Located just a short walk from London Bridge, The Last Talisman is on our top date night picks. The cocktail menu here has an Asian-infleunce, with sips such as the strawberry vermouth Cardinal Sun and sake-infused ghost negroni stealing the show.
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!
Serving a selection of Vietnamese-inspired cocktails, Banh Bao Brothers is an uber-cool archway bar and restaurant, located just below Waterloo Station. Sip on Tahini Margarita (tequila, lemongrass, lime and ginger beer), surrounded by low-hanging cherry blossom and neon pink lights before tucking into a selection of summer rolls and bao buns.
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.
Ping Pong is the place to be if you want delicious dim sum. Located across London, you can shop to your heart's content before settling in for one of their fantastic cocktails, all while you watch the masterful chefs create dim sum in open view.
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.
Headed up by Chef Francis, Rapsa is bringing modern Filipino food to Hoxton High Street. Set in a slick, industrial-style space, the new restaurant serves up delicious food; check out the Asian takes on ceviche, along with trying the homemade ice cream.
Touting Singaporean culture through bespoke cocktails and tasty small plates, Ginger Lily is a must-visit on Liverpool Street. Situated in the luxury Pan Pacific London hotel, this speakeasy-style hub also has gorgeous interiors, from cosy corners to dark features.
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.
Aqua Kyoto is an Asian bar in London with plenty of wow-factor. Not only does this swish spot have a prime location in central London, but it really sweeps its guests off their feet with its stunning menu of Japanese dishes and hand crafted cocktails to accompany.
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.
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.