8 AMAZING new London cocktail bars to check out asap

JUST OPENED – Mr Lyan’s new bar — seasonal, zero-waste cocktail bar — drinks in the Kray brothers’ jail — new basement Mexican cocktail bar — glowing green cocktails — and ‘coded’ drinks at WWII themed pop up.



1. Super Lyan

What? Award-winning mixologist Mr Lyan has opened up a new bar in the basement of his recently closed (RIP) White Lyan bar in Hoxton.

Cocktails! The menu a.k.a “Bitchin’ Classics” gives classic cocktails a innovative Mr Lyan twist… there might even be some ice in there… (White Lyan had a ban on the cubes).

Also… To help non cocktail connoisseurs break through the booze jargon – there’s a few key words under the cocktail, to give drinkers an immediate idea of what to expect..

153 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ

el bandito london

2. El Bandito 

What? New Mexican basement pop-up bar in Shoreditch, with a focus on (yup) tequila and mezcal

Who? John Ennis and Matt Farrell have six bar in Liverpool, but this is their first foray into London.

Cocktails! A playful, innovative menu using ingredients such as kale, rocket and pineapple foam. We love the TLC no Shrubs, with tequila, peach shrub (false advertising?!), lime juice, agave and cactus juice.



Also… There’s also a Tequila flight, and Mezcal served in authentic Mexican clay pots – the Del Maguey (Mezcal with agave syrup) is delicious.

Under Drunken Monkey, 222 Shoreditch Hughstreet, E1 6PJ

scout bar old street london

3. Scout

What? New Old Street bar using seasonal and British ingredients, with bar snacks used from leftover ingredients to cut down on waste, like fried vegetable skins and pickled celeriac with truffle.

Who’s behind it: It’s headed up by Matt Whiley – the guy behind Talented Mr Fox cocktail consultants (they’ve worked with cool bars like Peg + Patriot, Worship Street Whistling Shop and Purl). If you know anything about these venues, you’ll know the cocktails are beautiful and insanely inventive – so expect more of this at Scout.

Cocktails! There’ll be ten on the menu at a time – which’ll change with the seasonality of ingredients, so you sure won’t get bored.

Also… There’ll be a ’10-person laboratory’ you can book out for a private shin-dig

93 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HZ

jailhouse bar london courthouse hotel

4. Jailhouse Bar

What? Cocktails in the jail that housed the infamous mobsters the Kray brothers while they were awaiting trial.

Who’s behind it: You’ll find it inside the (fairly new) Courthouse Hotel 

Tell me about the cocktails: You can’t blame them for going down the jail pun routes. There’s the Ball and Chain Cocktailmade from Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and orange marmalade – the ‘chain’ is a shot of Prosecco. Then there’s the Solitary – Havana 3yr and Havana 7yr, lime juice, dark chocolate liqueur, red chilli and charged ginger beer.

Also.. the jailhouse’s other famous guests also include Eric Arthur Blair, author of “1984” and Animal Farm, better known as George Orwell.

335-337 Old St, London EC1V 9LL

mule bar spitalifields london

5. Mule Bar

What and who? World famous bartender Salvatore Calabrese has set up a new London base with his two sons, Gerry + John. The new family business is called Mule Bar.

Cocktails: There’s 50, yes 50 cocktails on the menu to represent Salvatore’s fifty years in the industry, many of which take you back to the golden era, including The Blue Hawaiian, (apparently Elvis Presley’s favourite drink), made from rum, Blue Caruçao, coconut cream and pineapple juice.

FYI – the Maestro will also hold regular tastings and masterclasses here

94b Middlesex St, London E1 7EZ, UK


tt liquor cocktail bar shoreditch

6. TT Liquor

What? Liquor store meets cocktail cave on the Hoxton-Shoreditch border.

Who’s behind it: Alastair Tatton and Stephen Thompson from The Umbrella Project (The Sun Tavern & Discount Suit Co.)

Cocktails: The cocktail menu’s split into four sections, each one represents a different era in time. Try a ‘Cocktail Journey’ – a succession of four cocktails, paired with nibbles. On these ‘journeys’ you can choose one era to explore, or stick to just the one.

