The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in London

Whiskey and herb orange cocktail on wooden tray

It’s London Cocktail week, which means it’s the perfect time to check out the extensive range of cocktail bars in the city! But with hundreds of dodgy themed bars and enormously high prices, how do you choose where to go? Luckily, we’re here to help with a list of the best bars in the capital. 

The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in London 

Central London 

Fam- Marylebone (London cocktail week discount)  

With comfy leather seats and walls covered with vinyl records, Fam is a cosy neighbourhood bar right in the centre of London. Purchase the London Cocktail Week £10 pass and you’ll get access to a range of drinks for just £6. 

Blind Pig (Soho)

During the time of prohibition in the US, the word ‘blind pig’ was used to describe the illegal bars where drinkers would go to get their hands on an illegal drink. This Soho bar has taken inspiration from US prohibition in both its name and decor, with the bar scattered with antique pieces of furniture. Go back in time with pickle-juice cocktails in a classic setting.

Bar Americain (Soho)

A classic American cocktail bar just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus, Bar Americain is the perfect place to stop off after a day shopping in central London. Relax in the soft leather chairs and soak up the atmosphere that’s remained unchanged for decades.

Murder Inc (Soho)

Just around the corner from busy Oxford Street, Murder Inc offers a dimly lit and moody bar with mugshots decorating the walls. Offering reasonable prices for the area, Murder Inc offers a classy alternative to your average Soho tourist trap. 

East London 

Hacha- Dalston (London cocktail week discount) 

This Dalston-based ‘agaveria’ is known for its extensive array of drinks based on Mexican mezcal and tequila. If that wasn’t enough, Hacha also offers a range of small plates, including a range of tacos and tostadas. A £10 pass to London’s cocktail week will also get you some of the bar’s signature cocktails for just £6. 

Satan’s Whiskers (Bethnal Green)

With vintage French posters and a cosy atmosphere, Satan’s Whiskers is a low key and romantic bar. With a menu that changes daily and drinks ranging from £7-£8, this bar is the perfect start to any night on the town in East London.

Tayer + Elementary (Old Street)

Founded by two of the world’s most respected bartenders, Tayer + Elementary is a stripped back and sleek location for people who care about cocktails. The menu changes constantly, with clever concoctions including ‘beef-fat washed vodka alongside lettuce wings.’

Every Cloud (Hackney)

In this petite East London bar, you’ll find friendly bar staff and simple but delicious cocktails. The menu is witty, but not too pretentious. Every Cloud also offers ‘low and no’ alcohol cocktails for the non-drinkers among you. 

Three Sheets (Dalston)

Three Sheets is a minimalist and classy bar in vibrant Dalston. The cocktail menu changes every week to make sure that customers are always being served up something new.

South London 

Nine Lives (London Bridge)

Hidden beside the arches in London Bridge, Nine Lives is a trendy and environmentally conscious venue that is known for its innovative cocktails and ‘zero-waste’ mentality. Head there this weekend with your London Cocktail week pass for £6 caramel whisky cocktails. 

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About Beth

Beth is a language enthusiast and former EFL teacher. After studying Modern Languages at university, her love of adventure led her to travel all over the world. Now settled in sunny Brighton, she loves writing blogs to encourage people to visit her native England.

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