Hidden Cocktail Bars in London

Hidden in the dark and lovely depths of London is a roster of secret cocktails bars that promise no bounds when it comes to eclectic interiors and must-try mixology. But where to snag a table for one of these fine, elusive forays? From speakeasys behind barren doors to plush cocktail plots underneath your very feet, discover the very best when it comes to hidden cocktail bars in London.

Last updated on 29th October 2019

The Bootlegger

26 user reviews 4

The era of Prohibition meant that plenty of boozers and bars had to go undercover to keep serving punters, and just the same can be said for this secret London cocktail bar. A haven for those that want to hark back to all things vintage, head on down to The Bootlegger for one almighty and delicious, trip back through time. 

Callooh Callay

634 user reviews 5

Shoreditch has a lot to say for itself when it comes to some of the best cocktail bars in London, but it's also up there when it comes to the city's finest, hidden gems. While Callooh Callay itself isn't the hardest bar to find, head on inside and see if you can find the secret space hidden somewhere within its cocktail realm. 

Kansas Smitty's

153 user reviews 4

Coupling soulful live music with authentic julep cocktails, Kansas Smitty's has a reputation for dazzling its guest with wonderful live music. Really making sure that everyone has a memorable experience, the venue's house band take over the stage 5 nights a week, filling the entire basement with quavering notes and electric energy. Tucked under street level in Haggerston, this hidden cocktail bar in London is well-worth a visit.

Behind This Wall

57 user reviews 4

Fresh from a summer residency atop Oval Space's terrace bar, Behind This Wall is a secret little cocktail den that's setting up permanent shop in Hackney. The venue has purposely been decorated in an understated manner to stress the explosive flavours of the cocktail menu, which showcases some of Britain's best small-batch distilleries. Simple yet elegant, this bar never disappoints. 

Heads + Tails

79 user reviews 5

5 for the price of 4 on bottles of sparkling wine & Champagne

Like two sides of a coin, this north London watering hole has two very different sides. There's Heads above, which shakes up lighter-style cocktails in airy surroundings, while Tails is hidden below and leans towards a darker mix of whiskey, beers on tap and punchy concoctions.