City Bars London

From swanky city wine bars to stunning elegant city rooftop bars flowing with champagne and high rollers, the best bars in the City of London happen to be some of the best in the capital. A brimming hubbub of after work drinks, hidden speakeasies and stunning restaurant bars, when it comes to having a drink in the City of London, we highly doubt you'll be disappointed. 

Last updated on 10th October 2018

The Folly

539 user reviews 4

Head down to The Folly for a City bar like no other. From the decor to the delicious cocktails, everything at The Folly is unique and well designed. There is a great food menu, lovely brunch, an impressively varied drinks menu and the lengthy open hours prevents you from ever missing out on the tasty treats. 

The Anthologist

241 user reviews 4

A stylish all-day bar, The Anthologist is a great city bar for social after work drinks and dinner in chic surroundings. For a private lunch with friends or dinner parties, groups can book an area or table before joining the crowd there to enjoy Soul Saturdays, when DJs hit the decks and the bar gets lively. 

Willy's Wine Bar

116 user reviews 4

Well established as one of the Square Mile's standout wine bars, Willy's offers traditional charm as well as a fine array of global wines. There's over 20 available by the glass and the staff are passionate about their craft; they'll help you pick out your perfect bottle with no fuss.

Jamies St Mary at Hill

81 user reviews 4

Located in the heart of the business district, not far from Bank or Monument stations, this city bar in London is a popular after work retreat for those looking to wind down with a couple of glasses of vino. Thanks to an extensive collection of wines and a relaxing atmosphere, Jamies Minories is the perfect place for a social catch up or a quiet drink.

Whilst city has a reputation for being full of slightly overly swanky places to drink, Tank and Paddle comes in with all the stylish and contemporary finishes but not the pretentious price tag. Head on down for some of the finest in craft pints and pizza in the city.

Tucked away beneath one of the city's leading restaurants, The Soda Room is a cocktail lounge and nightclub that brings stylish hedonism to Broadgate Circle. An inviting space featuring exotic taxidermy, dark golds and copper-decorated walls, this place offers a programme of live music and DJ sets throughout the week. Head downstairs for a post-dinner tipple or make a night of it with an evening of drinking and dancing.


52 user reviews 4

Sleek and stylish Burdock do more than serve delicious and seasonal sharing plates. The City Bar has its own micro-brewery on site as well as a shuffleboard, making it the perfect option for an after-work pint, or three.

Dirty Martini St Paul's

6 user reviews 4

Much like its Bishopsgate and Monument siblings, Dirty Martini St Paul's is the perfect escape from the trials and tribulations of the office. Come at quitting time and fill your boots with delicious martinis and signature cocktails, or drop in later for a little boogie to the sounds of some of the city's top DJs.

Balls Brothers Austin Friars brings a touch of relaxed elegance to the city's bar and restaurant scene. Serving up seasonal dishes from an open kitchen it's one beautiful space to eat, but there's a strong lineup of drinks if you're just here for a tipple or two. Take a seat at the bar and select between an imaginative cocktail list, some superb wines and a neat range of beers.

Proud Cabaret City

126 user reviews 3

For a City bar offering something a little different, slip into Proud Cabaret City for a night of vintage-inspired fine dining, Prohibition cocktails, fire breathers, belly dancers and, of course, beautiful burlesque performers. To be entertained as you dine in this retro supper club, make sure to get yourself a ticket soon for this top London City bar.

Jamies Tudor Street

72 user reviews 4

This classy venue, with smart formal dining arrangements upstairs and the odd upholstered armchair on the basement level, is a bright and inviting venue with a lot of spark. Fresh and modern, the food here matches the interior and comes in all shapes and forms, from rump steaks to fish and chips. Escape those busy City commutes and kick back for a few hours with your favourite people.

Humble Grape Fleet Street

60 user reviews 4

London's financial sector is in for a treat, with the Humble Grape opening a sleek, opulent venue in the heart of the City. Serving over 30 different types of wine, guests can unwind after a stressful day in the office with a carafe or two of their favourite international wines. The private room is always available for hire, and with a capacity of over 200 people, it's perfect for a night out in London with all your fellow wine enthusiasts. 

The Happenstance

209 user reviews 4

This City bar is laid back and friendly and has everything you need to relax anytime of the day. With a large area for outdoor seating it is a popular spot when the sun is out. While the large after work following keeps it busy in the evenings, it is a bit quieter in the afternoon making it perfect for business meetings and catch ups.


