The Best Bars In Mayfair
Last Updated: 7th October 2019 | Main image: The Fumoir
You’re in Mayfair.
You have, until this point, been absolutely crushing date night, thanks to your trademark combination of good looks, sparkling wit and specialist cheese knowledge. After a languid dinner at one of the area’s many candlelit, booth-equipped restaurants – Gymkhana, perhaps, or Umu – you and your date have stepped out into the night, walked and talked a little more… and panicked.
But fear not. Because we’ve compiled a palpitation-quelling selection of nightcap spots, with their own trademark combination of good atmosphere, intimate nooks, and unanimously excellent cocktails.
So behold, the best bars in Mayfair…–
One of the Nudge’s all-time favourite bars in London – though, if you need further proof, it’s been sitting pretty in the top 5 of the World’s 50 Best Bars list for several years now. Panelled with mirrors and silver leaf, it’s quietly glamorous without feeling stuffy; the bartenders are both cheery and knowledgeable – and the drinks are, without exception, flawless. Wave over the martini trolley for a bespoke edition, made table-side, or order one of their signature concoctions – the recipes for which you’ll be handed at the end of the night. READ MORE
Details: The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL | Open daily 10.30am-1am (midnight Sundays)
In a textbook case of nominative determinism, Hide Below is very easy to walk straight past. That’s because it’s the low-lit cocktail bar set in the basement of acclaimed chef Ollie Dabbous’ three tiered restaurant paradise, HIDE. Take a stool at the beautiful natural wood-topped bar and pick out a dram from the amber-hued spirits lining the back wall; snoop around their walk-in wine cellar; or order a martini, stirred with frozen birch sap instead of ice. READ MORE
Details: 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB | Open weekdays 7.30am-1am, Sat 9am-1am, Sun 9am-11.30pm
The Glade at Sketch
Some people just aren’t cut out for it.
Luckily, the people who plastered the walls of The Glade bar at Sketch knew exactly what they were doing, and have created a drinking den straight out of a fairytale, with illustrated woodland walls, quirky baroque furnishings and a huge bar overseeing proceedings, from which you can score classic and signature serves. READ MORE
Details: 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG | Open weekdays 7am-2am, weekends 8am-2am (12.30am Sundays)
Mr. Fogg’s Residence
Like its namesake, this bar has now made its way right across London, with bars from Covent Garden to Liverpool Street. This, however, is the original, and still hasn’t lost the wow factor thanks to the array of worldly trinkets, taxidermied animals, flags, and penny farthings dangling from the ceiling and crammed onto the walls. The cocktails are just as eccentric, combining classic spirits with not-so-classic infusions, like salted grapefruit cordial and African spice falernum. READ MORE
Details: 15 Bruton Lane, W1J 6JD | Open Mon-Thurs from 4pm, Fri from 3pm, Sat from 1.30pm and Sun from 4pm
Kwānt is pronounced quaint – through really it’s anything but. Dramatic decor takes inspiration from Morocco, old London members’ clubs and a little smattering of 70s tiki, and the whole place is hidden behind an old oak door below Mayfair eatery Momo. It’s the first solo venture from Erik Lorincz, who previously took The Savoy’s American Bar to glory with a #1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, and you can expect equally great things of him here… READ MORE
Details: Below Momo, 25 Heddon Street, W1B 4BH | Open daily from 5pm
A sleek annexe to Corrigan’s in Mayfair, Dickie’s Bar is headed up by Gregory Buda – former ‘tender at New York’s Dead Rabbit, a.k.a. the best bar in the world for about 5 years running. With a sleek wooden bar-top and plush leather seating, it’s the quintessential hotel bar – only with much better cocktails. READ MORE
Details: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH | Open weekdays noon-midnight (1am Thurs-Fri) and Saturdays 6pm-1am
Nestled on the ground floor of the Ritz, the Rivoli Bar is everything you’d expect from London’s most opulent hotel – there are Lalique glass panels on the walls; smooth walnut finishes and leopard-print chairs everywhere you look. And the drinks are everything you wouldn’t expect – served in everything from music boxes to smoking top hats. READ MORE
Details: The Ritz Hotel, 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR | Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm and Sun 12-10.30pm
A dark, velvet-lined, art deco snug with only a smattering of tables and deep banquettes to sink into, The Fumoir has been shaking martinis since 1929. There are cocktails made with ‘Illegal Mezcal’, whiskies aged beneath the ocean, and Champagnes by the glass – the perfect accompaniment to the huge bar menu which includes oysters, sashimi… and hot buttermilk donuts.
Details: Claridge’s, Brook Street, W1K 4HR | Open daily noon-1am (midnight on Sundays)
To say that Dukes is famous for its martinis is an understatement. Because these aren’t just good martinis. They’re the ones that inspired the favoured tipple of James Bond himself – author Ian Fleming used to come here regularly and order the very same thing. They’ll be made tableside at their very own martini trolley, and they’ve got such clout that you’re only allowed to order two in one sitting… READ MORE
Details: 35 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NY | Open 2-11pm Mon-Sat, 4-10.30pm Sundays
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