If there’s one thing London isn’t in short supply of, it’s a cocktail bar. They’re everywhere and Martinis and Cosmopolitans are increasingly being mixed all around the city inspite of the credit crunch. Some are cheap, some are very expensive. A number of them are only right. Of course, it’s not always easy to share with those are worth the money. This informative article talks about the Goldilocks of cocktail bars through the entire capital, and never having to venture into a scary looking members club or swanky hotel bar.
1. Bourne and Hollingsworth – Rathbone Place
This tiny little slip of a place is really a newsagent to the naked eye. But after you spy the sneaky stairs, you’re treated to a gorgeous 30s bar and some excellent mobile bartending services cocktails. The £7.50 Sebastian Martini wins points if you are the most divine – passion fruit, vodka and champagne in that ever important martini glass. (Cocktails always taste better in a martini glass, don’t you believe?) Think flapper dresses and feathers and you’ve got the design just right.
2. Bob Bob Ricard – Upper James Street
This new haunt is taking trendy Soho by storm. It’s a break fast bar, a restaurant and cocktail bar all rolled into one. How very U S of A. Press a dinky little button at your table to order more champagne (very nice touch) or have among the charming waitresses bring you a rhubarb gin and tonic. It’s not cheap though. Drinks are around a tenner. It’s worth it; you’re paying for style here.
3. Fluid – Charterhouse Street
Cocktails AND arcade games? Yes please! Throw in a few sushi and this can be a fantastic little find in Clerkenwell. With favourites like Space Invaders and Pacman on the old school arcade machines, you’ll have a good time getting in touch with your inner child. They play great music and perform a mean Polish martini. I’m more of a fan of these long drinks, but if you actually actually want to, you can have yourself a Wasbabi Martini. It’s a pricey night out though – most cocktails are £7-8.
4. Lab Bar – Old Compton Street
This really is one of typically the most popular cocktail bars in London and its easy to see why. The cocktail list is gigantic. You’d be super hungover in the event that you tried to work the right path through it. It’s not the least expensive cocktail bar – the drinks will set you back about £8 each, but the mixologists are some of the greatest available and in the event that you can’t decide what you want, you can always get them to whip up something new. Having your own signature cocktail is pretty cool y’know.
5. Freud – Shaftesbury Avenue.
Freud is extremely cool little place. It’s not just a bar with an immense cocktail menu, it’s also an art gallery. There’s always something interesting going on here. You’ll meet some very cool types here as well. Artists, writers and philosophy students mostly. The cocktails are generally novelty, but it’s that’s your thing then you’ll really such as this quirky little bar. Expect to cover around £6 for your tipple.