BARS & CLUBS

Where London - - Night Life -

The Back Room

Next to Hard Rock, the bar boasts vin­tage and iconic mu­sic items, in­clud­ing a door from the Ap­ple Stu­dios signed by the Beatles. En­joy cock­tails, piz­zas and a great vibe. www.hardrock.com. 148b Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

68 & Bos­ton

So­phis­ti­cated Soho venue with sep­a­rate cock­tail and wine bars. The ground-floor bar boasts wine from lesser-known re­gions, in­clud­ing Uruguay, and all bot­tles are just £20. Nightly food menu. www.68and­boston.com. 5 Greek St, W1D 4DD. T: 020-7287 3713. D7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Bar at Bel­lamy’s

Clas­sic cock­tails and wines are served in a clas­sic set­ting, which is dec­o­rated with vin­tage ski posters. www.bel­lamys­restau­rant.co.uk. 18/18a Bru­ton Place, W1J 6LY. T: 020-7491 2727. E6. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

Bara­nis

A taste of Provence in London, this chic bar has a grand vaulted cel­lar full of fine French wines and pastis, plus the UK’s only in­door pé­tanque court. www.bara­nis.co.uk. 115 Chancery Lane, WC2 1PP. T: 020-7242 8373. D9. Sta­tion: Chancery Lane.

Book­ing Of­fice Bar

The ground floor of the St Pan­cras Re­nais­sance Ho­tel has a 29m-long bar sur­rounded by cav­ernous arched ceil­ings, and stone walls dat­ing back to 1873. Tasty bar snacks. www.bookingof­fice­bar.com. Eus­ton Rd, NW1 2AR. T: 020-7841 3566. C7. Sta­tion: King’s Cross St Pan­cras.

Bur­lock

Rum is def­i­nitely the spirit of choice here, in a re­laxed bar that spe­cialises in many types of cock­tails pre­pared with the Caribbean spirit and un­usual in­gre­di­ents. www.bur­lock­lon­don.co.uk. 31 Duke St, W1U 1LG. T: 020-7935 3303. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

BYOC

At ‘Bring Your Own Cock­tail’ pay £25, bring a spirit of your choice and the mixol­o­gist will cre­ate your drink. Book­ing is ad­vis­able. www.byoc.co.uk. 9-11 Base­ment, Cam­den High St, NW1 7JE. T: 0203441 2424. Off map. Sta­tion: Morn­ing­ton Cres­cent.

Car­tizze Bar

Time­less, lux­ury Bellini and cock­tail des­ti­na­tion in May­fair, with Art Deco oak pan­elling and leather-topped bar stools. En­joy the ex­cel­lent ser­vice and good bar menu. www.car­tizze­bar.com. 4 Lan­cashire Court, W1S 1EY. T: 020-7518 9388. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

City So­cial

Ja­son Ather­ton of­fers spec­tac­u­lar food and drink sur­rounded by breath­tak­ing views of London. The bar has im­pres­sive Art Deco in­te­rior, and Pro­hi­bi­tion­in­spired cock­tail list. There’s also an ad­join­ing restau­rant. www.cityso­cial­lon­don.com. Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N 1HQ. T: 020-7877 7703. D11. Sta­tion: Liver­pool Street.

C.O.L.D Bar (The City of London Dis­tillery)

A won­der­ful well-stocked, retro-styled cock­tail bar that over­looks the strik­ing cop­per stills of the dis­tillery. Tast­ings, classes and tours, in­clud­ing an Evo­lu­tion of Gin tour, are avail­able. www.cityof lon­dondis­tillery.com. 22-24 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT. T: 020-7936 3446. D9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Dirty Mar­tini

With deluxe ban­quettes and a quirky lay­out, this cock­tail bar is a hit with its ex­ten­sive list of mar­ti­nis. Mon-Sat 4pm-late. Mul­ti­ple branches. www.dirty mar­tini.uk.com. 10c Hanover Square, W1S 1JH. T: 020-7632 2087. D6. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

The Dolls House

This stylish cock­tail bar and pri­vate mem­bers’ club of­fers mixed drinks in The Par­lour on the ground floor, with weekly jazz nights. www.thedead dollsclub.com. 181 Up­per St, N1 1RQ. T: 020-7288 1470. D7. Sta­tion: High­bury & Is­ling­ton.

