UK’s 50 best cocktail bars ranked including London, Manchester and Cardiff

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and plenty of Brits are looking for a cool spot to go for cocktails with their date.

Or, maybe you're hanging out with pals and want to seem like you're in-the-know about the best venues for a tipple.

Well, there are thousands of quicky and fun cocktail bars dotted around the nation.

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Thankfully, Top 50 Cocktail Bars has put together a list of the best bars around with hotspots all around the UK.

Bagging the top spot was Satan's Whiskers in Bethnal Green, London – but don't let the devilish name put you off this heavenly bar.

The drinks menu changes every day meaning you can always discover something new thanks to their unusual twists on classic cocktails.

Plus, the vibes are everything at this cocktail venue with cool exposed bricks, hip hop music and interesting objects all along the walls.

You can even buy pre-bottled cocktails to take away from the bar and there are snacks on the menu too.

The runner up was Lab 22 in Wales – which mixes modern style with classy elegance.

The Lab takes a scientific approach to cocktails and includes a wow factor in every drink.

Over the years, these have included bartenders breathing fire, sea salt chocolate fish scales and honey from rooftop hives.

Tayer + Elementary in Shoreditch rounded off the top three.

This venue is split into two parts meaning you can choose which tickles your fancy.

One half is great for casual drinks and your tipple will take just seconds to reach you thanks to their draught system.

The other half is dark and romantic with cocktails made from more exotic and unusual ingredients.

The brutalist space is trendy and grungy.

You can check out the full list below…

Is there a cocktail bar that you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments below

Top 50 cocktail bars in the UK:

  1. Satan’s Whiskers, Bethnal Green, London
  2. Lab 22, Cardiff
  3. Tayer + Elementary, Shoreditch, London
  4. Schofield’s Bar, Manchester
  5. Swift Soho, Soho, London
  6. Panda and Sons, Edinburgh
  7. Three Sheets, Dalston, London
  8. Speak in Code, Manchester
  9. A Bar With Shapes for Names, Hackney, London
  10. The Connaught Bar, Mayfair, London
  11. Little Mercies, Crouch End, London
  12. Couch, Stirchley, West Midlands
  13. Bramble Bar & Lounge, Edinburgh
  14. The Pineapple Club, West Midlands
  15. Ojo Rojo, Bournemouth, Hampshire
  16. Disrepute, Soho, London
  17. Artesian, Fitzrovia, London
  18. The Hideout, Bath Somerset
  19. Nightjar, Shoreditch, London
  20. Present Company, Liverpool, Merseyside
  21. Publiq, South Kensington, London
  22. Scarfes Bar, Holborn, London
  23. Lyaness, South Bank, London
  24. Opium Cocktails & Dim Sum Parlour, Chinatown, London
  25. The Absent Ear, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  26. Happiness Forgets, Hoxton, London
  27. Hey Palu, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  28. Filthy XIII, Bristol, Somerset
  29. Homeboy Bar ,Islington, London
  30. SOMA, Soho, London
  31. Coupette, Bethnal Green, London
  32. Passing Fancies, Digbeth, Birmingham
  33. Bar Termini, Soho, London
  34. Seed Library, Shoreditch, London
  35. Murder Inc, Soho, London
  36. Pennyroyal, Cardiff, Glamorgan
  37. Callooh Callay, Shoreditch, London
  38. Silverleaf, Spitalfields, London
  39. Public, Sheffield, Yorkshire
  40. Fox and Chance, Birmingham, West Midlands
  41. BLINKER, Manchester, Greater Manchester
  42. Below Stairs, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  43. The Milk Thistle, Bristol, Somerset
  44. Gungho!, Brighton, East Sussex
  45. Hedonist, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  46. AMARO BAR, Kensington, London
  47. Cottonmouth, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  48. Tabula Rasa, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  49. Lunar, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  50. Bench, Sheffield, Yorkshire

The list – which you can find at – also included a best newcomer listing.

The winner was Manolo in Liverpool which is Caribbean themed and plenty of fun.

You can sip pina coladas from frozen pineapples or enjoy a complex 17-ingredient cosmo.

Every drink is tested at least 50 times before it's added to the menu so you're sure to get a cracking cocktail.


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