Exotic Bars in London
While London doesn't always provide the best weather possible, there's always a whole host of bars throughout the capital that offer retreats from the rain and the cold, and even trick you into thinking you've entered some far-away exotic paradise. From the Caribbean, to Mexico and South America, check out our list of the best exotic bars in London, and go in search a slice of sunshine.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
One of the most unique venues to find in Soho, the London Cocktail Club is a bizarre yet cool venue located just off Oxford Street making it a perfect venue for post-shopping drinks. Its 'Gangster Tequila Paradise' theme is evident in its choice of decor, drinks and food options and is a vibe inspired by downtown LA. Think of it as a place N.W.A would visit after a tiring day shopping.
A Mexican basement bar of the highest accord, they love tequila so much at Azulito they’ve got it coming out of their taps. Ok not really, but there’s no less than 80 bottles proudly lined up on the shelves, available to enjoy straight or as part of a cocktail. Tan-leather recliners, swinging basket chairs, quirky colour schemes and foosball tables contribute to the tropical feel to the place.
Do yourself a favour and head to Soho’s Poland Street sometime; there’s an infectious Latina party bar hiding here which is simply too good to miss. Barrio is a fusion of exquisite drinks, fresh cooking and great party tunes. It’s there for fantastic happy hour deals and a spread of Spanish eats, with a spot of late night dancing in the basement bar to finish.
You don't need to travel far to experience an authentic tiki bar, as Clapham's own Sugar Cane Bar's owners will tell you. Whilst many tiki bars in London will probably stretch your budget a bit, Sugar Cane is fun, lively and affordable. With regular drink deals throughout the week, it's not to be missed.
A stylish Indian-themed cocktail bar, Anise serves to a plethora of customers but is hugely popular amongst those wishing to relax after a stressful day at work. Serving cool and refreshing cocktails, its adjacent building is a incredible restaurant offering a range of exotic and traditional Indian cuisine that will surely amaze you and your friends.
Bucking with bronchos full of Mehican flavourings from smoky, golden Tequila's to ancient Mezcal mixings, Mexcaleria is a jungle of exotic spirits. Bring a peso or two to throwdown on the bar (perhaps leave the sombrero at home), you'll be knocking back the cheeky cocktails at this joint for sure. Tis muy muy bueno!
London’s Dim Sum game continues to thrive, as concepts like Fu Manchu arrive armed with a delicious spread of authentic steamed dumplings. Settle down for a taste of the orient, with cocktails like the Manchu’s Mind Control and Yuzu-Zu offering an exciting blend of Asian spices, Chinese teas and potent liquors. With DJs playing until 3am, it makes sense to finish your stay with a little boogie.
Oozing with intimacy and an authentic tiki flair, Trailer Happiness serves excellent rum cocktails and delectable Dim Sum from its basement space on Portobello Road. Head over to find a characterful venue bedecked with an off-beat and quirky décor, and choose between a thorough selection of classic and unique tiki mixes. The mezcal-infused Dia De Lose Muertos would be a great place to start!
A tiki inspired bar in the heart of London, its beaches and treetops will make Kanaloa the closest thing to being in a tropical paradise, without actually being in one. With mouthwatering cocktails, cool decor and eclectic music, this full-time bar and club is open all week and is the perfect form of drunken escapism.
For a little splash of Morocco in the heart of Putney, work your way over to Fez Club. Something of a tropical party palace offering raucous nights out that go deep into the evening, the venue features Moroccan undertones from the décor to the cocktail card.
The Copa de Cava is the UK's only bar fully dedicated to serving, you guessed it, cava, and with 28 types to choose from, you're spoilt for choice. Accompanying this grand list, is a selection of regional Spanish dishes including carpaccio of fillet steak, manchego shavings and juicy seafood. An entertaining Spanish fiesta, especially with their DJs blasting hit after hit, you're sure to have a great time.
It doesn't get much more exotic than this Moroccan-themed bar in the middle of Farringdon. With colourful lanterns, intricately patterned silver table tops, cushions strewn all around and red walls, this hot box transports its guests straight to that hot North West coast of Africa. Get away from it all without those costly hotels.
This top-end tiki bar in the heart of Mayfair is a Polynesian paradise that regularly boasts many A-list celebrities and royal visits. With a decor that remains true to its theme, you can enjoy a host of delectable cocktails in its cool and tropical oceanic atmosphere and even get your groove on with its inspired late DJ sets.