The ultimate guide to London Cocktail Week 2023

London is never short of quirky cocktail spots. From extravagant rooftops to speakeasy bars, finding the best cocktail bars in London can be a challenge even for locals! Enter London Cocktail Week

From the 12th to the 22nd October 2023, discover the most exciting way to explore London’s rich bar scene. Described as a ‘celebration of cocktail culture’, London Cocktail Week’s 11-day, city-wide festival brings immersive cocktail pop-ups, one-off dining experiences and (most importantly) an array of specially curated Signature Cocktails to London’s coolest bars.

But how does London Cocktail Week work?

Cocktails sat on dimly lit barHow it works…

Taking place in the cocktail capital and partnering with the best bars in London, all you need to join the cocktail celebrations is the London Cocktail Week 2023 wristband! All wristband holders will have exclusive access to each bar’s Signature Cocktail. A specially curated beverage, unique to every participating bar across the festival and all priced at £8! Simply ask the bar staff for their London Cocktail Week Signature.

And that’s not all. Throughout the 11-day event, there will be hundreds of bespoke cocktail events and experiences to discover, from mind-blowing cocktail-making classes, indulgent cocktail pop-ups and even an underground party or two.

But where will your cocktail crawl take you? We’ve collated the ULTIMATE guide to the 2023 London Cocktail Week bar list. Make the most of London’s luscious cocktail scene this October and read on to uncover our top picks.

Central London

Participating London Cocktail Week bar, Opium in Chinatown1. Opium Cocktail Bar & Dim Sum Parlour – Blink and you’ll miss this intimate cocktail (and dim sum) paradise. Nestled behind a jade-painted door in the heart of Chinatown, you’ll find the award-winning Opium. Home to not one but three Shanghai-inspired secret bars, Opium’s array of gorgeous oriental-influenced cocktails has even earned them a spot on the Top50CocktailBars list. For the best seat in the house, check out the exquisite Peony bartender table.

2. Mrs Riot – This pop-art London bar is sure to bring the energy and infectious tunes to your next night out! Located in Covent Garden, the aptly named Mrs Riot is a heaven for cocktail and live music lovers alike. Make your way through their exotic cocktail menu that explodes with creativity and cheekiness, or pop on your dancing shoes and experience the pure joy of Mrs Riot’s late-night live music. The karaoke machine is ready and waiting for you…

3. The George – If a traditional London pub is more your speed for a cosy pint, head to The George for a proper English pub experience. This 18th Century, Grade II listed pub has been at the centre of the capital’s historic political, social and cultural movements while serving up tasty grub to locals and tourists alike. Live sports, great Guinness and splendid cocktails have made The George a popular central London spot in recent years.

4. Burlock Rum Room – Attention rum lovers! Don’t forget to add Burlock Rum Room to your next London bar crawl. At Burlock, indulge in succulent light bites, live reggae music and an iconic menu of lush rum-based cocktails. Secret bar enthusiasts will love discovering this hidden Havana-inspired basement bar with a menu of over 200 rum varieties. But don’t forget to check out our top cocktail pick. Unique to the Burlock Rum Room, the Burlock Barrel features an exotic blend of rums, juices, and spices, all served in a barrel (of course).

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East London

Participating London Cocktail Week bar, TT Liquor in Shoreditch5. TT Liquor Cellar Bar & Roof Terrace – TT Liquor is the ultimate London secret bar you’ve been tiresomely searching for. Enjoy delicious cocktails, wines and bubbles from the heavenly lit and secluded rooftop terrace or the hidden cellar bar all in the heart of Shoreditch. However, TT Liquor hasn’t stopped there. Discover a vintage cinema regularly showing independent and cult classics, as well as expertly crafted cocktail-making classes designed by TT Liquor’s in-house mixologists.

6. Feels Like June – Californian West Coast meets London’s Canary Wharf at Feels Like June. Located in East London, this radiant new bar spot brings the summer vibes all year round. With a thoughtfully designed cocktail menu, each sip of Feels Like Junes’ fruity beverages will transport you to sunny California. And that’s not all. Feels Like June also offers a scrumptious brunch menu featuring homemade granola, brunch burritos and banana buttermilk pancakes – what’s not to love?

7. Sabine Rooftop Bar – Looking for a stunning garden oasis bar hidden in plain sight? Sabine Rooftop Bar in the City of London delivers just that. With spectacular views of the capital’s famous landmarks, including the Shard and St. Paul’s Cathedral, this heated outdoor terrace bar offers an array of splendid signature cocktails and light bites. Check out the Skyline Margarita and Sabine’s Kiss or cocktail classics including the sweet Bramble and Moscow Mule. You won’t be disappointed with Sabine’s cocktail spread.

8. Coupette – Coupette’s classic French elegance blended with London’s buzzy nightlife atmosphere will have you shouting ‘Oui, oui!’. This edgy London cocktail bar and friendly neighbourhood local serves an expansive collection of cocktails, wines, and Calvados, a delectable Normandy-produced brandy consisting of apples or pears. As one of the few bars in London serving this French delicacy, expand your French cuisine palate at Coupette.

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West London

Participating London Cocktail Week bar, Chet's at The Hoxton9. Chet’s – Uncover the underrated Thai-Americana fusion cuisine at Chet’s this London Cocktail Week. Set inside The Hoxton’s bright and fresh Shepard’s Bush venue, Chet’s combines the traditional comforts of your classic American diner with the aromatic flavours of authentic Thai cooking. This unconventional blend of cuisines features heavily across Chets’ cocktail menu, including their funky Thaiami Vice sharing cocktail.

