Are you in a hankering for a late-night drink? If so, then you’re in luck. London has many late-night establishments you can try with all kinds of concoctions for you to enjoy. Choose by experts in LMB, Lets see which 10 bars win!
Black Rock, Shoreditch
If you have a hankering for whiskey in the late evening to wee hours of the morning than the Black Rock, Shoreditch may be just what you need. While a majority of whiskey bars seem to be stuck in the past, the Black Rock bar is anything but stuck. It’s this minute coal hole that outshines other whisky-serving places. In fact, its whiskeys are grouped by flavor, not country. 250 kinds of whiskeys from all over the world are served here. Grouping in this manner makes the choosing process a little easier, with a price tag of £7-£11.
Black Rock Bar offers many Japanese-influenced drinks that show off the stuff they know. Plus, there’s an 18-foot piece of oak tree that has whiskey traveling through it. This bar made sure whiskey was fun.
Go to blackrock.bar to learn more. It’s open from:
- Monday – Wednesday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Thursday – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Friday and Saturday – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Your venture into the Nightjar will begin along the Old Street roundabout. The first time you check it out will be memorable. You’ll see the kebab shop upstairs and, next door is a well-dressed guy standing outside. Of course, if you decide to go, it’s best to book ahead of time.
You’ll walk down a thin, but long corridor as you walk down the stairs into the bar. The space is dark but quaint, as there are candles everywhere you turn. It’s got an amazing tin ceiling that can reflect the beauty the space has to offer. You’ll be greeted by knowledgeable staff who know the ever-changing menu with drinks that are constantly modified. Depending on your mood, the waiters will guide your decisions.
The Nightjar Bar changed how people see bars – it offers cocktail dining experience with live swing and jazz bands with its dark, sexy music. If you want the best dining and drinking experience, you can’t go with the Nightjar bar.
Go to www.barnightjar.com to learn more. It’s open from:
- Sunday to Wednesday 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Thursday – 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday and Saturday – 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Shrub and Shutter
Another London favorite is the Shrub and Shutter, which feels more like a friend’s kitchen than a bar. It’s loaded with books, herbs and bottles with a menu that changes to match the season and is written on chalkboard.
You don’t know what you’ll get until you step inside the door, but consider that part of its charm. You could walk into a live jazz atmosphere or a party atmosphere, etc. Whatever atmosphere you come to, the smoking genie lamp for cocktails is one of its appealing features.
If you want the best house seat, you’ll want the ones at the bar where you can watch the bartenders get into a little trouble. They know how to show off their skills, getting creative with the concoctions they make. These are not the typical drinks you’re used to. Though a bit crazy, they’re tantalizing to your taste buds.
Visit theshrubandshutter.com to learn more about this bar. It’s open from:
- Tuesday to Thursday – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Friday and Saturday – 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.
- Sunday – 5 p.m. to Midnight
One of the world’s 50 best bars is the Dandelyan Bar. It’s got an extensive menu that makes it look like temperamental scientists created it, not astute bartenders who are masters in the hospitality industry and drink creators.
The décor of the Dandelyan Bar was designed to give patrons the real bar experience. It’s plush but not overly done so. It gives off a vibe of more boutique hotel style, not the lap of luxury in fine hotels.
People come to the Dandelyan bar for the infamous bartenders – Iain Griffiths and Ryan Chetiyawardana – but it’s the location that makes it the “hot spot.” It’s located within one of the coolest hotels in London, situated along the South Bank. So many customers – a wide array of customers with diverse backgrounds – make it in this bar.
If you have a natural curiosity, give into it with the bar’s cocktails. Try the Pinnacle Point Fizz, which is the mixture of tequila, sour pineapple, ginger bitters, soda, sloe and mixtamalized blue corn. And, if you find that’s just too safe of a drink for you, go daring with the Heirloom with the ingredient plant hemoglobin along with raspberry cordial and Kamm & Sons whiskey. Be ever more daring with the 13th Century Boy with its mummified citrus, pine and palm-embalming cordial and gin.
Check out www.dandelyanbar.com to learn more. The Dandelyan Bar is opened:
- Monday through Wednesday – 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Thursday – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Friday and Saturday – Noon to 2 a.m.
- Sunday – Noon to 12:30 a.m.
Craft Beer Co, Brixton
The Craft Beer Co is located between two Brixton stations on a rather unattractive road, but still much busier than others around it. It’s got a large outside space, provides a great selection of beers to choose from – imports included. When there’s a gig going on at Brixton Academy, the CBC often stays open later so you can enjoy a beer before and after the concert. It’s certainly much better than paying more for a beer that tastes just okay from the venue.
Go to thecraftbeerco.com/brixton to learn about this bar. It’s open from:
- Monday – 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Tuesday through Thursday – 4:30 p.m. to Midnight
- Friday – 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Saturday – Noon to 1 a.m.
- Sunday – Noon to 10:30 p.m.