Cocktail Bar / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Greeted at the battered, paint-speckled door by a man in a waistcoat, first-time visitors to Experimental Cocktail Club can hardly be blamed if they find themselves a bit skeptical, unless of course they’re already familiar with the cutting-edge Paris original. Located on one of Soho’s busiest and most tourist-laden thoroughfares ... more
13A Gerrard Street
London W1D 5PS
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
Party Earth Review An inconspicuous door adorned with a small plaque of Nightjar’s namesake bird is the only evidence of the stellar live music that awaits in this vintage-themed basement hideout – an ironic notion considering the nightjar’s call sounds like a fan belt slowly stripping off an air compressor. A swanky homage to early 20th ... more
129 City Road
London EC1V 1JB
Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review A Japanese-themed destination for those with sultry tastes and a nose for exotic drinks, Shochu Lounge is an easy-to-miss venue that focuses on exactly what its name suggests. Shōchū – a distilled Japanese beverage often compared to vodka in taste – gets far less attention than sake, the country’ ... more
37 Charlotte Street
London W1T 1RR
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
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
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
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
Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review A friendly East End bar nestled on a busy central London street, the lively Match Bar prides itself on its impressive menu of cocktails, each individually made with fresh fruit juices and top shelf spirits. An open door policy creates an inviting, neighborly atmosphere that draws in chatty Londoners looking for great drinks ... more
37-38 Margaret Street
London W1G 0JF
Reviewed by Jack O.
"I've making the effort to develop upon my love for Japanese food over the last few years and Bincho is definitely one of the best places I've tried la ..." more
16 Old Compton Street
London W1D 4TL
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
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.