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 DesignMyNight suggests as a must visit.
Last updated on 18th January 2017
Get familiar with the sights and sounds of Latin America at one of the coolest bars in the West End. Not only a wonderland of happy hours and South American fare, Barrio Soho promise a plethora of liquor strong cocktails that will keep you going until the early hours of the morning.
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.
Deep in the heart of Soho, Yoshiaki is a cool restaurant and bar in London where you can come for atmospheric drinking and dining. Step foot into their split-level space of swanky design, contemporary interiors and an in-house DJ bringing the entertainment and enjoy a cocktail by their bar or with a delicious dinner.
Being open since 1999 under the same owners, The Social has made it's mark on the West End attracting crowds of young people for kicking nights out! Providing a care-free venue to meet up and have a few drinks with mates, while enjoying any of their regular gigs! Quality drinks at really good prices for being the West End! Book online now!
Propping up the cool style of an old Americana saloon bar, Cartizze adds a bit of contemporary edge to its watering hole physique where you'll find classic leanings against a stylish demeanor. Take a seat at the opulent bar and watch as world class bartenders knock up some of the best cocktails in the biz.
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.
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.
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.
Zenna, London's first luxury Indian themed cocktail bar, is a real hidden gem in the West End. If you are moved by awards and accolades: Zenna Bar was the Winner of Best Cocktail 2011 (The Garden Martini) and Top 10 Bar of 2011; If you are moved by originality: Zenna is the only Indian themed cocktail bar in London. And if you like great cocktail bars in the West End, Zenna is the ideal place for you.
For a truly unique East meets West experience, Buddha Bar fuses a wonderland of Pan-Asian cuisines with a luxurious party atmosphere where artisan cocktails and DJs pump out tunes into the night. Dine in Oriental mystique, invigorate your palate and spend your night surrounded by elegant party goers.
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.
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.
Despite the plethora of West End Bars to chose from, Adventure Bar stands out as one of the best. If you are in the Covent Garden / West End Area, you want a lively drinking vibe all week long, you want to be served by attentive and always unpretentious bartenders, you love a blend of exciting music and expertly made cocktails, Adventure Bar may just be the place for you.
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.
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.
Missing the 18.04 to Clapham Junction could work in your favour when you consider there’s a cracking boozer right around the corner. Pop in and get comfy, there’s a blend of fresh British classics, real ales and top-notch wines to get up close and personal with.
For a super stylish West End Bar buzzing with the best live music acts and delicious cocktails, The Met Bar in Mayfair is definitely worth a visit. This venue is oozing glamour and timeless elegance, and is always buzzing with a lively crowd. The cocktails are crafted using innovative molecular mixology techniques and the DJs are some of London’s most talented live music acts. Make a booking now to secure yourself a place.
A quirky and unique plot in the heart of Portland Street, The Aviary Bar is a wonderland of unique spaces and drinks in the West End. Head on down for a stunning roster of drinks in a remarkably unusual location in the heart of the capital.
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. Don't miss out on the fun; book online now.
Smartly placed between St Chrisopher’s Place and Marylebone High Street, Levant offers a sensuous taste of Lebanese dining. Mix and match between a neatly formed mezze menu washed down with innovative cocktails; there’s belly-dancers for afterwards and lively DJ sets come the weekend.
Situated on Warwick Street, in the center of the West End, is The Warwick. A short walk from historical West End shopping sites such as Picadilly Circus and Regent Street; The Warwick is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner after a solid day of shopping. As well as the sumptuous food, the great wine list at The Warwick covers any taste from fruity Australian whites to the bubbliest Bollinger.
Charismatic and familiar, Scarlet’s welcomes her good friends through the door to let off some steam at the end of a long day. Known to regulars as “Covent Garden’s sassy sister”, Scarlett’s serves a delicious menu of classics and sharing boards, with a broad range of classic, champagne and signature cocktails to wash it all down with. It’s open until 3am so there’s every reason to stay and let the night escalate.
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, there’s leather sofas, warm lighting and eccentric artwork to help you get comfy in no time.
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.
This chic restaurant bar is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or a drink in the West End. Serving up delicious Indian cuisine and a bar stacked with over 500 spirits, there is everything you need to have a good night. The pre and post theatre deals make it the best place to go before or after seeing a show! The stylish cocktail bar is perfect for everything from date night to holding big events, just book your spot online!
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.
International food, killer cocktails and a welcoming atmosphere makes Zebrano’s a great shout for those heading out in Soho. Happy hour deals run every day from 5pm, where you can grab up to 50% off your tab, food comes from all corners of the globe and there’s some singing and dancing to be had in the club area later.
A hidden treasure of the West End, Jewel is a favourite amongst celebs and it's no wonder with its beautiful chandeliers, lavish decor and friendly atmosphere across its three floors. Recline in comfort with a friend and catch-up over cocktails; or grab an intimate table and have a romantic meal for two across candelight. The bars are all decorated to reflect the lavishness of the West End; with the blanca bar resembelling a glamourous take on a Ibiza beach haven.