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The 50 best cocktail bars in London

We've ranked the mixmasters making the finest cocktails in town. Scroll on discover London's best cocktail bars

Fitz's bar, the best cocktail bars in London
Jamie Lau
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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.

Some of these spots stick loyally to the classics – check out Dukes for a martini you’ll never forget or Bar Termini for a negroni as good as they come – while others on this list are taking steps to create the most wildly original cocktails going. One thing is for sure, though – every bar on this list is fit for a damn good time on the top-notch tipples.  

London’s very best cocktail bars: ranked

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best new bars in london, swift
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Swift

icon-location-pin Soho

What’s the vibe? Upstairs is a light-filled aperitif bar, downstairs is a brooding basement with a whisky library. Both are brought to you by a world-class drinks team.

When to visit It’s great for a first date. If it’s going well, you can take it downstairs. Wink, wink.

What’s on the menu? The Sgroppino is a prosecco cocktail filled with lemon sorbet. Unmissable.

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Bar Three
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar Three

icon-location-pin Spitalfields

What’s the vibe? The second bar from team Three Sheets, a cool little Spitalfields basement.

When to visit Drinks are defined by strength; stop by for a light aperitif, a knockout nightcap or anything in between.

What’s on the menu? Flawless flavours found through all manner of sciency prep, served in simple, stylish glassware. Make a beeline for the Whisky + Milk.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Satan's Whiskers
© Kris Piotrowski
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Satan's Whiskers

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

What's the vibe? Upmarket mixed drinks in a down-to-earth and devilishly cool location.

When to visit Thursday night; the weekend starts early here.

What’s on the menu? Some of the best cocktails to be found in Bethnal Green’s burgeoning booze scene.

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best cocktail bars in london, punch room at the london edition
Bars and pubs

Punch Room at the London Edition

icon-location-pin Fitzrovia

What’s the vibe? Cosseted, cool hotel bar bringing fashionistas together round the punch bowl.

When to visit Book a table by the fire for an impressively hot date night.

What’s on the menu? Booze! A modern take on a good, old-fashioned bowl of punch.

Venue says Cocktail masterclasses held every Friday and Saturday from 2pm-4pm, click book now to find out more!

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the 50 best cocktails bars in London, Bar Termini
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar Termini

icon-location-pin Soho

What's the vibe? Lively and always busy, but quiet because of its size.

When to visit Early evenings are perfect for a cocktail before dinner in Soho.

What’s on the menu? Italian classics, short and strong. The Spritz never tasted so good.

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london's best booze trolleys, connaught bar
Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

The Connaught Bar

icon-location-pin Mayfair

What's the vibe? People-watching with the 1 percent.

When to visit Late night – at least you can pretend you’ve got a room upstairs…

What’s on the menu? Make your first stop the martini menu. A trolley is wheeled to your table and the drink’s made right before you.

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Fitz's Bar, london's best cocktail bars
Jamie Lau
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Fitz’s Bar

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury

What's the vibe? If Rick James and Jay Gatsby got together to throw a bash, it would probably look like this hotel bar.

When to visit Head here to kick off an evening on the tiles.

What’s on the menu? The Vesca Negroni is an instant London classic.

Venue says A Bloomsbury bar with a touch of timeless glamour - the perfect spot to escape the everyday.

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FAM bar
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

FAM

icon-location-pin Marylebone

What's the vibe? A home away from home with chummy staff, a wall of vinyl to be treated as your own hipster jukebox and a ‘fam’ photo wall.

When to visit When you’re seeking neighbourhood vibes in the centre of town.

What’s on the menu? The Brand New Shoes, a combination of gin and English sparkling wine with a seasonal sorbet.

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Between the Sheets
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Three Sheets

icon-location-pin Kingsland

What’s the vibe? Diminutive Dalston bar and café run by two brothers and filled with friends.

When to visit When you fancy cocktails on a laidback, neighbourhood level and lit by candlelight.

What’s on the menu? Seasonal drinks with cute little tweaks, like a perfect, pre-batched French 75 poured from a champagne bottle at your table.

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coupette
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Coupette

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

What’s the vibe? Edgy Bethnal Green setting with chic French influence and a gold-coin-covered bar.

When to visit Boozy brunch time visits are pretty iconic for croque monsieurs paired with cocktails.

What’s on the menu? The Champagne Piña Colada is the stuff of local legend. But drinks made with calvados (French apple brandy) are worth seeking out, too.

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Little Mercies
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Little Mercies

icon-location-pin Crouch End

What’s the vibe? Undeniably cool yet unpretentious hangout along the Crouch End Broadway.

When to visit Visit when you’re in need of a fancy drink fix but could do without the pace of central and east London.

What’s on the menu? The ’Pornstar’ is a delightful reimagining of the pornstar martini. It’s poured straight from a wine bottle so looks like sparkling rosé. Leave the bottle, yeah?

