If pub crawls are one of your favorite ways to spend the weekend, you may already have a long list of great places to drink at in London. These places may be well worth your money, but they can get boring, especially if you’ve been frequenting them for a while now.
Luckily, with London’s bustling bar scene, there are lots of other watering holes that you might not know about yet. Some of them are even themed, making your visit a lot more visually interesting. If you’re a teensy bit curious about these unique bars, here are five that you should try right away.
London Cocktail Club
If you’re up for some cocktails, the London Cocktail Club is the best place to be. They have five locations all over the city and each has a different theme. People especially love their tattoo parlor themed location in Shaftesbury Avenue and the “grease monkey garage” joint in Shoreditch.
Owned and operated by the renowned mixologist JJ Goodman, the London Cocktail Club explores new ways of creating cocktails. They even let you create your own cocktail and will mix it right in front of you. It’s quite pricey, though, but if you have a lot of cash to burn, it’s definitely a great way to get buzzed.
2014’s Best New International Cocktail bar winner at the prestigious Spirited Awards, NOLA is a New Orleans themed watering hole in the East End. From its interiors to its choice of music and Big Easy-inspired cocktails, you’ll really feel like you’re in the South every time you visit this cool joint. They also take pride in being the first bar outside North America to be awarded the ‘Seal of the Sazerac’ as a way to recognize their efforts in honoring New Orleans’ official cocktail.
It’s best to come in early to NOLA as they’re exclusive for members only past midnight. They have really inexpensive drinks, though, so you’ll be able to pack a lot in before your time’s up.
Winner of the 2016 Spirited Awards’ ‘world’s best high volume bar’, Callooh Callay is a wonderfully eclectic bar that feels like home. The interiors are Lewis Caroll-themed that’s often described as ‘quirky’, furnished with a lot of mismatched furniture. Some may think that it is trying too hard to be hip, but when it comes to drinks, it definitely knows how to get you good.