With cocktails being the drink du jour what better than to visit the chicest of watering holes serving these fabulous tipples. We’ve put together a list of the finest around.
This relaxed but incredibly glamorous bar serves classic cocktails along with its new range of more experimental blends from the butterfly wheel menu. Forever Young’ sounds particularly decadent and is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde dined at the Langham in 1889 and was inspired by his visit to recreate it in his story. The drink is served in a silver vessel hidden behind a mirror and scented by opium.
Find out more about the Artisan Bar at the Langham in London.
Renowned mixologist Tony Conigliaro has created the drinks menu for Bruno Loubet’s latest restaurant Grain Store which opened in King Cross earlier this year. As well as their amazing wine and cocktail list they’ve collaborated to develop savoury cocktails to expertly match specific dishes from the menu. The granary martini, made with mustard vodka is suggested with the corn and quinoa tamale with salsa and sticky pork belly - and is truly a taste revelation.
Find out more about the Grain Store in London.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the city in this chic modern bar with an art deco twist. The bar has a great buzz and fabulous cocktails. Its signature White Cosmo is delicious, made with vodka, elderflower liqueur and white grape juice, garnished with a stunning frozen white orchid.
Find out more about The Alchemist In Trinity in Leeds.
The rich and opulent décor is inspired by the stylish 1930’s and every minute detail has been considered. From the low crystal lighting, sumptuous leather seating and beautiful vintage photographs hanging on the walls, you can almost breathe in the elegant era. The cocktail list is extensive as well as an excellent range of armanacs, cognacs, rums and ports.
Find out more about Le Fumoir at Claridges in London.
This is the closest you’ll come to a speakeasy: the dark wood, fringed lamps and intimate lighting will take you back to the pre-war ear. The cocktails are pretty special, too. Classic cocktails and excellent service, it’s definitely one to visit.
Find out more about HAUSBAR in Bristol.
Aqua Shard is the perfect place to sip on a drink and take in the stunning views of London’s skyline. Inside David Yeo's latest restaurant, the atrium bar has three-storey high windows and a sleek and stylish interior. Expect inventive cocktails that capture the essence of London, inspired by the national drinks of gin and tea.
Find out more about The bar at Aqua Shard in London.
Elegant and intimate with low lighting this hot spot in Edinburgh’s lively Thistle Street pulls in the trendy crowd with its vast wine and cocktail list.
FInd out more about the Bon Vivant in Edinburgh.
This former Victorian warehouse apothecary has been beautifully redesigned in to a stylish new bar and restaurant in trendy Shoreditch in London. With Angela Hartnett as one of the collaborators the food menu is superb, but the bar offering is just as tempting. The Jane Shores Sour made with courvoisier VSOP Exclusif, briotett crème de peche, egg white, lemon juice, dash of sweet wine, and a twist of lemon is just the ticket.
Find out more about The Merchants Tavern in London.
This Grade A-listed building once a bank, is now an incredibly chic hotel in the city centre. The award-winning cocktail bar has an extensive drinks menu ranging from the classic to its signature mixes with a twist. We love the Blushing Lady made with vodka, fresh pomegranate juice, fresh white grapefruit and lemon juices, house-made orgeat syrup and a dribble of rosewater. Divine.
Find out more about The Merchant Hotel Bar in Belfast.
Mark Hix is well known for his restaurants but his Soho-based bar is just as successful, and glamorous. The speakeasy-style bar has great character and atmosphere and is right in the centre of bustling Soho, drawing in the fashionable set. The bar menu boasts interesting cocktails with classics and retro combinations. The popular Hix Fix is the one to try, made with morello cherries in Somerset apple eau de vie and Champagne.
Find out more about Marks Bar in London.
This super-stylish bar, set in a grade II-listed building was listed at this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. The cocktails range from the classic to its own fabulous creations like the Earl of Birmingham made with Earl Grey-infused Beefeater gin, aperol, pink grapefruit, lemon juice, rhubarb.
Find out more about ABode in Canterbury.