Party Earth Review Proper cocktail making is an art form requiring impeccable skill, a fact not lost on the maestros down at The Portobello Star. Décor is clearly not the focus at this venue, which consists of one long and narrow room fitted with dark wooden stools and benches that lead toward a couch zone, which – for ... more
171 Portobello Road
London W11 2DY
Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Basement bars abound in Soho, but Zenna is literally spicier than most considering its selection of Indian-inspired cocktails – including one drink so hot that patrons have to sign a waiver before drinking it. Owned by the same folks behind swanky Indian restaurant The Red Fort upstairs, the venue is accessed ... more
77 Dean Street
London W1D 3SH
Café / Cocktail Bar
Party Earth Review Cleverly concealed under the austere home accessories store by the same name, Freud is a gritty bar popular with a clientele of artsy media types and hip students looking to subdue their superegos with drink. Accessible only by a steep metal staircase, this underground venue is a café by day and a small, swinging cocktail ... more
198 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8JL
Party Earth Review The Lab Bar, which stands for London Academy of Bartenders, is world renowned for its extensive menu of innovative cocktails and, in its heyday, was considered the best bar in the world, setting the precedent for mixed drinks and producing the most knowledgeable bartenders. Although the immense cocktail menu can be a bit ... more
12 Old Compton Street
London W1d 4TQ
Party Earth Review Whether the speakeasy trend is genius or just a tired gimmick, few could deny that the Prohibition spirit is in full force at Evans & Peel Detective Agency, a subterranean haunt where a 20s-era vibe is in effect 100% of the time. Once buzzed through the nondescript door, would-be guests enter a fake detective ... more
310C Earl's Court Road
London SW5 9BA
Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Tucked away in a tiny East End alley, Loungelover is an alluring little treasure, the sort of secret hideaway that most regular patrons hope no one else discovers. Guests are greeted by a hostess before being led into the inner sanctum of cozy nooks and various seating areas surrounding a center bar. The charming but eclectic ... more
No. 1 Whitby Street
London E1 6JU
Party Earth Review While it’s true that prohibition-style speakeasies are nothing new, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town may be the only one that’s accessed through a refrigerator. A retro SMEG handcrafted in Italy, to be exact, that’s inauspiciously tucked in the corner of the cozy American-style diner The Breakfast Club. After asking staff ... more
12-16 Artillery Lane
London E1 7LS
Party Earth Review It may be signless and nameless, but 69 Colebrooke Row is anything but anonymous, and offers a stylish speakeasy atmosphere steeped in Old Hollywood class. The brainchild of cocktail wizard Tony Canigliaro of Isola and Camille Hobby-Limon of the Charles Lamb Pub, this small cocktail bar prides itself on its inviting yet ... more
69 Colebrooke Row
London N1 A88
Cocktail Bar / Tiki Bar
Party Earth Review Tucked behind the famed Liberty shopping center, Kingly Street can feel far removed from the bustling thoroughfare of Regent Street –the perfect setting to hide Two Floors, a bar with a distinctly split personality. Though a chalkboard listing quirky messages (like “Soup of the day: Rum!”) is occasionally ... more
3 Kingly Street
London W1B 5PD
Cocktail Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Anyone who snagged a bite at the short-lived but incredibly popular pop-up burger bar Meateasy will be shaking their buns with joy at MEATliquor, which officially opened on November 11, 2011. Helmed by Yianni Papoutsis, the mastermind behind Meateasy and the beloved #Meatwagon burger van, the new diner welcomes lively young ... more
76 Welbeck Street
London W1G 0BA
In recent years, the art of cocktailing has risen to all new heights, and the cocktail bars in London are at the forefront of some of the most innovative mixology around.
There are so many great London cocktail bars that it’s hard to know where to begin. Starting off, there’s The Lab Bar. Lab here stands for the London Academy of Bartenders and is world renowned for its incredible drink list and knowledgeable bartenders. One of the coolest, and newest members of the London cocktail bar scene is The Experimental Cocktail Club. Originally opened in Paris, this hidden oasis entices couples to try something new like their Saint Germain Des Prés, which is a strong mixture of gin, egg white, cucumber juice, and elderflower.
Nightjar, meanwhile, is an inconspicuous and hard to find live music den with a whole chorus of signature drinks, whereas Lounge Lover is tucked back into a little alley and invites a stylish set to get cozy with their artisanal cocktails and their dates.
Other venues like Match Bar in Central London, Dirty Martini in Covent Garden, Danger of Death on Brick Lane, Callooh Callay in Shoreditch, and the newly opened Meat Liquor in Central, all feature their own hyper-creative menus and expert mixologists who can turn any drink into liquid heaven.
Wherever you go in London, there will be a plethora of cocktails bars from which to choose. So if you’re in the mood for something sweet, something sour, or just something new, there will always be a cocktail bar with your name on it.