Best Cocktail Bars in London
Our recommended cocktail bars in London. Not only does London serve some of the best cocktails in the world but the bars themselves have also become works of art. No longer do you have to go to a London hotel bar to get a good cocktail; head to any part of London (North, South, East or West) and you will unearth some incredible cocktail bars with incredible cocktails. Also look out for the new phenomenon of cocktails with theatre: smoking, flaming, bubbling... Expect the unexpected. We have selected our best London cocktail bars based on the ambience, decor and the cocktails themselves. So if you want a great cocktail in London, head to one of the following recommended cocktail bars London.
Craft Cocktail Co, East London
This upstart company loves a good cocktail so much that they decided to start brewing them in the batch load. For cocktail connoisseurs who like their drinks individually mixed to perfection this may seem like sacrilege, but cocktails on tap has been a slowly growing movement for some time. And when you try a sip of their bottled Southern Fairy gin, elder flower and apple concoction, we can guarantee any objections will go straight out of the window.
Far Rockaway, East London
Far Rockaway is regularly lauded for a number of things including their incredible cuisine, the quirky and unique interior design but what most people come back for are the cocktails. With a large and innovative list to choose from, enjoy such choices as 'Peanut Butter Cup' with real Reese's pieces and dark chocolate liqueur.
Vestal Voyages, North London
Experience drinking in a whole other way and set sail on a stunning 50 foot cruiser. Vestal Vodka is offering this unique pop-up drinking experience which is unlike anything you've ever seen, you can enjoy sipping on expertly crafted cocktails while you sail all through London with your friends. Guests are invited on this journey to try the fabulous drinks while lounging on the deck in the sun - and if the weather turns out to be miserable then snuggle up in the comfort of the coal fired cabin. Book your tickets now and have a charming day out. Looks like drinking cocktails just got a lot more interesting!
Callooh Callay, East London
Frequently popping up in lists of the best cocktail bars around, including Best Cocktail Menu 2014 at The Design My Night Awards, Callooh Callay is easily one of the best spots for cocktails in London. With an eclectic, comic book style list of extraordinary cocktails, and an ever changing menu of wonderfully original names, Kilner Me Softly being a personal favourite, Callooh Callay is a must for any wannabe cocktail aficionado.
The Attic at Pan Peninsula, East London
An amazing cocktail bar on the 48th floor of the Pan Peninsula in Canary Wharf, The Attic at Pan Peninsula is an incredible venue. With 360 degree views of London, they offer a whole array of whisky, vodka, gin and champagne based cocktails, available at prices that won't break the bank.
Simmons Camden, North London
With master mixologists at the helm, Simmons Camden is easily one of the best cocktail bars in London. During their outrageously long happy hour (five hours, to be exact - every day!), guests can get their hands on two cocktails for £10, or a spirit and mixer for only £2.50. As one of our recommended cocktail bars in London, book your spot now!
The SouthSider Cocktail Club, South London
For cocktails that really push the boundaries, from an alcoholic Butterbear, to those poured out of a glassgun, there is no limits to what will hapen next with the cocktails at Southsider Cocktail Club. You're in safe hands with a highly professional and experience bar staff who really know what they're talking about. Whether you're in Clapham for a night or want to try somewhere new, Southsider is the party hub to head to, as here it is all about the cocktails. Treat your taste buds; book online here.
64th & Social, South London
This chic bar on Clapham High Street is one of the best places to go for eccentric cocktails in South London. 64th & Social is a stylish venue that never compromises when it comes to quality drinks. With a New York feel inside, it's the perfect escape with a relaxing bar area and intimate booths. A raucous affair on weekends, expect some great performances from their regular DJ's, and dance the night away to some of the best House, Breaks, Funk and Nu-Disco classics.
