Top 50 List Showcases London’s Most Boss Cocktail Bars

Londoners know the capital is world class – especially when it comes to restaurants, bars and clubs. The latest Top 50 Cocktail Bars list demonstrates just this as unsurprisingly London comes up trumps with 25 entries…

Photo: Connaught Bar

Put together by William Read, The Top 50 Cocktail Bars is an annual award highlighting 50 of Britain’s top spots to get a well-mixed libation – a hard task for sure.

While London may have missed out on the top spot (that went to Cardiff’s Lab 22) the capital did walk away with half of the list.

Coming in at second place was Swift in Soho – as hip, sleek den of a place. Mayfair’s ritzy Connaught Bar followed in third place, with Tayēr + Elementary in Shoreditch and Hackney’s Satan’s Whiskers trailing at fourth and fifth respectively.

25 Little Mercies, Crouch End’s Little Mercies came in at number 25 and also won the Sustainable Bar Of The Year award, for its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

This has been done with small changes such as by replacing paper towels with cloths and towels, digital menus, and making hand soap in-house , as well as bigger changes also.

The bar reduced its glass bottle wastage by switching to  201 metal kegs for their main house spirit which removed 1,250 glass bottles from the supply chain and saved more than four tonnes of CO2.

Read on to find out all of London’s fine cocktail bars that got a mention.

1 Swift Soho – ranked #2

Address: 12 Old Compton St, London W1D 4TQ


2 Connaught Bar, Mayfair – ranked #3

Address: Connaught, Carlos Place W1K 2AL


3 Tayēr + Elementary, Shoreditch – ranked #4

Address: 152 Old St, London EC1V 9BW


4 Satan’s Whiskers, Bethnal Green – ranked #5

Address: 343 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9RA


5 Three Sheets, Dalston – ranked #7

Address: 510b Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AB


6 Oriole, Farrington – ranked #8

Address: East Poultry Ave, Smithfield Markets EC1A 9LH


7 Shapes, Hackney – ranked #11

Address: 232 Kingsland Rd, Whitmore Estate, London E2 8AX


8 Disrepute, Soho – ranked #12

Address: 4 Kingly Ct, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW


9 Nightjar, Shoreditch – ranked #13

Address:  129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB


10 Homeboy Bar, Islington – ranked #14

Address: 108 Essex Rd, London N1 8LX


11 American Bar, Covent Garden – ranked #15

Address: The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ


12 Opium Cocktails & Dim Sum Parlour, Chinatown – ranked #17

Address: 5-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE


13 Coupette, Bethnal Green – ranked #18

Address: 423 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN


14 Artesian, Oxford Circus – ranked #19

Address: 1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA


15 Scarfes Bar, Holborn – ranked #20

Address: Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN


16 Trailer Happiness, Notting Hill – ranked #21

Address: 177 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DY


17 Happiness Forgets, Hoxton – ranked #23

Address:  8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU


18 Little Mercies, Crouch End  – ranked #25

Address:  20 Broadway Parade, London N8 9DE


19 Laki Kane, Islington – ranked #29

Address: 144-145 Upper St, London N1 1QY

20 Lyanness, South Bank – ranked #31

Address: 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD


21 Hatcha, Dalston – ranked #34

Address: 78 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA


22 Bar Termini, Soho – ranked #38

Address: 7 Old Compton St, London W1D 5JE


23 Publiq., South Kensington – ranked #45

Address: 1 Palace Gate, South Kensington, London W8 5LS

24 Callooh Callay, Shoreditch – ranked #48

Address: 65 Rivington St, London EC2A 3AY


25 The cocktail trading Co, Shoreditch – ranked #50

Address:  68 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GQ

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