Dry January has finally come to a close, and for most of us that can only be a good thing. At the same time, we kind of miss feeling like we’ve got away with something when we sneak a cocktail in at one of London’s amazing bars and clubs. So, we’ve come up with the perfect solution. Prohibition parties in London! With secret entrances, beautiful 1920s-themed decor, and, naturally, gorgeous cocktails, these London Speakeasy bars will take you back to America’s glory days. Just remember, you didn’t hear it from us! Without further ado, here’s Nightset’s list of the best ‘Speakeasy’ bars in London for a Prohibition thrill!
Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3DW
Barts is no doubt one of the top bars in London to experience the ‘Prohibition’ in all it’s glory. If you want to feel really sneaky, you’ve got to try one of this London bar’s secret cocktails: Uncle Barts’ ‘Cola.’ It’s a mixture of home-made cola reduction, Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky, Bold cherry liqueur and Jerry Thomas bitters – and it’s delightful. If you’re feeling brave and want to order a cocktail in the open, there’s 40 original cocktails, plus the ‘fun’ classics, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. With cocktail masterclasses weekly, prohibition parties, crazy events and a crazy backstory to match, you’ll wish yourself back in time.
12-16 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LS
If you’re really looking for a Prohibition thrill in London The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is the place to be. Plus, if you change your mind about a date, you can quickly give them the slip. Just point over their shoulder and dash into the secret entrance, concealed behind an ordinary looking Smeg fridge (shhh!). Once you’ve entered into the dimly-lit basement below you can enjoy their exciting cocktail menu in peace. We’d recommend the ‘Mediterranean Rose,’ a stunning mixture of Martin Miller’s gin, rose tea, orgeat, orange blossom, egg white and Mediterranean tonic.
129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB
For a Prohibition history lesson taught entirely in cocktails, Nightjar is the London bar for you. In true 1920’s style, cocktails are sorted into Pre-Prohibition, Prohibition, Post-War and of course, Nightjar specials. Their presentation is incredible, and the Artillery punch to share is sure to impress. Served in a ‘cannon tea pot’, it’s an ‘educational’ mixture of Hendricks’s gin, Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof rum, apricot brandy, benedictine grape juice, Sultan tea, freshly squeezed lime and bee pollen. You’ll seriously wonder how they banned drinks this good.
49 Hackney Rd, Hackney, London E2 7NX
The Looking Glass Cocktail Club describes itself as a “’secret’ speakeasy drinking den accompanied by a mesmerising cocktail list.” Well, we’d add that it’s one of the top bars in London if you want to escape ‘Dry January’ 1920’s style. The ‘Uncle Monty,’ made from Tarquin’s Dry Gin, beetroot syrup and Campari with Tarquin’s Cornish Pastis is certainly mesmerising. Plus, they do Cocktail classes for beginners and experts, if you’d like to sneak those incredible cocktails home with you.
50-54 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 7HX
Purl cocktails aren’t just a drink, they’re an experience. This London bar incorporates airs, aromas, foams, fogs, bespoke serviceware, food, and liquid nitrogen, and aims to “transport the guest to another place or time.” Normally we’d scoff at such an extravagant promise, but these drinks are seriously impressive. Plus, even if they don’t technically transport you to a Prohibition party in the 1920s, than It’d be criminal to miss a chance to try one their impressive ‘libations.’ We’d recommend the ‘Mr Hyde,’ a mixture of Bacardi 8, Purl’s own eola syrup and ‘Coffee fog.’
25-26 Lime St, London EC3M 7HR
No compilation of London’s ‘Speakeasy’ bars would be complete without The Bootlegger. This London bar is fantastically well hidden, so if you don’t want your Prohibition party being shut down by the feds, have it here. The only clue we’ll give you is you better start learning about coordinates. Once inside, you’ll be treated to live Jazz, delicious American food, and of course, an extensive cocktail menu. We loved the Queen of Sheba, a mixture of gin, lychee liqueur and blueberries.
Don’t let the ‘Prohibition’ stop you experiencing the amazing Speakeasy bars in London. We’re here to give you a hand finding them! For more of the best bars in London, incredible parties and amazing experiences, check out Nightset app.