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Written by Luke Bull - 27 July 2023

The 10 best bars in Moorgate

A tube station, bus stops, office buildings, museums, shops, what else? We admit that Moorgate probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of the best bars in London. Unlike other areas, Moorgate isn’t exactly top of the list when looking for a great place to drink.

We think that it’s time that changes. From the wonderfully weird to the stylishly sleek, there’s a bounty of bars ready for your nights out, after-work drinks, birthday parties, and first dates.

Walk with us and we’ll show you our selection of some of the best bars in Moorgate.

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1. The best Moorgate bar for fine dining and classic wines: Fox Fine Wines & Spirits

Moorgate, London

What used to be Fox’s famous umbrella store is now home to one of Moorgate’s most famous bars - Fox Fine Wines & Spirits. A sanctuary to chill and relax with your circle after a hectic week of meetings and presentations, Fox Fine Wines & Spirits is heaven for vino lovers in London.

From cheese and wine tasting to semi-blind tastings (no blindfolds though), Fox Fine Wines will definitely keep you entertained. All tastings include charcuterie, fizz and cheese platters. Munch on delicious items from sharing boards while you sip on the bar’s wide range of wines. Old World classics or New World ingénues?

If you want something a little more personal, this venue is also up for private hire on the second floor.

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2. A Moorgate bar that lets you drink from a tree trunk: Black Rock

Moorgate, London

“Bar” wouldn’t be the right word to describe the Black Rock as it’s essentially a spot that has the vibe of a sleek subterranean drinking hole. The most striking part of Black Rock is the large 185 year-old oak tree, laid on its end, split it in half, and turned it into a gigantic whisky-filled table.

The trunk has been cut into two channels, covered with glass, and filled with 17 litres of whisky cocktails that age as they're stored, before being delivered straight into your glass via taps at the trunk's end.

Open from Monday to Saturday, Black Rock is the place to be for any occasion. So sit back and enjoy your glass of Cherry River because let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to drink from a tree trunk, right?

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3. The best Moorgate bar to shoot your worries away: Clays

Moorgate, London

Clay target games and a round of drinks sounds like the perfect blend for a fun night, doesn’t it?

A competitive bar set in the heart of London, Clays can be hired exclusively for up to 360 standing guests or semi-privately for up to 150 standing guests. So if it’s a bar with a difference you’re after, Clays could be for you.

Compete with your friends on large screens through fun, interactive clay target games. Sip on Pinot Grigio or an English Pear Bellini while you settle scores.

Open seven days a week, Clays is the best place to be if you enjoy interactive fun games, good food and drinks.

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4. Trigger your creativity at this Moorgate bar: City Arts Bar

Moorgate, London

If your artistic side is craving a round of drinks with a touch of creativity, then this is for you. Like you’d expect, City Arts Bar is a design-led bar that’s all about late-night drinks, live music, and private dining in a relaxed setting. The hand-crafted back bar, illuminated bleacher bottle stand and Nero Marquina marble countertop, make it one of the best-designed Moorgate bars.

The marble-themed interior definitely adds an artistic touch. Colour-coordinated furniture and leather seating along with shag pile carpet complement the bar’s creative drinks. Dry Cloud or My Yuzu Way anyone? Trigger your creativity in this artistic Moorgate Bar with a round of drinks and bar snacks at your service.

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5. Fight away the negative vibe demon at one of Moorgate’s most relaxing bars: Demon, Wise & Partners

Moorgate, London

Summers in London aren’t just about rooftop bars and refreshing drinks, they're also about cool, dimly-lit basement bars. Demon, Wise & Partners just happens to be the perfect mix of the two.

Cosy booths with leather-lined seating, warm retro light lamps, bubble-like light features hanging from the ceiling and the beautiful brass bar counter makes Demon, Wise & Partners the best spot to chill, unwind, gossip and have a good time.

Be prepared to lose track of time as you sip on a glass of Grey Goose or the in-house favourite, an interesting twist to the classic Tommy’s Margarita, Wise.

This Moorgate bar is open Monday to Friday from 5pm to the late hours of the night. They’re available for private hire during weekends so be sure to drop them a line if you have a larger group. Find them beneath The Arbitrager on Throgmorton Street.

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6. The perfect Moorgate bar for wine lovers: El Vino Masons Avenue

Moorgate, London

Is anyone up for wine after work? Well then, head down to El Vino. Tucked away on Masons Avenue, this bar is the perfect place to get together with friends, colleagues, or family over a glass of red (or white).

