Top 50 Cocktail Bars



Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Creative cocktails in the vibrant Hockley area of Nottingham

Unfortunately Cottonmouth closed its doors shortly after the event, we wish the team the best of luck with their next venture and want to honour their place on the list.

Cottonmouth is a table service cocktail bar tucked away in the buzzing Hockley area of Nottingham’s city centre.

The bar, which opened five years ago in Goose Gate, serves a mix of classic cocktails and the bar’s own creations in a laid-back setting.

It’s owned by Adrian Whitehouse and opens five days a week in the former premises of a barber shop. Cocktails are ranked on a scale from ‘comforting’ to ‘adventurous’ and from ‘easy drinking’ to ‘spirit forward’.

Guests looking for adventure may opt for the Ski Sunday, which combines Swedish vodka with peach wine, Madagascan vanilla, passionfruit, mango and split Greek yoghurt.

There’s also the Sakura – a combination of London dry gin, sake, Italian bianco bitter aperitif, French dry vermouth, pear and lemon oils, or the Pony Girl, which is a twist on a Pornstar Martini. This drink mixes Swedish vanilla vodka with Italian aperitif, passionfruit, pineapple, rhubarb, lime and sparkling wine.

The Musket also ranks highly for ‘comfort’ but is less easy drinking than some other serves. The Big Short, in which Grappa di Moscato, Italian amaro, coffee bean, green walnut and lemon oils are mixed is highly adventurous and spirit forward.

Cocktail prices range from £9.50 to £11.50 and zero percent options are priced at £6.45.

Cottonmouth superfans can also buy merch. On the sweatshirts, two snakes loop round a capped-up quote that states ‘NO RELIGION, NO POLITICS’.

Having worked behind Nottingham bars including Saltwater, Bad Juju, Dogma and World Service, Whitehouse has racked up more than a decade’s experience in the industry.

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