Asian Bars in London
When it comes to offering an authentic flavour of Asia, you just know that London's got it covered. The capital is bursting at the seams with quirky and charismatic Asian-themed venues just waiting to be tried, so whether you're looking for an indulgent feast at a top Chinese eatery or hoping to kick back and relax in a secretive Vietnamese drinking den, there's something for you. Check out our hand-picked selection of the best Asian bars in London!
Last updated on 15th September 2016
With a dark, vintage decor that creates something of an atmospheric buzz as soon as you walk in, The Courtesan serves up a good range of traditional Dim Sum alongside a list of drinks with more than the occasional nod to Imperial China. High quality across the board ensures that this Brixton haunt is rightly installed as one of London's leading Asian-themed bars.
Yes, Inamo might well have set up the world's first interactive dining system, but let's not forget that the standard of the cuisine is pretty exceptional too. Fusing tastes of Japan, China, Thailand and Korea together, Inamo Soho creates an innovative menu full of the very best tastes and flavours from the continent.
Boasting dinner, drinks and delicious dumplings combined, Fu Manchu is an Asian inspired haven in the heart of Clapham. Not only will their bamboo steamers full of surprises impress a hardened dumpling fan, Fu Manchu is innovative with cocktails and partying combined.
Doused in Oriental mystique, Buddha Bar is a wonderland of Asian cuisines and creative mixology. Avant-garde decor frames a giant Buddha statue in the centre of the restaurant and a low-lit ambiance gives an air of luxury to your dining experience here. For a taste of fragrant cooking integrating traditional and modern techniques, Buddha Bar is a stunner.
Few can match Inamo when it comes to innovation. Covent Garden’s newest restaurant is tech-savvy to the max; allowing guests to place order via sleek tablets, to set their own digital tabletops and even to check in on the kitchen by tuning in to chef cam. Head chef Jon Claro prepares a pan-Asian spread of sushi, sashimi and tapas options, with the sushi bar downstairs just perfect for a post-dinner tipple.
This chic venue in the heart of Chinatown takes the word 'secretive' to a whole new level. Once you've located the non-descript green door and stepped inside, you'll quickly reap your rewards. Three floors of delicious Asian cocktails and food against the backdrop of an endearing oriental decor await, all served up with fantastic service alongside a seriously cool crowd.
It's Mint Leaf's perfect balance between the ancient traditions and authentic flavours of India that makes it a stand out Asian bar. With a restaurant that can cater for gatherings of up to 300, its an ideal candidate for private functions of all shapes and sizes for parties prone to indulging in a little fine Indian cuisine.
With a drinks cabinet stocked full of Indian-inspired cocktails infused with all kinds of spices and flavours, Anise can expect to nibble on delightful bar snacks against the backdrop of some seriously sleek interiors. Book out one of their intimate candle-lit booths and tuck into some Indian delights at this popular city-based hangout.
Asia De Cuba pushes the boundaries to create a memorable dining experience! The culinary team blend Asian cuisine with tropical flavours of the Caribbean with great results, and with an informal approach resulting in food being brought to the table whenever its ready, guests enjoy exquisite tastes of the Orient in unique circumstances.
With the smokey aromas of an Arabic market, alongside a host of Asian sharing platters and tapas plates, this sultry den with its cosy booth seats and ornate lanterns in perfect for some fine dining, some cocktail swigging or a good old boogie on the dance floor.
An Asian bar and restaurant in Blackfriars that boasts a stunning roster of Chinese dishes, Chinese Cricket Club is forward thinking in the plates department as they not only offer dim sum masterclasses, there's Chinese dragon dancers and more.
Immerse yourself in the authenticity of Vietnam as House of Ho provide the backdrop for some of the finest Asian food and drink in London. Not only are their plates embellished with traditional flavours, their cocktails are a storming homage to Vietnam.
This luxurious Indian-themed cocktail bar arms its drinks cabinet with perfectly-blended concoctions heavy on the sub-continental ingredients. There's a carefully selected list of canapes to nibble on whilst you're there, and with a seriously stylish interior made up with azure blue walls, soft leather and oriental rugs, Zenna is rightly considered one of the best Asian-themed bars in London.
Hyde Kensington has everything you need for a night out, from delectable Asian sharing plates to incredible, theatrical cocktails and DJs spinning late into the night. Head to the Kensington bar to sample their amazing cocktails which use everything from sauvignon blanc to double cream. The minimalist and exciting interiors have been created by an artist to create a chic space.