The definitive guide to London dining & events

...Bars For Cocktails

Date: 08.10.10 Category:

“Every bar worth its weight in lime wedges offers cocktails, but will they tantalise or galvanise? Here's where the cocktail connoisseurs are heading.”

Recently-opened Purl is proving a huge hit and the ever-popular 69 Colebrooke Row continues to cause a shake and a stir with its creations.

For those who like to mix unrivalled sophistication with exquisite cocktails and service, then nothing delivers better than a hotel bar; The Blue Bar at The Berkeley, The Connaught Bar and GILT at The Jumeriah Carlton Tower are three of the best.

Those that like their surroundings to be as muddled as their fruit and spirits, head to eccentric Public House in Islington, kooky Callooh Callay and Clapham's Lost Society, and Volupte for some Burlesque entertainment.

For a relaxed but chic atmosphere, Montgomery Place in Notting Hill and Kosmopol on the Fulham Road are known for kick-starting spontaneous evenings of fun, likewise Frevd and Shochu Lounge (below renowned restaurant, Roka) are hugely popular spots for dates. Why? Because cocktails break the ice, add some zest and shake things up.

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Purl London

Purl London

Bar

"With low-lighting, jazz, and a cosy atmosphere; nowhere will be more welcoming in the winter."

50-54 Blandford Street, London W1U 7HX

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69 Colebrooke Row

69 Colebrooke Row

Bar

"Also known as The Bar With No Name, 69 Colebrooke Row is widely known to serve some of the best cocktails in London."

69 Colebrooke Row, London N1 8AA

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The Berkeley

The Berkeley

Hotel

"A fantastic, traditionally chic hotel, when visiting or dining be sure to book ahead as it's strictly table service. How else..."

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL

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The Connaught Bar

The Connaught Bar

Bar

"They don't come cheap but their award-winning mixologist makes superb cocktails including a sensational Blood Mary. Heaven in a..."

The Connaught, Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL

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GILT Cocktail Lounge

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GILT Cocktail Lounge

Bar

"For those who like to drink Champagne late into the night, in intimate, quiet surroundings, GILT is the place."

Ground Floor, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

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Public House

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Public House

Bar

"An eccentric but exquisite little find where the atmosphere is as balmy, as it is barmy."

51 Islington Park Street, London N1 1PX

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Callooh Callay

Callooh Callay

Bar

"Callooh Callay is wonderfully inspired by non-sensical nonsense but serves no-nonsense cocktails."

65 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY

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Lost Society

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Lost Society

Bar

"A hugely popular spot in Clapham with fabulous cocktails. Clap 'em on the back for that. "

697 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 3JF

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Volupté

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Volupté

Restaurant with bar

"A decadent concoction of burlesque shows, cocktails and dining. A voluptuous affair."

9 Norwich Street, London EC4A 1EJ

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Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place

Bar

"A low-lit, relaxed and seductive sanctum, ideal for dates and impromptu nights out."

31 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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Kosmopol

Kosmopol

Bar

"Kosmopol is like many men’s dream girl; petite, perfectly formed and Swedish, with both a quiet, intimate side and a care-free,..."

138 Fulham Road, London SW10 9PY

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Frevd

Frevd

Bar

"Hidden away under a shop, this unique cafe-come-bar is worth searching for."

198 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JL

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Shochu Lounge

Shochu Lounge

Bar

"Situated below Roka, this buzzing bar is a winner for dates (so long as you don't accidently spit when you say the name)."

37 Charlotte Street, London W1T1RR

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