Over the two floors, you’ll find a bar and a private dining room (should you need that, drop them a line) where you can chill, chat, drink (obviously) and choose from one of their small platters. Holiday planning over Pinot Noir and olives? Sign us up.

If you’re looking for somewhere to host your next party, then El Vino might be just what you’re looking for.

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7. The perfect Moorgate bar for creative drinks and classic vibes: The Anthologist

Moorgate, London

Just on Gresham Street is The Anthologist, a bar-deli restaurant that serves as the perfect getaway from Moorgate’s busy streets.

This bar is a great place to end a hectic week, what with the modern design, breezy loft, high stools, and long canteen-style tables, you can’t help but relax.

Offering private hires for all occasions - birthdays, office parties, champagne receptions, reunions you name it, The Anthologist has got you covered.

Whether you’re up for a classic beer, something fruity, or a CBD-infused drink, The Anthologist has a wide selection of fun drinks to choose from. Now, how does a Friday evening drink sound?

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8. Sail away into a night of fun at this Moorgate bar: Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery

Moorgate, London

Inspired by Fogg's wife, Aouda, and their Victorian steamship, Mrs Fogg's Drinkery & Distillery is a welcome change to the uber-modern London bar.

Travel back in time and enter the nautical-themed bar. On the ground floor sits the quirky Dockside Drinkery which is the home to drinks galore and a delicious all-day menu. Sip on a Kitts Spritz or take it outside to Mrs Foggs Outdoor Terrace.

Next to this, you’ll find the grand Rangoon Steamer that serves drinks from Thursday to Saturday.

Explore the hidden area below deck, and you’ll see the engine room and distillery where the ship crew hosts gin tastings, masterclasses, and private hire events. Or catch Live Music Fridays for a good ol’ shimmy and shake.

Join the fun crew aboard this Moorgate bar as you sail away into a night full of fun and good vibes.

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9. A classic American bar in Moorgate: The Nickel Bar

Moorgate, London

A jazz singer covering Ella Fitzgerald, glasses clinking, heels clacking, people talking. No, you’re not in New York, although you’d be forgiven for thinking you were.

Nestled in The Ned is The Nickel Bar, an American-inspired bar. On arrival, you’re instantly transported. The checkered floors, high ceilings, wooden bar and stools, and green pillars make you feel like you’re in another world.

Take your pick of some of the world’s best whiskies, mixed drinks, or spirits, and if you’re lucky there might be someone performing on The Nickle Stage.

Drink, eat, gossip, and enjoy the music - you’re in The Nickle Bar and it’s only the best from here on out.

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10. The best Moorgate bar for drinks that won’t break the bank: The Gable

Moorgate, London

Pull up a stool at this local favourite. The Gable is a hit with Moorgate locals and interested tourists alike, and it’s obvious why. The warm lighting, wood floors, comfortable leather stools and booths instantly make you feel at ease.

Enjoy British classics - fish and chips or bangers and mash, anyone? Better yet, why not stop by during Happy Hour for £5 drinks (yes, you read that right). Take your pick of The Gable summery selection, they’ve got everything from the classic Aperol Spritz and Prosecco to their Elderflower Bellini and Pimm’s Sundowner.

Sit back and relax, you’ll be here for a while.

More of the best bars in Moorgate

Thinking of hiring a bar for your next event? Great idea. Moorgate is known for its unique bars. From sipping out of a tree trunk to cocktails with a highly creative twist, we've got every type of bar in Moorgate for you to browse and book. Why not take the team for a corporate day out at an activity bar or have a hip birthday bash at your own exclusive bar? Have a look at these interesting Moorgate bar venues and get some ideas for where to have your next event. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Moorgate venues respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire a bar in Moorgate

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect bar. Getting the venue-finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Moorgate.

Frequently asked questions

For bars in Moorgate, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Fox Fine Wines & Spirits - This venue provides a calm and chic vibe with blue walls and leather seats, which is a perfect atmosphere to enjoy wine and cheese with friends or coworkers.

City Arts Bar - Looking for a relaxed bar to unwind after a long work day? This design-led bar serves up late-night drinks, live music, and private dining in a dimly lit atmosphere.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a bar or a private space in a bar. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a bar in Moorgate. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best bars in Moorgate and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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