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London's Best Cocktail Bars: Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars in London. If you have an insatiable appetite for cocktails, then you’ll be on the hunt for London's best cocktail bars. Fluid London has put together a Top 10 guide to the best cocktail bars in London ranging from posh cocktail bars to hidden cocktail bars to West End cocktail bars to Mayfair cocktail bars to Shoreditch cocktail bars. If you need a cocktail bar & it’s in London, then this Top 10 guide to the best London cocktail bars is just the ticket.
Whether you need the perfect after-work cocktail bar or a special cocktail bar to impress a date, or simply a local cocktail bar to relax in, our cocktail bar guide will point you towards those all important London cocktail bars that matter.
The May Fair Bar
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Mediterranean
Mayfair - there are those London cocktail bars that serve the purpose of post-work raucous, reckless abandon, and then there are those London cocktail bars that are simply a step above the rest. This bar in the May Fair Hotel uses premium spirit brands, in-house infusions, exotic fruits, and fragrant spices to create the highest of high-end cocktails. And for those that want to go one step even further, there's The 150, a floor-to-ceiling glass fridge filled with magnums including a limited edition Dom Pérignon. The Champagne, whiskey and martini flights are also worth a look. Best cocktail: the £23 Gold Manhattan masde with Johnnie Walker Gold, sweet vermouth and Grand Marnier.
Boyds Brasserie Bar & Lounge
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
West End - You want one of those weekends in London. You may already live in London but you want to show your special someone a good time in your home town. So you book a swanky hotel, purchase some West End show tickets, put of your best finery, and head to the heart of central London. This is a special weekend so you need opulence and glamour. You need a romantic setting moments from Trafalgar Square and the River Thames. You need Champagne cocktails lovingly crafted by expert mixologists. You need the Pink Fairy cocktail to work its Pernod absinthe magic so you can get lucky tonight. You need Boyd's cocktail bar and adjacent restaurant for dinner then. Best cocktail: Boyd's Dinner Mint
Victoria / Bar / Hotel / Cuisine: Bar
Victoria - Reunion Cocktail and Champagne bar is a decadent hideaway well placed in the historic Grosvenor Hotel at Victoria station. The well groomed bar tenders inject chic and glamour with handcrafted cocktails mixing the traditional with innovative surprises.
The Artesian Well
Clapham / Bar / Club / Cuisine: Italian
Clapham - New cocktails are being created every day, but some of the best you will ever taste have been around since the first golden age of the cocktail. Some you may know and some are hidden gems found only in our specially selected collection of Artesian Well cocktail drinks. How about a celebratory champagne cocktail such as a Bellini? Party with the perfect Mojito, make like a Manhattan socialite with a classy Cosmopolitan cocktail after a hard day's work or enjoy a classic Long Island Ice Tea that certainly packs a punch.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: International
Soho - The Zebrano mini-chain of central London cocktail bars is where London's hip, cool and funky people hang out. This cocktail bar is just off Carnaby Street in Soho and will appeal to those who like to party until late. The bar's resident and guest DJs play the West End's best tunes until the early hours in the vibrant basement lounge bar. The expert barmen are renowned for creating the most colourful, potent & best cocktails in Soho. Best Cocktail: it's got to be the Carnaby Caipirinha.
The Lost Angel
Battersea / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: None
Battersea - The Lost Angel is Battersea's hidden gem with many secret talents. A stylish interior gives discerning drinks the perfect place to come and hangout during the week and get a carefully created cocktail or soak up live music. The weekend brings the party with the DJs taking over and party goers descend in groups. If it's dinner and cocktails you're after, head on through to the Gaslight Grill restaurant where flame grilled meats are complimented by an extensive sauce list. If that isn't enough, the Gin Palace bar offers homemade seasonal treats paying homage to the great British classic: gin.
Mayfair / Bar / Hotel / Cuisine: Fusion
Piccadilly - This swanky cocktail bar in the Le Méridien hotel on Piccadilly can be used as a meeting venue during the day, serving coffees, or as a romantic lounge getaway, far from the maddening crowds of London's heaving streets in the evening. With its subdued music, this cocktail bar is a top location for some pre-theatre West End drinks. Best cocktail: the barrel-aged sangria. Look out for chocolate and cocktail pairings too.
Citizen Smith (closed)
Putney / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pizza
Putney - There are those bar-propping website guides that are constantly drawn in by the lure of an expensive hotel bar or a subdued chic cocktail bar setting. And then there's Fluid London. We like to party so we much prefer cocktails at bars like Citizen Smith where the clientele is easy on the eye, the funky-non-chart-music easy on the ear, the Hours of Happiness (£4.95 all night Sunday and Monday, 4-7pm Tuesday-Friday, 12-6pm on Saturday) easy on the wallet, and the home-made liqueurs and cordials easy on the taste buds. Best cocktail: Three Dots and a Dash, made with rum, honey, homemade Falernum, homemade allspice dram, lime and orange juice.
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Modern European
Clapham - The drinks menu at this lofty south London bar and club offers a thirst-burstling wide selection of Andy Campana's cocktail creations - he who is regarded as one of the best and most innovative mixologists in the UK - as well as imported spirits and beers (for the unlikely event of eschewing a cocktail). The bar staff are unswervingly accommodating for companions who desire non-alcoholic cocktails, or mocktails, too. Best Cocktail: the £95 Loft Rum Punch (serves 20).