A prestigious neighbourhood in London, Mayfair delivers upscale glamour, hot new talent and sumptuous locations for a social drink in great company. From the legendary lounges and contemporary cocktail bars, we’ve picked Mayfair bars abundant in character and a sense of occasion. There’s a Mayfair bar to suit every taste, and we think these are the best.
Dukes Bar, Mayfair
This distinguished and discreet drinking establishment has attracted a traditional clientele for generations. This is where Ian Fleming sipped his famous martinis, and today it serves possibly the best cocktails you’ll ever taste. An expert mixologist in a white coat rolls a cart to your table and creates a drink to suit your palate. No ice necessary, your glass and liquor come chilled, so your cocktail is undiluted. After your tipple, retire to the plush drawing room or cognac and cigar garden for a little more indulgence.
Hide Below Bar
Descend the swirling wooden Stairstalk staircase into an amber-lit basement bar that feels a world away from the busy streets above. Slide into an elegant nook or pull up a chair at the curved wood bar where you can watch fine and rare spirits go into the cocktail shaker for gloriously executed drinks. Hide Below also has a vast wine cellar with an equally long wine list, and its delectable bar snacks are a moreish compliment to your drinks.
Luxurious art deco design and an extensive vintage champagne list give Claridge’s Bar, Mayfair notes of London’s Roaring Twenties. In the legendary Mayfair hotel, world-class bartenders conjure cocktails from sought-after spirits and serve prohibition-era whiskey from American distilleries. Attentive staff are more than happy to guide you through the drink options and help you find your new favourite. It’s a gleaming and sophisticated treat for the senses and very worth dressing up for.
Sitting at the top of the former iconic Dickens & Jones department store, Aqua Spirit rooftop bar has a terrific outdoor terrace overlooking Mayfair. This is a fashionable haunt with stylish decor, a smart dress code and an impressive bar menu with an Asian flair. It’s ideal for lunchtime sunshine drinks or clinking glasses as the skyline twinkles in the evening. Indoors, a gleaming carousel bar becomes the star attraction. Try a Taiwanese whiskey or the Japanese Garden cocktail with its hint of wasabi to get your taste buds tingling.
A stay in The Clermont, Victoria pairs beautifully with a night out in nearby Mayfair, combining classic Victorian elegance with modern comforts. Book your room and head out on the town.