Where Would Don Draper Drink?
Where would the legendary Don Draper drink in London? Whether you're a fan of Mad Men or not, everybody knows who Don Draper is, the ice cold marketing mogul who's impenetrable style is matched only by his quick tongue and his penchant for the life's finest indulgences. He's well known to be partial to cocktail or two and is a sucker for a single malt, with that in mind check out this list of cool London bars that Don might fancy visiting if he were about... or real. Don once said, "I keep going to a lot of places and ending up somewhere I've already been", well never fear Don in your honour here's a run-down of London's best whisky bars and classy joints.
Last updated on 6th July 2017
With all due respect, Don Draper probably wouldn't really fancy being caught up in the usual hustle and bustle of West End London. With that said he might like to try The Nightjar Bar for it's secluded speak easy charm. The Nightjar Bar has attracted many a discerning drinker to prop up the bar and you could come too. Atmoshpere and whisky are all important at this 1920's throwback but remember to keep it strictly hush hush.
Set where the high-flyers are Smiths of Smithfield is a quirky cocktail bar in London. While there may be plenty of diverse and interesting cocktails for mad women, for the mad men there is an extensive list of digestifs and spirits to satisfy all types. Don would be pleased to notice that there's over 70 whiskies available and Smith's offers a delightful bar menu served daily too. For a more relaxed Friday night drink Don Draper style, Smith's of Smithfield is the ideal booking.
When considering the ideal bars for Mad Men's Don Draper it seems impossible to resist the charms of Salvatore at Playboy. You can probably guess that places like this were designed for the likes of Don and you too can enjoy the many benefits of drinking at this swanky Mayfair bar. The bar is brought to your table from which the infamous Playboy Bunnies will lavish you with classic cocktails and vintage spirits. You don't have to be a member to book either, perfect.
You can be as cool as you like but even Don Draper still has his fun side. For a cool yet very quirky night out in London that even Don would approve of head down to the Proud Cabaret City in Central London. This 1920's speakeasy themed bar has it all from classic prohibition cocktails to you've guessed it, a full blown cabaret show with go-go girls and live music acts. It's no surprise that this place fills up pretty quick so don't miss a trick and book your spot today!
Exuding sophistication from every pore, The Luggage Room is a luxe destination that evokes the spirit of the roaring twenties. Famous for their heritage cocktails, intimate vibes and handmade wine cabinets, we're pretty sure Don would be right at home at this leading hotel bar in Mayfair.
This 1930's themed restoration sits just a stones throw from Fulham Broadway station. Broadway House bar sits just above the Broadway Bar and Grill so Don could still at least enjoy the smell of grilled food whilst smoking a cigar on its stylish roof terrace. This roof does have its own BBQ too as well as a cocktail and private function room so it's the ideal venue for a themed party or just a cool night out in West London.
Don Draper's a pretty distinguished chap. We'd add debonair to that too. And we get the feeling he would just ADORE a members only cocktail club with bags of understated old school glamour to boot. The favoured drinking hole of artist George Moorland, the walls boast a wonderful mural in his honour. Don would have the secret code (obviously) but mere mortals can book with DesignMyNight and gain entry.
A top secret London speakeasy but this time located right at the heart of it all near London Bridge. 214 Bermondsey is Don Draper's kind of place; dimly lit, old school bar stools yet with just right amount of edgy appeal to keep fickle drinkers at bay. This isn't to say that the atmosphere is anything other than welcoming and you're recommended to try a range of gins and cocktails by the bar staff to find your favourite.