Covent Garden and the West End is a buzzing, picturesque area of London that is filled with Londoners and tourists alike who come here for shopping, Theatreland, restaurants, street performers, and tourist attractions. It’s no wonder Covent Garden is one of the most popular destinations for those going out in central London. However, it is this popularity that means you need to know exactly where you're going before you arrive. Here's our top 10 guide to the best cocktail bars in Covent Garden. London's West End is full to the brim with top cocktail bars, rooftop bars, wine bars, basement bars, DJ bars, dancing bars, happy hour bars, and Covent Garden, Seven Dials, and areas of Aldwych, Holborn, Cambridge Circus, Leicester Square and The Strand have some of the best cocktail bars in London.
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West End / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
This basement bar and cafe in central London is popular with the West End and Soho media crowd thanks to the continuously changing art displays, the great coffee, the tasty snacks, and, of course, the free poured cocktails. An inconspicuous, stainless steel staircase leads down from the corner of Neal Street into a buzz of small, cool, contemporary chaos. Stumbling distance to a number of tube stations too. Best Cocktail: Tuaca Mule.
BYOC (Bring Your Own Cocktails)
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This cocktail bar is hidden below Covent Garden, behind a discreet door. It is tiny, but doesn't need to be too big as it has no need for alcohol stocks. Instead, guests are encouraged to bring their fave tipple with them and leave it to the skilled bartender to create a bespoke cocktail using the encyclopedia of syrups, juices, spices, herbs, salts, fruits, cordials and bitters on a vintage silver trolley. Exposed brickwork, an original fireplace, a gramophone and 1920s vintage signs make this secret underground hide-away a unique, interactive experience for cocktail fiends across London.
London Cocktail Club Covent Garden
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Bar
This cocktail bar is one for ladies will love. With award-winning bartender, JJ Goodman, at the helm, the boys behind the bar are highly capable in matters of flairing, banter, and looking easy on the eye. British bartending at its best with a decent pre-theatre cocktail happy hour until 7pm (although Mondays are always discounted). Sink into a Chesterfield sofas and let the London Cocktail Club offer you an experience you won't forget. Thursday night aren't rumoured to be the liveliest.
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Cellar Door is an extravagant and quite fabulous bar hidden in the depths of a former public toilet in Aldwych. Yes, you read that right! This site is quite a small space, but the selection of cocktails and champagne is great. Usually they have DJ nights and interesting performances. The atmosphere is definitely unusual and full of surprises. The Cellar Door is perfect for starting the night with friends, and also maybe for a more 'romantic' rendezvous. The bar is unquestionably an excellent find. It is advisable to book a table if you are planning to stay for longer than one drink.
Pisco Bar at LIMA Floral
West End / Bar / Cuisine: Peruvian
This specialised bar offers a range of Peruvian inspired cocktails and a menu of small plates known as piqueos, best described as Peruvian tapas. The basement bar provides the great setting in which to relax and enjoy a taste of Peru's drinking culture whilst escaping the bustling streets of Covent Garden. The cocktail list has been influenced by classic Peruvian flavours with the liquor pisco featuring heavily. The national cocktail of Peru, the pisco sour, a smooth, refreshing short drink bursting with citrus flavours, is not to be missed.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pan Asian
Amazing performance restaurant where you can watch a fire eating ballerina whilst dining on delicious pan-American cuisine. Totally unique dining experience and lots of fun. The justly famous Mandarin & Passion Fruit Mojitos are exceptional.
West End / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
Based in the riotous Headquarters of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is styled as part modern day Victorian men's club and part Masonic lodge. Partying like it's 1899 seven days a week, the focus is on memorable times with great drinks in an outrageous space. Located in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden, The Escapologist cocktail bar offers twisted classic cocktails and a menu of high-quality pizzas.
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