29 user reviews 4

Part party, part dining, party casual drinking, Amber is a bar in the City that just about has all of your nightlife avenues covered. Whether you're busting on out on their disco inspired dance floor or heading up for an affordable meal and bevvies, Amber is a neat little try-out in one of London's most buzzing after work areas.

The London Cocktail Club in legendary in the capital and has created a huge reputation for itself when it comes to delivering stunning concoctions and lively nights out. Their Monument bar is inspired by Britain's most prestigious tailors from the 1970s. With quirky props, pinstripe designs and subtle references to the likes of Vivien Westwood and Paul Smith, this bar in the city of London has plenty of charm.

Demon, Wise and Partners

12 user reviews 5

Demon, Wise & Partners brings a touch of west London swagger to the city. Found beneath the Arbitrager in the heart of the financial district, seek out this classic basement bar to enjoy your drinks in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. Don't leave without trying the house specials; the Demon and the Wise, which summarise the daring and slightly mischievous nature of this place.

Dirty Martini Monument

10 user reviews 4

Pop around the corner from Monument to unearth a chic basement bar serving some pretty spectacular martinis. There's an array of newbies and age-old classics to choose between, which are half price if you come during their extensive happy hours. With a cool vibe and DJs playing something funky, it's good for after work boozing and a late-night disco alike.

The Allegory

173 user reviews 4

Think a relaxed set up, an all-day menu spanning breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a bolshie list of bespoke cocktails at The Allegory; a spot on Worship Street that's perfect for all kinds of night (or day) out. This hangout near to Liverpool Street also makes for a great private hire venue.

Bags of old world charm and the style of a gentleman's smoking room fuse at Balls Brothers Minster Court. This bar in City is a timeless capsule of contemporary and vintage swag all at the same time where you can kick back for some ambient drinks or tuck into the taste of traditional English dining. 


69 user reviews 4

Break free from that office and head straight to Forge, where the City comes to let its hair down. Loosen that belt because there's a feast to be had, with cider belly pork, racks of ribs and grilled steaks cooked to perfection. Treat yourself to a few cocktails – there's 100 to choose between – then wind up for an assault on the dance floor; the venue is open until 3am later in the week.

Riverside views of the Shard and Tower of London are worth the trip to the Oyster Shed alone. Once inside there's a fine glass of wine with your name on it, and a corker of a menu brimming with fresh British fare if you're looking to chow down. It's a quirky space with an airy ambience, and it's available to hire for up to 400 guests.


10 user reviews 4

An easy walk from any of Monument, Cannon Street and Bank stations, The Vintry is a friendly city pub with excellent seasonal food and more than 170 wines from across the globe. Come by after work and find a buzzing scene, with workers letting off steam with a tipple or two and groups of mates heading for a few cocktails in the cool basement lounge.

Babble Bar

55 user reviews 3

Babble City is the new bar on the block in the City of London; the sister bar to the ever-popular Babble Mayfair. The venue, spread over three floors, boasts three very individual rooms which share the same ethos; unrivaled cocktails, individual service, great food and the perfect place to party late into the night. This new fabulous space will be perfect for after-work drinks that probably end up as a late night party!


58 user reviews 4

This East London hub is the perfect London bar to venture to for a quirky mix of cool and kitsch decor. The service is top class and the sea food specials on the menu are well paired with the delicious wine selection on offer. Going above and beyond the cool factor of a typical London bar, The Gable has a Nintendo Wii, great for working off the food, or working up a thirst for some more wine!

Jamies Suffolk Lane

45 user reviews 4

Sitting pretty close to Canon Street station, Jamie's Suffolk Lane is a favourite among city folk looking for a charming place to enjoy some after work drinks in London. This city bar restaurant is set underground and made up of brickwork arches to add some atmosphere to your experience. Whether you're down for dinner or just a few drinks, Jamie's will suit. 

Kitty Hawk

448 user reviews 4

Set over two floors, Kitty Hawk fuses New York style with the coolness of London. With wooden furnishings setting a homely tone, which are juxtaposed against industrial flourishes, it creates one of the coolest places to drink in the city. Their wine list is extensive and even features selections from the Rothschild Estate, and there's a wonderful list of craft beers and cocktails as well.  

Camino Monument

3 user reviews 5

One of our favourite city bars in London, Camino Monument is the place to go if you're on the hunt for a taste of Spain. Serving up a delectable Tapas selection alongside some of the finest Sangria you'll find this side of the English channel, with DJs spinning some of the coolest tracks.

