7 of the best cocktail bars in London

With so many cocktail joints in the capital, it can be difficult to sort the great from the grim. To help, our team of Funkin bartenders have pulled together a list of our favourite cocktail bars in London to help you plan the perfect night out.

Nuala, Old Street


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Much more than your average Irish watering hole. the cocktail menu at Nuala has a real sense of fun. ‘The Straight Up Serve’ is the perfect example, made with Greenspot Irish whiskey, Guinness and Black House vermouth. You don’t get much more Irish than that!

“A special mention should go to one of the bartenders, who not only made me one of the
best old fashioned cocktails I've had, but also made multiple excellent whisky
recommendations including a Tullamore Dew 14 and a delicious Glenfarclas 25.”Mike S
via TripAdvisor

Our favourite cocktail: ‘The Highball Serve’— Bertha’s Revenge gin, fino sherry, orgeat,
parsnip, green apple, gentian and tarragon.
Perfect for: Food and drinks with friends
Venue style: Bar and restaurant

The Worship Street Whistling Shop, City of London

The Worship Street Whistling Shop is a quirky Victorian-inspired cocktail bar situated
between trendy Shoreditch and the bustle of the City of London. A Low-lit, bare-brick, cellar
bar serving reinvented classic cocktails. Reminiscent of the gin palaces and dram shops of

“The cocktails are like nothing you've ever had before! The staff are so knowledgeable and
friendly, the bar is beautiful and it's so seductive, you could stay there all night! Go! You
won't regret it!”Claire A via TripAdvisor

Our favourite cocktail: The ‘Ibaraki’ — Jinzu gin, polelo Jinro soju, Mugisha water, cherry
blossom tea, IPA reduction and salt.
Perfect for: Gin, gin and more gin.
Venue style: Cocktail bar

Red Rooster, Shoreditch

Harlem in the heart of Shoreditch. The Red Rooster at The Curtain Hotel serves a tantalising
range of simple spritz, sour and savoury cocktails. The food on offer is an amazing
concoction of authentic southern soul food with Nordic influences. Where else could you
enjoy gospel music over brunch? An edgy venue from acclaimed New York chef and
restaurateur, Marcus Samuelsson.

“The cocktails, food, atmosphere are straight out of Harlem with a distinctive East London
twist. The waiters were chatty, friendly and the right level of attentive, and reserved us a
space at the bar from 9pm so that we could listen to the live music and enjoy some more
cocktails.”KittyandSimonP via TripAdvisor

Our favourite cocktail: The ‘Original Webb Fizz’ — Bombay Sapphire, Harlem bitters,
Champagne, lavender
Perfect for: Classic cocktails, live music and comfort food.
Venue style: American bar and diner

Oriole, Farringdon

Explore the Old World, the New World or the Orient one cocktail at a time. A self-proclaimed

“underground cabinet of curiosities,” the atmosphere is warm and decadent and every

cocktail is delivered with an exotic flourish. There’s also live music every night of the week!

“An amazing experience. The best cocktails I have ever tasted. The mixologists are truly
fantastic and each drink has a story!”Tiskyboo via TripAdvisor

Our favourite cocktail:
The ‘Makassar Strait’ — Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Agricole Rhum,
Iranian Lime Infusion, Lavender Eau de Vie - Satkara Lemon, Veuve Cliquot Champagne
Perfect for: Trying something new
Venue style: Cocktail bar and live music

Lost and Found, Balham

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A lively, snug bar with a vintage vibe and buzzing atmosphere. Lost and Found is a real ‘out-
out’ bar — you could easily spend your whole night here. The service is quick without
sacrificing quality and the staff are super friendly. There’s even 2 for 1 cocktails every night
from 5 - 9.

“The bar had a great atmosphere, the cocktails were incredible (as were the cocktail pouring
skills!) and all of the girls commented on what an excellent venue and evening it had been.
We want to go back despite not living anywhere near London!”1977Nicky via Tripadvisor

Our favourite cocktail: The ‘Perfect 10’ — Tanqueray Gin, fresh lime, grapefruit, homemade
coriander syrup and egg white. Served with a large grapefruit twist & freshly ground black
Perfect for: A night out
Venue style: Cocktail bar with karaoke room for hire

Little Bat, Islington

Reinventing the neighbourhood hangout, Little Bat is a dark and intimate venue ideal for
date night. Established by the guys behind the multiple award-winning Callooh Callay, Little
Bat boasts a cosy vibe and exceptional drinks menu packed with craft cocktails that range
from classic to quirky.

“Comfortable design, good atmosphere and playlist. Cocktails are expertly made and
presented; liked the original ingredients. The staff team stand out; Robyn looking after
everyone & really welcoming. I’m going back for the truffle popcorn :)”XxBea via

Our favourite cocktail: ‘Carbon Tax Cocktail — Glenmorangie Whisky, Teeling’s Irish
Whiskey, Bulleit Rye, maple & tonka syrup, barrel aged bitters, salt, charcoal
Perfect for:
Date night
Venue style: Bar with compact food menu

Mr Fogg's Residence, Mayfair

Located in the heart of Mayfair, the eclectic style of Mr Fogg's Residence reflects the era
when explorer Phileas Fogg set off on his adventures. We can’t recommend the ‘Tipsy Tea’
enough — an indulgent afternoon tea featuring a splendid selection of exquisite champagne
and gin tea tipples.

“The cocktails are absolutely delicious! We tried the train which is a cocktail for 4 and the
globe which is a cocktail for 8. Presentation is amazing, worth taking pictures of.” — via

Perfect for:
Treating yourself
Venue style: Bar with compact food menu

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