Here are our picks for the best cocktail bars in London:
2. Zetter Townhouse Bar
3. London Cocktail Club
Why: The London Cocktail Clubs on Shaftsbury Avenue and Goodge Street are two whimsically brilliant joints for cocktail lovers. From turning gourmet food and dessert into drinks (buttercream frosting, anyone?) to making classic cocktails a notch better, LCC is as badass as it gets in the cocktail world. It has excellent variety of food to match and even an award for it! The décor at Goodge Street is quite punk style and at Shaftsbury Avenue you will be welcomed with tattoos on the wall and skulls and bones too.
4. The American Bar at The Savoy
Why: The oldest surviving cocktail bar In England since 1893, The American Bar is the creme de la creme of cocktail bars and still has plenty of mettle to prove it. The playfield for some of the best bartenders in the world, its little wonder that the likes of Frank Sinatra called it a home away from home. Having a drink here is a magnificent sensory experience and Eric Lorincz’s mystic creations make sure that you’re left nothing short of awestruck. Whether it’s a short silent film accompanying your cocktail order or relishing the longest surviving cocktail on the menu, you are in for a blockbuster experience here.
5. Ladies and Gentlemen
Why: It’s not everyday that you get to sit on a lavatory sipping on your cocktails and actually enjoy it. This underground loo turned chic cocktail bar might have chosen a bizarre location to set up shop but its easy to forget where you’re sitting once the spirits start flowing. While you enjoy the soft jazz music playing in the background, your enthusiastic bartender whips up some clever concoctions for you behind the tiny but well stocked bar. With an onsite gin distillery, you can be sure that the booze will never stop flowing!
6. Satan’s Whiskers
Why: A booze enthusiasts calling, Satan’s Whiskers is a laidback bar that lets its brilliantly executed menu do most of the talking. Their drinks menu changes daily and the staff are quick to point out house favorites. The whole scene is quite relaxed and makes for a great casual evening out. The food is given equal importance here and that is what rounds off the deal. With prices that still seem to be medieval given the eye-ripping rates at some of London’s cocktail bars, you’ll go home with a happy stomach and pocket for sure.
7. The Gibson
Where: 44 Old Street, London EC1V 9AQ
Why: With frosted windows and Art Deco interiors, The Gibson makes an impression even in its small and intimate setting. When it comes to cocktails, The Gibson definitely means serious business. Bartenders whip up interpretations that are insanely exciting and good looking too. The drink list is long and drool-worthy and will coax you to visit again and again. A great vibe with a good mixologist is a recipe for a fun night for sure.
Why: Although you’ll have fancy up to visit this swanky offering from Ryan Chetiyawardana at the Mondarin Hotel, it’s definitely worth all the dressing up. The drinks, in true Lyan fashion are refreshingly different and excite your palate with exotic flavors and combinations. With dramatic views of the Thames for company, be sure that you’re seated in one of the best spots in London. What transpires behind the green marble bar is pure magic!
9. Kansas Smitty’s
Why: The electrifying combination of good jazz music and heady cocktails is a sure winner anywhere. This bar is inspired by the epicurean atmosphere of Kansas city and in true rebel fashion has kept its interiors to the bare minimum. But when it comes to the real deal, it makes a strong impression with its bourbon juleps and talented jazz performances. There’s never a dull moment at the Kansas Smitty’s and we’re thanking our stars for it!
10. Experimental Cocktail Club
Where: 13A Gerrard Street, London W1D 5PS
Why: Paris sends its best. Experimental Cocktail Club makes a grand entrance across the channel and it surely has made heads turn. You’d find yours turning many times to locate its nondescript location but once you’ve found it, you are in for a fun evening for sure. Set over three floors and decorated cleverly (read exposed bricks with quirky décor pieces), Experimental Cocktail Club is a lively venue buzzing with drunken stupor. The cocktails are great and extensive. There’s much to bring you back and keep you from leaving too.