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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

7 delightful Covent Garden cocktail bars

Covent Garden is a huge magnet for both visitors to London and locals, home as it is to superb shopping, dining and cultural attractions. It's quite enough to make anyone thirsty: luckily enough, this central London district is also home to a bevy of brilliant cocktail bars, from the retro to the rebellious.

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Interior photogaph of Mr Foggs Society of Exploration, a cocktail bar in Covent Garden
A train-carriage style area inside this Covent Garden cocktail bar

1. The Covent Garden cocktail bar for the well-travelled: Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration

Covent Garden, London

A place of exploration and adventure, the Society of Exploration boasts wood-panelled walls, warm leather seating and shelves laden with eccentric artifacts. Guests can enjoy intimate gatherings in the Map Room, housing an impressive collection of antique maps, travel books, souvenirs and more.

Alongside the cocktail bar lies the Orient Express - the life-size model of a Victorian train carriage is perfect for seated and standing events, complete with banquette seating, brass lamps and windows overlooking the bar area. Hire the whole venue with room for 200 standing guests of 80 seated.

The entrance to Blame Gloria, a cocktail bar in Covent Garden.
Enjoy a cocktail in Covent Garden at Blame Gloria. Photograph of floral decor.

2. The Covent Garden cocktail bar where there's no fault to find: Blame Gloria

Covent Garden, London

This basement cocktail bar offers Covent Garden revellers an eclectic, loose and outrageous vibe. The psychedelic interior takes inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, with a mix of pink and green, lined with velvet booths and pink neon lights. Throwing a party? You can hire the whole venue, with room for up to 225 pals.

Enjoy cocktails inspired by South America in this Covent Garden basement bar

3. The Covent Garden cocktail bar with a South American twist: The Lost Alpaca

Covent Garden, London

Head below the acclaimed Lima Floral restaurant to find the Lost Alpaca, a casual cocktail spot inspired by the south American continent. Pisco, tequila, mezcal and rum reign supreme on the short, superb drinks list – wines, too, are all sourced from the New World. Hire it out for events of up to 45 people. Arriba!

A secret speakeasy bar in Covent Garden
Dramatic lighting in this Covent Garden cocktail bar

4. The Covent Garden cocktail bar for secretive sorts: Cache Cache

Covent Garden, London

Even a tourist wonderland like Covent Garden still has its hidden corners. Hidden beneath the famous Piazza, the 100-capacity Cache Cache offers 17 killer cocktails in a deeply atmospheric, brick-clad vault – the perfect spot for libations clandestine and otherwise. The whole venue can also be hired for subterranean soirees.

You can hire the Vault at The Escapologist, a cocktail bar in Covent Garden
The colourful cocktail bar beneath Covent Garden, The Escapologist

5. The Covent Garden cocktail bar for escaping your worries: The Escapologist

Covent Garden, London

Based in the riotous headquarters of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is styled as part ‘modern day Victorian Member’s club’ and ‘part Masonic lodge’. An inviting list of some 30 cocktails offers seasonal drinks, tropical tiki selections and alcohol-free options.

This Covent Garden cocktail bar has room for 220 guests in total, and is available to hire for any occasion (there are also private rooms for smaller parties).

The old cocktail bar at Rules in Covent Garden

6. The Covent Garden cocktail bar that's strictly old-school: Upstairs at Rules

Covent Garden, London

Almost 225 years old, Rules has a strong claim to being London's oldest restaurant. Upstairs, their cocktail bar is equally old-school, serving up a strictly shortlist of 10 exclusive-to-Rules cocktails where simplicity is king. It doesn't get more classic than a short, sharp drink handcrafted by one of the city's best – so go on, take a sip of history.

Rules' Cocktail Bar cannot be hired, and reservations for smaller groups are nor available either: it's strictly for drop-ins.

Daytime interior photo of the cocktail bar Mrs Riot, Covent Garden, London
Twin Peaks-inspired interior design at cocktail bar in Covent Garden, Mrs RIot

7. The Covent Garden cocktail bar where it's all kicking off: Mrs Riot

Covent Garden, London

A truly multi-talented cocktail bar, Mrs Riot offers food, drink, live music, and yes, of course, cocktails. (Despite the name, not Molotovs.) Riot's Covent Garden location attracts all manner of West End performers on their free days, while the vibrant decor is too glam not to 'gram. Drop by with a friend, or take the whole joint over with up to 120 guests.

More of the best cocktail bars in Covent Garden

What's your cocktail of choice? Shaken or stirred, over ice or neat? Whatever tipple you fancy, check out our top selection of the best cocktail bars Covent Garden has to offer. From rooftop bars to underground venues, hidden speakeasies to famous cocktail bars with the best mixologists - hire out your own room, or even the entire venue, without any hassle. Order your favourite classic cocktail or try out some tasty mocktails at one of these Covent Garden venues near you. Book one of these Covent Garden cocktail bars for your next event for a guaranteed good time. Cheers.

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How to hire a cocktail bar in Covent Garden

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 cocktail 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 Covent Garden.

Frequently asked questions

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

Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration – Immerse yourself in Mr Fogg's weird, wonderful and adventurous world – cocktails mandatory.

Blame Gloria – This groovy bar is one of the most popular cocktail bars in Covent Garden and for good reason. Take in the eclectic interior while you sip on a custom cocktail.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a cocktail bar or a private space in a cocktail 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 Covent Garden cocktail bar. 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 cocktail bars in Covent Garden and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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