Crazy Cocktails in London
Bored of examining the same old cocktail lists? Want to enjoy some delicious drinks that lean a bit more towards the quirky side? Here are our recommended places to go for experimental cocktails in London. These bars will have you scouring their menus for the most extravagant creations. More often that not, you will also be impressed by the jaw-dropping technique of these mixologists, the very best in the business who have perfected their showmanship. Whether it's fruity fun or a spicy surprise you want, we'll bring you to all corners of the world for your fill of crazy cocktails; from the mystical orient to the sensual vibes of Latin America, you can even be transported to the prohibition era with London's crazy cocktails.
Last updated on 2nd February 2017
Split into playful Expedition Planning, Base Camp, Pathfinders, Explorers and Treasures sub-categories, there’s always something delightfully inventive to swill at when you’re drinking with Lost & Found. Tuck into a Cognac and grassy Chartreuse Green liqueur-infused Daddy’s Hip Flask served in - you guessed it - a hip flask, or enjoy an Alice in Wonderland sharing cocktail that comes to the table served in a top hat!
Dalston is known for some of the most unique cocktails in London, but we doubt you've ever seen a bar quite like this. Join Little Nan's Rio Bar as you get familiar with all things retro and kitsch, all set alongside a selection of fun and flirty, teapot cocktails.
Some are more akin to sub-zero temperatures than others, but there's one crazy bar in London providing the ultimate drinks experience. Join IceBar for a night to remember as you don your jackets and head on in for cocktails in ice cubes, ice carvings and plenty more.
With an inspiration from the orient, Opium have a wide range of experimental cocktails to tempt you. They have something quirky for everyone to try; if sweet and fruity is your thing then why not try Opium Cocktail No. 3+1 for a tropical kick. Prefer strong and spicy? They've got something for you with Chai-Nese Clogs.
With a 'Gangster Tequila Paradise' them, this branch of The London Cocktail Club is no doubt a hot-spot for weird cocktails in London. With downtown LA vibes, you'll be sipping your drinks in a industrial-looking venue with creative graffiti covering the walls. Enjoy their whacky concoctions such as Hot Tuaca Apple, Spicy Noodle or Velvet Elvis!
Taking mixology to a whole other level, at Looking Glass Cocktail Club don't be surprised to find unexpected ingredients such as fresh rosemary, or getting a cardamum surprise! They will blend ingredients into magically delicious flavours you won't have tried before! Intrigued!?
Sister bar to one of the most infamous cocktail destinations in the world, Oriole doesn't need to rely on Nightjar to boast some of the most unusual cocktails in London. From alligator sharers to unique tankards, Oriole whip up pure, cocktail mastery in east London.
Who said cocktails had to be classic? These pro mixologists have gone a bit nuts, in the best of ways. Marmite, mustard, coriander, thyme - all of these things can (and will) get involved with your alcohol behind this brave bar so join the adventure and try a drink with a difference. Your taste buds will never be the same again.
The Gibson bar has taken on the noble cocktail quest to provide the best ever Gibson cocktail in London. No other bar has so far tried their hand at perfected the particular mix, so it’s up to these mixologists to repopularise the quirky cocktail in East London.
If you're looking for experimental cocktails in London, then check out Purl where their theatrical drinks and mixology are sure to dazzle you! The team behind the bar show real showmanship, so sit back, relax and get ready to be absolutely amazed - by both the mixologists themselves and the beautifully presented delicious drinks!
Like your cocktails laced with tequilas, mezcals, piscos and rums? Good, because Barrio’s mixologists certainly don’t hold back. Offering up the sights, tastes and sounds of Latin America in a fun neighbourhood haunt on Acre Lane, bartenders use Mexican herbs and tropical fruits to put together an awesome cocktail menu.
Can't get enough of those great speakeasies sweeping through London, but still looking for something a little different!? Worship Street Whistling Shop offer an array of crazy and experimental cocktails in a Victorian-style venue where shabby meats glamourous. A great place for anyone wishing to enjoy quality Gin, along with other fine liquors, like you've never experienced it before!
With a shocking statement of "a cocktail bar for people who don't drink cocktails", White Lyan's mantra is to challenge by providing some truly experimental cocktails to the Hoxton scene. With no ice, no lime, no shaking - in other words, nothing to water-down the drinks, they offer only top quality cocktails.
BallieBallerson has come up trumps with one of the most unique cocktail bars in London. Not only can you enjoy their basement ball-pit for a little off the wall fun, head on upstairs to their cocktail bar for a night of retro themed drinks that remind you of your childhood.