Food & Drink

8 new cocktail bars you should be drinking in right now

Published On 04/01/2014 Published On 04/01/2014
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Satan's Whiskers
Made in the Shade
Knowhere Special
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The Whip
Cecil's
Cat & Mutton
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1. The Whip 50 Davies St, London, W1K 5JE (Mayfair)

Perched above the Running Horse Pub, The Whip has a Kentucky Derby vibe with racing green barstools, plenty of juleps, and vintage furniture.

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2. Satan's Whiskers 343 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9RA

From the team behind The Hemingway and Hunter S, this occcult-tinged neighborhood watering hole is a trendy and delicious place to lounge with a drink. Dark slatted shutters betray little of the outside, but once you’re in, you’ll find candlelit tables, strange taxidermy, old-school hip-hop, tasty snacks, and mind-blowing drinks. These guys were at Milk & Honey in its heyday and really know their stuff, treating you to a classic-heavy, daily-changing menu filled with drinks you know and drinks you’ll never forget. It's not a huge space, and it's definitely popular, so make sure to get there early for a seat at the bar.

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3. Made in the Shade 177 Hoxton St, London, N1 6PJ

Attention to detail is key at this Hoxton bar, from the hand-sawn ice in their creative 'tails, to a wide range of fresh juices, to tasty Caribbean soul food dishes made using locally sourced produce.

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4. Knowhere Special 296 Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2TG (Kentish Town)

Behind an unmarked door and down a set of stairs is Knowhere Special, a dimly lit speakeasy with exposed bricks, various somewhat strange decorations, and absolutely terrific cocktails.

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5. 5cc 26 Farringdon St, London, EC4A 4AB (The City)

With a handful of locations around the city, these guys are masters of the hidden cocktail bar. This location features dark leather stylings, a long list of whiskeys, and a number of neon signs.

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6. Forecourt Bar Goods Way, London, N1C 4UR (Kings Cross)

This exceptional cocktail bar is set outside Shrimpy's at King's Cross Filling Station and it's perfect for warm weather relaxation and imbibing.

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7. Cecil's 8 Holyrood St, London, SE1 2EL

Upon setting foot in Cecil's, you'll be transported to '30s Shanghai, complete with red lanterns, orchids, and a small roofed bar. And if the ambience isn't enough for you, the tremendous craft 'tails will be.

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8. Cat & Mutton 76 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ (Hackney)

This historic pub was beautifully restored in 2014 making it an even more beautiful spot to grab a bite to eat and wash it down with one of their superior craft 'tails.

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