Whether you’re just passing through this busy part of London and fancy a quick one or you’re looking for a more regular base for post-work drinks with colleagues, Victoria has a spread of bars on offer. Choose from high-end hotel bars, arty cocktail basements and old-school wine and whisky houses for you to get cosy in.
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The best bars in Victoria
Pretend you’re in ‘Downton Abbey’ with a visit to the bar of superlative London hotel The Goring. A regal fireplace, deep red walls and wingback chairs set the scene for some very fine imbibing. The bar food menu is larger than your average – glazed lobster omelette, Lady Mary?
Transport yourself to bonnie Scotland without leaving the Smoke. There’s tartan everywhere, and although many come to Boisdale for a slap-up Scotch supper, the whisky bar is William Wallace levels of heroic. Sample blends from the Highlands, the Lowlands and the bits in between.
Venue says: “Join us for Aperitivo Time! Get £5 spritz cocktails and complimentary nibbles, every Monday to Friday, 4-7pm.”
Sup on movie-themed cocktails in a subterranean setting, served with a side of popcorn, naturally. CCC is serving up the likes of an Air Plane, a Kill Bill and a Titanic (which hopefully won’t give you that sinking feeling). It’s a very cool setting with tunes by the likes of the Shins on the stereo. Kid yourself that you’re in Shoreditch.
Three words: spritzes on tap. The bar up above Jason Atherton Italian Hai Cenato is a bold and brash place for aperitivo time, where orange drinks abound. The vermouth and tonic menu is delightful, and bar snacks including pizzas are whipped up in the kitchen below. Capish?
You know what’s missing from the local pub? An in-house hair salon. Not the case at Greenwood, a multi-purpose tipple house, where cocktails come with a side of coiffuring. It also doubles as a sports bar (we kid you not): there’s a plush place to watch the game with craft beer in hand sitting up on the first floor.
Victoria or Bavaria? It’s a question you’ll find yourself asking at oddly named Munich Cricket Club, a beer hall modelled on those straight out of Germany. Order two-pint steins at £10 a pop to wash down schnitzel or a sausage platter. If oompah’s your thing (and it is, of course) head here on Thursdays.
Brixton’s much-loved wine bar Naughty Piglets has made a dramatic leap into theatreland, as the bar at Lloyd Webber’s Other Palace theatre. Natural wine dominates the list, with a vast range of options by the bottle if you’re after more than a pre-show tipple. The food menu is just as enticing.
Vagabond’s nifty machines that dispense wine by smartcard have spread their way across town, with a total of six bars now in the capital. This Victoria branch is the biggest and offers the same reliable quaffing, with wines grouped by depth of flavour rather than by region. Grape stuff.
Find more sophisticated drinking in London
So many cocktails, so little time. So just stick to the best cocktail bars in London by using our ranked list below. You'll find everything from dark and dirty speakeasy joints and secret bars to bold and brash party spots meant for a night out on the tiles. What they all have in common is mixed drinks that will blow your mind – and hopefully not your budget.
This is the original ping pong bar that Bounce opened and it's located, allegedly, on the exact spot that the beautiful, bouncy game was invented. Along with a satisfying selection of pizzas (straight from the wood-burning oven), canapé packages and suave cocktails, Bounce serves up a night of competitive fun in an edgy industrial-chic space. The restaurant is raised on a platform overlooking the ping pong drama unfolding on the 17 tables below, so you don't have to worry about wayward balls when you're not in the throes of a game.
Venue says: “Try out our incredible, immersive new concept Wonderball, at Bounce Farringdon!”