Party Earth Review A trip to Lounge Bohemia begins with an appointment – a visit would likely be futile without one. Then there are the two simple but steadfast rules: no suits and no standing room. Finally, there’s the journey inside: through the unmarked door, along a hallway papered with old Czech newspapers, and finally down two flights ... more
1 Great Eastern Street
London, EC2A 3EJ
Party Earth Review Under the cobbled paths and romantic twinkling lights of Covent Garden’s historic square lies Dirty Martini, a cruisy cocktail bar pumping with energetic bartenders and high-spirited revelers. A short flight of stairs leads party seekers down to a club decked out in flashy modern décor, black ottomans, eye-catching chandeliers ... more
11/12 Russell Street
London WC2B 5HZ
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 / 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
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 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
Party Earth Review City professionals visiting the Worship Street Whistling Shop may feel like they’re stepping back in time as they descend the stairs to this two-room wood-paneled bar. Curious couples and adventurous tourists find themselves in a Victorian-themed space, complete with flickering lights and a large glass enclosure that is ... more
63 Worship Street
London, EC2A 2DU63
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 Refined but with a touch of cheeky sophistication, Danger of Death is a favorite of hipster Hoxonites and moneyed artistic professionals looking for an exclusive night of cocktails and conversation. Tucked behind the façade of a former antique shop, the cozy escape retains its secretive underground vibe through its stringent ... more
202 Brick Lane
London E1 6SA
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
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.