Best Bars in Bank London
Planning a night out in the heart of London’s bustling city district? Well, we should think so; it is a haven for exclusive members haunts, secretive basement bars and grandiose pubs steeped in history after all. An area perfect for some after-work tomfoolery and packed with enough quality venues that you'll be staying out to make a night of it, check out our shortlist of the best bars in Bank.
A lovely retreat serving seasonal food and killer cocktails, The Anthologist is a refreshing venue at odds with the frenetic nature of the City outside its doors. Expect vintages plucked from around the globe, and remember your dancing shoes if you're coming at the weekend; live music and a late licence means they'll more than likely get a run out.
This stylish restaurant and bar in Bank is known for its expert mixologists and innovative Indian cuisine. With over 500 spirits behind the bar, there's plenty of scope for experimenting, and the delicious Asian fare coupled with the fresh and modern interiors make for a strong all-round package.
Situated smack bang in the middle of the city is Core: a fresh, fun-loving hangout that like nothing more than leaving inhibitions at the door and eating, drinking and dancing into the early hours. An absolute winner for quirky cocktails and delicious craft beers.
Sitting adjacent to Lloyd’s of London is the Lamb Tavern, a historic bar and dining space with bags of history. It’s overlooked the iconic Leadenhall Market since 1780 and is still one of the most popular joints in the area, with a menu of classic pub grub complemented by a good choice of Young’s ales, wines and spirits.
Break free from the office and head straight to Forge, where the City's work weary come to let their hair down. Peckish? Good - there's a feast of cider belly pork, racks of ribbs and grilled steaks straight from the open plan kitchen to sort you out. Treat yourself to a few cocktails, then wind up for a foray on to the dance floor; the venue is open until 3am later in the week.
Be at One Monument was the first to venture into the square mile, with a beautiful cocktail bar just metres from London's Monument. It was also the first split-level Be At One with two bars; a bright, airy bar at ground level and an intimate basement bar, both designed with classic wood panelling with the old-school city in mind. Enjoy the after work fun and party-starting cocktail happy hours at this Bank bar.
The Tokenhouse offers a flexible, unpretentious space, perfect for lunch or drinks. This exciting city bar near Bank is a glittering example of Square Mile style, and ideal for intimate gatherings or large parties. Jump into the chic surroundings of shiny white tiles, worn leather high stools and plush red rugs at Tokenhouse; the best antidote for a rubbish day at the office.
This stunning private members club is perfect if you are looking for a more secretive bar in Bank without the normal hoi polloi. Situated opposite the Royal Exchange just off Cornhill in the historic Change Alley, the club offers members and their guests a wonderfully exclusive venue to relax, meet friends and socialise.
Patch East is a new cocktail bar based in the City of London that captures the creative and quirky character of Shoreditch. With a number of different seating areas, all decorated with a particular quirky theme - including a Ski Lodge, Boudoir, Art Deco Miami Cool and neon-heavy Tokyo room - the cocktail menu complements the venue's overall charm, showcasing loads of intriguing recipes and ingredients. Head down and enjoy all the charm this venue has to offer.
Regularly drawing a handsome crowd of dapper chaps and glamorous girls, Dirty Martini is your perfect haven from the hustle and bustle of the city above. Dip down to the basement to unveil this cavern of cool, where the martinis always hit the spot and the DJ drops all manner of bass heavy dance tracks.
Looking for somewhere suave within strolling distance of Bank? Hi, Demon, Wise & Partners. This is a to-die-for basement bar beneath The Arbitrager, where the vibes are luxuriously seductive and the cocktails are shaken up using the finest spirits in the business. Soak in a relaxed yet refined ambience and work your way through a specially curated cocktail list at this winner of a city bar.
Based just a stone's throw away from Bank, The Four Sisters Townhouse is a cocktail bar that wows its patrons with traditional decor and hand-crafted cocktails. Serving small plates and sharing board to help keep things on an even keel, the cocktail menu is the headliner here; think classic recipes and a few quirky creations.
Tucked away beneath one of the city’s leading restaurants, The Soda Room is a cocktail lounge and nightclub that brings some stylish hedonism to Broadgate Circle. Situated minutes from Bank, this place offers a suave feel with its mix of exotic taxidermy, dark golds and copper-decorated walls. It’s the ideal spot to unwind after dinner with a few innovative cocktails or to hang around into the night; there’s live music and DJ sets at The Soda Room throughout the week.
A grandiose, stately pub serving pies and pints to knock your socks off, this one comes steeped in history. Situated on the site of the former Law Courts branch of the Bank of England, the pub retains some original features from the 19th century. Seat yourself in the awesome viewing gallery, grab a drink or two and don't forget there's a walled courtyard outside if the weather isn't too shabby.
For an alternative night out near Bank, venture into Proud Cabaret City where an evening of 1920s glamour and entertainment awaits. Fill up with a vintage-inspired three course meal whilst being wowed by beautiful burlesque performers, live jazz music and occasionally even some firebreathing!
With venues spread across the capital, the London Cocktail Club has become something of legends in the city's cocktail-making circles. Their Monument bar, based just a stone's throw away from Bank, is inspired by Britain's most prestigious tailors from the 1970s and features a number of subtle references to artists like Paul Smith and Vivien Westwood. Grab a cocktail, relax and soak up the frivolous vibes of this basement bar in the city.
A bar close to Bank station in London, Jamies St Mary at Hill is a popular place to drink for any city workers on the hunt for an after work tipple. Drawing in a crowd from lunch right through to the evening, Jamies satisfies drinks and nibbles, a relaxed atmosphere and a social scene.
Not a far cry from Bank underground, this place to drink in city of London is a pretty cool shout if you're looking for something laid back but with heaps of atmosphere. A favourite for after work drinks thanks to its strong three hour happy hour on week nights, Jamie's Suffolk Lane serves up a glorious collection of wines and a cool underground space.