An Insider’s Guide to the Best Bars in South Bank
Whatever your poison you’re sure to find something to suit every taste(bud) in South Bank. Experience some of the coolest and quirkiest cocktail bars in London’s cultural playground – however if you don’t require something mixed, muddled and stirred there are plenty of places to relax with a good ol’ beer or glass of wine...
Add a little bit of luxury to your evening drinks. Skylon oozes chic sophistication and boasts stunning views across the river Thames – perfect for date night. They are also well known for their stand- out cocktails, mixed with a unique flair and imagination. And for those who fancy themselves as a bit of a Tom Cruise, you can have a go at making them yourself. Every Monday, you can enjoy a FREE Mixology Masterclass – create your favourite cocktail and learn to shake, muddle, and mix like TC in Cocktail... don’t look at us like that, you know you’ve seen it.
GILLRAY’S BAR AT MARRIOTT COUNTY HALL
Did you know that Gillray’s have over 39 different types of gin? And what’s more, it’s now open even later. Gillray’s winning combination of a unique view (a panorama of Big Ben and the House of Parliament, just so you know) with the latest trends in mixology to create one-of-a-kind cocktails make it one of South Bank’s top secret bars
DANDELYAN AT MONDRIAN LONDON
The newest addition to South Bank has dropped anchor and new tastes and unexpected combinations await.
Serving both innovative cocktails and refined interpretations of the classics, Dandelyan takes its inspiration from the botanical wilds of the British countryside and around the world. Prepare to lose yourself in the exotic flavours on offer...And as if the cocktails weren’t enough, their iconic green marble bar is sure to provide a talking point.
OXO BAR AT OXO TOWER BAR, RESTAURANT & BRASSERIE
Presiding high over the river Thames, the OXO Tower bar boasts its own stunning views over London and St Paul’s, and their clever mixologists are always striving to show you a good time. Watch the city sparkle from the cosy comfort of the bar as the chilly nights draw in.
PRIMO BAR AT PARK PLAZA WESTMINSTER BRIDGE
Boasting exotic cocktails and live music, Primo Bar is always alive with evening activity. From their showcasing of new talents every Tuesday from 8pm, and 2 for 1 cocktails every weeknight between 5pm and 8pm, to their Ladies Night every first Thursday of the month, Primo is primed to party. (Jaw-dropping views are an added extra)
RUMPUS ROOM AT MONDRIAN LONDON
Mondrian London’s Rumpus Room comes alive as the sun goes down. Inspired by one of the most extraordinary cults of youth and frivolity in history, the Bright Young Things, they specialise in bubbly - serving an extensive list of the world’s best champagne offerings, by the glass, bottle, or in speciality cocktails by resident mixology master Mr Lyan. A magical glittering glass box perched atop Mondrian London.
THE UNDERSTUDY AT NATIONAL THEATRE
A relaxed and friendly craft beer pub at the National Theatre.Situated right on London's vibrant South Bank, The Understudy has riverside seating and serves a range of draught beers, wines and cocktails – the laid-back vibe makes it the perfect meeting spot for after work drinks with friends. Watch out for the menus on the horizon.
PENNY AT THE OLD VIC
The perfect place to escape the busy hubbub of the street during the day or to grab a drink or delicious bite to eat pre/post performance. This newly refurbished, relaxed all-day café and late night bar serves local food, proper coffee (including speciality coffee from Workshop Coffee, Clerkenwell) and great wines. Unpretentious and stylish, Penny is a must visit.
STUDIO 6 AT GABRIEL’S WHARF
For something a little more homely, try Studio 6. Based in the oasis-like conclave of Gabriel’s Wharf, Studio 6 serve affordable and tasty tipples from a surprisingly extensive menu. Whether you choose to sit inside and watch the world go by in winter, or enjoy the dappled sunshine on their terrace in the summer, Studio 6 is always alive with activity.