Best Bars In London 2023

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 1st February 2023




Old Street Records

794 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.

Purl

349 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.

Diogenes The Dog

193 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.

Map Maison

628 user reviews 5

Situated on Kingsland Road, Map Maison is a great choice for signature sips in East London. Head inside, where you'll be met with dark furnishings, chic booths and a plethora of spirits. Thirsty? Opt for a Wild Fashioned made up of Havana Anejo, Angostura bitters and brown sugar molasses.

Aeronaut

1061 user reviews 4

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.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

111 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.

Apples and Pears

381 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. 

Flight Club Shoreditch

3864 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!

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.

Opium

2257 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.

Disrepute

271 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.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Two-One-Two

1512 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: London on Various dates from Tuesday 7th February 2023

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. 

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.