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 November 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
Headed up by Nuno Mendes, Taberna do Mercado is a small plate fiesta that harks to the shores of Portugal. Order the dishes of the day and slurp your way through a Portuguese wine list for a taste of European summer.
Rosa’s Thai Café represents Thailand’s corner, offering the cutest and best in East Asian food. Their bold red front and contemporary interior is a draw from the hustle of the nearby market, while the delicious Thai curries and spices, and Asian inspired cocktails will keep even the most ardent foodie traveller.
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.
And with Cha Chaan Teng we land in Hong Kong! Modelled on the notoriously inauthentic Hong Kong diners of the same name, they serve up a range of deliciously playful cocktails, wines and beers (including their own brew!). If you’re feeling a bit peckish, their kitchen serves up tonnes of Chinese treats to keep you satisfied.
For a taste of Scotland's untamed Highlands, there's no better bet than Mac & Wild. The meat specialists are responsible for one of London's best burgers along with a great selection of steak and seafood, all sourced north of the border.
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.
Dishing up traditional Brazilian cuisine in a bright and beautiful environment, Floripa provides customers with the true taste of Brazil even on the greyest of days. Why not wash it down with a bottle of Xingo, a traditional Brazilian black beer from the rainforest; and if that doesn't spark your interest then one of their cocktails certainly will. With late night live music and DJs playing their unique sound, Floripa offers customers the opportunity to experience a Brazilian beach party without having to leave London.
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.
Bringing the vibrant flair and love of life that Brazil's famous for to the streets of Brixton, Cabana is a party bar and restaurant that showcases the very best of Brazilian culture. Bursting with colour and full of eye-catching pieces of furniture, the kitchen serves mouth-watering skewers of marinated meat while the bar keeps the mood light with its selection of fruity cocktails.
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.