Best bars in London - Cocktail bars

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Whether you're looking for a top Tom Collins, a magnificent martini or the quintessential cosmo – somewhere in town there's a bartender just waiting to mix it for you. Check out our guide to the best cocktail bars in London.
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London's best cocktail bars

69 Colebrooke Row

This tiny bar opened in Islington in mid-2009, and is overseen by Tony Conigliaro, who is widely considered to be one of London’s top bartenders and cocktail experts.

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Islington

Booking Office

The superlatives come easy when describing the Booking Office: it is epic, soaring, dramatic, magnificent.

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Euston

Callooh Callay

This landmark of the Shoreditch bar scene takes its inspiration from a line in ‘Jabberwocky’, a Lewis Carroll poem, and tends to divide visitors.

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Old Street

Ceviche (bar)

This Peruvian bar and restaurant is the place to pay homage to the Peruvian spirit and national drink, pisco.

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Soho

Dabbous (bar)

Downstairs at DABBOUS you will find the basement bar, presided over by Oskar Kinberg. Aside from the classics, there are also many of Oskar’s own creations in a menu that changes regularly. The cocktails served are seasonal and use only homemade syrups and infusions. Table service is provided, as is a selection of bar snacks. Live music and DJs play regularly. All are welcome, no bookings required. For larger groups or hire of an area please email bar@dabbous.co.uk

Dabbous astonished us with its cutting-edge cooking, and its downstairs cocktail bar sets out to do the same.

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Fitzrovia

Dukes Bar

If you want to go out for a single cocktail, strong and expensive and very well made, go to Dukes. It may be in a luxury hotel, but everyone gets the warmest of welcomes. And the quality of the cocktails is unsurpassable. No string of superlatives can do justice to Dukes.

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St James's

Experimental Cocktail Club

'Speakeasies' are a trend at the moment, but as bar owners balance covertness with the economic reality of bringing in punters, some of the illicit thrill is inevitably lost.

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Chinatown

Grain Store Bar

This, the bar of Brounet Loubet's terrific 'non-meat focussed' King's Cross restaurant, is equally imaginative, with the likes of truffle martinis and 'butter and hay champagne' on offer. 

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Happiness Forgets

This tiny basement has such low light that torches ought to be provided to aid with reading the drinks list. But low light makes the room – dark walls and dark wooden floorboards – just that much more appealing.

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Old Street

Hawksmoor Spitalfields (bar)

Over many visits over the years, using different reviewers, for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, we’ve struggled to find faults in any of them.

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Spitalfields

Comments

11 comments
Riccardo
Riccardo

Colony Club in Mayfair definetly one of the best bars.

Dave still
Dave still

I have to say that one of the best up and coming cocktail bars in London is 214 Bermondsey Gin and cocktail bar on Bermondsey Street. It is equidistant from London Bridge and Borough and is serving up really good quality cocktails at a good price in a really mellow environment. If you are into your Gin then I would get down there. They even make there own tonic water!

Xoni
Xoni

the best bar Bluebird bar kings road Chelsea all new signature and fresh fruit cocktail and so many type of the glassware

Brice
Brice

Central & Co, just opposite Carnaby street, has a small but great cocktail list in it's basement bar. They also take you on a journey through flavours as all the spirits are unbranded and described for you by their flavour profiles. I thought it was a great experience.

Sarah Jouan
Sarah Jouan

Apres London next to selfridges is one of the best cocktail bar you can find in london town. Not sure why it is not in your classement. The drinks & the service are great and its bouncing every nights with Dj or Live music

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Adam Weston
Adam Weston

For a unique cocktail experience, check out Tart Bar & Restaurant! Sitauated a few minutes away from Farringdon Tube station, Tart Bar features both an impressive conventional cocktail menu, as well as their own special "Tartinis" Menu. These unique cocktails provide an interesting infusion of alcohol and tasty deserts! Available for private hire, and sporting a 4am license, Tart is an exceptional night out!

Suzanne Oakley
Suzanne Oakley

For a great cocktail experience South of the River try House of Tippler cocktail bar & kitchen. Situated in the heart of lively Lordship Lane East Dulwich, H.o.T is a friendly independently run neighbourhood cocktail bar and kitchen. The drinks list has been carefully created to offer a unique twist on all the classics. Try the Tippler Martini served in a mini martini glass with the remainder of the drink in baby carafe on ice to keep it cool! The Tapas style food menu is designed to compliment the drinks list with seasonal specials and locally inspired ingredients are used to create a menu of small plates designed for sharing. Try the grilled Bavette steak, trompette mushrooms, sauce vierge - amazing! Open late at weekends with live music every Friday and DJs on Saturdays. Great space for hire for parties too! There's also a neat little back garden for al fresco dining in the Summer months and the Sunday roasts and Bloody Marys are to-die-for!

Reese Wither Smith
Reese Wither Smith

This list is incomplete without best Cocktail Bar in City of London- Anise. Famous for spice infused cocktails, small and affordable bar food and Live music on occassions. Tucked in the Devonshire square 2 minutes from London Liverpool Street, it is a must try institution for great cocktails, atmosphere and reasonable prices.www.anisebar.com and the adjacent best Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen.

Danni
Danni

The new Jamies Wine Bar on St Martins Lane does excellent cocktails- and most of them are £4.50 between 5pm and 9pm!!!

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