Zebrano Carnaby, London
Marrying premium spirits with deliciously spiced ingredients has become a habit of Zebrano’s. This West End big-hitter features a vast cocktail menu for all tastes, and if you’re coming after work you can take advantage of some awesome happy hour deals too. A cocktail for £4.25? Don’t mind if we do…
Steam and Rye, Central London
There's good cocktail bars, and then there's great cocktail bars; this is certainly the latter. With critically acclaimed bartender Andy Mil at the helm, the team of mixologists have been carefully selected because of their sparkling personalities and top-notch customer service. Expect a varied and interesting mixture of both classic and bespoke concoctions at this city-based haunt.
Badar's Bar, East London
Retire to this charming cocktail bar on Hoxton Street, upstairs from the legendary Macbeth pub. You’ll encounter a vintage space reminiscent of a Parisian café with its absinthe green plants and ornate street lights. The bar stocks a carefully considered range of drinks to suit the season, and New Soul and hip-hop tunes provide the soundtrack. Great for impressing a date.
Munki Of Putney, South London
Munki's bartenders are as professional and knowledgeable as they come. These expert mixologists whip up all kinds of tasty concoctions for the people of Putney; with classic Martinis lined up next to innovative blends as well as a good range of cocktails crafted to suit the season. There's a late licence at the weekend and frequent cocktail masterclasses to take advantage of while you're there.
JuJu Chelsea, West London
Boasting some of the best mixologists in the area, Juju Chelsea is definitely one of the best to come to for cocktails. A very entertaining evening, enjoy one of their meticulously made drinks from all the classics to interesting new twists to the sound of the best Funky House and Commercial tunes out there at the moment.
1920 Bar, Central London
For a seriously trendy Clerkenwell cocktail bar be sure to stop by 1920's. There's a great range of cocktails to sample - try the refreshing Dolce & Campari, the vodka and caramelised apple infused Apple Crumble, or the Queen Bee - a perfect blend of Jim Beam, Cointreau pineapple and lemon juice. What's more, everything on the list comes your way for just £8.50.
The Met Bar, Central London
If you love a good cocktail – and the more imaginative and flavoursome the better – head down to The Met Bar in Mayfair where you will discover the most amazing cocktail combinations in the West End. Crafted using the innovative techniques of molecular mixology, guests will be mesmerized by the incredible display of cocktail production and presentation, and although they’re not cheap, these drinks are certainly worth a taste! Book a table now to get ahead of the crowds.
The Chelsea Prayer Room, West London
Located above the Fulham's Goat DINE, The Chelsea Prayer Room is a secret speakeasy style bar that serves cocktails in London using only unbranded spirits - how mysterious! Gain entry to this secret bar with an advance booking through DesignMyNight, although you had better book quick as this London cocktail bar can only host thirty guests at a time.
Baranis, Central London
Baranis is a great London cocktail bar that offers its guests a taste of Southern France - and only a few tube stops down from the office! Named after the wide range of Pastis and Absinthe drinks on its cocktail menu, it would follow then that a visit to this London cocktail bar will feature a wide range of fabulous cocktails inspired by the French: look forward to a number of beautiful bespoke numbers alongside classic French lounge drinks. Be sure to book now.
Goat DRINK, West London
This West London cocktail bar brings a taste of New York to the streets of Fulham. Goat DRINK's resident gurus Steve and Tim have put together an impressive menu of cocktails, featuring old favourites with a fresh and personal twist as well as a range of Bloody Marys to suit every taste. Book your space at Goat DRINK now!
The London Cocktail Club Oxford Circus, Central London
London Cocktail Club venues are known, as the name suggests, for their incredible cocktails. The Oxford Circust location is no different and is sure to impress with the unique and delicious drink options. With a 'Gangster Tequila Paradise' theme the decor is as extravagant as ever and creates the perfect late night party vibes. Book a drinks table for you and your friends for a really big night!
Oskar's Bar At Dabbous, Central London
Dabbous bar in Fitzrovia, is quickly establishing itself as one of the best cocktail bars in London. Oskar Kinberg, the head mixologist, crafts cocktails behind the bar, which is set in a Brooklyn warehouse styled basement, with plenty of seating and has a rather nice feeling that you have just stumbled upon a little secret. One of the best Cocktail Bars in london. Book a table online.