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the 50 best cocktail bars in London, Original Sin
© Addie Chinn
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Original Sin

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington


What's the vibe? Stokey cool, and a free game of pool
.

When to visit Before climbing the stairs to Burger Bear.

What’s on the menu? The cocktails, served by impeccably pleasant staff, are strong, well-balanced and classy.

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best cocktail bars in London, cocktail trading company
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Cocktail Trading Company

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

What's the vibe? A young crowd who know a good drink – and a good time – when they taste one.


When to visit On an east London cocktail crawl.

What’s on the menu? Cocktails are often served in unusual glassware (and ceramicware) with wacky garnishes, candy floss or noodles among them.

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below hide
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Hide Below

icon-location-pin Mayfair

What's the vibe? Oskar Kinberg’s dark drinking den beneath the latest restaurant from star chef Ollie Dabbous..

When to visit Head here when your tastebuds need awakening.

What’s on the menu? Cocktails with weird and wonderful spirits at their core. The Next of Kin is a sweet blossom and berry twist on a negroni.

Venue says Try our new seasonal cocktail menu in Hide Below by award winning mixologist and Hide Bar Manager, Oskar Kinberg.

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waeska bar
Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Waeska

icon-location-pin Fitzrovia

What’s the vibe? Exotic-looking hotel bar filled with taxidermy/art as you’ve never seen before.

When to visit Make Waeska your show-off base – it’s ideal for meetings or rendezvous of the less formal kind.

What’s on the menu? Cocktails that looks as mad as the art, but taste impressively polished. Make mine a lobster bloody mary.

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very hungry caterpillar cocktail, blind pig
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Blind Pig

icon-location-pin Soho

What’s the vibe? Prohibition chic with a tasteful infusion of twenty-first-century cool.

When to visit When you’ve got someone special to impress.

What’s on the menu? Bold drinks with a cheeky, anything-goes approach to ingredients.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar
© Ed Marshall
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar

icon-location-pin Spitalfields

What's the vibe? Beautiful cocktails in a beautiful Spitalfields setting.

When to visit The list of post-dinner drinks is a corker
 – make a night of it after steak upstairs.

What’s on the menu? We can’t see past the Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew – gin, lemon, ginger and London Pride beer.

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best cocktail bars in london, untitled
Bars and pubs

Untitled Bar

icon-location-pin Kingsland

What’s the vibe? Stark and stylish Dalston bar bathed in concrete and taking its cue from Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory. Sounds douchey, totally works.

When to visit When you want to impress your pals with a scene as singular as the drinks.

What’s on the menu? Stand-out cocktails served in vagina-shaped vessels or with penis-shaped decorations. It’s okay – it’s art.

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100 best bars and pubs in london, dukes hotel
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs

Dukes Bar

icon-location-pin St James'

What's the vibe? Ultimate self-indulgent luxury in three tiny, cosseting rooms.

When to visit A great place for a hot but quiet date.

What’s on the menu? All the classics, but it has to be a martini. Just the one.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Trailer Happiness
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Trailer Happiness

icon-location-pin Westbourne

What's the vibe? Casual, sunny and funny – and rammed at weekends.

When to visit Weekdays are chill-days, but this is Notting Hill and a party is never far away.

What’s on the menu? Cheeky tiki drinks with a massive measure of fun.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Beaufort Bar at the Savoy
Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

icon-location-pin Charing Cross

What's the vibe? Eye-opening dusky glamour any time of the day.

When to visit To remind yourself that such places exist in your city. Make the most of them!

What’s on the menu?
 Champagne cocktails. Loads of them. What more of an excuse do you need?

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Happiness Forgets
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Happiness Forgets

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

What's the vibe? Big chill: laughing locals quaffing classy cocktails
.

When to visit On a late East End night out that needs something a bit classy.

What’s on the menu? No-messing-about twisted classics, all done perfectly.

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the mulwray
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

The Mulwray

icon-location-pin Chinatown

What’s the vibe? A sweet and stylish cocktail boudoir owned by the team behind top restaurants The Palomar and The Barbary.

When to visit For cosseted drinking in among chic details and French-accented staff.

What’s on the menu? Achingly on trend tipples, from mezcal- and bourbon-based cocktails to rum and vermouth numbers.

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100 best bars and pubs in london, zetter townhouse
Bars and pubs

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell Cocktail Lounge

icon-location-pin Clerkenwell

What's the vibe? As imaginative a bar as you’ll see in London, with cocktails to match.

When to visit When you’re maxed-out with the minimalist style of other bars.

What’s on the menu? It’s a small but creative list of small but creative cocktails.

Venue says Afternoon tea has landed in Clerkenwell! Try Aunt Wilhelmina’s dainty 'Traditional Tea' or Uncle Seymour’s heartier ‘Gentleman’s Tea’.

