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The 50 best cocktail bars in London

We've ranked the mixmasters making the finest cocktail concoctions in town, so scroll on discover London's best cocktail bars.

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.

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Every Cloud


What’s the vibe? Bijou hangout on Hackney’s Morning Lane with friendly staff and a jokey menu.

When to visit On weekends, when ‘strong drinks, low lights and good times’ are exactly what’s in order.

What’s on the menu? Alongside those strong drinks are low ABV numbers at lower price points. All delicious and often served with pithy one-liners from staff.

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The Permit Room


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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King's Cross

London Cocktail Club

What’s the vibe? Early-thirties middle-class hen party.

When to visit Payday, or any other time you can guarantee a crowd. You’d feel pretty daft sipping a porn star martini and listening to ‘Parklife’ on your own, after all.

What’s on the menu? Everything is big, brash and boozy, with more than a touch of novelty.

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Covent Garden

Ray's Bar


Venue says: “Daily £6 cocktails, Live at 95 every Wednesday from 9pm; Easy Street every Thursday from 9pm.”

What’s the vibe? It looks like ‘Miami Vice’ in this bar below Voodoo Ray’s pizza parlour in Dalston.

When to visit Before you hit the area’s clubs for drinks just as drenched in disco beats.

What’s on the menu? Cheeky twists on the classics. Don’t miss the Scotch Mist, a whisky and orange sherbet number.

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Stoke Newington

Mr Fogg's

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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Bloomsbury Club Bar


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.

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Callooh Callay

Venue says: “Winner of the 'world's best high volume bar' at the 2016 Spirited Awards. Open seven days a week 6pm-1am. Cocktail classes also available.”

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 around the world. Or soft rock-inspired drinking in the Palace of Humbug up above (seriously). 

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Experimental Cocktail Club


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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Nine Lives


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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London Bridge

Behind This Wall


What’s the vibe? A hidden basement bar on Hackney’s Mare Street where vinyl records are given as much attention as gorgeous drinks.

When to visit For a Sunday session – it stays open until 10pm.

What’s on the menu? Short pousse-café digestifs, drinks paired with oysters and a Manhattan well worth savouring.

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First Aid Box


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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Herne Hill


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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K Bar


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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South Kensington

Tea Room at Bun House


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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Worship Street Whistling Shop


What's the vibe? Dark and moody, good for groups but great for couples.

When to visit An early weekday evening is pleasantly unhurried.

What’s on the menu? Even when the drinks sound a little wacky, they have a tendency to taste great.

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Discount Suit Company


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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Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel


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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Milk & Honey

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 Gibson


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.

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Old Street



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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Below the Cut


What’s the vibe? World class cocktails below a steak restaurant in Fulham.

When to visit Skip dessert at Hanger SW6 and hit up Below the Cut for afters instead.

What’s on the menu? Bacon-infused bourbon in the Hanger Old Fashioned. Have the Lemon Cheesecake for afters (in cocktail form, of course).

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Fulham Broadway

Mark's Bar

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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Bad Sports Bar


What’s the vibe? A hip basement on the Hackney Road with a loose American sports bar theme.

When to visit After dining on tacos in the upstairs restaurant. Or for Bad Sports’ annual Super Bowl party.

What’s on the menu? Fun in a glass: from negronis made from Buckfast, to frozen banana daiquiris and spiced margaritas.

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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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Dickie's Bar


What’s the vibe? Upscale bar within Corrigan’s restaurant filled with wild safari prints.

When to visit When you find yourself thirsty in Mayfair and don’t fancy the typical hotel lobby.

What’s on the menu? Knockout originals with ingredients sourced from Richard Corrigan’s Irish farm.

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69 Colebrooke Row

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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Joyeux Bordel


What’s the vibe? Popular haunt for local in-the-know creative execs who savour the finer things.

When to visit They open until 2am; perfect for when that well-intentioned ‘just one pint after work’ gets out of hand.

What's on the menu? Strong flavours executed with Parisian panache.

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The Zetter Townhouse 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.

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Happiness Forgets


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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American Bar at The Savoy

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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Charing Cross

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What’s the vibe? Minimal, Scandi-chic, pine-clad setting filled with terrariums, and with hip hop blasting on the airwaves.

When to visit When you fancy waking up guilt-free – Scout’s sustainable ethos will have you feeling good all over.

What’s on the menu? Beetroot, carrot, hay, sea buckthorn, asaparagus… all ingredients are sourced from the British Isles and made into odd concoctions.

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Trailer Happiness

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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7 Tales


What’s the vibe? Tokyo street signage, photogenic neon and brash hip hop make for one vibrant setting where Londoners will feel well at home.

When to visit You could come for a pre-dinner drink, but we say make a night of it down here. Order incredible Japanese bar snacks from Sosharu upstairs, instead.

What’s on the menu? Perfectly balanced, Asian-inspired drinks. The Champagne Papi requires audience participation.

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Trafalgar Square

Dukes Bar

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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St James'

Untitled Bar


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 drinks served in vagina-shaped vessels or with penis-shaped decorations. It’s okay – it’s art.

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Blind Pig


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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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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Bethnal Green

Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

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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Charing Cross

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar

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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Original Sin


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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Stoke Newington

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Three Sheets


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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Cocktail Trading Company


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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Bethnal Green

Super Lyan


What’s the vibe? London favourite White Lyan is reborn as a dark, laidback bar in the basement (upstairs is a restaurant now, don’t ya know).

When to visit For some of the best drinks in town in one of the most relaxed settings.

What’s on the menu? Classic cocktails given a Mr Lyan twist – the Dog’s Nose Clover Club with Chambord, Guinness and sherbert is a Super Lyan superstar.