Mint Leaf Lounge and Restaurant, Central London
Mint Leaf is a sophisticated lounge and cocktail bar in Bank. Right next to the iconic Bank of England, the bar serves up delicious Indian cuisine and a drinks menu that can't be beat. With over 500 spirits behind the bar you are truly spoilt for choice. The expert mixologists are known for their exotic cocktails and will delight you with unique drinks you won't find anywhere else. Book a table or area online!
Salvatore's Bar, Central London
This classy Mayfair cocktail bar has given the Playboy bunnies a new sophisticated home in which to wiggle their fluffy tails. Coming from the mind of the number one cocktail mixologist, Salvatore Calabrese, his bar is perfect for those wanting a top London cocktail bar bar that offers something a little different in London. A specialist feature comes from their vintage cocktails – exclusively made from spirits as ancient as the 18th century. You can even have your drinks mixed at your table with their mobile bar, while for those who like their drinks chilled, how about using their super freezer, which takes things down to a cool –18C. Make sure you check out this ground-breaking cocktail bar, book now.
The Luggage Room, Central London
For a top cocktail bar in London that you might have to work a little harder to get into, check out The Luggage Room in Mayfair. First, you'll have to scout out the unassuming black door before speaking your name through a sliding hatch and heading through a winding corridor into the bar. However, it's all worth it when you enter into the decadent 1920's style drinking den. Expect delicious cocktails, jazz music and period furnishings at this top London cocktail bar.
Archangel, West London
Archangel is one of London's best cocktail bars and sits above the famous AAA live music venue. A true gem in the West London bar scene, Archangel has an extensive food and drink menu - all at very reasonable prices. Make sure you head down to Archangel for a night of delicious cocktails before getting your dance on at AAA downstairs. Book your spot now.
Looking Glass Cocktail Club, East London
Looking Glass Cocktail Club has to be one of the best cocktail bars in East London... and all of London, in fact. Incredibly unique cocktails, mesmerising decor and a magical atmosphere making Looking Glass Cocktail Club a real treat for cocktail lovers in the capital.
The Blind Pig, Central London
Anise, East London
For a cocktail bar with a spicy kick, slip into stylish Indian-inspired cocktail bar, Anise. Their extensive cocktail menu deviates from the norm with some indulgent spices and popular Indian flavours, such as coriander, cardamom and chat masala. The elegant purple glow and candle-lit booths of the decadent drinking den attracts a discerning clientele to match its stylish cocktails and modern Indian bar snacks.
Opium, Central London
Opium is a great London cocktail bar, discretely hidden in the heart of China Town. They deliver seasonal Oriental themed cocktails, using ingredients sourced locally in Chinatown. Widely considered one of London's best bars (and arguably London's best Oriental cocktail bar), Opium is the perfect place for unique and stunning cocktails in a beautiful setting. Book your place at Opium with us online.
214 Bermondsey, Central London
A wonderful cocktail bar in London with speakeasy vibes located beneath an Italian restaurant called Antico. Dim lighting, exposed brick work and a wonderful array of spirits, especially Gin, make this a a great choice for cocktails in London.
Long Bar Sanderson Hotel, Central London
With a legendary status amongst bar lovers across the world, Long Bar is quite possible one of the best cocktail bars in the world so make sure this is on your hit list in London. Experts will craft you a cocktail creation whilst you look the part sat at the gorgeous bar. Book a table online.
Heliot Lounge Bar and Restaurant, Central London
Heliot Lounge, located in the Hippodrome Casino, is a fantastic late night cocktail bar with great bar entertainment. As you enjoy sipping mixology legend Tony Conigliaro's fantastic cocktails for a bargain price of £7.50 the Heliot lounge bar is the ideal place to soak up the Las Vegas atmosphere. Reserve a spot at this great London cocktail by booking with us online.
