Top 50 Cocktail Bars

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Swift Soho

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 ‘Legends’, inspired by influential people past and present.

Beginning with Aisha Tyler, the Stone St cocktail is deep, robust and jammy, drawing on Rittenhouse rye and Remy 1738 cognac to create a deep earthy and fruity libation.

Inspirational characters on the menu range from artists and performers to some of the greatest thinkers of the modern world. But there is also a deep element of fun with drinks inspired by the likes of Ab-Fab, expressed with the Only in L.A. which is made using Absolut Elyx vodka and Martini Rubino.

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 Freja made using Grey Goose vodka, Dolin blanc vermouth, lychee, lemon and soda. 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.

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