If you were a suburb of London and you were surrounded by the cool and trendy bars of Soho, the hotel bars and swanky champagne bars of Mayfair, and just a short ride away from the rock and roll circus that collectively makes up the bar scene in Camden, would you be a little afraid? Of course not, because you'd probably work in media or fashion and you don't know the meaning of fear. We shall put it out there and say that Fitzrovia is fast becoming one of the coolest places in London for nightlife, with bars and restaurant popping up quicker than you can say ‘Shoreditch pop-up’. If you’re meeting friends after work in central London and want to avoid the oversubscribed hot bed of bars in the West End or Soho, we urge you to explore Fitzrovia for a cocktail or two. Therein lie some glorious hidden treasures.
Fitzrovia / Bar / Cuisine: European
In the spirit of a daily tonic, The Remedy is an intimate and convivial wine bar and restaurant in Fitzrovia inspired by traditional enotecas of Europe where wine, food and socialising are the connective strand of everyday life. Here you'll find wine and food sourced from small, independent producers. Expect seasonal dishes - small plates, sharing boards and oysters - that use great ingredients on a menu that changes all the time. The lengthy wine list of more than 250 wines is split into cheeky categories such as 'to Quench, to Cleanse, to Whet, and to Feed'.
Long Bar at Sanderson
Fitzrovia / Bar / Hotel / Cuisine: British
At some 80-feet in length, the dramatic, glowing onyx Long Bar (pictured above) is the focal point for energy at Sanderson. The beauty of Long Bar is that non-resident visitors are always welcome, which is rare for such a glamorous and well-known hotel bar. Long Bar is light, white, airy and radiates freshness and cleanliness. Classic and innovative cocktails fill the seasonally changing menu, with guests also being able to enjoy a wide selection of sharing platters. Either sit around the bar so you can people-watch or seek sanctuary in the Courtyard. There are also regular DJ nights for those looking for somewhere to go dancing in central London.
Bourne & Hollingsworth
Fitzrovia / Bar / Club /
Cocktail bar in central London? Check. Basement cocktail bar? Check. Vintage, retro, speak easy, Prohibition cocktail bar? Check. Cocktails in jam jars & teacups? Check. It seems all a bar needs these days in order to become one of the best cocktail bars in London is a basement and an antiquated cocktail menu. This delightful, tiny one-room cocktail bar has gone to town with the wartime aesthetics (frilly lampshades, lacy tablecloths, floral wallpaper). Best Cocktail: Lychee Martini, Vodka-based martini with fresh lychee.
The London Cocktail Club Goodge Street
Fitzrovia / Bar / Cuisine: Modern British
This central London basement cocktail bar - sister to the popular Covent Garden Cocktail Club in the West End - brings together some of London's most proficient mixologists. This cocktail adventure is as much about inventive dialogue as it is about liquid. Don't be afraid to chat with the bar staff about what you like in your cocktails because these boys will have the cocktail for you. Best Cocktail: Bacon & Egg Coupet.
The Lucky Pig Cocktail Bar
Fitzrovia / Bar /
The Lucky Pig cocktail bar provides old fashioned glamour and good times in the heart of Fitzrovia, and again, in a basement setting. Think Art Nouveau meets old New York decorated with objet d'art (some of which can be purchased), an upright piano, cubby holes and various oddities. Plus, Champagne served in cups instead of flutes!
Fitzrovia / Bar / Cuisine: Tapas
A traditional sherry tavern (typical of Jerez, Spain) from the team behind Copita and Barrica. The unique feature of a tabanco is that sherry wines are served straight from the barrel. In addition to serving a select range of fine and rare sherries from barrel, Drakes Tabanco also offers a choice of natural wines and artisan beer. To complete the experience, a Spanish-British menu is also served. Towards the back of the tabanco is a dining area, where table service is offered with guests ordering from the full food menu. A specially prepared 'sherry matching' tasting menu is also available at a U-shaped bar which is available for groups to reserve.
Fitzrovia / Bar / Hotel /
Nestled at the back of the hotel is the reservations-only Punch Room bar, a fumed-oak paneled den inspired by the comfort of manor house libraries and nineteenth-century London's private clubs, yet a modern reincarnation. As the name suggests, the cocktail focus is the Punch Bowl. For 2, 4, 6, or 8 people, guests can order one of eight carefully crafted specialty punches including the gin infused EDITION Punch with jasmine tea and oak moss. Carefully curated music from vintage soul, Ragtime, and Doo-wop to Ska and Blues as well as impromptu musical performances complete the experience.
Fitzrovia / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
Simmons Fitzrovia serves up a delightful variety of delicious cocktails in teacups, craft beers and wine. Teamed with an eclectic programme of entertainment and a marathon happy hour from 4pm to 9pm, Sunday- Friday, this new kid on the block is sure to impress the London centric crowd. The two storey bar laden with wooden floors and vintage seating is airy and bright with its own quirky vibe, the basement is a drinkers paradise, perfect for a little midnight mischief.
Fitzrovia / Bar / Cuisine: British
Located on Great Portland Street a stone's throw from Regent's Park, The Albany has recently had a thorough refit, with a smartened-up interior, revamped food offer and newly stocked stocked cellar. They've also added 'The Other Place' a basement bar with low-lit booths, and a regular line up of live bands. Beerwise, there's local London breweries such as Meantime and Camden, seasonally rotating guest beers and some of the best lagers from Europe and beyond. On the foodside expect a mix of pub classics, small plates, door stop sandwiches for lunch, weekend brunch and proper Sunday roasts.
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