Crazy Bear Fitzrovia, Central London
Crazy Bear oozes style and class and is a great destination for cocktails. From the very first moment you step in you will be impressed with the decor, ambiance and delicious drinks served up. With intimate nooks to book with friends and a buzzy atmosphere there is no wonder this is an extremely popular cocktail bar in London. Book online to try this brilliant Soho cocktail bar for yourself.
Holy Drinker, South London
This lively Clapham bar offers a strong range of classic and twisted cocktails, as well as a handful of shooters. Brimming with refreshing, punchy flavours, there's certainly a concoction for all tastes at Holy Drinker. They're also available at prices that won't break the bank - ranging from between £7 and £8.50 apiece.
Red Bar at Bam-Bou, Central London
Red Bar is a London cocktail bar and lounge, housed on the third floor of South East Asian themed restaurant - Bam-Bou. The cocktail bar marries the bountiful flavours of the orient with the cocktail-loving decadence of London's Fitzrovia district. Whether it's for pre-theatre drinks or a late night cocktail; Red Bar at Bam-Bou is a great choice whatever the occasion. Make sure you don't miss out on the fun at this top London cocktail bar; book your party here now.
Ninetyeight Bar and Lounge, East London
Ninetyeight bar in Shoreditch is a secret basement bar. Head down the stairs from the street into this oasis of a bar filled with quirky, retro and fun furniture. The DJ stands in the middle of this bar gets everyone up dancing or at least some serious toe tapping. The cocktails are infused with some delectable ingredients and are extremely creative. Feel in-the-know in this fantastic London cocktail bar and did I mention you can eat the candle wax? Book a table online.
Be At One Soho, Central London
Be At One bars have plenty of experience at cocktail making; with a variety of cool bars around the capital, all designed to fit in with the area they sit in, yet consistently delivering first-class cocktails, from their decadent milkshake mixes, to the more classic list. All their mixologists are well train and eager to serve up something to delight your taste buds. Alternatively, for a pre-theatre cocktail, head to the Be At One Covent Garden for a cool cocktail bar, complete with happy hours that will entice you to keep trying "just one more".
Purple Bar Sanderson Hotel, Central London
Purple bar is a stunning and impressive cocktail bar with a fantastic reputation in London. The cocktail list focuses on the age-old classic, the Martini. There are few places in London likely to deliver a more expertly prepared cocktail than Purple bar so book a table online now.
Lost Society, South London
Lost Society is a fantastic cocktail bar in Clapham, housed in an old vintage barn and playing host to burlesque, live music, fine dining, and delicious cocktails. With great happy hours and speakeasy touches, this is one of our favourite London cocktail bars. Book a table online!
Eclipse South Kensington, West London
Eclipse South Kensington is a classy cocktail bar that was made famous in Barcelona for its famous 'eclipse' watermelon martini, and it's not hard to see why. And alongside this there's a whole arsenal of other indulgent cocktails to its name, you'll be more than spoilt for choice, and then maybe a late night boogie? No problem, head downstairs to a club full of fun-loving party goers strutting their stuff and letting down their hair to the best of House music until the early hours of the morning.
Worship Street Whistling Shop, East London
Combining the charm of Victorian squalor, with the elegance of grand Gin palaces, The Worship Street Whistling Shop redefines cocktails within the capital. Worship Street Whistling Shop offers up a fantastic Dram Shop for bookings of up to 8 people, where you get your own little shop to drink in and a cupboard packed full of bottles of cocktails for you to sample.
Graphic Bar, Central London
Graphic bar is a spectacular cocktail bar with only a 2 minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus, Carnaby Street and Regent Street. Renowned for it's amazing cocktails, this place is perfect for cocktail connoisseurs. Graphic is a great place to meet with friends and colleagues for lunch or after work and our eclectic, lively atmosphere provides a unique location within the London bar scene ideal for private hire or large group booking. It also has a huge selection of gins to choose from, with over 180 varieties. So if you like gin, this is most definitely one for you!