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american bar
© Steve Lancefield
Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

American Bar at The Savoy

icon-location-pin Charing Cross

What's the vibe? Money without snootiness: everyone’s here to cool their heels, whether in Y3’s or Louboutins.

When to visit Earlier in the evening to get a table without a long wait. Late night for people watching.

What’s on the menu? It pushes the envelope with some brave experimentation, but these eagle-eyed bartenders never miss the bullseye.

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best cocktail bars in london, oriole
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Oriole

icon-location-pin Farringdon

What’s the vibe? The follow-up to Nightjar – think of Oriole as the flashy little sister. Expect show-stopping glamour and a wall papered in a lush palm tree print.

When to visit Be sure to come after 8.30pm to soak up the atmosphere of a live jazz band.

What’s on the menu? Good luck choosing from this cornucopia of wild cocktails. Drinking here is far from stripped back but boy is it stunning.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

TT Liquor

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

What’s the vibe? Spend a night in the cells you’ll want to remember at this former police station turned cocktail bar and bottle shop.

When to visit Movie nights pair booze with blockbusters: sip white russians with The Dude.

What’s on the menu? Gin-leaning spins on the cocktail classics, from modern Gimlets to funky margaritas.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Mark's Bar
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Mark's Bar

icon-location-pin Soho

What's the vibe? Low-key when quiet, boisterous when busy.

When to visit Early evening is when you’re most likely to bag a table.

What’s on the menu? Beautifully made concoctions inspired by British stories.

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laki kane
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Laki Kane

icon-location-pin Barnsbury

What's the vibe? A tiki paradise on Upper Street.

When to visit When you can no longer handle London’s grey skies.

What’s on the menu? Rum – and lots of it. Order in a punchy cocktail by using a buzzer at your table (told you it was paradise!).

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best cocktail bars in London, the gibson
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

The Gibson

icon-location-pin Old Street

What’s the vibe? A tiny little room with a loose Prohibition theme is low-key enough to let the focus fall on cocktail wizardry.

When to visit Later on in the week when there’s a bit more of a buzz about the place and flapper girl table service feels totally acceptable.

What’s on the menu? Mind-blowing drinks served in even madder glassware.

Venue says Time travelling bar The Gibson transport's you through the 1900s via a selection of some of the most innovative cocktails in London.

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100 best bars and pubs in london, Milk & Honey
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Milk & Honey

icon-location-pin Soho

What's the vibe? Discreet, dark, delightful.


When to visit Whenever you can book: it’s easier early in the week. Or become a member.

What’s on the menu? Simple-sounding cocktails with decades of collective bartending experience behind them.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Nightjar
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Nightjar

icon-location-pin Hoxton

What's the vibe? A subterranean hideout metres from the Old Street roundabout.

When to visit If you don’t want live music (and a cover charge), early evening’s best.

What’s on the menu? Some of the most madcap/inventive cocktails in London. Visit to find out what ‘plankton air’ is.

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the 50 best cocktail bars in London, Bar Americain
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel

icon-location-pin Soho

What's the vibe? Seriously laid back, and lively without being overbearingly noisy.

When to visit When you want to chill with a proper West End cocktail – but without paying Belgravia prices.

What’s on the menu? Flawless classics that don’t try to improve on what’s already perfect.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Discount Suit Company
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Discount Suit Company

icon-location-pin Spitalfields

What's the vibe? Spitalfields hip meets City money, but the only sparks fly from the dreamy drinks.

When to visit For an evening of serious cocktail love, or just while waiting for a table at one of Spitalfields' finest. 

What’s on the menu? Serious, complex cocktails, with brown spirits prominent.

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homeboy bar
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Homeboy

icon-location-pin Islington

What's the vibe? Irish-run Homeboy is a packed and party-ready bar that serves sharp cocktails alongside pints of Guinness.

When to visit Bring all your friends – there’s plenty of room for a group session on the craic. There’s even ‘London’s smallest Irish pub’ open to group bookings at the back.   

What’s on the menu? Irish whiskey-based drinks, from an Irish Coffee to a Wogan.

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london's best cocktail bars, tea room at bun house
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Tea Room at Bun House

icon-location-pin Soho

What’s the vibe? Hong Kong-styled Soho speakeasy saturated in green neon light.

When to visit Late at night – the bar stays open until 3am at weekends.

What’s on the menu? Drinks made from baijiu, China’s national drink that’s often referred to as ‘Chinese vodka’ and is great for washing down dumplings.

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best cocktail bars in London, K Bar
Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

K Bar

icon-location-pin South Kensington

What’s the vibe? A west London hotel bar that’s actually buzzing. Oak-paneled, marble-topped, velvet-lined, classy as hell.

When to visit Make it an all-nighter at K Bar. You’ll struggle to find better drinks in the vicinity.

