18 taps. Drink: Kernel Export Stout.
Stop #8: Blackfriars
Things are getting tipsy now. Ballast is required. Hit The Rising Sun, and snag something from Wiggies pig-laden bar menu. Drink: Sharps Doombar.
Stop #9: Embankment
Dip into Covent Garden, and head to Porterhouse -- they're Irish there, so technically, you’re straying outside of the Isles. Come to terms with that fact with a stiff drink: their home-brewed Oyster Stout.
Stop #10: St. James
You're quite close to Parliament! Clearly, this is your best bet to influence policy (probably about on-the-spot fines for public drunkenness). Head to the bar at Blue Boar, and drink: Curious Brown's Lager.
Stop #11: Sloane Square
Going to such classy areas this late in the trip is doing you no favours. Head to The Orange. Drink: South London Brewery A Head In A Hat's Topee Ale... which you'll have to.
Stop #12: Gloucester Road
Right opposite the station, there's The Stanhope Arms. They have a decent selection of crafts, but your taste buds by now are probably shattered, so you need something with flavour. Drink: Brewdog Punk.
Stop #13: Notting Hill Gate
If you're still able to walk, The Champion has a nice large selection of local beers to choose from. Drink: Sambrooks Wandle, made using water from the Wandle, London's other river.
Stop #14: Paddington
You made it. Celebrate with a drink! Head to Old Mary's hidden speakeasy below The Mitre. Drink: the classic London craft beer that started it all, Meantime's London Lager.
1. The Wargrave Arms42 Brendon St, London
2. The Albany240 Great Portland St, London
3. Euston Tap190 Euston Road, London
4. The Old Red Cow71 Long Ln, Smithfield
5. The Water Poet9-11 Folgate St, London
6. Mary Janes124-127 Minories, London
7. Pelt Trader3 Dowgate Hill, London
8. Wiggies61 Carter Lane , London
9. Porterhouse21-22 Maiden Ln, London
10. Blue Boar37-45 Tothill St, London
11. The Orange37 Pimlico Rd, Pimlico
12. The Stanhope Arms97 Gloucester Rd, Kensington
13. The Champion1 Wellington Place, Notting Hill Gate
14. Old Mary's24 Craven Terrace, London
With comfy sofas and wooden accents, this cozy pub might just have you passed out on one of those sofas, after sampling from their extensive single-malt whiskey list. Pair your booze with a mac n' cheese burger (that's a deep-fried cheesy mac pattie) or a pulled pork burger (a burger with porky deliciousness piled on top).
It's refreshing (literally) to be in London and see Brooklyn lagers listed on a menu. It's even more refreshing when the extensive craft beer options don't stop there, nor do the cider or wines, or pub food.
The Euston Tap is a dedicated cider bar, but also churns out taps & bottles of fermented fruit monthly -- which are their for your drinking pleasure.
This bar has a wide range of craft brews, ranging from Stouts and Porters, to Casks, to Wheats. Their wine selection matches their ambitious desire to impress your eyes and mouth -- just take it slow, there is a lot of brew to be had.
The Water Poet is a comfy pub nestled in Spitalfields, boasting a large outdoor seating area and several dining & drinking rooms with TVs and pool tables.
Join for their happy hour or their awesome Mojito Wednesday, and make sure to try one of their many barley-pops.
Located in The City, this central spot is a great pub for an endless list of brews and above-average pub grub.
This is one successful pop-up shop within The Rising Sun -- making it home to happy customers, drunk dudes, and some... Quails Egg Black pudding Scotch eggs. Natch.
Located in Covent Garden, Porterhouse is a great place to take grandma for a local, impressive drink. If she isn't into slinging beers back anymore, she can always get some sorbet and listen to the live music.
Blue Boar is a haven for all things meat. Start your meal off with some slow-cooked rabbit and lobster and move along to the smoked-in-house lamb shoulder. Polish it off with some of London's finest micro-brews, or take a sip of its "house pour," Portobello Road gin.
The Orange is a classy establishment serving up great bar eats and extensive brew options. Can't handle all the options and end up going for one of each? Just cure your inebriation by getting a room upstairs.
A traditional British pub serving great wine, great brews, and lots of delicious pub food.
This Notting Hill pub brings you lagers, and pilzners and...American craft beers? Oh my! Visit this trendy neighborhood and stop in The Champion for a pint, a pork and chorizo burger and stay for their famous Sunday Roast, where they (you guessed it) roast up local British meats every Sunday.
Bayswater now has a its very own speakeasy, in the form of Old Mary's. Beneath the Mitre awaits creative cocktails like the Glory and Consequence - Sri Lankan cinammon, aged spice rum, and orange blossom water - and mind-blowing hotdogs like the Chili and Cheese, upping the ante with chili made from wild boar.