Food & Drink

8 new cocktail bars you should be drinking in right now

Published On 04/02/2014 Published On 04/02/2014
5cc interior
Satan's Whiskers
Made in the Shade
Knowhere Special
The Whip
Cat & Mutton
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1. The Whip 50 Davies St, London, W1K 5JE

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

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

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

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

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.