What’s on the menu? Dessert drinks for the dreamiest of nightcaps.

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best new bars and pubs in london, nine lives
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Nine Lives

icon-location-pin London Bridge

What’s the vibe? London Bridge’s very own tropical basement hideaway.

When to visit After dark when the disco-lounge soundtrack truly hits the spot.

What’s on the menu? Cocktails with a conscience – this bar operates a zero waste policy – and with a kick.

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the 50 best cocktail bars in London, Ruby's
© Elizabeth Blanchett
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Ruby's

icon-location-pin Shacklewell

What's the vibe? Artfully disheveled basement bar filled with artfully disheveled east Londoners.

When to visit When you want to add a shot of glamour to your night out in Dalston.

What's on the menu? Creative cocktails served in style, garnished with one eye on Instagram.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Callooh Callay
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Callooh Callay

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

What's the vibe? A quirky but classy hideout serving some of the best cocktails in east London.

When to visit: If you want to avoid the masses when out on a big one in the 'Ditch.

What’s on the menu? Flavours from all around the world. 

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best cocktail bars in london, first aid box
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

First Aid Box

icon-location-pin Herne Hill

What’s the vibe? Rocking apothecary with white-tiled walls and pharmaceutical gear. You’re sure to get hooked.

When to visit On a Friday or Saturday night when it’s strictly playtime. See if you can find their secret bar within a bar, Blinder.

What’s on the menu? Doctor’s orders: get yourself a Brockwell Park Bramble, which comes with a syringe of Chambord. Feeling better?

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Experimental cocktail club
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Experimental Cocktail Club

icon-location-pin Chinatown

What's the vibe? A hidden speakeasy with as much substance as style.

When to visit One of those special occasions when splurging on cocktails is just what you want to do.

What’s on the menu? Stunningly balanced cocktails, many with vintage spirits.

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nickel bar
Bars and pubs, Wine bars

Nickel

icon-location-pin Crouch End

What’s the vibe? N8 neighbourhood hangout with a minimal, cosy tone.

When to visit Visit on weeknight evenings when things can get loud and steamy.

What’s on the menu? Classics and pretty originals championing sweet, floral flavours.

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london's best cocktail bars, bloomsbury club bar
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bloomsbury Club Bar

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury

What’s the vibe? Unstuffy hotel bar with an English-gents-club-meets-library look, the cabinets filled with booze rather than books.

When to visit Early evening when a jazz duo twangs away by the door – pull up a stool at the bar for drinks with a view.

What’s on the menu? Sip on a Virginia Woolf. The bar names its cocktails after literary greats from the Bloomsbury Set.

Venue says A secret haven for the approaching colder nights, open from 5pm everyday!

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Mr Fogg's
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Mr Fogg's

icon-location-pin Mayfair

What's the vibe? Victorian explorer’s curiosity-filled abode, with spiffing cocktails.

When to visit For a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

What’s on the menu? The sense of frivolity extends to the cocktail menu, but all drinks are made with real skill.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, Permit Room King's Cross Dishoom
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Permit Room

icon-location-pin King's Cross

What’s the vibe? Post-colonial drinking palace below Dishoom with just a touch of the speakeasy about it.

When to visit Off-peak times when you can sneak in for a gin.

What’s on the menu? Gin-based drinks with a warm and spicy twist.

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The 50 best cocktail bars in London, 69 Colbrooke Row
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

69 Colebrooke Row

icon-location-pin Islington

What's the vibe? A tiny space where people come in search of cocktail heaven.

When to visit For cocktails that don’t need to show off about how good they are.

What’s on the menu? The Prairie Oyster (pictured) is the stuff of legend. Neck it down in one.

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funkidory peckham
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Funkidory

icon-location-pin Peckham Rye

What's the vibe? A neighbourhood bar in Peckham with as much emphasis on big tunes as there is on big drinks.

When to visit Warm up for the weekend with a Thursday night trip. There’s no way of leaving without at least a light buzz from all that funk. 

What’s on the menu? Cocktails help you get funked up, too – from a Fela Kuti-inspired sour to a Holy Negroni.

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nickel bar at the ned
Restaurants, American

The Nickel Bar at The Ned

icon-location-pin Bank

What’s the vibe? Ultra-luxe drinking in a former Midland Bank.

When to visit Come for a nightcap at the weekend to avoid the crush of the mid-week banking crowd loosening their ties.

What’s on the menu? A strong bourbon and rye list lends itself to a customised Old Fashioned very well.

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every cloud
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Every Cloud

icon-location-pin Hackney

What’s the vibe? Make friends at this bijou party bar.

When to visit When you’re up for a laugh – if staff don’t get you giggling, London’s most silly cocktail menu should.

What’s on the menu? A Phuket Martini, which is ‘like if someone took an Irish coffee on a horrible gap year’. See, told you that menu was good.

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