November 2019: As winter sets in, where better to warm your cockles than in a cocktail bar inside a pie-and-mash shop in Walthamstow. The Jellied Eel (new to the DRINK List at number seven) has now gone permanent inside L Manze’s along the High Street and in the process has won hearts at Time Out HQ. Elsewhere in our countdown, find a brand-new year-round rooftop in Peckham (Forza Wine at number 26) a luxe cocktail joint that looks like something out of Casablanca (Kwãnt at number 19) and a craft beer mecca along the Bermondsey Beer Mile (Fourpure Basecamp at number 51). But really, any of these ace watering holes would suit your festive get-together. Just go easy on that mulled wine, would you?
Welcome to the Time Out DRINK List, our handpicked ‘best of’ London’s drinking scene. These are the most buzzing bars in this city right now: the most inventive and most memorable watering holes, all ranked by expert local editors. We scour the city every night of the week in search of amazing drinks, great value and insider info (from disco loos to an unmissable rum-punch happy hour), visiting incognito and footing the bill. That’s how you know that if it’s on this list, it’s awesome.
Quality drinks are essential, that’s a given – from wine to spirits to craft beer. But we’re looking for the fun factor wherever we drink, whether that be a quirky theme, Instagrammable tipples or service that instantly puts a smile on your face. And we’re all about value for money at every price point – from splash-out cocktail bars to down-and-dirty dives. Ultimately, these are the places we would recommend to a friend; the best in class for boozing. Time to order in a round you won’t forget in a hurry.
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