The Best New Bars in London
Last Updated: 8th January 2020 | Main image: Milroy’s Spitalfields
Welcome to our pick of the best new bars in London right now: a regularly-updated list of our favourite drinking-den openings from the past few months.
We’ve created it because if Christopher Columbus were alive today – and if he wanted to visit the best new bars in London – he’d have wanted a 1st Mate just like The Nudge to act both as his primary navigator and his moral compass.
But mainly as a navigator.
Which means, long story short, you are Columbus, and we’re here to help.
We’ll start by letting you know about the best new drinking dens in London – right now:
The Jellied Eel
Housed in a century-old Cockney pie & mash shop, The Jellied Eel began life as a pop-up that made use of the space in the evenings. Now it’s here to stay, meaning that you can toddle down of a Friday night and wash down Mediterranean bar snacks with top-shelf cocktails in quirky, grade II listed surroundings. READ MORE
Details: Open Fri & Sat, 7pm-12am | L. Manze’s Pie & Mash Shop, 76 High Street, E17 7LD
Joyce Brockley sounds like she owns about a million cats. But in fact, it’s a new bar in Brockley from the local wonder-duo behind Salthouse Bottles and Brockley Natural Wine Club. Simply attired with bare plaster walls, warm pendant lighting and a scattering of white tiles, it’s a cosy neighbourhood spot for well-picked wines, beers, spirits and ciders.
Details: Open Tues-Fri evenings and weekends from noon | 294 Brockley Road, SE4 2RA
You might know the name Milroy’s from Soho, where they’ve been trading as an independent whisky shop for over 50 years (and a hidden subterranean whisky bar for slightly fewer). They’ve finally added another string to their bow – although it’s less of a string, and more of a whole extra violin, because this follow-up branch has three bars, a cigar terrace, and a dedicated tasting room… READ MORE
Details: Open Mon-Sat | 76 Commercial Street, E1 6LY
Black Rock Tavern
You may, in your time, have visited a subterranean whisky den just off Old Street, where whiskies are arranged by flavour profile and the drams come at three pricing levels, to encourage you to try whatever you like. And if you did it right, you probably can’t remember much beyond that. Well, its name is Black Rock, and it’s now expanded into a four-storey temple to the good stuff, with a more relaxed, ‘tavern’ style bar on the ground floor serving a hand-picked selection of cocktails and drams from their over 250-strong collection… READ MORE
Details: Mon-Sat from 4pm-late | 9 Christopher Street, EC2A 2BS
Welcome to the most glamorous house party you’ve ever attended. Hidden behind a painting in Hello Darling lies a whole townhouse to explore, with rooms to hire for private parties, doorbells for magnums of fizz, and bartenders popping up in cupboards. READ MORE
Details: Thursday-Saturday, 5pm-midnight | Above Hello Darling, 131 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UR
Ticket Hall & Control Room
Found slap bang opposite Cahoots, this pair of new bars is the next natural step for the 1940s underground-themed drinking den. Upstairs is a retro ticket hall, serving coffees and cocktails by day amid old-school travel posters. But head below ground, and you’ll find yourself in an industrial Blitz-era control room, with retro-swing DJs, dancing, and boozy rations… READ MORE
Details: Upstairs open daily, downstairs open Thurs-Sat evenings | 5 Kingly Street, W1B 5PF
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