Top 10 Places to Drink an Old Fashioned in London

In 1920s America, people were hiding from the law. The Prohibition, banning alcohol under the constitution (oh the horror) forced the population to flee into dark rooms under false pretences to satisfy their alcoholic urges. And what better way to mark each illicit occasion than with a cocktail, filled with whiskey, bitters and lemon juice? This is where the Old Fashioned comes in. We have compiled a list of the most deceitful, secretive bars in London, with echoes of 1920s glamour, inspired by a cocktail that was not afraid to be blatant in its illegal content.


Last updated on 2nd March 2020


2588 user reviews 4

Tricky to find behind heavy, unsigned wooden doors, sandwiched between shops near Old Street station, the basement room pulsates with live music, friendly bar staff and a buzzing atmosphere. Look out for the Toronto, a development on the Old Fashioned, with candy floss, orange blossom smoke and a coffee and roasted pecan syrup thrown in, all mixed with a delicious Woodford Reserve Bourbon.

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

13 user reviews 4

Located beneath retro cinema lights in Dalston, Ruby's transports us to another era, with drinks served in 1940s milk cartons, accompanied by antique lampshades and bottles drooling the wax of ancient candles to decorate the stripped back basement room. Pop in for an Old Fashioned on the rocks with a twist of lemon peel for garnish and escape into a different time. 

The Lucky Pig Fitzrovia

316 user reviews 4

This beautiful space, with its unpainted walls and antique furniture, is everything a speakeasy should be. An adventure down a side street near Great Portland Street station will bring you into a secluded basement, with a bar ornately painted in 1920's Art Deco style, accompanied by frequent live music to kick the atmosphere into shape. Order your Old Fashioned here and keep on guzzling, but don't let that boozy tongue slip once you leave this secret hangout.


32 user reviews 5

Stillwater is a fun-loving cocktail bar and kitchen in Wandsworth that serves only massive nights out to South London's crowds. Chef Brett Milligan has worked tirelessly to produce an enticing menu of Cajun food, while cocktail masters Dan Priseman (previously of NOLA Bar in Shoreditch) and Simon Webster have produced a line-up of classic concoctions that can compete with any in London.