“Inspired by the illegal drinking dens of the Prohibition-era in 1920s America, there's a wave of discreet speakeasy-style bars popping up across the Capital.”
London's Speakeasy-style bars are mixing some of the most innovative (and potent) cocktails in town, making them well worth a visit. I'll let you in on a few of the best, but if anyone asks, you didn't hear it from me…
Tucked away in a dimly-lit Marylebone basement, Purl offer cutting-edge cocktails in an atmosphere reminiscent of a Victorian gin palace. Exposed brick alcoves provide the perfect hiding spot for a post-work rendezvous.
Described as a speakeasy with food, Spuntino is the latest offering from Russell Norman, of Polpo and Polpetto fame. With a drinks list including cocktails revived from the prohibition-era, the bar also offers small plates and snacks inspired by the diners of downtown New York City.
Drinkers at Shoreditch's Callooh Callay deemed most deserving (quirky and hip) are presented with a much sought-after key to a wardrobe at the back of the bar, which leads to the Jubjub Bar (rather than Narnia) - a secret room bursting with rare spirits and exquisite cocktails.
Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown
Combining Parisian flair with forward-thinking mixologists, the Experimental Cocktail Club provides a relaxed, speakeasy setting in which to escape the West-End crowd. A word of warning however, you may find yourself wandering up and down the dim sum fray of Gerrard Street in search of the door…
69 Colebrooke Row
Otherwise known as 'The Bar With No Name' and identifiable by only a lantern, 69 Colebrooke Row has developed a reputation for serving an innovative array of cocktails in a tiny space oozing with vintage charm. For those keen to know martinis from Manhattans, master cocktail classes instructed by owner Tony Conigliaro and fellow shaker Nick Strangeway are available in their upstairs training laboratory.
With a cocktail list to delight any cocktail aficionado, Montgomery Place brings a New York speakeasy-vibe to Notting Hill. Dark and intimate decor combined with soft jazz playing throughout makes for an understated spot to unwind and relax.
A new addition to the speakeasy scene, The Nightjar offers a unique blend of live music and debonair drinking from the prohibition age. Regular live vintage music performances span across genres such as swing, jazz, cabaret and ragtime, keeping drinkers entertained well into the early hours.
Experimental Cocktail Club
69 Colebrooke Row