London’s Best Date Night Bars

The big V-day is almost here, so I’ve put together a little guide on my favourite bars in London. Whether you’re on tinder date no 1 or out with your long time lover, these are all perfect for a romantic night out. You’ll even find some suggestions for pre and post-drinks.

You’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

American Bar at the Savoy

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Officially the best bar in the world, the American Bar is the ultimate spot if you’re looking to impress. I usually come here for a special occasion and make sure to grab a table by the pianist.

Must try: The bar snacks – I think I may love them more than the cocktails!

Nearest tube: Embankment/Covent Garden ๐Ÿš†

Before: Go all out and hit up a show in theatreland.

After: Head to the Thames for a post-drink stroll.

 

Dandelyan

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This swanky riverside bar is housed in the Mondrian hotel, giving it a classy feel. Ask for a seat by the window for a view of the Thames and sip on innovative cocktails designed by bartender-extraordinaire Mr Lyan.

Must try: A Koji Hardshake; if you have a sweet tooth, then the smokey marshmallow garnish is for you.

Nearest tube: Blackfriars/Southwark ๐Ÿš†

Before: Check out Rumpus Room upstairs.

After: Catch a flick in the Curzon. You don’t even have to leave the hotel.

 

Eve

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If you haven’t heard of Eve, you may have heard of the restaurant above, run by Masterchef contestant Adam Handling. This hidden cocktail den is the perfect place for a dreamy drink. While the restaurant if often busy, the bar is rarely full, giving you the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your date.

Must try: An Endeavour for tiki lovers, or an Adam’s Apple for a tipple with a twist.

Nearest tube: Covent Garden ๐Ÿš†

Before: Dig in to an immersive feast at The Frog upstairs.

After: Nothing. You’ll want to stay here for way more than one round.

 

Merchant House of Fleet Street

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Merchant House is home to the friendliest bar team and a great selection of whisky. Discover fine and rare bottles or simply come for a quiet drink in this bright and secluded city spot.

Must try: Ask the bartender for a recommendation.

Nearest tube: Blackfriars/St Paul’s ๐Ÿš†

Before: Dinner at Humble Grape next door.

After: Work off those drinks with a riverside stroll.

 

Nightjar

5 Nightjar

Like it’s sister bar Oriole, Nightjar create beautifully crafted cocktails in speakeasy-style subterranean surroundings. The drinks here are definitely more impressive and have less of the frivolous theatricals. Choose from pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war and signature drinks.

Must try: One from each section…or a sharing punch if you dare.

Nearest tube: Old Street/Liverpool Street ๐Ÿš†

Before: Hit up Junkyard Golf for some unadulterated action.

After: If you’d rather not spend ยฃ8 to listen to live music here, head to Shoreditch to continue the party.

 

Sexy Fish

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While the food here has mixed reviews, there’s no doubt that the drinks menu is on point. Nab a pair of seats at the bar and sip on a creative cocktail under a Frank Gehry’s giant fish and Damien Hirst’s mermaids.

Must try: The whisky – this is home to Europe’s largest collection.

Nearest tube: Green Park/Bond Street ๐Ÿš†

Before: Go all out with a meal in Sketch’s infamous pink Gallery.

After: If you’ve had enough of whisky, head to Mr Fogg’s for some gin.

 

Swift

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You have two options at Swift: the bright and airy art-deco bar that you enter on arrival, or the lesser known basement which is home to a speakeasy-style hideaway. I usually prefer the first option because the interior design is so dreamy, but if you are looking for a more intimate space then head downstairs.

Must try: An Irish coffee. It’s the home of London’s best.

Nearest tube: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Road ๐Ÿš†

Before: Grab a pre-Swift Negroni at Bar Termini across the road. It would be rude not to.

After: Get dessert to go, with a Custard Bun from Bun House.

 

Whitechapel Grind

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I’ve been a long time fan of Grind. Their Espresso Martini’s are top notch and they serve Clover Clubs and Pisco Sours which are always on point. Having recently discovered their Whitechapel location, I had to add it to the guide. Think huge floor-to-ceiling windows, plush bar stools and comfy chairs spread out in the middle of a work space. It may not sound romantic but it’s an ideal bar to have great drinks in a lovely setting after work.

Must try: An Espresso Martini.

Nearest tube: Aldgate ๐Ÿš†

Before: Finish work. Head here for a drink.

After: Head to Shoreditch – you won’t be short of activities here.

London Girl โœ–

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