Match Bar, Central London
Match Bar, located close to London's busy shopping district Oxford Circus, is the ideal place to escape the crowds and kick back with a cocktail or two whilst soaking up the calming ambiance and lived-in decor. Ideal for birthday drinks, catching up with friends, or even a first date, Match Bar combines superbly crafted cocktails and a cool atmosphere to make it one of the more desirable bars in the area. Book online.
Shaker&Company, Central London
Shaker are the masters, even running their own cocktail master class and school here at their London cocktail bar. The bar is New Orleans inspired, so expect oak barrels, blues and jazz, Soul food and a cracking atmosphere, making this one of our favourite cocktail bars in London. More info and book online.
Bitter Sweet, Central London
Bitter Sweet Cocktail Bar and Members Club is a a welcomed addition to Soho's already buzzing bar scene. Try out one of Bitter Sweet's signature bitter and sweet infused cocktails and soak up the party vibe until the early hours. This hidden gem gets it just right, from its quirky decor, prime location and fun-time theme to its envious list of cocktails, this Soho bar is sure to be a hit with area's party seekers. Book online.
Zenna, Central London
Zenna bar in the heart of Soho is an intimate cocktail bar in London of the highest order. Top mixologist Dan Thomson is in charge of the bar making some of the tastiest cocktails you will ever drink. The decor is low-lit and with some superb alcoves to bury yourself away and enjoy the cocktails in. Chill here on weekdays or enjoy the livelier crowd on the weekends. Zenna is a highly recommended bar for pure quality of drinks and some very tasty Indian gourmet dishes. Book a table online.
Adventure Bar Covent Garden, Central London
Adventure Bar Covent Garden is lively, fun and unpretentious; making it the perfect place to really let your hair down and get into the swing of things. It's a great place to meet, drink and party, any day of the week! From 'Rocktails' to The Excetionals' the cocktail list is endless, and cheap too, so there's no excuse not to sample a few, you won't regret it.
Happiness Forgets, East London
Hidden at the bottom of an unassuming stairwell on Hoxton Square, sits Happiness Forgets. Hide from the buzz of the square in this candlelit, intimate cocktail haven. The ethos behind this speakeasy is original, but innovative drinks, all amongst a uniquely cool atmosphere.
Aquum, South London
The place to see and be seen in SW4, Aquum is a fantastic London cocktail bar and nightclub. With their own house specials like "Fool's Gold" - of which the recipe is kept a closely guarded secret - served alongside the divine classics; French Martinis and Whiskey Sours. You only have to ask their specialist in-house mixologists and expert bartenders for your favourite mix, as it's only a professional stir and shake away! Sip these tasty treasures in the chic surroundings of Aquum bar, before dancing amongst the beautiful and cool that hang out there. Guarantee your delicious party now; book online now.
Touareg Lounge, Central London
A basement bar hidden underneath Maison Touareg, where Moroccan and Lebanese tastes and flavours have inspired the exotic and delicious cocktails. With late opening hours that will encourage you to dance and socialise the night away. Plus hen parties in London can make the most of their special hen party private dining and entertainment ranging from henna tattooists, tarot readings, belly dancing and snake charmers. Make sure you join the fun; book online here.
The Rum Island, Central London
The Rum Island in Soho does exactly what it says on the tin in that it serves a lot of rum, but what else makes this bar one of the best cocktail bars in London. Well the cool beach club themed surroundings makes for the perfect party environment and if you do love your rum cocktails there's enough here to sink a battleship.
Purl, Central London
Purl is one of the most imaginative cocktail bars around. With a name derived from an Old English tipple made from gin and ale, Purl sets itself up for unusual drinks and that's exactly what you get. The cocktails are truly experimental, and the use of nitrogen gas and aromas in the air, are just some of the methods adopted to give you a cocktail experience that is multi-visceral and unlike anything you've experienced before.