Best Bars for a Negroni in London
Born in a humble tavern in the innocent city of Florence, the Negroni has survived the turbulent wars of the Continent and blossomed into a classic concoction. Having been twisted and flared in new ways over the decades, it's managed to hang on to its base; every version of this traditional treat is created using Gin, Vermouth and a splash of Campari, infused together to give the mixture a bitter-sweet taste. While London's newest bar push boundaries to new lengths, the most authentic watering-holes instead focus their attention on producing the best classic cocktails around. Here's a list of ten London bars that seem to have perfected the process for making an irresistible Negroni.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Using Martini Rosso Vermouth, dark-red Campari and straight Gin, Long Bar at the Sanderson Hotel doffs its cap to tradition with this Italian favourite. Long Bar itself oozes serenity; decorated using light, pastil colours and with tranquil wallpaper, you'll feel as if you're inside a water-colour painting in this Fitzrovia hotspot. Completing the experience, their furniture is anything but mundane; think bright pink victorian armchairs and original, leather lounge couches painted a deep purple colour.
With expert mixologist Jerome Slesinski in charge of the delicious drinks, Upstairs at the Ten Bells offers guests a lesson in making a mouth-watering Negroni. Built above the historic Ten Bells pub, which has been serving drinks to London's East End for over 350 years, this hidden nook is decorated with crystal chandeliers, rustic armchairs and smatterings of urban art pieces. Like all negroni cocktails, their version of this Italian classic has a Gin and Vermouth base, infused with blood-red Campari.
Dry and bitter in taste, but full of life and character, Be At One in Clapham create their Negroni by infusing Sloe Gin and rogue Vermouth in a crystal tumbler full of ice, before adding the bitter flavours of Campari to the blood-red mixture. Boasting one of the biggest cocktail lists in South London, Be At One's talented mixologist have an arsenal of spices, spirits and juices at their disposal, and have the prowess to produce any flavourful concoction exactly to your liking.
Although obviously having made a name for itself by serving up ice-cold martinis, the team at Dirty Martini take their love of all things Vermouth and apply it to this Italian treat. The stormy, red colour of their Negroni contrasts sharply with the clear, ice cold drinks this watering hole is used to producing. With bars all over the place, Dirty Martini has definitely become a household name in London's cocktail scene and now boasts a drinks menu that's as diverse as any in the capital.
Manipulating infused spirits, handmade syrups, and the freshest ingredients, The Bermondsey Arts Club is an art deco space of 1930s persuasion and tailored mixology. Taking residency of a former public conveniences, you'll find only the best hand crafted cocktails served in a wholly unique setting. Word on the street is their barrel-aged Negroni hits the spot quite nicely for some Winter spice.
Serving Venetian bar snacks and a whole range of different Italian cocktails, this cosy, Soho nook celebrates all the wonders and passions of life in Southern Europe. With a plain, fine-wood bar and matching, rustic chairs and tables, this spot definitely feels like a small, Tuscan tavern. Delivering an authentic Negroni to its guests, its bartenders infuse Beefeater Gin with sweet Vermouth before topping off with a splash of Campari and an orange garnish. Bitter-sweet in taste, their Negroni will certainly leave a smile on your face.
Awarded the prestigious title of being the 'World's Best Bar', the Artesian Bar in the Langham Hotel certainly knows a thing or two about flaring and infusing different spirits and spices together. Decorated with traditional, Oriental furniture, the talented mixologists at this trendy bar perfectly balance the citrus tang of orange with the dry, bitter taste of the Campari and Vermouth. Constantly reinventing itself and striving for excellence, it's no wonder these connoisseurs regular trump all others at international competitions.
Arguably the only spot in London that perfectly recreates the flavours and taste of an early 20th century Negroni, the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel is one of the most opulent watering-holes in the city. Their team of experienced mixologists combine sixty year-old Gordon's Gin with Martini Rosso and fifty-year old rogue Campari to recreate the bitter-sweet flavours first tasted by the inventor of this treat, Count Camillo Negroni.
Using Punt e Mes Vermouth, Beefeater Gin and red Camapri, the award-winning team here at Qui Vadis produce a delectable Negroni that's capable of competing with the best. Based in Soho, this cosy haunt boasts a rustic bar stocked with all your favourite spirits and beers. And if that wasn't enough, their seasonal menus and beautiful dining rooms will leave you wanting more. Where better to try this Italian classic cocktail than at a bar that embraces all things traditional?
A bar that's changed with the city through the centuries, the Portobello Star has been serving refreshing drinks to Londoners for over 250 years. Based in the heart of Notting Hill, you'll struggle to find a place with more tradition, culture and history than this rustic hotspot. Where better to try a classic cocktail? Topped off with two orange wedges, the burning red colour of their gin and vermouth infused Negroni wonderfully epitomises the flair and flavour of Italian life in 1919.