20 thoughtful gift ideas for people who love to drink alcohol

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Whether their preference is beer, wine or something a little harder, giving the gift of alcohol is great, yet usually short-lived.

Sure, everyone likes getting a bottle of their favorite something during the holidays, but most of the time there’s no shortage of beverages being passed around.

So in place of gifting actual alcohol, check out some of these accessories that your booze-loving friends can enjoy for countless nights

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Best of Everything: Food and Drink in September

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There’s no denying it – September is here and autumn is underway. But don’t be mournful about the approaching winter just yet – there are still sprinklings of sunshine and, what’s more, a host of exciting foodie events happening this month.

From healthy brunch delights to sleek Rugby snugs; wickedly good wine cellarsto seasonal cocktails – Business of Everything have selected the gastronomic delights that are unfolding over the next few weeks.

Colourful Cocktails that Evoke Kyoto (oh, and warming ramen, too)

Autumnal Cocktails at Shoryu

From September 7th

There’s nothing nicer on a crisp autumnal day than a warming bowl of noodle-packed broth – unless, of course, this Japanese delight is accompanied by boozy libations. Enter our beloved Tonkotsu Ramen den, Shoryu, who have come up with four beautiful cocktails inspired by the famous changing leaves of Kyoto. Whether you want to evoke the golden canopy of late November in the Our Kyoto Fall, or indulge in a martini using exotic ingredients such as Yuxu Umeshu and Shochu in The Yellow Ichyo, there’s a gorgeous and tasty drink for lovers of every aspect of the season.

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Fine Wines and an Award Winning Chef – What’s Not To Love?

The Truscott Cellar, Belsize Park

Soft launch 7th-10th September, opening 11th(no bookings taken)

Readers of the Food section of BOE will know of our love for The Truscott Arms – an award winning Gastro-pub that blows many other contenders out of the water thanks to Aidan McGee’s superior and yet unpretentious dishes. Well, now the team is delighting us with a contemporary wine bar, set over two sleek and seductive floors with a theme of sustainable British wood and dark marble. The wine list will boast 300 bottles and 50 choices by the glass, and Aidan McGee will be on form delivering incredible small British plates such as Slow Braised Beef Cheek, and Roast root vegetable with Jersey Royal fondue. To give it a whirl with 50% off, catch the Soft Launch until 10th September, or head over when it has opened from the 11th. We’ll definitely be amongst the first there!

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Celebrating a Decade with Seven Sumptuous Courses

maze Restaurant, Mayfair

7 course tasting menu starts 7th September for 10 weeks.

Ten years for a restaurant is pretty good going, especially in the fickle foodie world, so it is only right that famous fine-dining favourite maze is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. For ten weeks, maze will be delighting diners with a seven course tasting menu for £75, featuring some of the most popular, iconic and innovative dishes that have graced the menu. Since they’re applauded for their Asian-French fusions, we’ve got our eyes on the Lobster Dumpling. Here’s to another ten years!

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Sun Salutes and Saintly Snacksbeneath the Shard

Yoga and Evening Indian Brunch Under the Shard

Thursday September 10th, 18:30 – 21:30

Evening brunch? Could there be such a thing? Well, why not – especially when it’s paired with dynamic yoga. On the 10th, be part of the collaboration between yoga guru Mona Heep and x of healthy Indian food, Meera Manek. Meera’s past breakfast-inspired recipes have included Chickpea flour pancakes with coriander chutney & chilli beet, saffron Quinoa porridge, and cacao coco protein fudge, so we can’t wait to see what she’s serving. Plus, it all takes place beneath that iconic London landmark, the Shard.

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PAUL isn’t just pastries – French flavours are due to take over the City

Le Restaurant de PAUL opening

Friday September 11th, Tower 42

You may know PAUL as the artisan bakery resplendent with sweet treats – but did you also realise they also had a restaurant in Covent Garden? Well, following this success, a second Le Restaurant de PAUL is arriving in the iconic Tower 42 in the City. This brand new venue will still have the famous in-house bakery, but now aims to lure in fans of a tipple with a destination wine bar that also specialises in cocktails and champagne. Hearty French favourites such as Cotelettes d’Agneau and Aiglefin Fumé au Pistou will be joined by gourmet burgers, sharing platters and afternoon tea, as well as healthy breakfasts and the signature bakery goods.

Indulge in some tasty themed treatswhile cheering on your team

TwoRugby at Two Ruba, London Bridge

Rugby Matches starting from September 18th

If you can’t wait to catch all the action of the Rugby World Cup, but aren’t so keen on sweaty pubs, lairy locals, drinks spillages and the odd bag of peanuts, then super-sleek bar Two Ruba have the answer. Throughout the Rugby season they have transformed their sumptuous snug into a gorgeous haven for you and a group of friends to catch every try, tackle and scrum on a 55 inch HD TV. For only £35 per person, enjoy a private room and host, TwoRuba cocktail and nibbles on arrival, two drinks each and a grill platter with all kinds of delicious grub. Snacks include the Haka Slider beef burger, Hope and Glory pie, and Fly Half spiced chicken wings. Try not to miss the game while concentrating on the food!

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One to watch:

Canto Corvino Restaurant & Bar

Opening early autumn, Canto Corvino is a modern Italian restaurant and bar in the heart of Spitalfields. Fans of the successful Manicomio restaurants will be pleased, since it comes from the same team, and the design embraces a super-sleek, industrial aesthetic. We love the sound of the Short rib Rossini with autumn truffles, leeks and roast cabbage, as well as the all day weekend brunch, Stuzzichini nibble selection, and extensive wine list.

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