London is one of the best cities for top notch cocktails: from classic to creative drinks, vintage to trendy bars, there is something for everyone's taste and for any occasion.
Below is a list of cocktail bars that ideal for....
For stunning views: Paramount
Along with the Galvin bar at The Hilton Park Lane, Paramount offers stunning 360 degree views of London cityscape. Located on the 32 floor at Centre Point in Tottenham Court Road, contemporary in design with classic cocktails with a modern twist. Try the Black Star Cobbler and you will be surprised how using port can create such a complex but refreshing cocktail.
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Smart dress code and booking only
103 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1DD
For traditional charm: Coburg bar at The Connaught
It is easy to forget the Coburg bar with the world famous, award winning Connaught Bar just on the other side of The Connaught hotel, but the bartenders at Coburg bar are also highly skilled in the business with 5 stars services. Drinks are mostly classic and close to perfection. The bar itself has an old fashion British decor and has a relaxing atmosphere. This is a great bar for an after work drink if classic cocktails is what you seek.
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL
For innovate cocktail: Nightjar
Voted one of the best bars in the world by Drinks International and second best bar in London just behind Artesian at The Langham Hotel. Nightjar is a basement bar located at trendy Shoreditch with great live jazz/ blues and all kinds of old school classic. Cocktails here are highly creative with beautiful garnish, every drink here is like a piece of art and the cocktail's taste is as good as it looks. A destination for cocktail and music lovers.
Booking is highly advisable
129 City Rd, London, Greater London EC1V 1JB
For modern glamour: Le bar at de Joel Robuchon
A hidden gem in the heart of Lecister Square, sitting on top of a double Michelin starred restaurant, Le bar is a beautiful contemporary bar with a terrace which is ideal on a warm sunny day. Cocktails here are mostly classic with truly fun and spectacular offerings, Scottish Blazer is a must try if you are a fan of peated whisky, a warm cocktail with the bartender putting on a show which wouldn't look out of place in a circus. The cocktail itself maintains all the aroma and peated notes from the whisky but with a rounder and smoother flavour thanks to the port, a classy drink for a gentleman who seeks finer things in life.
13-15 West Street, London WC2H 9NE
For trendy underground vibe: BYOC
BYOC has to be one of the hottest cocktail bars opening in 2013, this tiny underground bar hidden under a juice bar with only 6 tables has created such a buzz in London and in order to get a table you will need to book weeks in advance. So what is the hype? Well the bar itself doesn't actually sell any alcohol, instead customers bring in their own and the bartender has a trolley of fruit juice, syrup and bitter to create cocktails for you. So if you're tired of Smirnoff or Bacardi on your local cocktail menu, this is the perfect place to bring your favourite brand and let the bartender take care of the rest...
28 Bedfordbury, WC2N 4BJ
For good value for money: Match Bar
Located just a few minutes walk from Oxford Circus, Match bar is a modern cocktail bar providing great cocktails at a very good price. The Nui Nui Ni cocktail with cigar infused Havana 7yr is truly an outstanding cocktail with a hint of cigar and orange oil notes in the style of an old fashion. Bartenders here have got great flair and hospitality skills. Friendly service, great drinks and good value, you just can't beat that combination.
37-38 Margaret St, London, Greater London W1G 0JF
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