Also… The store is open ’til late and stocks 1000 liquors. When in the bar, try anything stocked in the liquor store at a special ‘drink-in’ price, plus regulars can keep their own private booze collection in a box to dip into each time you visit.

Great for: Secret underground rendez vous + Shoreditch kids serious about their booze.

17B Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA

7. The Hyde Bar 

What? Georgian-style hotel bar with some classic-style cocktails with an inventive twist.

Who’s behind it: A pretty killer team with Head Bartender is Luca Rapetti, hailing from Library and winner of the 2015 International bartending competition in Singapore. Alongside Andrea Signanini (from The Bar at Dorchester).

Cocktails: The bar has a pretty extravagant signature drink – La Belle Noir, with Calvados, salty-butter-washed hazelnut liqueur, Dubonnet and golden edible powder.. and a topped up with Laurent Perrier Champagne.

Great for: Impressing with fancy cocktails

The Royal Park Hotel, 3 Westbourne Terrace, Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park, London W2 3UL

hawksmoor borough london

8. Hawksmoor Borough

What? These guys may be renowned for their meat, but they’ve also made a name for themselves in the cocktail world. Now the Hawksmoor crew have headed to Borough, setting up a new restaurant and cocktail bar. Saturday morning Borough Market visits just got interesting.

Cocktails: Classic cocktails found from out-of-print cocktail books.

Great for: Hot dates and business schmoozing on the company credit card.

Also… Speaking of boozy business lunches, Hawksmoor just brought back the Three Martini Lunch

16 Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AQ

the hill station tooting london cocktail bar

9. The Hill Station Tooting

What? Tooting’s smallest cocktail bar, with just 12 covers, modelled on an authentic Himalayan mountain shack.

Who’s behind it: The guys behind Tooting’s Imperial Durbar (a great low-key gin palace in Tooting) and La Cabina (Kingsland Road’s epic 5am Spanish drinking den).

Cocktails: Continuing the theme with flavours of the Himalayas,  with local spices, herbs and liquors. There’s the The Yak’s Milk with Yunnan tea, whiskey, fresh lemon juice, homemade spiced sugar syrup, Tamarind paste and shaken with egg white. All served in trendy copper travelling mugs and teacups. There’s also sharing cocktails like the Hill Station Tea with homemade pimiento rum mixed with brandy, served in travelling flasks.

Great for: Intimate dates, Instagrammers, locals and happy hours!


10. The Bletchley

Opens: 17th March 2017

What? A new (most likely awesome) cocktail bar pop up.We haven’t got to check it out yet, but Agent 452 tells us… Based on the secret Bletchley Park from World War II where Alan Turing built a machine to unlock Nazi battle codes. Guests get to sit in a war room where they input basic data into a cipher machine that will decode their “personality” into a small menu of ingredients to be made into a special on-off cocktail.

Who’s behind it: Lollipop – the guys who put on ABQ – an insane Breaking Bad themed bar in the back on a RV.

Cocktails: Each cocktail made here is created uniquely for you, and you get to take the recipe home at the end.

Great for: A crazy immersive cocktail drinking experience that’ll stick in your memory forever. (ABQ was one of our funnest cocktail sessions…probably ever).

Back Door, Next to the Nurseries on King’s Road. 

the ivy soho brasserie illuminated ivy cocktail

11. The Ivy Soho Brasserie 

What? Slick restaurant and bar in Soho with an insane cocktail list. Plus it’s a homage to Broadwick Street’s famous resident William Blake, with artworks inspired by the poet/painter/printmaker.

Who’s behind it? As the name suggests, the people behind the world famous Ivy. Kevin Knee is the bar manager.

Cocktails: Are elegant, with a crazy twist. There’s the Illuminated Ivy -a glowing green glass, made of asian-inspired blend of Wyborowa vodka, home-made sake syrup and yuzu juice. For the romantic types, there’s the Aphrodite, gin, fresh pink grapefruit juice, pomegranate syrup + Prosecco, served in a gold sprayed Champagne flute, with a heart made of frozen cranberry.

Great for: Pushing the boat out.

You should also read:

Hawksmoor bring back the 3 Martini Lunch

‘Coded’ cocktails at World War II themed pop up bar 

Mr Lyan’s Chilli sherbet cocktails for The Modern Pantry

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