Best Whisky Bars in London
"Too much of anything is bad. Too much of good whisky is barely enough." Mark Twain
Having resurfaced as a popular nightlife feature, whisky bars are now an established feature in London, stocking up an increasingly varied selection of some of the finest liquid gold available. Many of them offer whisky-tasting sessions to discover the difference between Scotch and Bourbon, malt and grain whiskies, blended, single malt and cask strength whiskies. There's nothing better than relaxing after a tough London day, savouring a glass of whisky in elegant surroundings. Below is our list of London's best whisky bars to impress your friends and kick off the evening.
Last updated on 19th February 2018
When looking for whisky bars in London, you need the cool setting appropriate for the drink. Cue Black Rock, a contemporary and minimalist drinking space with enough quirks to keep you coming back for more. Most will be drawn by the 250 bottles of whisky displayed in their ‘library’, others for the 18ft, 185-year-old oak tree trunk that acts as an interactive cocktail ageing system in the centre of the room.
Tuck into a taste of New Orleans as this vintage inspired whisky and cocktail bar in London will impress with their rooting selection and deep flavours. Set against furniture inspired by the Deep South, enjoy drams by the dozen as the NOLA back bar promises a unique roster of whisky bottles.
Don't let their gamers disguise fool you, just because The Four Quarters are all guns blazing when it comes to in-house entertainment, they also happen to be one of the best whisky bars in London. Host to over 50 bottles behind the bar, getting the best dram comes easy here.
Anzu in St Jame's Market is a delicious and flexible Japanese restaurant. Alongside an excellent range of small plates and sak, they also have a comprehensive list of Japanese whiskey.
It’s not just about their menu of delicious BBQ food – with their meat smoked in house – at The Lord Wargrave. They also boast over 150 different whiskies from the USA, Ireland, Scotland and Japan too.
Chic, stylish and swish, Hush Mayfair is bringing private members club vibes without the price tag. Join the sophisticated venue for whiskies from around the world, including world-famous Japan, Scotland and America, all of which are perfect with one of their steak or seafood dishes.
The Natural Philosopher is one of those hidden gems that you’ll kick yourself for failing to notice before. It’s easily done to be fair, tucked away beneath the facade of a vintage-style Mac repair shop somewhere on Hackney Road. Those lucky enough to stumble upon it look forward to a discerning evening of creative whisky cocktails in a low-lit space complete with exposed brickwork and all varieties of antique trinkets.
This Kensington pub is home to over 100 bottles of whisky. We repeat, 100 bottles! Not only is The Britannia coming up trumps in terms of whisky variety, their back bar is a high-end nod to some of the very best bottles of whisky in the entire world.
The Blues Kitchen, one of the most famous whisky and blues bars in London, is renowned for Bourbons and Tennessee whiskies. The Blues Kitchen's staff will be on hand to find the right companion for you and your blues. They offer an affordable whisky experience, with the benefit of a bourbon club subscription, which rewards The Blues Kitchen elders by being firsts to sample all the different varieties on offer.
There's one important thing to remember when it comes to indulging in fine whisky in London, it's not all about quantity but rather the quality. Join The Luggage Room as they promise a back bar that boasts a varying selection of whisky bottles, ranging from the shores of Japan to the Scottish Highlands.
Tucked away in the heart of Leadenhall Market, Old Tom’s is a hidden gem of a bar serving a first-rate collection of whiskies in an atmospheric setting. With wall tiles dating back to the 19th century and lots of tasty cheese and charcuterie boards to soak up all that booze, swing by after work and pick out your favourite from 17 whisky brands ideal for a casual nightcap or indulging on a school night.
Looking for some of the best whisky in London in a charming boozer to boot? Not only does The Leman Street Tavern have a back bar that boasts over 30 bottles of premium whisky, these bottles have been hand-picked for your dram drinking pleasure.