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.
City Bars in 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.
Located in the iconic Barbican building, Osteria is an Italian eatery and bar, serving the best, rustic delights of Italy in a swanky and sophisticated setting. Try one of their refreshing cocktails which focus on the negroni, martini and bellini, or try a bottle of their Italian wines, hand-picked by experts.
Dirty Martini is partying hard again, this time in the City. Head down to venue, which has just undergone a £1.2m refurbishment, to drink in Martinis amongst seriously stylish decor as DJs play some of the best beats.
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.
One of the city's best new bars, the reopened Gun offers some stunning interiors alongside a great selection of eats and extensive list of craft beers, wines and excellent cocktails.
If you're looking for a fun place to grab a drink in the City, Bierschenke is a top choice. You'll get to sit at long tables while downing authentic German bier and munching on an ample menu of classic eats, perfect for group dining and after-work adventures.
One of the city's most illustrious drinking dens has opened its doors to invite you in for an exclusive experience doused in some Victorian decadence. Set in Bishopsgate the Victorian Bath House is a step into true luxury where rich interiors and indulgent food and drink will give an experience like no other.
Relaxed by day, yet a haven for revelry by night - Abbey offers a little bit of everything in the centre of the city. There's all kinds of classic gastro fare up for grabs if you're after something to eat, a good range of beer, wine, champagne and spirits for after work drinks and a lively vibe featuring bands and DJs for the evenings.
One of Brick Lane's best cocktail bars, this subterranean watering hole underneath Blixen offers a carefully curated and undeniably curious selection of cocktails and a cosy and stylish setting in which to enjoy them.
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.
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.
Located just a hop and skip away from Mansion House station, Do Not Disturb is a speakeasy-style cocktail bar in the basement of Vintry & Mercer. Serving a selection of hand-crafted vintage-style sips, this place is the perfect setting for an aperitif before heading out to hit the tiles.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a bar in the city where you can really treat yourself? Located at five-star lifestyle hotel Andaz London Liverpool Street, Rake's Café Bar promises different types of cocktails and wines, sharing platters and a completely quirky and stylish interior. Expect an unconventional and eccentric ambience at this hidden gem.
The Drift can be found close to Aldgate tube station, on the ground floor of the Heron Tower. Great for business drinks, dinner dates and tasty cocktails, The Drift blends fine dining in the City with exquisite drinks and quirky surroundings.
Located just seconds from Mansion House station, Juno Rooms is bringing you cracking cocktails, tasty lunches and stunning interiors in the heart of the City. Whether you're looking for after-work drinks or a date night spot, this is it.
Moments from Bank and St Paul's, Core brings a laid-back and infectious approach to eating, drinking and partying in the City. A strong cocktail list offers up all sorts of punchy and refreshing concoctions served with some kind of quirky twist, and the venue takes great pride in the strength of its expertly crafted coffees and beers. There's plenty to eat - from lighter bites to eat to wholesome feasts - and everything is enjoyed in a relaxed setting.
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.
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.
Ditch your usual watering hole and venture to parts unknown, where The Leaf and Cane is serving up a sumptuous selection of tasty plates and gorgeous cocktails in the heart of the City. With an emphasis on rum and cigars, this is your ultimate after-work drinks destination.
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.
Head up to the 14th floor for this amazing bar in Aldgate. Open until 1am, Jin Bo Law has a rooftop bar, and a bright interior, perfect for everything from after-work drinks through to date night.
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.
Head to Bank where cosy cafe and bar Notes is bringing you elegant interiors, an stunning list of wines and live jazz music, not to mention some seriously swish coffee options too.
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.
Prepare to be transported to a bygone era as this Fenchurch Street bar brings you speakeasy cocktails and underground vibes. Located just minutes from Monument station, this is the perfect place for everything from after-work drinks to date night.
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.
Broadleaf is the latest venue from the renowned ETM group and they're sticking to a winning formula. Beer is served from huge tankers to ensure the freshest quality, food is British inspired and there's shuffleboard games to play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beduin is a bar with a zesty Moroccan twist - check out the exotic lanterns, the intense red hues, the sprawled cushions and the intricately patterned silver table tops with their long wax candles. With tasty cocktails and a thriving dance floor to boot, this is a great bar to hit for a great night out in the city.
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.
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.
With splashes of NYC coming through via the exposed brickwork and cage-framed bar, Be at One in Guildhall is a great bar in London for drinks in the City! With areas or even the chance to hire the own bar, its cool, quirky and serves up delicious cocktails.
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.
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.
With happy hours, food offers and a stylish young professional clientele, Patch St. Paul's is one of London's top City bars. With DJs, singles nights and so much more on offer, you'd be mad to miss out.
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!