The Draft House

En­joy fab­u­lous draft beers from around the world at this friendly bar. Mea­sures come in one-third pint glasses (and larger), per­fect for dis­cov­er­ing your favourite. www.draft­house.co.uk. 206-208 Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7378 9995. E11. Sta­tion: London Bridge/ Tower Hill.

Drakes Ta­banco

A Span­ish-style bar that serves rare sher­ries which have been aged in an­cient oak bar­rels – en­joy a self-poured tip­ple straight from the bar­rel. There are also craft beers, a range of nat­u­ral wines and tapas. www.drakesta­banco.com. 3 Wind­mill St, W1T 2HY. T: 020-7637 9388. D7. Sta­tion: Goodge Street.

The Drift

All aboard this chic, re­lax­ing oa­sis in the heart of the City. Its industrial-style dé­cor has ocean-in­spired touches, while the bar serves punch bowls and cock­tails. www.thedrift­bar. co.uk. Heron Tower, 110 Bish­ops­gate, EC2N 4AY. T: 0845- 468 0103. D10. Sta­tion: Bar­bican.

Free­dom

This gay-friendly venue at­tracts a trendy crowd to its stylish cock­tail bar and night­club. www.free­dom bar­soho.com. 60- 66 War­dour St, W1F 0TA. T: 020-7734 0071. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

Gong

Lo­cated in The Shard, Gong is the high­est Cham­pagne bar in London and the ideal place for sun­set cock­tails and late-night drinks. www.shangri-la.com. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8000. F10. Sta­tion: London Bridge.

Good God­freys

Old-style glam­our and clas­sic cock­tails are served with a hint of his­tory at this suave es­tab­lish­ment. Try sig­na­ture cock­tails in­clud­ing the As­tor Hip Flask. www.wal­dorfhilton.co.uk. The Wal­dorf Hil­ton, Ald­wych, WC2B 4DD. T: 020-7836 2400. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Gor­don’s Wine Bar

London’s old­est wine bar has been un­cork­ing bot­tles from around the world since 1890 in its stone-walled base­ment. It’s hugely pop­u­lar, so a seat is a real bonus. Well-priced pub food, in­clud­ing cheese plates. www.gor­don­swine bar.com. 47 Vil­liers St, WC2N 6NE. T: 020-7930 1408. E8. Sta­tion: Em­bank­ment/Char­ing Cross.

Hix­ter Bank­side

Restau­ra­teur Mark Hix’s bar shows his trade­mark in­ter­est in mod­ern art – see an in­stal­la­tion by He­len Chad­wick that repli­cates a London Tube car­riage. www.hixrestau­rants.co.uk. 16 Great Guild­ford St, SE1 0HS. T: 020-7921 9508. E9. Sta­tion: Southwark.

Mahiki

This glitzy tiki haunt is a real draw for celebri­ties. The Poly­ne­sian-themed club of­fers clas­sic and fresh fruit cock­tails and spe­cial cre­ations to share, in­clud­ing Trea­sure Chest and Honolulu Honey. www.mahiki.com. 1 Dover St, W1S 4LD. T: 020-7493 9529. E7. Sta­tion: Green Park.

The Met Bar

With a suave May­fair set­ting, it’s a fresh, stylish look for this fa­mous bar in the Metropoli­tan Ho­tel. Ex­ten­sive wine list, vin­tage Cham­pagne by the glass and cock­tails, plus a Bri­tish food menu. www.met­bar. co.uk. 19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB. T: 020-7447 1000. Off map. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

The Night­jar

Old-school glam­our and Pro­hi­bi­tion-era cock­tails are the sig­na­ture of this new base­ment hang­out in Shored­itch. Live mu­sic from the jazz golden age adds a touch of style. www.barnight­jar.com. 129 City Rd, EC1V 1JB. T: 020-7253 4101. C10. Sta­tion: Old Street.

Old Ben­gal Bar

Con­verted from a for­mer East In­dia Co ware­house, this venue boasts an at­mo­spheric dark in­te­rior, with the orig­i­nal brick walls and wooden beams, stylish leather ban­quettes and classy cock­tails. www.old ben­gal­bar.com. 16 New St, EC2M 4TR. T: 020-3503 0780. D11. Sta­tion: Liver­pool Street.

