Mayfair has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and privileged, but that doesn't mean the bars are stuffy. There are kitsch rum joints, world-beating cocktail spots and gorgeously decorated hotel bars. Go for a special occasion or a big night out – you’re worth it.
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The best bars in Mayfair
A pulsating basement bar beneath Dabiz Muñoz’s StreetXO restaurant. The cocktail menu is described as ‘liquid cuisine’ and drinks being rustled up behind the bar look pretty freaky too and drinking vessels include fish bowls and Chinese takeaway cartons. A trip here guarantees an experience a million miles from the one you get in the surrounding Martini bars of Mayfair.
A Mayfair wine bar with all the posh tipples and small plates you’d expect, but with a light, bright soundtrack of pop hits. Comptoir is brought to you by Master sommelier Xavier Rousset – formerly of Michelin-starred Texture and now proud parent of Blandford Comptoir and other wine-heavy restaurants – so the wine list is expertly curated.
The flagship bar at The Connaught is luxury on a different level. The cocktails served up are world-class wonders, light bounces around the room in pure elegance and service is nothing short of exemplary. Get them to wheel over the martini trolley for one of London’s best drinking experiences.
The bar within upscale Mayfair restaurant Corrigan’s crafts cocktails using ingredients ferried across daily from Irish chef Richard Corrigan’s County Cavan farm. Cocktails are divine and the setting is swanky, but the atmosphere can be a little flat after the pre-dinner rush.
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If you're looking for some good old-fashioned glamour with your drinking, a London pub's not going to cut it. You need to pull up a shiny stool at one of London's best hotel bars where the service is seamless, the clientele is classy as hell and every last drink is a showstopper. Sure, you'll pay for the luxury, but you deserve a treat every once in a while, babes. So here’s a list of London hotel bars where it's well worth maxing out your overdraft.