Let’s not mess around; London is the home of cocktail bars. So what if the term cocktail originated in US. Who cares if Americans have an insatiable appetite for cocktails; so do we! The dainty hand of a distinguished lady as she sips upon a Bellini. The manly tones of a tuxedo-wearing gent as his asks for his martini shaken, not stirred. These are memories of London and London is so overflowing with talented cocktail bars, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to narrow the search for you.
Looking for somewhere new? Looking for a hidden gem cocktail bar? Looking to find a cocktail bar in Soho that doesn’t swill Coca Cola with the nearest bottle of spirit and call it a cocktail? Your answer: this comprehensible guide to the best cocktail bars in Soho serving the best cocktails in Soho. Carnaby Street, Dean Street, Greek Street, Brewer Street, Old Compton Street: covered.
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Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: International
This is the kind of bar you'd come to with workmates: not too expensive and a compromise on varying music and going out tastes. Plus, its central location means it's just as suitable for a couple of cheeky cocktails at the start of the night as it is for lairy dancing and Beyonce booty shaking at the end of a night.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Latin
Sister bar to Angel's Barrio North and, like its sibling, this Soho bar has a bold, quirky, colourful style that just shouts 'Look at me, look at me' (in a good way). Two cocktail bars to choose from, one bar on each floor, the basement bar being the better option as it turns into a mini club later on. If, like me, you're a cheapskate, the 'Amigo Hour' from 4-8pm will be liquid music to your ears. TRY: 'The No Brainer' cocktail for two, served in a Lucha Libre wrestling mask.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pizza
It's all about the right location and vibe when it comes to cocktail bars. B-Soho has it all, and it's packed out every night. It's split over 2 levels with the vibrant cocktail bar on the first floor and the simple yet effective pizzeria below. You can order pizzas on the ground floor too. Pizzas only take 90 seconds thanks to a fantastically hot, hand-built Neapolitan brick oven. There are 30 well designed signature cocktails to choose from and a well-chosen wine list. There's going to be live music performances and some very lively karaoke nights too.
Mark's Bar at Hix
Soho / Bar / Cuisine: British
Another basement cocktail bar in Soho with another cocktail legend at the helm. This time it's Nick Strangeway, the erstwhile World Mixologist/Bartender of the Year. Dim lighting, bar billiards table, room-length zinc bar; is this a New York cocktail bar? It's advisable to call ahead, many private parties take place here, it's that popular. TRY: Hix Fix (£11.75 !!) Mark's now infamous combination of Morello Cherries in Somerset Eau de Vie generously crowned with champagne.
El Camion & The Pink Chihuahua
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
A 3am license is a beautiful thing in Soho and what might appear to be a relaxed Mexican cantina obsessed with 80s retro is actually much more. The separate cocktail bar in the basement - Mexican restaurant upstairs - has a cocktail menu that's in keeping with the Mexican theme, heavily favouring tequila and rum. And, it's piloted by a living legend: Dick Bradsell, the man who invented the Bramble, the Russian Spring Punch and the Vodka Espresso. TRY: Only one possibly choice: the Margarita.
Mayfair / Bar /
Muchos bucks were spent on this Soho bar just off Oxford Circus, but it paid off; it won London Bar of the Year at the London Lifestyle Awards. It's a simplistic walk-around bar with Japanese kimono decorative booths, but the best part is the small roof terrace, perfect for surveying the London skyline. During winter Aqua's mixologists have created liquid cashmere cocktails to warm frosty fingers, including a hot Kyoto Toddy. TRY: the champagne-lychee Rose & Li served with flowering rose buds.
Soho / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
Just a side step from Regent's Street and Piccadilly Circus is Soho's epicenter of gin. Graphic bar is big on gin - even has its own educational Monday Juniper Society - so cocktails are plentiful. The bar's name isn't a flash in the pan idea either because the artistic interior is refreshed every few months by another commissioned 'graphic' designer. Thursday-Saturday = more raucous. TRY: one of the bar's paint tin punch cocktails, especially 'Green', cuz it's got Henrick's gin in it, innit.
Bob Bob Ricard
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
Primarily an English restaurant, old Bob Bob offer cocktails that are similarly very English. Eschewing the temptation to push the 'Press for Champagne' button at the tables, I drifted downstairs, passed the Art Deco decadence of the restaurant, to the discreet all-booth Edwardian train-like sitting room, designed by David Collins - a man who only seems to design for Michelin starred restaurants (bars): The Wolseley, J. Sheekey, Claridge's Bar. TRY: BBR Pink Rhubarb Gin & Tonic.
The Blind Pig
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Located on the first floor of Jason Atherton's new Michelin star restaurant, Social Eating House, the Blind Pig has a vintage twist with antique mirrored ceilings and reclaimed wooden chairs. The bar has a signature drinks menu created by mixologist Gareth Evans including the Thermonuclear daiquiri and Dill Or No Dill.
Milk & Honey
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