One New Change Cham­pagne Bar

Su­perbly lo­cated near St Paul’s Cathe­dral, this stunning bar boasts a huge se­lec­tion of bubbly, plus Cham­pagne cock­tails and pre­mium beers (var­i­ous branches around London). www.searcys cham­pag­nebars.co.uk. 1/F One New Change, EC4M 9AF. T: 020-7871 1213. D10. Sta­tion: St Paul’s.

Opium Cock­tail Bar

This stylish up­stairs bar tucked away in Chi­na­town, in the style of an old Shangai bar, serves in­no­va­tive Chi­nese-in­spired cock­tails. Book­ing highly rec­om­mended. www.opium chi­na­town.com. 15 Ger­rard St, W1D 6JE. T: 020-7734 7276. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Ori­ole

Cock­tail bar hid­den be­neath Smith­field Mar­ket, with live jazz and blues most nights. Beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors, and drinks in­spired by the Old World, New World and the Ori­ent. www.ori­ole­bar.com. Smith­field Mar­kets, East Poul­try Av­enue, EC1A 9LH. T: 020-3457 8099. D9. Sta­tion: Far­ring­don.

Primo Bar

Sump­tu­ous, mod­ern cock­tail bar with live mu­sic and af­ter­noon tea, plus a VIP area with river views. Try the Asian-in­spired cock­tails. www.pri­mo­bar. co.uk. Park Plaza West­min­ster Bridge, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7282. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Rev­erend J W Simp­son

This cock­tail bar is a real slice of ‘shabby chic’ – and is the gen­uine ex-abode of the good Rev­erend, proved by the blue plaque out­side. Scruffy so­fas and a laid-back vibe are its hall­mark. www.revjwsimp­son.com. 32 Goodge St, W1T 2QJ. T: 020-3174 1155. E7. Sta­tion: Goodge Street.

Scar­fes Bar

Part of the lux­ury ho­tel Rose­wood London, this bar is named af­ter Gerald Scarfe, the car­toon­ist fa­mous for his satir­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions. En­joy In­dian-in­spired snacks. www.scar­fes­bar.com. 252 High Hol­born, WC1V 7EN. T: 020-3747 8611. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Six Storeys

Bo­hemian, deca­dent bar in a Soho town­house, split over six lev­els. Cre­ative cock­tails are its spe­cial­ity. www.six­s­toreys.com. 11 Soho Square, W1D 3QE. T: 020-3504 7381. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Rd.

So­cial Wine & Tapas

Ac­claimed restau­ra­teur Ja­son Ather­ton’s stylish wine bar and restau­rant with counter and ta­ble­served tapas. All the wait­ers are som­me­liers and there is a mag­nif­i­cent wine shop up­stairs. www.ja­sonather­ton.co.uk. 39 James St, W1U 1DL. T: 020-7993 3257. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

St Pan­cras Cham­pagne Bar

Europe’s long­est Cham­pagne bar takes pride of place in the grace­ful sta­tion where the Paris Eurostar ar­rives. There are leather ban­quettes and call but­tons to sum­mon a waiter to re­fill your glasses. Fab­u­lous se­lec­tion of bubbly plus fresh seafood plat­ters from this Searcys out­let. www.searcys cham­pag­nebars.co.uk. St Pan­cras In­ter­na­tional, Up­per Con­course, Eus­ton Rd, N1C 4QL. T: 020-7870 9900. C8. Sta­tion: King’s Cross.

Trader Vic’s

Tiki-style base­ment bar and restau­rant, which is more than 50 years old. The menu has rum-laced cock­tails − try the Mai Tai cock­tail in this ex­otic set­ting. www.trader­vic­slon­don.com. London Hil­ton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE. T: 020-7208 4113. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Trader’s Wine Bar

Sam­ple wines from around the globe in this in­ti­mate venue, also paired with boards of cured meats and cheeses. www.trader­swine.co.uk. Ivory House, Cen­tral Basin, St Katharine Docks, E1W 1AT. T: 020-7481 3796. Off map. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

The Zet­ter Town­house

Tony Conigliaro, known for his ground­break­ing cock­tails, brings his mixol­ogy magic to this in­ti­mate lounge. www.thezetter­town­house.com. 49-50 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ. T: 020-7324 4545. Off map. Sta­tion: Far­ring­don.

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