10. Trailer Happiness – London’s illustrious Notting Hill with a Tiki twist? Yes, please! Check out Trailer Happiness this London Cocktail Week and explore a 70s-styled paradise amongst the cobbled streets of West London. This award-winning rum bar brings delightful fun to the London bar scene. For those looking for a great spot for a dry night out, Trailer Happiness offers gorgeous non-alcoholic choices, including the Total Tea, made with kombucha, mango and cardamom green tea syrup and fresh lime juice.

11. Publiq. – This modern twist on the classic London public house has become a local gem in the heart of South Kensington. Publiq. is a sophisticated restaurant and cocktail bar specialising in seasonal dishes and cocktails using solely sustainable produce. With a focus on being responsible for inspiring their local community, Publiq. has become a firm favourite for locals and tourists alike, serving up skillfully crafted cocktails using carefully selected ingredients.

12. Barts – While London is known for its endless speakeasy bars scattered across the city, very few compare to Barts. Billing itself as ‘London’s worst kept secret’, Barts Chelsea takes you back in time to the 1920s prohibition period, tucked away inside a quirkily designed apartment block. Check out the diverse menu of 40 ‘bootlegged beverages’ where you’ll find curious cocktail creations. Heading to Barts with a group? Try the Mad Hatter sharing cocktail to enjoy the fruity mixture of Grey Goose vodka, peach liqueur, cloudy apple juice and sparkling wine.

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North London

Participating London Cocktail Week bar, Doña in Stoke Newington.13. Doña – Jazzy tunes, dreamy rose lighting and a delish Mezcal-inspired cocktail menu. Make your next night out with your amigos one to remember at Doña. Nestled in Stoke Newington, Doña has become a firm London favourite for Mexican cuisine lovers. Doña radiates a passion for superior Mezcal creations, gorgeous tacos by Tigre Tacos and empowering femininity and friendship. With a carefully designed Mezcal menu to explore, dive into Doña’s rich energy and love for all things Mexico.

14. Little Bat – Little Bat is your classic neighbourhood bar designed with the style of traditional libraries in mind. In this cosy and restful Islington bar spot, pop in for their signature cocktails, or book ahead to experience a superb mixologist masterclass. Little Bat’s expertly-led cocktail-making classes are fantastic for groups and couples looking for a night out with a twist.

15. Booking Office 1869 Created with European decadence and charm in mind, Booking Office 1869 is a majestic 19th-century-inspired bar with an intimate atmosphere throughout. Located within the historic 150-year-old building of St Pancras Station, Booking Office 1869 bridges busy London with romantic Europe. Known for refining the classics with an elegant yet contemporary take on mixology, be sure to check out ‘RoofGarden’ during your visit. Rediscover London’s city skyline within a botanical oasis of greenery, with vibrant resident DJs every Friday and Saturday night.

16. The Absinthe Parlour at The Last Tuesday Society – Looking for a weird and wonderful spot in London? The Absinthe Parlour at The Last Tuesday Society combines cocktails and curiosities like you’ve never seen before. Located in The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, this north London cocktail bar has become a Bethnal Green hidden gem. With embellished velvet seating, candle-lit corners and a passionate bar team, you might even discover a one-of-a-kind cocktail creation during your visit. Off-menu cocktail requests are always welcome!

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South London

Participating London Cocktail Week bar, Funkidory in Peckham17. Funkidory – Bring the funk back into your next night out! Funkidory is a snug cocktail and natural wine bar inspired by a love of hip-hop, funk and soul music. In addition, Funkidory couples a passion for music with a fondness for the local community and hospitality, making this Peckham spot perfect for music and cocktail lovers looking for a laid-back night surrounded by uplifting tunes. As well as a bar and café, Funkidory also boasts an expansive vinyl record and bottle shop to traverse.

18. Two Spoons – Neighbourhood café by day and cosy bar by night, Two Spoons has become a Peckham favourite since its 2016 opening. Perfect for a quick morning coffee stop and after-work cocktail or two, enjoy a late night at Two Spoons.  In this living-room-style bar, try the signature SE23 Negroni with Little Bird Gin, Artemis British Vermouth and Dispense British Amaro. Or maybe the floral, One Tree Hill featuring gin, Italicus Bergamot Rosolio, camomile & lavender syrup, lemon juice and Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic.

19. Hacha – Another strong contender from the Top50CocktailBars list and winner of the UK Specialist Bar of the Year 2022 & 2023, Hacha is a dynamic south London cocktail bar serving up authentic Central American dishes and faithful Mexican cocktails. This chic paradise of Mexican culture and fresh pastel aesthetics will be sure to please your taste buds as you dine on an ever-changing list of Agave Spirits and tantalising tacos. What’s better than one authentic Mexican bar? Two! Hacha’s two locations can be found in Dalston and Brixton.

20. Bottle + Rye – Sometimes, a little Parisian-style wine bar is all you need to wind down a cosy evening in London. And Bottle + Rye is the perfect Brixton spot to do so. You’ll discover this rustic-style wine bar feels like it’s been pulled straight from a quaint French village. With a regal collection of sparkling, white, orange, pink, red and sweet wines to explore and a lavish menu of trademark cocktails to try, the Bottle + Rye team are more than happy to make a special beverage recommendation to their diners.

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