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Top 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Mayfair, London

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Mayfair in Central London is not for everyone. There are no '3 shots for £10' drinks offers here or pints of craft ales on tap. It's just wall to wall class, finessed luxury that only the rich, the famous and the downright gorgeous really deserve. But then, we can all be gorgeous once in a while. Time to pull that little black cocktail dress out of the wardrobe, ladies, and to dust off that casual suit, chaps, because tonight we're stepping out in style. It's time to tackle the best cocktail bars in Mayfair and live like the 10% live.

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The Connaught Bar
Mayfair / Bar / Hotel /

There are three things you need to know about this hotel cocktail bar in Mayfair. Mixologist, Erik Lorincz, won the World's Best Bartender 2010 award. The other mixologist, Ago Perrone, won Best International Bartender at Tales of The Cocktail 2010. And the cocktail bar itself scooped the World's Best Hotel Bar at the same event. Bespoke bitters served from a trolley; opulent, masculine decor; exclusive limited edition spirits and Champagnes. All class. Best Cocktail: ANY Martini. Contact The Connaught Bar directly

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The Luggage Room
Mayfair / Bar /

This cocktail bar on the corner of Grosvenor Square has a foot firmly in the past, specifically the roaring 20s. In the 1920s the infamous 'Bentley Boys' would turn heads in glamorous Mayfair. The decadent yet cosy bar boasts handmade wine cabinets, and a luxurious liquor collection. Bring on the cobblers, cups, punches, highballs and martinis it's time to get carefree and crazy. Contact The Luggage Room directly

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Galvin at Windows Bar
Mayfair / Bar / Cuisine: French

Situated in Mayfair on the 28th Floor of the Hilton hotel, Galvin at Windows bar is known for its spectacular views of central London, in particular Hyde Park. The bar serves a variety of drinks, from their fruity flavoured cocktails to their signature cocktails. They also have an extensive whisky collection with over 55 choices. A tapas styled menu is on offer to accompany the beverages. The bar is open throughout the day from most mornings till late evenings with sunset time being the peak time for the bar. Be prepared to arrive early to secure a sofa seating by the window. Contact Galvin at Windows Bar directly

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Mr Fogg's Residence
Mayfair / Bar /

Mr Fogg?s bar in Mayfair is modelled on the very Mayfair house in which Phileas Fogg would have lived after travelling Around the World in 80 Days The bar is well hidden down a small side street off Berkeley Square maintaining an element of secrecy. On arrival, guests will walk through a Victorian door, entering into an immaculate hallway, where a selection of staff dressed in specially designed uniforms, will take care of them. The menu is a unique interpretation of Victorian Cocktail Culture, such as: Absinthe Aperitifs, Gin Fizzes, Grog?s, Sazeracs, Stirrup Cups and Pouce Cafés. Contact Mr Fogg's Residence directly

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Whisky Bar at The Athenaeum
Mayfair / Bar / Hotel /

Proudly boasting the largest selection of whiskies in any hotel bar in London, Whisky Bar at the Athenaeum offers over 300 choices from the Scottish Highlands to Japan. They have a great range of whisky and cheese matching selections on their menu, as well as offering other bar snacks. Hotels guests can get themselves a whisky passport which will gain them a tasting of up to 25 whiskies over numerous hotels stays. As well as whisky, the bar has Champagne, wine and cocktails on the menu. The mixologists are more than happy to prepare anything off the menu if you have a particular hankering. Contact Whisky Bar at The Athenaeum directly

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Claridges Bar
Mayfair / Bar / Hotel / Cuisine: Bar

Any bar that tells you on the drinks menu the name of the designer who dressed the female staff is one that cares about appearances, so be prepared to dress sharp. Come to this bar with your gold Amex in hand as it epitomises the luxury and glamour of one of London's most iconic hotels, Claridge's. Here it's all about the vintage champagne, of which they have a truly impressive selection both by the glass and the bottle and there?s an extensive bar menu heavy on shellfish to accompany it. Contact Claridges Bar directly

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Bar 45
Mayfair / Bar /

For a taste of how the glitterati in Manhattan live you can't beat Bar 45. There's a wide selection of exotic cocktails such as the Umami (Oba Leaf, Cucumber, Umeboshi, Gin) and Dragon's Fire (Tequila, Cointreau, Jalapeno, Grapefruit), not to mention a wine list including what they claim is the largest selection of American wines in the UK, but the raison d'etre of this place really is their guest consultant, superstar yankee chef Wolfgang Puck, and his tempting bar menu of 'rough cuts'. Choose between everything from house smoked pastrami to tempura onion rings with paprika saffron aioli, or tuna tartare cones and French fries with Old Bay bearnaise. Contact Bar 45 directly

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Cartizze
Mayfair / Bar /

Cartizze is a timeless, luxury Bellini and cocktail destination in Mayfair. This intimate bar (pictured above), which takes its name from the revered Prosecco vineyards of Northern Italy, seats just 60 guests, and serves world-class cocktails and aperitivos in a sumptuous art-deco setting. The bar can be found through a hidden entrance just off the narrow cobbled street of Lancashire Court. The interior is a combination of dip-dyed oak paneling with classic egg and dart panel details, soft lilac and blue leathers and a nero marquina marble fireplace. Contact Cartizze directly

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Trader Vic's
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: International

Trader Vic's is a large bombed out hut with scattered tables and a beached old bar with hawaiian dressed bartenders, the only thing missing is the sea and sand at the other side of the hut. Down some stairs at the side of the London Hilton in Park Lane is where you will find this holiday in the smoke. Trader Vic's forte has to be the list of crazy cocktails many of which insist on a little indulgence. Some of the world's finest bartenders and mixologists have emanated from Vic's bar. Contact Trader Vic's directly

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The Tale Bar at Playboy Club London
Mayfair / Bar /

Proudly voted Best Bar at the exclusive London Lifestyle Awards in 2012, Salvatore's Bar at Playboy Club is an elegant cocktail and piano bar with exceptional collection of vintage spirits and bar paraphernalia, including a signed first edition of the Savoy cocktail book. Legendary bartender, Salvatore Calabrese is the real highlight of the bar with his encyclopedic knowledge of cocktail making. His many infamous cocktails include Spicy Fifty and the electrifying Breakfast Martini. All his cocktails, and even a simple beer, are served in beautifully crafted glassware or containers. Salvatore famously created the world's most expensive cocktail in 2012 costing £5,500 using ancient spirits. Contact The Tale Bar at Playboy Club London directly

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