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Best Bars in South Bank

February 14th, 2018 | by Jennifer Edwards

Best Bars in South Bank

South Bank is often described as London's Cultural playground and is constantly buzzing with activity, whether it's pop-up food markets, outdoor theatre, street performers and lots, lots more from within its many theatres, arts centres and attractions...

Popular with Londoners and visitors the world over, it's also the perfect place spot to enjoy the views with a drink in hand. 

Here's the definitive list to the coolest and quirkiest cocktail bars in South Bank– however, if you don’t require something mixed, muddled and stirred there are plenty of places to relax with a good old-fashioned beer or glass of wine...

  • 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.

    For more information, click HERE. 
     

    Mondrian London
  • OXO Tower Bar

    Presiding high over the river Thames, the OXO Tower Bar boasts its own stunning views over London and St Paul’s, and its 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.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    OXO Tower Bar
  • Skylon

    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, 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.

    For more information, click HERE. 

     

    Royal Festival Hall
  • Gillray's

    Did you know that Gillray’s at the London Marriott hotel at County Hall has over 100 different gins to sample? Their enigmatically named iconic drinks such as Two Penny Whist, Regardez Moi, Uncorking Old Sherry and Fashionable Contrast make for a deliciously difficult to choose from menu, and what’s more, the bar is now open until 10:30 pm. 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.

    For more information, click HERE.

    Royal Festival Hall
  • Primo Bar

    Boasting exotic cocktails and live music, Primo Bar at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is always alive with evening activity. They've got live music every night, focusing on acoustic international music, whilst also bringing up-and-coming talent into the spotlight. Featuring an exciting monthly programme, the musical selection promises to complement an evening of great company, cocktails and new memories.

    There's also 2 for 1 cocktails every weeknight between 5 pm and 8 pm, Primo is primed to party. (Jaw-dropping views are an added extra).

    For more information, click HERE. 

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
  • Rumpus Room

    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.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    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. Love Sunday afternoon in the pub? Love board games? Head to the understudy for Board Stupid Sunday - where every winner will get a free drink!

    For more information, click HERE. 

    National Theatre
  • 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.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    The Old Vic
  • 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.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    Gabriel's Wharf
  • Mark's Bar

    Now we've got the 24-hour tube, Mark’s Bar at The Old Vic, which is open until 2am Thursday to Saturday, is the ideal place for late-night drinking in Waterloo. With a cocktail list of historical curiosities and celebrations, you can sit back and enjoy a more eccentric approach to drinking. There is also a selection of craft beers and wines by the glass to choose from.

    Located at the Dress Circle and Upper Circle bars, expect an eclectic design with an illustration by Chris Martin, and artwork by Oliver Durcan, Charming Baker, Jimmy C, wallpaper designed by Mat Collishaw, the famous Mark’s neon by Tim Nobel and Sue Webster and details such as smoky mirrors, ambient lighting, an assortment of furniture sourced by Mark and apothecary cocktail bar.

    Mark’s Bar is open to The Old Vic ticket holders from 6 pm and then to the public after the evening’s performance (consult The Old Vic website for details). Customers attending the show are invited to pre-order cocktails for the interval from the shortened cocktail menu.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    The Old Vic

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 2 - OXO Tower Bar

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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  • 3 - Royal Festival Hall

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  • 4 - Royal Festival Hall

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  • 5 - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    200 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7UT 

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  • 6 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 7 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
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    SE1 9PX 

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  • 8 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 9 - Gabriel's Wharf

    Gabriel’s Wharf,
    56 Upper Ground,
    South Bank,
    London,
    SE1 9PP

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  • 10 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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