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Fitzrovia bars

From world-class cocktails to quirky tipples, Fitzrovia bars serve up plenty of drinking fun

By Laura Richards
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Just up from Oxford Street you’ll find a whole host of watering holes worth exploring. Fitzrovia’s bars are lively places to drink – whether you’re into mind-blowing cocktails or down-to-terroir glasses of wine. Choose from lively drinking spots with bargainous happy hours or cosier, classier hotel bars in a part of town that’s got a real buzz, particularly come clocking off time.

RECOMMENDED: Find more fun in the neighbourhood in our Fitzrovia area guide

The best bars in Fitzrovia

Barrica

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Spanish Goodge Street

What is it? Canary-yellow tapas bar that comes into its own in the summer.

Why go? Come for the tapas, stay for the sherries and giant G&Ts.

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Genuine Liquorette

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Fitzrovia

What it it? Inspired by the liquor stores that line the Californian coast, Genuine Liquorette is a playful hangout near Oxford Circus.

Why go? To check out the cha-chunker – essentially, a cocktail in a can made for your Instagram feed.

Hakkasan Bar

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Fitzrovia

What is it? Slick, darkened bar in a Michelin-starred restaurant with pulsating music and exotic cocktails.

Why go? To live it up like you’re in ‘Sex and The City’.

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Little Nan’s Fitzrovia Kitchen & Bar

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Warren Street

What is it? A quirky drinking den with the look of a grandmother’s house and with a bit of a thing for the Royal Family.

Why go? If you like your drinks silly and your songs even sillier.

London Cocktail Club

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Goodge Street

What is it? Party-ready basement bar with hyperactive bar staff.

Why go? Fast-paced cocktails and good-time tunes – happy hour is where it’s at.

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Lucky Pig

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Fitzrovia

What is it? An underground drinking den with a semi-speakeasy look.

Why go? Live blues to go with your liquor.

Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Goodge Street

What is it? Another bar in the Mr Fogg’s family, this time with a botany theme and plenty of foliage.

Why go? Great for a green-fingered catch-up, you can sip posh cocktails on the bar’s first floor in among the palms and plants.

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Murder Inc

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Fitzrovia

What is it? A small, divey and dark bar lit by red neon and themed around ‘gangster noir’.

Why go? Stiff whisky cocktails by the barrel-load, an absinthe drink on tap and a banging happy hour list.

Punch Room at the London Edition

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Fitzrovia

What is it? Smart, wood-panelled hotel bar serving pretty punch cocktails.

Why go? It’s quite simply one of the best cocktail bars in the capital – drinks pack a serious punch.

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Purple Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Fitzrovia

What is it? A hotel bar dressed to the nines in purple hues.

Why go? Head here when your Instagram feed is running low.

The Remedy

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Wine bars Fitzrovia

What is it? A cosy bar just off Warren Street championing offbeat wines from small producers.

Why go? Branch out from your standard cab sauv. Visit on Mondays for bargain bottles.

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Reverend JW Simpson

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Goodge Street

What is it? A former rectory transformed into a comfortable cocktail bar.

Why go? Absolve yourself from the stresses of the day – Rev JW is a popular spot for post-work cocktails.

Shochu Lounge

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Fitzrovia

What is it? Beneath popular restaurant Roka you’ll find this graffiti-filled den dedicated to Japanese spirit shochu.

Why go? Get better acquainted with this interesting tipple, mixed into cocktails bursting with flavour.

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The Social

Nightlife Nightlife venues Fitzrovia

What is it? A nightlife hub with a basement club and a laidback bar on ground level.

Why go? A banging happy hour and what they’re calling ‘sonic sandwiches’.

Waeska

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Hotel bars Fitzrovia

What is it? A bar filled with quirky modern art – and with cocktails that are also masterpieces.

Why go? Sit in a palm-filled indoor terrace and sip with a fashionable crowd.

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