West End Bars

The West End is one of the busiest and most vibrant districts in the world. The variety of shopping, eating, drinking and clubbing options have been amongst the best and most diverse in the world for decades and new exciting sites continue to open throughout the year. So, amongst all of the possibilities, where are the best places for tipple? Here are a few West End bars we think deserves a visit.

Last updated on 28th February 2020




Admiralty

45 user reviews 5

If there was a contest for "London's most central pub", nobody could compete with The Admiralty. It's within 50 yards of the city's centre point plaque, for goodness sake, and provides great hospitality for those exhausted after a day of sightseeing. Head this way for a melt-in-the-mouth signature pie, handily washed down with something from the exceptional list of Fuller's ales.

The Phoenix

12 user reviews 5

Moments from Oxford Circus, The Phoenix is a welcoming and fun pub that boasts all sorts of goodies. From big-name comedy nights and lively quizzes through to whopping burgers, this is quickly going to become a central London favourite.

Mews of Mayfair

7 user reviews 4

Hidden away in a historic courtyard and with elegant interiors throughout, Mews of Mayfair is a picture of elegance on New Bond Street. Featuring four stylish floors each offering a different vibe, head to the ground floor cocktail bar for fresh-fruit libations and vintage champers; with a cobbled courtyard providing an alfresco spot come the summer-time.

For those wanting a friendly cocktail bar to relax in after a long day spent admiring the West End sights or the shops, then head to Be At On Covent Garden. With delicious cocktails and a cool bar to discuss the days events in, you'll be up for staying longer than you expected (probably all night) with the buzzing atmosphere egging you on. For those pre-Theatre drinks, nothing beats a classic mojito to get your juices flowing for the show.

Empire Casino

6 user reviews 5

Located in the heart of Leicester Square, The Empire Casino has plenty to get stuck into. Head to one of its bars, whether it be the VIP terrace bar Icon or the renowned Carlsberg sports bar, there's sure to be something for whatever your needs. 

Ruby Blue Bar

291 user reviews 3

VIP Booth & Bottle of House Spirit + Mixer £100!!!

Ruby Blue brings a luxurious drinking, dining and dancing experience to a spot that overlooks Leicester Square. Offering everything from hearty comfort plates to some of the best happy hour discounts in central London, there's something to satisfy all tastes here. Swing by for up to 50% off drinks between 5 and 8pm, catch up over an early-evening meal or party deep into the night at this versatile (and wallet-friendly) venue.

68 and Boston

974 user reviews 4

Aperitivo Hour (Ground floor and lower level only of 68) and 8 other offers

Three industry heavyweights have joined forces to unveil 68 & Boston, a wine and cocktail bar found at the heart of Greek Street's burgeoning late-night scene. With a focus on quality wines plucked from across the globe, the focus here is encouraging people to be bold and choose a grape variety they haven't had before. 

The Light Lounge

237 user reviews 5

One of the West End's more secret bars, The Light Lounge is nestled in-between Covent Garden and Soho and showcases a certain edge of exclusivity inside its silky sleek space. Glitzy lighting and a glam crowd, this cocktail bar offers style, as well as dance music faves, and with a fruity fun drinking menu mix, you are sure to find a cocktail tailored just for you.

Opium

1329 user reviews 4

Pre-Theatre

Opium is Soho's secret cocktail bar and dim sum parlour. Located in the heart of China town and hidden behind a nondescript green door, this place is decked out with oriental-style decor and mismatched antique furnishings. Both the drinks and food menu reflects seasonally changing ingredients, with an eclectic dim sum selection including lobster and mushroom with truffle.  

Simmons Fitzrovia

116 user reviews 4

Glowing dim and red, Simmons Fitzrovia tempts thirsty passers by into its only slightly seedy depths to feed them tantalising tinctures. A skull shaped disco ball rotates overhead, and a heated outdoor lounging area invites comfort at all times. All in all the experience is quirky, slick and memorable; the sort of place you'd mention to friends weeks after as 'this great little place' before launching into unrepeatable stories. 

Find your way over to Wardour Street where a pretty damn special basement bar is waiting for you. No less than 80 bottles of 100% agave tequila line the shelves, a lively crowd chatter away on quirky swinging basket chairs while others get to the serious business of a friendly game of foosball. Popping in at the weekend? DJs take the floor until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Den

2 user reviews 2

Wonderfully relaxed yet suave and sophisticated, The Den is a flexible lounge bar well-suited to everything from Afternoon Tea to curling up with a book and a bespoke G&T. Discover this hidden hotel bar and take a break from the bustling streets of Covent Garden with leather sofas, warm lighting and eccentric artwork that'll help you get comfy in no time.

Quaglino's

7 user reviews 4

Perched in St James', Quaglino's is a space of truly decadent drinking and dining dressed in opulent interiors, sweeping staircases and bartenders with showmanship. This restaurant bar knows no boundaries when it comes to indulgent and luxuriant partying at its best. Think theatrical, think exquisite mixology and think late licence come the weekends. 

Blame Gloria

614 user reviews 5

Despite the plethora of West End Bars to chose from, Blame Gloria stands out as one of the best. If you are in the Covent Garden / West End Area, want a lively drinking vibe all week long, want to be served by attentive and always unpretentious bartenders, love a blend of exciting music and expertly made cocktails, Blame Gloria may just be the place for you. 

Thirst Soho

303 user reviews 4

Stupid Hour

Thirst Bar, modestly tucked away in the less hectic Tottenham Court Road side of the West End, is a fun and independently owned cocktail bar in the heart of Soho. In its 10th year, the late night cocktail bar is split over two floors with a cocktail bar on each. Al fresco drinking on the ground floor and a snug VIP booth area provides the drinker with a number of varying environments to choose from. Making choices on which West End Bar you will be gracing is always a daunting endeavour. But if a place offers a 'stupid hour' everyday, where cocktails are almost half price, the choice is made somewhat easier.

Blind Spot

2 user reviews 5

A Continental Trail

Sultry in every way with dim lighting and softer-than-soft armchairs, Blind Spot in the West End draws in London's cocktail lovers with its elegant ambience and distinctive attitude. With a flavoursome arsenal of spices, fresh fruits and international spirits to play with, and a stunning line-up of resident DJs filling the air with thudding bass and trembling melodies, you'll struggle to find a better Central London venue to dance the night away in.

All Bar One Charing Cross

43 user reviews 4

The team at All Bar One on Villiers Street are no strangers to hosting fun nights out in London. Armed with a fully stocked bar and having created a number of signature and classic cocktails, the many seating areas and private rooms make the bar an ideal spot for your next big private party. Grab your mates, head down and enjoy a booze-fueled night out in London's West End. 

Looking out onto New Street Square with all its gracious greenery, Corney and Barrow boasts one of the best outdoor spaces of any bar in the West End. Plonk yourself down at a table and get ready for some outdoor sessioning! Work your way through the extensive (yet affordable) selection of cocktails and beers with your boozing buddies; or for something a little more subtle, spend the day with bae soaking up nature's beauty over a bottle wine of red.