Best Bars In London 2022

Think of this list as something of a love letter to some of the very best bars, watering holes and hidden cocktail haunts in the city. With amazing new drinking dens opening across London on a weekly basis, we’ve drawn up this shortlist of only the biggest and best places in town, from the weird and wonderful to the world renowned. Read on for DesignMyNight’s complete guide to the best bars in London and get to know the city on an epic, liquid level.

Last updated on 22nd September 2022




Bussey Rooftop Bar

108 user reviews 4

Our list wouldn't be complete without Bussey Rooftop Bar. This gorgeous boozer fronts sky-high views, botanical décor and beautiful cocktails. Plus, their pizzas range from five cheese jalapeno to vegan caprese and Margherita slices.

Opium

2256 user reviews 4

This hidden gem is a chic cocktail bar and dim sum parlour in the heart of Chinatown. If you're lucky enough to find the inconspicuous green door and get in then you'll be able to experience three floors of delicious Asian cocktails and food. With a cool, trendy following this bar is sure to impress and make for a big night out with their late night opening hours.

Can't decide where to head to this evening? NYX Eat, Drink & Play is always a winner in our books. Hungry? They've got delicious sharing platters and small plates. Thirsty? Quench it with over 20 different mezcals to choose from. Plus, their interiors alone make it an unmissable bar.

Simmons King's Cross

219 user reviews 4

Mojito Mondays and 3 other offers

This late-night cocktail bar in King's Cross whips up unbeatable cocktails served in mismatched teacups. With old-styled decor mixed with a glittery skull head disco ball this place has fun-house vibes aplenty and is the perfect venue for a feel-good fun night out. Expect dessert cocktails, great music, a fun crowd and retro sweets. There is no place like Simmons.

Purl

314 user reviews 4

London has no shortage of cool cocktail venues and eccentric mixologists, but perhaps none more so than those at Purl who take experimental cocktails to a whole new level. This quirky, underground hotspot, complete with cosy alcoves and even a piano, transports you back to a time gone by, into a world filled with different tastes and fragrances, to give you a cocktail experience like no other.

Little Bat

424 user reviews 5

Get 20% off when you pre order any small plates

Brought to you by the same minds that own Callooh Callay, Little Bar are all about bringing premium drinks to Highbury and Islington. A staple with cocktails in the front and a dining room at the back, their master mixologists are putting together high-end blends, with wine and beer to boot, all made for a casual date night in the city.

 

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Two-One-Two

1401 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: London on Various dates from Tuesday 27th September 2022

When it comes to the colliding worlds of experience and bar in London, few do it quite like Alcotraz. A locked-up, libation-led immersive night where wardens and smuggled booze are both as important as the other, these guys have excelled at creating an unforgettable night of drinks in the city. 

The Cocktail Club venues are powerhouses of quirky drinks and rowdy nights across London. One of the best bars if you're looking for unadulterated, cocktail-fuelled mayhem, check out this dive bar for off-kilter concoctions and a playlist of nothin' but feel-good, sing-along classics. More suited to lively all-nighters than cosy date nights, don't be surprised to find yourself up on the bartop dancing the night away.

Aeronaut

1045 user reviews 4

Prosecco Offer

There's quite simply nothing else like Aeronaut in London. Backed up by a consistent stream of 5* reviews (seriously, there's loads of 'em), as well as the DMN public's 'Best All In One Venue' of 2015, this Acton venue turns your standard pub experience upside down. Go for wholesome pub grub and beers brewed on site, with scintillating circus shows that break out into DJ and dancing sessions at the weekend.

Old Street Records

764 user reviews 4

2-4-1 Cocktails and 1 other offer

After live music, food and cocktails in Shoreditch? Old Street Records throws its hat into the ring with a cutting-edge approach to live music across its two floors. Take in EP launches, new bands and established acts alike in a record-store setting, or make for the intimate basement below where jazz nights and DJ sessions are usually held.

Apples and Pears

380 user reviews 5

Cocktail Drinks Package 1 £35 – 4 Cocktails

Seek out this hidden gem in the East End and you'll immediately reap your rewards. Apples & Pears serves up fantastic and innovative cocktails in an energetic setting, evoking an infectious atmosphere that rivals some of London's top Prohibition plots. The eclectic music programme ensures there's always something to keep your toes tapping. 

Oriole

2156 user reviews 5

Oriole is an oasis of mystery and magic that transports you to a disconnected outside world. Sister site to the multi-award winning Nightjar, this is a truly vibrant bar of exotic influence and global design. Settle in and explore a cocktail menu comprised of exotic ingredients, take in some live jazz tunes and pick at a food menu offering spices and seasonings gathered from far and near.

Diogenes The Dog

179 user reviews 5

If you're in the mood for a premium wine bar experience in the city, none do it quite like Diogenes The Dog. With a dynamic wine list and options from global winemakers, they not only have a far reaching menu, their pretty interiors, cheese plates and service are high-end with a comfortable feel.

Flight Club Shoreditch

3836 user reviews 5

Afternoon Fizz

So bear with us a little here; darts is actually really, really fun. Flight Club have breathed a completely fresh lease of life into this age-old classic of a pub game, welcoming you to their super-stylish oches to play interactive games with live-scoring and lots of impressive technology. You game? Good, bring your squad along to Shoreditch or Bloomsbury for lots of competitive socialising, pizzas and drinks!

Callooh Callay

949 user reviews 4

Get 20% off your food bill when you pre order!

Nestled in the heart of Shoreditch, Callooh Callay is a quirky, cocktail favourite, where talented bartenders mix up some of the most imaginative cocktails in London. Filled with plush furnitures, decadent colourways and moody lighting this bar packs a punchy atmosphere with plenty of bar areas to mooch around and even some secrets to discover... shh. 

Disrepute

243 user reviews 5

A bar for celebrities, stars, politicians: and now you. Disrepute has a cheeky history, but it delivers on everything you want right now, from their fabulous cocktails, sophisticated interior and perfect atmosphere. Head down for classy drinks, deluxe velvet interiors and a vibe like no other.