6 of the Hottest New Bars in London

By Malika Dalamal  |  October 7, 2013

Whether you're celebrating, letting off steam or drowning your sorrows, there's no excuse to settle for a simple pub when you need a drink. Here are our picks for six of the hottest new bars in London for enjoying a drink or surveying the scene. If we've missed your favourite watering hole, let us know in the comments below.

  • Chotto Matte

    The ground-floor cocktail bar at this Japanese-Peruvian restaurant in Soho is carved from lava stone and serves everything from Japanese beer to Pisco Sours and sake cocktails. It's bright and airy (read: a good place to drink during the day), with retractable glass doors that make you feel like you're outside on the street.

    11 Frith St., W1D 4RB; 020 7042 7171

  • Ruski's Tavern

    Meet the Russians at the new caviar and vodka club opened by Diego Bivero-Volpe and Antoin Commane of Bodo's Schloss and The Brompton Club. Expect perfectly chilled vodka served out of Russian dolls, indulgent dishes like steak tartare and caviar club sandwiches, and a hefty bill to finish.

    1A Kensington High St., W8 5NP; 020 3747 6919

  • London Edition

    Stop for a drink at either the Lobby Bar or reservations-only Punch Room at the new Ian Schrager Hotel off Oxford Street, and you're bound to be impressed. The breathtaking space mixes unexpected and modern details in a grand and historic building. The creative cocktail list is equally impressive and cheeky, including an Elderflower Power Sour and Smashing Pear of Melons.

    10 Berners St., W1T 3NP; 020 7781 0000

  • Sager + Wilde

    This intimate Hackney wine bar ticks all the boxes when it comes to being on trend. They started life as a pop-up (check), they don't take reservations (check), and the decor is relaxed and informal with plenty of exposed Victorian brickwork (check). On the menu you'll find a selection of over 30 different wines with snacks like dried meats, cheeses, homemade pickles and a grilled cheese sandwich perfect for soaking up all the alcohol.

    193 Hackney Rd., E2 8JL

  • Coal Vaults

    Originally used for coal storage, this underground drinking den in Soho is all about minimum fuss. Look for tables made from scaffolding boards, exposed-brick walls and lots of copper surfaces - including a bathroom covered in copper pennies. The cocktail menu changes regularly but always includes interesting combinations like parsley, vodka, yoghurt, lemon, water and honey in the Beggar. A small menu of dishes like potted crab or pulled rabbit with smoked black beans makes it perfect for a night out.

    187b Wardour St., W1F 8ZB; 07824 391 168

  • Drake's Tabanco

    This brand-new sherry wine bar in Fitzrovia is inspired by those typical of Jerez in Andalusia. An addition to tasting sessions of sherries served straight from the barrel, this 50-cover restaurant has a menu of snacks including cured meats, pickled cockles, smoked scallops and more.

    3 Windmill St., W1T 2HY; 020 7637 9388