6 Quirky Bars Where You Can Drink In A Cave

Ever wondered what it's like to quaff a bevvy underground in a weathering of rock? Hell, yeah. Then you'll certainly want to check out some of the quirkiest joints dotted across the country. From secret sandstone-adorned gems to venues kitted out in lanterns and wacky furnishings, here are our favourite UK bars where you can drink in a cave.


Nottingham: The Malt Cross

One of the last remaining Victorian music halls in Britain, The Malt Cross boasts a rich history that dates all the way back to 1877. Step inside this cave pub, where you'll be able to get stuck into art classes, workshops and live music events, all while enjoying the unique sandstone interiors. And when you're done gawking at the rock? You can chow down on hearty grub with a pint of the good stuff in hand.

The Malt Cross Nottingham Cave Bar | DesignMyNight

Cave bars on St James’ Street don't get cooler than this.

London: Mercato Metropolitano Mayfair

When it comes down to cave bars in London, Mercato Metropolitano is a real stand-out. At this hotspot, you'll be able to take in the stunning architecture of St Mark's Church and enjoy a range of sustainable international eats across two exciting floors. The best bit? This heritage hub also has a crackin' wine cellar and underground crypt, which offer pours across quirky surrounds. Think exposed brick walls, oak tables and sultry lighting.

Mercato Metropolitano Mayfair Cave Bar | DesignMyNight

Don't forget to take that perfect snapshot at this Grade I listed venue.

Brighton: The Tempest Inn

Positioned on the beachfront, The Tempest Inn serves more than just stunning ocean views on the outdoor terrace, as its cave interiors are pretty epic. Explore the cool, lantern-lit venue, which is decked out with individual nooks that are made up of naturally textured walls and features. Whether you're popping in for a drink or hiring out the space for a unique event, this Kings Road gem is guaranteed to impress.

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Look no further for cave bars in the UK with this watering hole.

Bath: Opa

Opa offers a real taste of cave-inspired Greek dining in Bath's picturesque city centre. This gorgeous venue is ideal for all occasions as it's open 7 days a week, alongside being home to swoon-worthy decor, like handpainted walls and shabby vintage chairs. That's not all, as this pretty destination has a boatload of discounts all year round, including 50% off food after 11pm and 2 for £15 on cocktails every day.

Opa Bath Cave Bar | DesignMyNight

Opa is a real Greek paradise for food and culture.

London: Gordon's Wine Bar

Established in 1890, Gordon's Wine Bar is a family-run joint that has gained quite a reputation for its extensive drinks range. Boasting gorgeous interiors, including candlelit tables, rustic finishes and brick walls, this drinking den really will upgrade any night out. Nab a table to dig into British cheeses and meats, all while guzzling down a glass (or two) of red. And when the sun's shining? You can also enjoy an alfresco drink on the outdoor terrace.

Gordon's Wine London Cave Bar | DesignMyNight

It's time to wine down.

Nottingham: Lost Property

Make your way through Lost Property's secret door, where you'll be met with a penny-top bar, glitter balls or suitcases galore. But, did you know this joint also houses the city's most secret gin and rum bar? Nestled within weathered rock just below the popular haunt, The Lost Caves Nottingham promises a quirky drinking experience. However you like your concoctions, whether it's neat or in a boozy muddle, enjoy them under the wacky illuminated lights and gothic chandeliers.

The Lost Caves Nottingham Bar | DesignMyNight

This illicit spot is sure to become your rock.

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