Cocktails go with almost every event, from casual get-togethers to themed parties. With a glass in hand, people know that it’s time to unwind and relax, enjoy the night because tomorrow is their day off. But making cocktails can be a hit or miss if you don’t know what you’re doing. Which is why it’s important to know which bars won’t lead you down the road of disappointment. Dedicated and inspired, a good cocktail bar knows how to show you a good time and if you’re from or visiting Victoria, London, you’re definitely in for a treat. From themed bars to places that serve a lip-smacking meal with their delicious drinks, there’s something for everyone here. Check out our list of the best cocktail bars in Victoria, London.
1. Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
Have you ever wondered what the ‘drink me’ potion that Alice drinks in Wonderland tastes like? If so, at Clarendon Cocktail Cellar, your question might finally be answered. Bringing a unique approach to making cocktails, their menu is made from drinks that were inspired by iconic authors and pieces of literature. With their leather bar stools, library cases and vintage lamps, this is the place to go for all book lovers looking to meet people with the same passion for stories as them. Whether you love fairy tales, literary classics or modern best sellers, your favourite story is just waiting for you to take a sip.
Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
Address: 52 Cambridge Street, Pimlico, West London, SW1V 4QQ
Website: Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 11pm, Sat: 8am - 12am, Sun: 8am - 10:30pm
2. The Drunken Oyster
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At one point in time, mob movies with their monochromatic shots, slow love songs, neon hints of color and bow ties were all the rage. While that love for an era long gone disappeared for most, it remained in the hearts of a few which probably gave birth to The Drunken Oyster. Follow the neon-signs of the bar and head upstairs into a dimly lit room with polished wooden furniture, small tables for private conversations and bartenders dressed in white shirts and bow ties. Relive the past as the speakers fill the room with the voices of singers like Frank Sinatra and Elvis. For a trip down memory lane and a fancy feeling with each drink, The Drunken Oyster is your go-to bar.
The Drunken Oyster
Address: 2 Sir Simon Milton Square, London, SW1E 5DJ
Website: The Drunken Oyster
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 12am, Sun: 12pm - 4pm
3. All Bar One Victoria
With elegance at their fingertips, according to All Bar One, every drink and every meal is an opportunity to discover something new. Following this very philosophy, not only do they have an extensive drinks menu but also one for food. Whether you’re craving a delicate wine with your Sunday brunch or appetizers and sangria for a get-together with your friends, All Bar One has everything you need. From casual chit-chat during the day to sipping on a drink by the bar at night, there’s nothing you can’t do in this bar. Even if you’re not in a mood for a drink, they have more than enough finger-licking items on their menu to fill your stomach and make your journey worthwhile.
All Bar One Victoria
Address: 58 Victoria St, London SW1E 6AJ
Website: All Bar One Victoria
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 8am - 11:30pm, Fri: 8am - 12am, Sat: 9am - 12am, Sun: 9am - 11:30pm
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Inspired by South Africa, Bbar is a versatile bar in the heart of Victoria, ready to bring a taste of a different culture to its guests. Winner of the ‘Most Loved Bar in Westminster and St James’ title during the 2018 Time Out Love London Award, this is definitely a place you do not want to miss. Known for their hearty burgers and cocktails made by trained experts, Bbar doesn’t just offer you a place to get a drink but one with different activities. Love live music? Bbar has you covered every Thursday night. Craving an afternoon tea session instead of a drink? Bbar has those along with pre-theatre dining. And if all that isn’t enough, during the summers they open their terrace up for alfresco dining, giving their guests a chance to enjoy a glass of wine under the stars.
Address: Bbar, 43, Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PP
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 11:30pm (closed on Sun)
5. Vic's Bar
Looking for somewhere to feel fancy and relax? In the mood to wear your prettiest dress and have a cocktail or wine while listening to classical live music? Well, Vic’s Bar situated in the Park Plaza Hotel is just the place for you. Whether you want to hang out with your friends and catch up on missed events, have a meeting with your colleagues, or if you simply want to be alone and have a little me time, Vic’s Bar is perfect for almost every situation. Discuss a deal in their chic lounge, spend the night trying every cocktail on the menu or sit and listen to the pianist because this bar also has a piano lounge, it’s your choice. The staff at Vic’s Bar are here to accommodate you and make your outing worth remembering.
Address: Park Plaza Victoria London, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EQ, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 12am, Sat - Sun: 10am - 12am
6. The Goring Bar
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Ever wondered what it feels like to be royalty? Well, you can drink like one at The Goring Bar. With its red walls, black leather couches, a working fireplace and chandeliers, small and big, being in this bar is like being a part of an Edwardian TV show like Downton Abbey. But it’s not just the decor that makes this place unique, the fact that the Queen Mother used to be a regular guest here adds more to the bar’s reputation. And to top it all of, if the inside isn’t beautiful enough for you, The Goring Bar has an open terrace that looks over a large, well-maintained garden that takes you far away from the fast-paced life of the city. Everything in this bar is dedicated to take you to another, more simpler time. So sit back in one of the many comfortable couches, order a drink and maybe pair that with an opulent dish like a lobster omelette. Refined and elegant, this is the destination to fulfill your opulent dreams.
The Goring Bar
Address: The Goring, Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW
Website: The Goring Bar
Opening hours: 10:30am - 11:30pm (daily)
Cocktails and class
Cocktails are the perfect drink for every occasion, from parties to small get-togethers, casual hangouts to some time for yourself and your thoughts. Bitter, sweet, tangy and sometimes spicy, they suit every mood but it’s important to find a place that can give you exactly what you need. After all, figuring out the best mix is never an easy job.
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