Best Cocktail Bars in London
Feeling thirsty? Sample our guide to the best cocktail bar in London. Whether you're looking for a Soho speakeasy or a hotel bar in Mayfair, you'll find the cocktail bar for you.
Speakeasy bar? Not a problem. Rooftop bar? Just above you, sir. Whatever your drinking desires, London will have a cocktail bar near you. The issue you have is finding the right one.
That's where we come in. We've rounded up the best cocktail bars in London. From Mayfair to Shoreditch, London Bridge to Soho – our guide covers every cocktail bar imaginable.
Every cocktail bar is linked to its own Bar Necessities review to ensure you know exactly what to drink and eat once you arrive. The guide will be regularly updated so make sure to keep tabs on it.
Two star bartenders and their hotly anticipated two-part bar. Elementary is in the front, a laidback daytime hangout serving pre-batched party drinks. Tayēr is in the back and is like a very cool house party but with elevated tipples.
When you’re hungry. Past kitchen residencies include one from cult sando-makers Tā Tā Eatery. It’s hard to pin down since it’s a constant evolution, particularly in Tayēr. But don’t miss the frozen cocktail in Elementary, which changes on a regular basis, or the One-Sip Martini, a riff on an iconic cocktail.
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. It’s great for a first date. If it’s going well, you can take it downstairs. Wink, wink. The Sgroppino is a prosecco cocktail filled with lemon sorbet. Unmissable.
Upmarket mixed drinks in a down-to-earth and devilishly cool location. Thursday night; the weekend starts early here. Some of the best cocktails to be found in Bethnal Green’s burgeoning booze scene.
Diminutive Dalston bar and café run by by brothers Max and Noel Venning and filled with friends. When you fancy cocktails on a laidback, neighbourhood level and lit by candlelight.
Seasonal drinks with cute little tweaks, like a perfect, pre-batched French 75 poured from a champagne bottle at your table.
From the team who brought you White Lyan, Super Lyan and Dandelyan, here comes Lyaness. Mr Lyan’s latest bar occupies the same spot as Dandelyan but has a radical new approach to cocktails. When you want drinking to be a nerd-out experience.
The whizz kids behind the bar have created seven new ingredients (‘infinite banana’ and ‘ultra raspberry’ among them) that form the pillars of a wildly inventive cocktail menu. The White Sbagliato is among our faves.