South American Bars in London
There’s no denying it – London loves Latino. From the street food to the burritos and of course not forgetting the sumptuous tipples. There are not many credible bars that don’t have a hint of Latin American flavour. Whether it’s the music, the margaritas, the mojitos, the rum, the tequila or even the lime-chocked bottles of Sol, there is evidence of our cross-Atlantic chums in most bars. But if you like your salsa in much bigger portions, here are few South American bars in London that are worth checking out.
Barrio central is cool and funky Latin and Caribbean cocktail bar that has been getting Soho-ites to shake their booty for years. A very warm and colourful feel to the décor sets the scene and creates a truly exotic environment - the South American beers, rum and tequila compound this. Expect a young, hip and trendy crowd, Latin beats and lovely cocktails.
Barrio East is one of London's most exciting South American themed cocktail bars. This fun time party bar is a great place in Shoreditch for letting your hair down and enjoying delicious cocktails. Barrio East is a cool and quirky cocktail bar that raises the bar of South American themed cocktail bars in London, and is the perfect setting for partying in to the early hours.
Guanabara is undoubtedly Covent Garden's premier South American Bars. The celebrates Latin culture in quite some style; with special live acts like live percussion, capoeira, DJ’s and the infamous Samba shows. The food and cocktails salute the complex flavours and variety of Brazil and happy hours are available throughout the week.
Shoreditch may be London's hearty hipster den, but that doesn't mean a little South American attitude can't be found in abundance amongst the top graffiti and bikes shops. Toting tropical flavours, cool rum concoctions and interiors reminiscent of a jungle festival, Floripa is a cheeky little slice of Brazilian sass in the heart of East London.
Salsa Bar on Charing Cross Road is the perfect place for an authentic South American experience in London. The food menu is a sumptuous selection of Latin inspired dishes with something for everyone and the drinks menu has a great selection of classic and signature cocktails. The entertainment varies from Salsa dancing, to live music and even a spot of cabaret dancing!
Barrio North is a South American themed bar that brings some samba to North London. There are Happy Hours throughout the week and the South American party vibe is the perfect choice or something a little different for birthdays and having a great time in London. Barrio North also has a great sharing and tapas menu, so what are you waiting for? Sass on down and drink on up.
Upon entering Tonteria you immediately feel like you have been teleported into a hacienda in the heart of Jalisco, Mexico. Quirky features such as the actual train on the ceiling that delivers tequila shots to your table make this place a special and unique hotspot. From 10:30pm the vibe is built up as the resident DJ turns up the music and transforms Tonteria into a vibrant nightclub.
Cubana in Waterloo really has it all for the full Latin American experience. There is an extensive Latin American food menu, fresh tropical cocktails and smoothies, and late night Cuban music. For those looking for a quick bite, Cubana also has a daily street-food vendor. With some of the most drinkonomical mojitos (£5.50), Cubana is a great South American night that will keep you boogying on down until the early hours.
This South American haunt aims to bring the best of Brazilian and Latino culture, food, drink and music to London. The vibrant interior of this venue captures the spirit of a Brazilian beach party with natural warm colours and tropical décor. For the connoisseurs, the bar holds more than 200 different Cachaca’s from around Brazil.
Caipirinha is hidden gem between Archway and Highgate. As the name suggests, it is a South American themed bar specialising in Latin inspired cocktails. It is an intimate venue that hosts regular live music, guest DJs and events. Whether it’s a quick drink from the extensive bar or a wild night on the brilliant range of cocktails available, this is a great place in London to get your South American fill for the evening.
La Bodega Negra is a Mexican themed cocktail bar, restaurant and speakeasy in the heart of Soho. Enjoy tasty snacks such as tortillas and enchiladas, and sip some unique and mouth-watering Mexican cocktails. The true magic is in the downstairs speakeasy. With its secret ‘Sex-Shop’ entrance, fantastic drinks, candle lit tables, and trendy crowd; La Bodega Negra truly is a bucket-list bar.
Mezcaleria Quiquiriqui is a hidden gem bar located beneath a kebab shop on Hackney Road – sounds interesting no? The brainchild of two friends who spent 4 months touring Mexico for inspiration, Quiquiriqui is a haven for the traditional Mexican spirit mezcal. With Mexican beers also available, there is a little something for everyone at Quiquiriqui.