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The best bars in Mayfair

Push the boat out with drinks in Mayfair’s exclusive bars, swanky hotels and upmarket cocktail joints

Written by
Laura Richards
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Mayfair has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and privileged, but that doesn't mean the bars are stuffy (although if ever there was a time to iron your shirt, this would be it). Head to this fanciest of London districts and you'll find kitsch rum joints, world-beating cocktail spots and gorgeously decorated hotel bars, serving up impeccably mixed drinks in oh-so-swish surroundings. Go for a special occasion or a big night out – you’re worth it.

RECOMMENDED: Find more local fun in our Mayfair area guide.

The best bars in Mayfair

Dukes Bar
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • St James’s
  • price 3 of 4

For a single, mind-blowingly strong, heartbreakingly delicious cocktail head for Dukes, one of London’s true classic bars, and justly famous for the theatrical presentation of martinis created on a tray brought out specially for you.

The Connaught Bar
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Mayfair
  • price 4 of 4

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. 

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Coburg Bar
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Mayfair

The Connaught has always had the most country house-like feeling of London’s great hotels, and the effect reaches perfection in the effortlessly beautiful Coburg. Sip flawless classic cocktails in style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

The lobby bar of Corbin and King's understated art deco hotel has impeccable service and top-notch tipples in a low-lit and discreet setting, where only the tables are bathed in pools of light.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Regent Street
  • price 3 of 4

Hawksmoor is best renowned for steaks the size of your face, but its drinking game is just as strong. The Air Street branch has a separate bar and the tall, art deco space is ideal as soon as cocktail hour strikes. 

Mr Fogg's
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

Mr Fogg’s theme is a little much but you have to admire the execution, with this bar looking every bit the part as the residence of fictional explorer Phileas Fogg. The cocktails continue on that adventurous note, with smoke, flames, sprays and novelty glassware galore. The bar’s take on afternoon tea, Tipsy Tea, proves popular.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Piccadilly
  • price 3 of 4

Down a Gaudí-esque spiral staircase and in the basement beneath Ollie Dabbous’ new restaurant, this bar has the feel of a modern, minimal Nordic cabin, with barely-there lighting and dense wooden surfaces. But supreme cocktails served in dainty glassware cut through the intensity of it all. These are among the best mixed drinks you’ll find in the neighbourhood, every tipple a masterful original you won’t want to end.

Dickie's Bar
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Park Lane
  • price 3 of 4

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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The Bar at The Athenaeum
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Piccadilly
  • price 3 of 4

Straight out of ‘Mad Men’, The Bar is darkly lit, comfortable and heavy on jungle foliage along a signature wall. Cocktails include compelling house creations, like the Living Wall, which pays tribute to the decor with a dash of pine liqueur. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mayfair

Claridge’s remains one of London’s best hotels. The downside: everyone knows it, and its beautiful bar (designed by David Collins) can be a little oversubscribed. But hey, you can’t beat it if it’s a glass of bubbles you’re after.

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Sexy Fish Bar
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

A long bar within celebrity restaurant Sexy Fish, find flashy types out on the credit card. Drinks will set you back big time, but the drinks list has plenty of Asian-inspired numbers to tie in with the food menu, and the puns come thick and fast, so at least the bar never takes itself too seriously.

Trader Vic's
  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Park Lane

This warren of Samoan-themed, carved-wood campery in the bowels of the Hilton has been here since 1963. There’s even a cocktail in honour of its arrival: the London Sour. If ever there was a Tiki bar in London worth visiting, this is it – the original Trader Vic’s in San Fran kicked off the whole trend, after all.  

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Comptoir Café & Wine
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars
  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

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. 

Manetta's Bar at Flemings Hotel
  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Mayfair

This hotel bar is a long thin room with subdued lighting, chestnut panelling and a convex mirror at both ends, with dark leather and velvet furniture sprinkled with the occasional hotel guest. There are eight riffs on the Negroni to be sampled here, plus house cocktails named after literary giants like James Joyce.

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Rivoli at The Ritz
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Piccadilly

Over-the-top decor in the Rivoli bar harks back to the golden era of cocktails and suits the glitzy location within the Ritz Hotel. Prices only appear sensible if money is of no consequence, but if it’s a celebration you’re after, you’re in the right place for putting on the ritz.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mayfair

Drinks at the Brown's Hotel bar are served in gimmicky glassware – no Mayfair snootiness here, then. The setting is also playful, paying homage to the swinging sixties. It’s a pricey spot, but a good shout in hotel land when out of the ordinary is what you’re after.

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