Punch Room at the London Edition
The victor nailed it because of its the old-school glamour, the classic-yet-cool drinks and the overwhelming sense of occasion. Retro soul tracks match the drinks, with a complimentary sherry glass of the punch of the day served to guests on arrival, like a swinging ’70s house party. Trying the more curious – and heady – cocktails (all priced at £14) is far from intimidating, since bar staff keenly and knowledgeably steer you. Some sensible classics stay put on the list, but adventurous seasonal drinks are worth perusing too, like the 57 Shades of Grey with vodka, whiskey, Campari and prosecco all in the mix. That’s how to pack a punch.
Runner-up: Connaught Bar