Top 50 Cocktail Bars


Swift Soho

Soho, London

On London’s Old Compton Street, Soho, you will find the original multi-award-winning Bar Swift.

Swift is split into two areas, with a more casual buzzy layout on the ground floor and a relaxed – some would say sensual – lounge in the basement.

The basement den operates seven days a week and offers live music every weekend, over 300 worldly whiskies and is open from 5pm – it is also recommended that you reserve a space to avoid disappointment.

And you wouldn’t want to be disappointed as the downstairs menu is an exceptional offering that has been expertly curated and designed with the current theme of ‘Postcards from Swift’, inspired by the team’s favourite memories from around the world.

The website says 'Each cocktail is inspired by events, places and tastes that give us a sense of home, no matter where we are in the world. We hope that this menu will transport you to some of our favourite places around the world'. 

Why not try Casablanca, described as juicy, exciting and smoky with Del Maguey Vida mezcal, mango, Kummel, lemon and Peychaud’s. 

The downstairs menu is where Swift’s full cocktail experience can be consumed, but upstairs offers an entirely different concept.

More concise, the menu upstairs brings together much-loved classics as well as popular Swift serves in one place, particularly the bar’s Irish Coffee which is like no other in the world.

Upstairs also serves a range of non-alcoholic mixes, beers, wines and aperitivos.

Some eye-catching cocktails include the Rockaway made using Jack Daniel’s bonded whiskey, amaro Nonino, Cocchi rosa, banana. Also, the Petal made using sweet vermouth, raspberry, framboise, Campari and prosecco.

It’s also important to note Swift Soho’s younger Shoreditch sibling with the same name, but a different location. The bar, located on Great Eastern Street offers a similar menu to Swift Soho’s Upstairs bar and is perfect for a quick pre-dinner pick-me-up.

Key Information

  • SPECIALITIES: Classic cocktail style with a whisky bar
  • WEBSITE: Visit Here
  • ADDRESS: 12 Old Compton St, London, W1D 4TQ