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A sultry prohibition inspired den in the heart of the City, The Bootlegger is a drinking establishment primed for London's retro-lovers.

Speakeasy themed, and harking back to the underground glamour of the 1920s, The Bootlegger puts two fingers up the the prohibition in a bid to bring London's fun-time folk a unique dose of vintage inspired boozing, with live music, American eats and vintage adornments aplenty. From lavish cocktails, to live jazz bands that make it all too easy to while the night away, The Bootlegger is a premium haunt, and just the place to drop a few clams.


No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
City of London
Dress to impress


Day Open Close Notes
16:00 00:00
16:00 00:00
16:00 00:00
16:00 02:00
16:00 02:00
- - Private Hire Only
- - Private Hire Only


The Bootlegger
25-26 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HR

East London

Nearest station:
Monument (Tube)
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Our Review

The Bootlegger City of London - London Bar Review

The Bootlegger City of London - London Bar Review

A hidden doorway. Co-ordinates on the floor to mark the spot. Descend the dimly lit staircase're in! The Bootlegger is the City's speakeasy cocktail bar that keeps the drinks flowing and the good times rolling even in the face of that...

Read our full The Bootlegger City of London - London Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Whole Venue Hire Venue Hire 190 5000 3000
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Good venue with great drinks
by on January 7th, 2018
1 person(s) found this helpful

Booked The Bootlegger for private hire for my husbands 40th and it was the best choice! Excellent venue and Prav, the owner, could not have been any more helpful he was brilliant with communication from when I visited all the way to the end. The venue itself is stunning and me and all the guests all commented saying how awesome it was. The decor is fab and it truly does take you back to the 20s. We didn't have a fancy dress theme but with such a beautiful decorated bar we didn't feel we needed too. It is spacious inside and because it's all on one level it makes the party flow better rather then having too many break out areas. The cocktails are delicious and a bouncer was provided on the day to stop any non-guests from coming in. The staff on the day were outstanding and so, so friendly. I would 100% book again without a doubt. Great place so do go check it out! Visited The Bootlegger on 2017-12-02
by on December 12th, 2017

What a venue! I hired the entire bar for a 1920s party and it was amazing. Every step was made easy by the staff and owner - planning, canapés, DJ hire and the party itself. Cannot recommend it enough!

Reply from The Bootlegger

Hi Jade It was a pleasure hosting you too. Thank you very much for the review. Prav
by on October 29th, 2017

Dreadful cocktails, booked a table which wasn’t acceptable never going back! Visited The Bootlegger on 2017-10-26

Reply from The Bootlegger

Hi Paul, Sorry you did not like the cocktails you tasted. We have our new menu that is being highly appreciated. I'm sure you'll love them. Do come over and try them.
by on October 27th, 2017

fantastic venue. I took my now-wife here on our first date on a Friday night, and we saw the most amazing band - the Cash Cows - who then played at our wedding! Fantastic venue, even better band.

Reply from The Bootlegger

Hi Will Glad to know we were your choice for your first date. Congratulations to you and the Mrs. Happy to know you booked one of our bands for your wedding. Do come down again! -Prav
by on October 21st, 2017

Great staff, good fun with live music. Cocktails are very tasty. Visited The Bootlegger on 2016-11-25

Reply from The Bootlegger

Thank you Farbod for your kind words.
by on September 26th, 2017

Amazing find!! Tucked away in a basement near Leadenhall market. Amazing decor, delicious cocktails and really friendly staff. The live jazz acts take you back in time to the prohibition era. Easily one of my best nights out!!
by on February 11th, 2017
1 person(s) found this helpful

Cool bar but really noisy and extremely busy unfortunately. We could not hear each other speak... Visited The Bootlegger on 2017-02-10
by on February 11th, 2017
1 person(s) found this helpful

The table I reserved wasnt really a table, and the chairs were so broken it was more comfortable to stand up. Cocktails were nice, although some were a little overpriced. Decent atmosphere and decor but probably won't be going back. Visited The Bootlegger on 2017-02-10
by on February 11th, 2017

The staff at the Bootlegger were kind enough to squeeze my boyfriend and I in for a cocktail masterclass even though they had shut ready for a private hire. The whole experience was brilliant. Our barman was so passionate about the art of cocktail making and we made a whole range of well known and unique cocktails, and even had a free shot thrown in at the end of some rather fancy rum. Overall it was fantastic and we would definitely return, Visited The Bootlegger on 2017-02-04
by on February 6th, 2017

Absolutely loved it. Cheesy music sung by a live band. Good vibe and when we waited a long time in the queue we got drinks free of charge. Best night out I've had in ages!
by on February 3rd, 2017

Celebrated my birthday at The Bootlegger on a Friday night. The venue is great, very spacious, not crowded, a mix of live music and a DJ. A wonderful venue with the most accommodating, attentive manager. Huge compliment to Angelo for making my birthday really special! Visited The Bootlegger on 2017-01-20
by on January 21st, 2017

Amazing cocktails, served in a unique space. This is probably the best 'speakeasy' style bar I've been to I London. Visited The Bootlegger on 2017-01-16
by on January 17th, 2017

Great vibe, amazing cocktails but AWFUL mulled wine Visited The Bootlegger on 2017-01-13
by on January 14th, 2017

Had my engagement party is this place in September and cannot recommend it enough. Krish was so welcoming and helpful in the build up to the event, and was very good at hosting on the night. The place is awesome to be in, even the smoking area is in a cool place near to the party. For 50 people who want to celebrate something together, this is the place to hire!
by on November 14th, 2016

Not what was expected. Arrived at 11.30 on Friday night. Seemed like a half-decent nightclub, but no speakeasy/jazz/prohibition atmosphere. Continuous loud dance music, very drunk business people, very pricey drinks. Visited The Bootlegger on 2016-10-14
by on October 20th, 2016

Found this bar in the secret bars section on here. What a great find. The decor and staff are amazing. Was quiet earlier on but got lively with live music a bit later on. I went on a friday. Absolutely loved it. Def hidden gem.
by on July 6th, 2016

Fantastic bar, great bartenders and staff and very friendly and accommodating owners. The cocktails are top notch and good beers on tap. The live music on Thursdays, Friday and throughout the week is thoroughly enjoyable and lively. I would recommend a night here for any day of the week.
by on June 22nd, 2016

My favourite cocktail bar. The team is very hospitable and the cocktails completely on point, with a wide variety of flavours to suit you. Highly recommended for a good night out with classy friends or an alternative date night
by on January 1st, 1970
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