Around The World In 20 Bars
Are you desperate to travel the world but struggling to find the funds? Or are you simply looking to try something which is slightly out of your comfort zone? Whether it's Southern France, Brazil or the 'Deep South' of the USA, London's vibrant nightlife has something for you. If you are looking for an adventure or a chance to sample different cultures then this list of bars is for you. Travel around the world in 20 bars, bars which take their influence from all corners of the globe. Happy travels!
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Kanaloa is a Polynesian tiki bar providing their customers with a party island atmosphere. Decorated with palm trees and crazy paving, Kanaloa has an undeniable summer vibe, with drinks served in pineapples you feel as though you are in Hawaii rather than Central London. With an extensive list of cocktails featuring their signature Kanaloa Kula as well as the classics, Kanaloa has a relaxed party atmosphere. Plus, with a DJ playing summer classics and pop music everyone appreciates, there aren't many people left standing still at the end of the night.
Serving traditional Greek food with a contemporary twist, Elysée is a sophisticated setting with a relaxed atmosphere. With belly dancers and live Greek jazz music there is light and friendly atmosphere until 3.30am. Separate from the restaurant is the cocktail bar which serves Greek inspired cocktails mixed to perfection by their mixologists, so you really can get a taste of Greece.
Hiding behind a plain green door and up a dark staircase, Opium is a cocktail and dim sum parlour in Gerrard Street. A stark contrast to the dark staircase, Opium is a luxurious and ornate bar reflecting the oriental influence but with a modern edge. Serving carefully crafted cocktails with an oriental twist, indulge in drinks such as the Feather of the Pheonix and munch on dim sum until late to combat any peckish moments.
Housing a fusion of different Latin cities Barrio Soho has a neighbourhood feel with a distinct party atmosphere. With cocktails taking their inspiration from South America and organised into regions, you are able to sample as many different cultures as you wish in one night. A real culture clash, head to Barrio Soho to experience a sunny slice of South America in London.
Salsa is an authentic Latin bar and club. Aiming to enlighten the senses Salsa serves an extremely wide range of cocktails, with signature cocktails, fish bowls, a strong range of wines, beers and ciders. With a food menu packed full of flavour and a barbecue grill as well as a tapas menu, Salsa caters for all tastes and appetites. With Latin music pumping throughout the bar, Salsa is a great homage to South America in London.
All these exotic tastes and flavours has us yearning for a familiar taste of blighty, and that’s where The Driver comes into the frame. A boutique, five-storeyed venue in King’s Cross with each floor offering a distinctive vibe of its own, enjoy a classic taste of British drinking and dining at this elegant north London all-rounder.
Barrio Shoreditch is a cantina and club providing East London with a Latino vibe. Serving up cocktails with a tropical twist and tapas throughout the day Barrio Shoreditch is the place to go for a lively South American atmosphere. Bright and colourful enough to brighten up even the greyest of days, Barrio Shoreditch have live music and DJs playing until 1am providing a real South American experience.
Located in an old vault in an auction house, Baranis is a cocktail bar which takes it's influence from Southern France. Named after its wide range of Pastis and Absinthe drinks, Baranis brings all the style and glamour of Southern France to the heart of The City. Serving refreshing and innovative cocktails including a Thyme Daiquiri and Julie's Mamou as well as some traditional French lounge drinks, Baranis brings the taste of Provence to Chancery Lane.
Blues Kitchen in Camden encapsulates the atmosphere of an American dive bar, in all the right ways. An ideal spot for music lovers, Blues Kitchen has live music and DJ sets throughout the week playing vintage soul, country, rock 'n' roll and of course blues. Offering their customers traditional American BBQ and soul food favourites, with an impressive amount of Kentucky bourbon stocked behind the bar as well as cocktails and beers, Blues Kitchen is the ideal place to sit back and relax, USA style.
The Courtesan in Brixton offers their customers the experience the ancient Empire of China in South London. Serving traditional aromatic teas, dim sum as well as cocktails and wines, this is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or light bite. Reliving the regal roots of dim sum whilst using fresh modern ingredients from around the world The Courtesan tries recreates the taste of this ancient Empire. For a chance to relive traditional Chinese cuisine and drinks in an intimate setting, Courtesan is the place to go.
Cinnamon Kitchen is an award winning restaurant which serves modern Indian food in a relaxed atmosphere. Combining the flavour of India with fresh British ingredients makes Cinnamon Kitchen the place to go if you are on the hunt for innovative Indian food. Delicious food is not the end though, as their adjoining bar Anise offers customer stylish and spice infused cocktails as well as a range of beers and wines.
Bodo's Schloss is a bar and restaurant decorated like an Austrian ski lodge. Staff wear traditional lederhosen and dirndl whilst serving Austrian cuisine, customers feel as though they have escaped London and hit the slopes. With trained mixologists behind the bar, your cocktail orders are in good hands; for a more traditional beverage Bodo's Schloss also serve steins as well as their own homemade schnapps. With the addition of some of Europe's finest DJs playing on the weekends in their, Bodo's Schloss provides their customers with an unforgettable Austrian experience.