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Peg & Patriot

What's the vibe? Hip cocktail bar with a tongue-in-cheek creative streak.

When to visit? When you want a cocktail with a twist that isn’t just lemon peel.

What’s on the menu? Drinks at Peg & Patriot take inspiration from the kitchens of London. Grab a culinary cocktail.

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Bethnal Green

Satan's Whiskers


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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Bethnal Green

Punch Room at the London Edition


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.

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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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The Connaught Bar

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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Venue says: “Come and try Dandelyan's new menu, exploring the science and art at play in the human adaptation of plant and animal life!”

What's the vibe? International hotel glamour; world-beating drinks.

When to visit A few cocktails here looking out over the Thames makes for a properly classy London night out.

What’s on the menu? All original creations from international startender Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan.

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South Bank

Bar Termini


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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Explore them all during London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week: the highlights

Gird your livers, people – from October 2, London Cocktail Week is back. This seven-day celebration (October 2-8 2017, various London venues) is your chance to sample the finest boozy concoctions and classy cocktails in London. Simply buy yourself a wristband (they’re half-price with Time Out) and get into the spirit at bars and restaurants across the city. Below we've plucked out a few of our favourite London bars participating in this year's activities. Cheers! 

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Caroline M

Wish you can have this in a better format as i.e in areas of London so all bars, restaurants are shown in each area such as Covent garden, borough market etc 

Jason James

Bar Termini wins hands down. It's a bugger to get into but it's always worth the wait. Amazing old fashioneds and martinis. 

Dijana K

It's articles like this that contributes to gentrification. To put ridley road in dalston on the top 50 cocktail bars is absolute bull. £5 for a mohito in a plastic cup yes. And tourists will be robed and stared out of locals. Welcome! 

Michaela M

Cartier off Bond Street most beautiful bar with decor that's elegant - great wine and cocktails. Comfortable bar - intimate and also secret hidden room is good for a larger group / party. My favourite.

Greg S

Where's Opium in Chinatown?


There's a new little cocktail bar on Liverpool Street called W.M Barker & Co, it's underground right beneath the pub Dirty Dicks and they do AMAZING cocktails. On Thursday, Fri and Sat they're open till 3am and it's free entry as well... great place! 

Gabriele G

Went to Zetter last weekend  -  fantastic experience. Will be going back with anyone coming to visit me.

Alfred s

The vault soho should def be on this list

Martin S

Gilbert and Scott do amazing cocktails.

Paul P

Don't forget R.S. Hispaniola and the Upper Deck Bar.  The cocktail list is great and great views opposite the London Eye.

Jeff M

It’s interesting that none of the THREE London bars shortlisted in the top four, “best new international cocktail bars in the world” by the drinks industry biggest international award “The Spirited Awards” hosted in New Orleans last year are even mentioned on this list - Blind Pig, White Lion and NOLA are all absent... While most of the other bars on this list are great the author definitely needs to get out more...

RichardEhrlich moderator

@Jeff M Thanks for your comment, Jeff. I'd just like to point out that White Lyan is on our list.


Colony Club in Mayfair definetly one of the best bars.

Dave still

I have to say that one of the best up and coming cocktail bars in London is 214 Bermondsey Gin and cocktail bar on Bermondsey Street. It is equidistant from London Bridge and Borough and is serving up really good quality cocktails at a good price in a really mellow environment. If you are into your Gin then I would get down there. They even make there own tonic water!


the best bar Bluebird bar kings road Chelsea all new signature and fresh fruit cocktail and so many type of the glassware


Central & Co, just opposite Carnaby street, has a small but great cocktail list in it's basement bar. They also take you on a journey through flavours as all the spirits are unbranded and described for you by their flavour profiles. I thought it was a great experience.

Sarah Jouan

Apres London next to selfridges is one of the best cocktail bar you can find in london town. Not sure why it is not in your classement. The drinks & the service are great and its bouncing every nights with Dj or Live music



Adam Weston

For a unique cocktail experience, check out Tart Bar & Restaurant! Sitauated a few minutes away from Farringdon Tube station, Tart Bar features both an impressive conventional cocktail menu, as well as their own special "Tartinis" Menu. These unique cocktails provide an interesting infusion of alcohol and tasty deserts! Available for private hire, and sporting a 4am license, Tart is an exceptional night out!

Suzanne Oakley

For a great cocktail experience South of the River try House of Tippler cocktail bar & kitchen. Situated in the heart of lively Lordship Lane East Dulwich, H.o.T is a friendly independently run neighbourhood cocktail bar and kitchen. The drinks list has been carefully created to offer a unique twist on all the classics. Try the Tippler Martini served in a mini martini glass with the remainder of the drink in baby carafe on ice to keep it cool! The Tapas style food menu is designed to compliment the drinks list with seasonal specials and locally inspired ingredients are used to create a menu of small plates designed for sharing. Try the grilled Bavette steak, trompette mushrooms, sauce vierge - amazing! Open late at weekends with live music every Friday and DJs on Saturdays. Great space for hire for parties too! There's also a neat little back garden for al fresco dining in the Summer months and the Sunday roasts and Bloody Marys are to-die-for!

Reese Wither Smith

This list is incomplete without best Cocktail Bar in City of London- Anise. Famous for spice infused cocktails, small and affordable bar food and Live music on occassions. Tucked in the Devonshire square 2 minutes from London Liverpool Street, it is a must try institution for great cocktails, atmosphere and reasonable prices.www.anisebar.com and the adjacent best Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen.


The new Jamies Wine Bar on St Martins Lane does excellent cocktails- and most of them are £4.50 between 5pm and 9pm!!!

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