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British Cocktail Bars You Have to Visit At Least Once

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Don't know which bar to go to this weekend? Let The Lifestyle Guide help you out!

All over the UK there are some amazing hidden gems, we've tried to include something for everyone EVERYWHERE!

Milk Thistle - Bristol


Hidden in plain sight, The Milk Thistle is one of Bristol’s best-loved cocktail bars!

With a reputation as one of the best kept secrets in the city they will bring you award winning cocktails and their famous ‘Milk Thistle’ experience, providing a decadent escape for those in the know who are looking for excellent drinks, great company and most importantly, a good time.

Bohemia - Brighton


If you expect a little theatre with your cocktail, Bohemia Brighton is the place to go!

Smartly suited mixologists whip up an array of spectacular cocktails, with both visual and taste wow factors; think dry ice, neon luminescence and premium spirits!

When the lights turn Bohemia transforms into a stylish evening hot-spot on Brighton’s thriving nightlife scene. With DJ’s spinning old school dance tracks at weekends, Bohemia knows how to get the party started.

Jake's Bar - Leeds


Specialist cocktail bar & still on Call Lane, Leeds, producing their own spirits, liqueurs & distillates.

Enjoy their home made liquid as a shot, a sipper or in one of our world renowned cocktails. Drink the night away in their lively, bustling bar on Call Lane, in the heart of Leeds.

The American Bar, Savoy Hotel, London


The Savoy’s Award-Winning American Bar is the oldest surviving cocktail bar in Britain, first welcoming guests for its popular ‘American-style’ drinks in 1893.


The team is behind a unique and innovative cocktail menu, The Savoy Songbook, which pays homage to the legendary musicians and songwriters that have entertained guests in the bar for decades. Each of the 20 cocktails featured in the menu have been inspired by some of the most iconic songs played in the bar today. What’s more, in an industry first, the menu has been launched with an accompanying live album, recorded by the American Bar’s resident pianist, Jon Nickoll.


The menu mirrors the track listings of an album, with each cocktail’s title playfully referring to a memorable line in the song that provides its inspiration. The songs themselves, their lyrics, melodies and soulfulness are reflected in the ingredients, styles and spirits used in the drinks. Jazz standard ‘Beyond the Sea’ inspires Somewhere Sailin’ a moody cocktail that reflects the tempestuous nature of the ocean, whilst Sun, Sun, Sun, based on George Harrison’s uplifting track, shines with sunny flavours like orange blossom, yuzu wine and lime. Sharing cocktail, I Love You… inspired by the famous Nancy and Frank Sinatra song, ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, is a cocktail duet, and Electric Lover, a riff on Prince’s modern classic ‘Purple Rain’, understandably has glitter as one of its ingredients.

Hoot the Redeemer - Edinburgh


It’s the 1950s and you are in New Orleans embracing a vintage funfair. There’s a Tarot reader ahead of you, a claw crane machine on your left, and an ice cream parlour on your right with a happy ice cream pot on the sign. No, this isn’t the beginning of a very strange dream – it’s what it’ll feel like walking into Hoot The Redeemer. Our ethos is that we aren’t a serious bar but we take having fun and making sure you have fun very seriously. Dive in and make your wish!

Lab 22 - Cardiff


Welcome to Pioneers & Revolutionaries. A prevalence towards the different and daring. Constantly striving to push boundaries of mixology and set the standard for cocktails in Cardiff. Mixed drinks, but not like you’ve had them before. We highly recommend a visit if you are ever in Cardiff! "Whatever the mind can learn and believe, the mind can achieve".

Arcane - Manchester


They might be hidden away in the basement of an old Victorian building, but Arcane Cocktail Bar Manchester is no secret. Word’s out they're one of the most eclectic, bold and inspired bars to join the Manchester scene with a cocktail menu to match.

Satan's Whiskers - London


Satan’s Whiskers is Bethnal Green’s original neighbourhood cocktail bar, first opening the doors early 2013.


The daily changing menu means that even if you live in the neighbourhood, there will always be something new for you try. They focus on delivering exceptional classic cocktails, using a line up of spirits and ingredients that we are truly proud of, all to their now infamous hip-hop soundtrack.

The Edgbaston - Birmingham

In a stylish, Art Deco interior of jet-black and gold, the Edgbaston Cocktail Lounge is all about cocktails. Nationally recognised bartenders serving classic cocktails with wit and style in our award-winning throwback to the classic era of Martinis before dinner and service tableside.

The three Cocktail lounges within the Edgbaston offer one of the finest spirits collections in the UK. All cocktails, both classic and new, are made with the finest spirits, and a dedication to bartending that simply cannot be found anywhere else. The Edgbaston bartenders have a passion for perfection.

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