London has a bar for every occasion, from classy cocktail bars for impressing dates to lively bars with happy hours for hanging out with mates. Below is our pick of the absolute best bars in London, where drinks, service and ambience are never less than first-class. So stock up on aspirin – you’ve got some serious drinking to do.
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Venue says: “We also have a host of special events, masterclasses and parties planned throughout the year, keep your eyes peeled!”
What is it... A deep rouge coloured drinking joint from the Zetter Townhouse crew.
Why go... To try the house cocktails by bar supremo Tony Conigliaro.
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Belushi's Bar London Bridge
There's a proper party vibe to this London Bridge branch of Belushi's - there's a huge basement club open until 4am at the weekends, alongside drink offers, special promotions, comedy nights, sport events and live entertainment. The drinks list proves a draw for a crowd comprising local workers, students and backpackers. Cocktails range from classic drops such as mojitos, cuba libres and tequila sunrises to sharing options and shooters that include Jägermeisters and a peanut butter jelly shot - a mix of Amarula, crème de mure and Frangelico. Continental lagers and a few well-known wines are also on offer. The food menu boasts plenty of crowd-pleasers influenced by the USA. Burger orders keep the kitchen busy alongside hot dogs, nachos, quesadillas, BBQ racks of ribs, wings, tacos and traditional fish and chips. Breakfast options are on offer, too.
Venue says: “Check out our new-look menu with killer burgers, platters and much more!”