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Balls Brothers Shoe Lane

18 user reviews 4

A London bar perfect for enjoying the after work sunshine over a glass of wine or something tasty from the wide range on their menu. Balls Brothers Shoe Lane is vibrant and friendly, offering cosy booths for drinking and snuggling, or party with the best of them every Thursday and Friday when resident DJs take over the party bar in Holborn.


249 user reviews 4

The Hydrant is another Fullers favourite for big beer drinking, cocktail supping and freshly made foods. Satisfying a traditional pubbing physique, this boozer mashes together contemporary design with oodles of English character so you can pull up a stool and have a pint slapped in your hand and be in total comfort. 

The Sterling

22 user reviews 4

Sitting pretty under one of London's biggest landmarks, The Sterling is a cool city bar in the shadow of the Gherkin. Head here for your after work local where you can enjoy their outdoor terrace as well as a spread of cocktails, wine and beer. Clad with stylish interiors and serving up some top British nosh, The Sterling is a top pick for city drinking. 

The Refinery CityPoint

118 user reviews 4

Based in the heart of the City of London, the Refinery is an all-day restaurant and bar that promises to cater to whatever need you might have. In true Drake and Morgan style, the venue boasts an all-day menu of comfort food treats and offers a cocktail and drinks list that's capable of competing with any in London.

Sitting in an elegant Victorian townhouse, the masterminds behind the Four Sisters in Islington now open a bar in the shadow of St Pauls. Framed by wood-panelled floors and an elevated seating area called The Study, the main show is the cocktail menu, which changes each week and showcases a selection of homemade bitters and syrups. 

Looking for a bar in the city where you can really treat yourself? Located at the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel, Rake's Café Bar and Lounge promises over 70 different types of sparkling libations, sharing charcuterie boards and a completely unique, stylish interior. Expect a classic-cum-original ambience at this hidden gem.

The Botanist Broadgate

4 user reviews 4

The Botanist is a trendy and suave space on Broadgate Circle. Offering a premium drinking and dining experience, it's difficult not to be charmed by the funky tables, marbled pillars and cosy boothed seating that makes up the bones of this one. The venue serves British and European cuisine and there's a refined cocktail lounge - the Soda Room - that you'll find in the basement.

Jamies Ludgate

58 user reviews 4

Jamies Ludgate is a modern City bar made for stylish drinking and dining. Whether you're looking for lunch in the afternoon or a drink in the evening, Jamies Ludgate caters for any time of the day. The modern British food and extensive wine list will keep you satisfied and coming back for more. The convenient location and after work happy hours also make it a popular spot every night of the week. 


62 user reviews 4

Kanaloa Bar and Grill brings a touch of the exotic to London's City bar scene. This Polynesian paradise is the perfect place to unwind after work. Sip Tequilla filled coconuts, relax in the tiki-style lounge or hit the dance floor for a night dedicated to fun. Open until late, Kanaloa ensure your night only finishes when you want it to and with a great Happy Hour all you need to do is make a booking, loosen your tie and head on down! 


114 user reviews 4

The Tokenhouse is a modern City bar in Moorgate and offers a flexible, unpretentious space, perfect for lunch or drinks. Ideal for intimate gatherings or large parties, the downstairs Cellar Bar is available for private hire. With a speakeasy bar vibe this part of the venue offers an exciting change from other City bars.

Jamies Minories

31 user reviews 4

This bar is a great shout for all kinds of get-togethers, from sophisticated dining with the girls, to corporate meetings in the private hire event rooms, to after work drinks with your mates. A comprehensive selection of wines will keep you buzzing and the modern, trendy interior will welcome you in from the busy City streets.

Coin Laundry

82 user reviews 4

Coin Laundry is covered with old-school ambiance and retro style, the restaurant has yellow hues and exposed wood throughout the entire venue. This City bar in Exmouth Market has a heavy menu of original craft cocktails with funky names like "Grasshopper" and "Snowball". Get comfortable, trying them all may take some time but you won't want to leave.

Dirty Martini Bishopsgate

47 user reviews 4

Get down and dirty at Dirty Martini, a cool city bar in London with a sleek, sexy interior and happy hour drinks deals to match. Open until 3am six nights of the week, this is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends after work, or even to start a big night out in the city. Can't make Bishopsgate? No fear, they've got kick-ass outposts in St Paul's and Monument too.


88 user reviews 4

Take your City shenanigans to the next level, literally at Aviary, the latest opening from the ETM group. Located on the tenth floor of the new Montcalm hotel in Finsbury Square, Aviary is a cool and quirky spot for cocktails, beers and drinks. Head to the enviable terrace to watch the world go bar, or sit inside for a more formal feel.