Top 50 Cocktail Bars

Top 50 Cocktail Bars 2023 announced

Charli Tomney | 04/01/2023

Cardiff-based Lab 22, known for inventive cocktails, was voted number one in in 2022. Tucked away above a well-known bakery, the experimental Lab 22 jumped up 32 places in two years with its daring drinks menu.

The Southwest and Wales took 5 spots with a further ten in the North of England, two in the Midlands, three in the South and five in Scotland - leaving London to dominate half of the list last year.

But 2023 brings new opportunities for even more bars across the UK with 12 new names on the list from Nottingham, Sheffield, Glasgow, Leeds and beyond. We couldn’t be more excited to be joined by everyone for the very special event next month crowning our winner and to celebrate with everyone involved.

Top 50 Cocktail Bars community manager, Charli Tomney says “I am so excited to bring a new list to the public after such a successful 2022. It’s great to see new names on the list amongst some familiar faces and I can’t wait for the event.”

The alphabetical Top 50 Cocktail Bars 2023 list is:

Amaro Bar, Kensington

Artesian, Oxford Circus

Bar Termini, Soho

Below Stairs, Leeds

Bench, Sheffield

Blinker, Manchester

Bramble Bar & Lounge, Edinburgh

Callooh Callay, Shoreditch

Cottonmouth, Nottingham

Couch, Birmingham

Coupette, Bethnal Green

Disrepute, Soho

Filthy XIII, Bristol

Fox & Chance, Birmingham

Gungho!, Brighton

Happiness Forgets, Hoxton

Hedonist, Leeds

Hey Palu, Edinburgh

Homeboy Bar, Islington

Lab 22, Cardiff

Little Mercies, Crouch End

Lunar, Glasgow

Lyaness, South Bank

Murder Inc, Soho

Nightjar, Shoreditch

Ojo Rojo, Bournemouth

Opium Cocktails & Dim Sum Parlour, Chinatown

Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Pennyroyal, Cardiff

Present Company, Liverpool

Public, Sheffield

Publiq., South Kensington

Satan’s Whiskers, Bethnal Green

Scarfes Bar, Holborn


Seed Library, Shoreditch

Silverleaf, Spitalfields

SOMA Soho, London

Speak in Code, Manchester

Swift Soho, London

Tabula Rasa, Leeds

Tayēr + Elementary, Shoreditch

The Absent Ear, Glasgow

The Connaught, Mayfair

The Hideout, Bath

The Milk Thistle, Bristol

The Pineapple Club, Birmingham

Three Sheets, Dalston

🔶🟥🔵 (A Bar with Shapes for a Name), Hackney

Alongside the full list reveal on the night there are also specialist award category winners to be announced. An opportunity for cocktail bars to put themselves forward to help them get recognised and align themselves with the best bars in the UK.

Finalists for these are:

Bar Team of the Year

Couch, Stirchley

Hey Palu, Edinburgh

The Pineapple Club, Birmingham

Sustainable Bar of the Year

Gungho!, Brighton

Kilo Ziro, Digbeth

Little Mercies, Crouch End

Newcomer of the Year

Manolo, Liverpool

Project Halcyon, Manchester

Ugly Butterfly, Cornwall

Plus, an additional One to Watch award which is chosen to highlight a bar which hasn’t made the list but has all the makings of a Top 50 bar.

All will be announced on the night by presenter Aidy Smith, who said: “I am absolutely honoured to present this year’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars and in doing so, celebrating the beating heart of drinks discovery. Without mixology, the world would never be able to discover drinks in such a unique and beautiful way. It’s this passion that sets bars and teams apart with a collective love and thirst for taste exploration. After two harrowing years I can’t wait to get stuck in and honour some truly incredible people making some truly spectacular creations. Let’s do this!”

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