If there’s a very important factor London isn’t short of, it’s a cocktail bar. They’re everywhere and Martinis and Cosmopolitans are now being mixed throughout the city regardless of the credit crunch. Some are cheap, some are very expensive. Some of them are only right. Of course, it’s not necessarily easy to share with those that are worth the money. This short article discusses the Goldilocks of cocktail bars through the capital, without 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 a newsagent to the naked eye. But once you spy the sneaky stairs, you’re treated to a beautiful 30s bar and some excellent cocktails. The £7.50 Sebastian Martini wins points to be the most divine – passion fruit, vodka and champagne for the reason 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 appearance just right.
2. Bob Bob Ricard – Upper James Street
This new haunt is taking trendy Soho by storm. It’s a breakfast bar, a diner 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 one of the charming waitresses bring you a rhubarb gin and tonic. It’s not cheap though. Drinks are about a tenner. It’s worth every penny; you’re paying for style here.
3. Fluid – Charterhouse Street
Cocktails AND arcade games? Yes please! your mobile bar service Throw in some sushi and this is a fantastic little find in Clerkenwell. With favourites like Space Invaders and Pacman on the old school arcade machines, you’ll have a great time getting touching your inner child. They play great music and perform a mean Polish martini. I’m more of a fan of the long drinks, but when you really actually want to, you’ll have yourself a Wasbabi Martini. It’s a pricey night out though – most cocktails are £7-8.
4. Lab Bar – Old Compton Street
That is one of the most used cocktail bars in London and its obvious why. The cocktail list is gigantic. You’d be super hungover if you tried to work the right path through it. It’s not the lowest priced cocktail bar – the drinks will set you back about £8 each, but the mixologists are some of the finest in the commercial and if you can’t decide what you would like, you are able to always encourage them to whip up something new. Having your personal signature cocktail is pretty cool y’know.
5. Freud – Shaftesbury Avenue.
Freud is extremely cool little place. It’s not really a bar by having 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 mostly novelty, but it’s that’s your thing then you’ll really like this quirky little bar. Expect to pay for around £6 for your tipple.