Secret Bars In The UK

We all love a secret bar, there's no denying that. But the problem is, how do we find them? The country is teeming with hidden haunts, whether it's a concealed basement bar, swanky speakeasy or even a boozer tucked away behind a retro telephone box. So you don't have to miss out on the fun, we've searched every nook and cranny across the isles to uncover the best secret bars in the UK.

Last updated on 13th February 2023

Brighton: Alcotraz

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Brighton on Various dates from Tuesday 28th March 2023

For an evening so fun it feels illegal, head over to Alcotraz on Brighton's seafront. At this basement bar, you and your mates will be instructed by a notorious gang to smuggle in booze. The result? Bespoke cocktails made from whatever contraband you managed to sneak past the guards.

The Washhouse

On first impression, The Washhouse in Manchester just looks like your average laundrette, with machines, baskets of laundry - the lot. But head through the door in the corner and you'll find one of the best speakeasy bars in the UK, complete with leather-clad booths and smoking cocktails.

Bristol: Red Light

While located pretty close to Bristol's city centre, you wouldn't notice it if you didn't know it was there. Make your way down to the basement of a seemingly abandoned building, follow the red light and you'll come to a phone booth - head through to find a glamorous lair of debauchery.

Liverpool: 81LTD

Hidden away just above Salt Dog Slim's in Liverpool, 81LTD is available by appointment only. To book your table, you'll have to text them with the date of your booking and how many it's for, and they'll send you a secret code that you'll need to use as a password to get in.

Leeds: Blind Tyger

With a name that gives a nod to its speakeasy theme, Blind Tyger sits above its sister site Sandinista in Leeds. The discreet watering hole boasts cosy booths and retro knick-knacks, as well as thirsty-quenching list of cocktails and jazz flowing from the speakers.