The capital is in love with secret speakeasies, and there's a reason for that: they happen to serve the best bourbon in London. So find the secret door and make your way down to The Bootlegger, the definition of a vintage, prohibition-style bar, that serves a wonderfully long list of whiskey. And if you want to make a night of it, the live jazz bands will get you storming the dance floor in no time.
Where to Drink Bourbon in London
Bourbon is perhaps one of the best spirits in the world, but you can’t get a good glass of the brown stuff outside of America, right? No! This is London, and among the cocktail emporiums and speakeasy bars, there’s plenty of places to get a really good glass of whiskey. So before you head out tonight, make sure you find out where to drink bourbon in London with our list below.
Sometimes all you need is a relaxed, refined backdrop as you chill out and drink bourbon in London. Demon, Wise & Partners is a wonderful basement bar off the bustling streets of the city – a little oasis where you can spend some time drinking whiskey.
There aren't many places better to get a good drink of bourbon in London than a private member's club. While normally you'd have to apply for membership, we know a guy, and can get you into The Chelsea Prayer Room so you can enjoy whiskey in this cool, stylish speakeasy. Just sink into one of the deluxe chesterfields, order a tumbler and enjoy – the bar only has a capacity of 30, so you are guaranteed an exclusive, intimate experience.
If you're looking for a mighty fine Old Fashioned look no further than this quirky Charing Cross pop up. Boasting a great range of bourbons and barrel-aged whiskies, Double Barrel is a top spot for anyone looking for new kind of whisk(e)y experience.
Why fly to another continent when you can get a big slice of the U.S.A in Brixton? Head down to the Blues Kitchen Brixton for authentic Deep South vibes, a menu packed with delectable Texan BBQ bites, and a buzzing atmosphere propped up by live blues, roots and soul music across their two stages. They also happen to be a great London whiskey bar. Don't fancy the trip to Brixton? There's stops at Camden and Shoreditch too.
Porky's delivers exactly what you think it does and more: delicious, hearty courses of wonderfully American BBQ food. With meaty ribs, wholesome burgers and succulent pulled pork coming from the kitchen and blues, country and rock 'n' roll out of the speakers, this is well worth the stop. But to wash all that food down, they've got an eclectic mix of cocktails, craft beers and, obviously, whiskeys!
Hawksmoor's history is just as interesting as its contemporary interior – formerly an illegal strip club, it's transformed itself into a den of delicious drinks thanks to the hard work of their talented mixologists. While their most well-known for making cocktails and serving gin, they have a mean selection of bourbon waiting for you to drink it.
Tucked away in a former Chinese takeaway in Dalston and oozing with personality is Ruby's Cocktail bar, which will be more than happy to serve you up a great glass of whiskey. While the cocktail list is eclectic and served in a series of interesting containers, you might not be able to resist drinking a bourbon in this atmospheric little drinking den.
Not only do Moonshine Minnie's serve a wonderful selection of bourbon, but their cocktail list is filled with whiskey-based drinks. There's also southern American bar snacks and a female-led RnB soundtrack, if you needed any more excuses to seek out this speakeasy.
ROADHOUSE is the perfect Bourbon drinking spot in London if you also happen to be a fun-loving maniac as well. This Covent Garden American-style retro diner delivers on awesome food, nightly live music line ups, and litres of whiskey for your pleasure. With happy hours, Rockaoke competitions and a license to stay open till 3am, you'll never want to leave.
Oozing speakeasy vibes and channelling 1920s cinema stylings, there's lots of reasons why Megaro Bar should be your London whiskey bar of choice. But amidst the velvet curtains and the ambiance of an old fashioned 'talkie' film, there sits a wonderful selection of bourbon, to drink straight or in one of many bespoke cocktails.
The Lucky Pig is the definition of a trendy bar, offering up chabby chic wallpapers alongside exposed brickwork and a 1920s style bar. The talented bar staff will whip you up a wide range of drinks, but of course it's all about the bourbon, which you can sip while watching live music from their cosy sofas.
For a refined bourbon bar in London, look no further than The Arts Theatre Club. Stepping up the game for speakeasies in the capital, they've added even more class to prohibition-era décor, with decadent sofas, private tables and a candlelit lounge. This private member's club is a perfect place to sip on your whiskey, while the DJ – hidden in a vintage piano doubling as a booth – plays you classic tunes once the drink gets into your bones.
Decadent, luxurious and completely inconspicuous, if you manage to find your way into The Luggage Room, you'll find the perfect place to drink whiskey in London. After locating the black door, waiting for the shutter to open and strolling down the winding corridor, you'll meet a chic, 1920s cocktail bar absolutely bursting at the seams with bourbon.