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Written by Mae Bristow - 01 December 2023

Our favourite King’s Cross cocktail bars

Between King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, it’s a safe bet to say you will find several world-class hotels, eateries, bars, and cocktail bars to impress Londoners and international guests alike.

A crossroads of historic and modern London, King’s Cross is forever on the up and up. It is known to many travellers to London, but it feels like Londoners are only ever here when catching a train or switching tubes. However, as we explore this list of our favourite cocktail bars, there is plenty of reason to visit King’s Cross outside of just passing through.

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1. 1970s Italian feel and a bangin’ sound system: Supermax

King's Cross, London

After satisfying your late-night pizza craving at Happy Face, head downstairs to Supermax, a cocktail bar serving vermouth-led cocktails. The interior draws inspiration from ‘70s era Milan with a winding leather banquette and a terrazzo bar with just the right amount of neon lights.

We love Supermax’s Friday nights with Italo Disco and Funk records spun by the DJ – the same team is behind Spiritland, so expect world-class DJ sets on a top-tier sound system.

Supermax has an aperitivo hour with £7 cocktails until 7 p.m. Love the sound of it? This King’s Cross cocktail bar is available for private hire for up to 80 people standing for one hell of a party.

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interior of booking office 1869 kings cross cocktail bar london

2. Cocktail lounge & brasserie housed in St Pancras station: Booking Office 1869

King's Cross, London

Booking Office 1869 is located in the stunning original 19th-century ticket hall of St Pancras station, the perfect blend of old-world European charm and British aesthetics with vaulted ceilings, red brick and stone detailing, gorgeous blue aqua tiled bar, and arched windows.

The signature cocktails at Booking Office are named after the Eight Virtues, all of which are depicted in the vaulted ceiling of the building’s iconic staircase. It’s swish, it’s luxe, it’s a stunning piece of architecture, and most importantly, there are world-class cocktails at this King’s Cross cocktail bar. We recommend patronising the bar on a Friday or Saturday night for top-notch DJ sets.

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3. A little taste of Berlin in London: The Meister Bar at German Gymnasium

King's Cross, London

The German Gymnasium is a cafe, restaurant, and cocktail bar in a beautifully preserved Grad II listed building. It takes its name from the fact that this site was the first purpose-built gymnasium in England, dating back to 1865, and was solelfy funded by London’s German community.

Sharing the first floor with the Restaurant is the chic Meister Bar, a King’s Cross cocktail bar emulating the evening glamour of Berlin. Although on the pricier side – as you should expect of an upscale place like Meister Bar – the Golden ‘20s Berlin signature cocktail menu is worth the price for the experience with downright delicious flavour combinations crafted by master mixologists. We recommend the Mother Cat if you really want to tickle your tastebuds. You’re welcome.

As you can imagine with three different spaces on offer, German Gymnasium has several private hire options if you're looking for a swish place for a celebration.

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cocktail at sweeties kings cross cocktail bar london

4. A retro heaven: Sweeties at the Standard Hotel

King's Cross, London

Sweeties is the Standard Hotel’s cocktail bar, club, and late-night lounge. Admire the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows or lounge about on one of the many plush velvet sofas while listening to tunes spun by the DJ.

We like this King’s Cross for its cleverly-named cocktails, like the Deep Pockets which coincidentally happens to be one of the pricier cocktails on the menu. We also rate its retro vibe – vintage-inspired stacked speakers, Instagrammable carpets, central DJ booth, and a giant disco ball.

This 10th floor cocktail bar is available for private bookings if you’re after that exclusive, luxe kind of party.

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5. As opulent as they come: Gothic Bar

King's Cross, London

As the home to international rail travel, King’s Cross has several world class bars, restaurants, and hotels – it has always been area for London to show off to international guests. The Gothic Bar in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is no exception.

This King’s Cross cocktail bar takes its name in honour of the building’s Gothic Revival style. Its opulent with gilded features, moody, and dimly-lit, downright theatrical in decor and design, as you expect of a place with such a dramatic name.

The signature cocktails are pricey but potent and delicious, and we appreciate the bar’s absinthe collection – so very gothic. This is one for when you’re feeling a little flush and devilish.

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6. The casual cocktail spot: The Racketeer

King's Cross, London

The Racketeer dates back to the 1840s, originally a pub, today it’s a cocktail bar and bottle shop serving up drinks that can be enjoyed in the gorgeous blue space of the ground floor bar, in its basement bar, and in its intimate garden-style patio.

We like this King’s Cross cocktail bar for an afternoon session when it has a relaxed ambiance and it feels almost sinful not to indulge in aperitivo and charcuterie. However, it’s equally worth a visit if you like your cocktails by moonlight. The Racketeer’s basement and patio are so cocktail lounge-feeling, we can’t get enough of it.

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7. Spritz, Negroni, and Vermouth all at Lina Stores Stable Street

King's Cross, London

The Lina Stores’ King’s Cross location occupies the last remaining heritage building just behind Granary Square. Bar Lina is in keeping with Lina Stores’ retro mid-century Americana decor with minimalist modern touch.

We like Bar Lina as the King’s Cross cocktail bar with the finest selection of aperitivi. We don’t know how to contain ourselves – the Braulio Sour with blackberry & sage shrub, and the Limoncello Spritz with wild oregano infused limoncello.

Bar Lina has a dedicated Negroni menu and we bow down to the Boulevardier made with Woodford Reserve, and it has a dedicated Vermouth menu, all served over ice with a slice of orange. The Cocchi Americano Bianco is the standout with clove, cinnamon, and zest.

Look, we really, really rate Lina Stores for some the best aperitivi in the city. Full stop.

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8. The re-imagined railway bar: GNH Bar & Terrace

King's Cross, London

The Great Northern Hotel’s Bar & Terrace is a modern twist on traditional railway bars with fancy chandeliers, intimate seating, and chequered tile flooring around the bar. GNH opens directly onto the Western concourse of King's Cross station and the outside seating looks out across the square.

This King’s Cross cocktail bar seamlessly transforms from a breakfast and lunch restaurant during the day to a sleek night-time bar with stunning drinks. The bar does the classics to perfection, but it’s the signature cocktails that standout for us – as it should be. We recommend the El Rey, it’s smokey and bold mezcal with lush peach liqueur.

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9. Seasonal, classic, and signature cocktails at Granary Square Brasserie

King's Cross, London

It takes no stretch of the imagination to know this brasserie and cocktail bar is located in Granary Square, a short walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras stations. The brasserie has opted for interior design that marries traditional with contemporary with a little touches of elegance found in dramatic chandeliers and framed art.

What we like about this King’s Cross cocktail bar is number of cocktail menus it offers – classic, signature, and seasonal. You’ll find hot takes on classics like the Gold Negroni, but it’s the brasseries showcasing of local distilleries and producers that’s the real star. Go in for the seasonal cocktails like the Saffron Negroni made with Plymouth Sloe, and the Smoked Double Jus Old Fashioned made with 30&40 Double Jus.

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interior of camino kings cross cocktail bar london

10. The aperitivo bar at Camino’s King’s Cross

Camino’s King’s Cross location is a well-established and much-frequented spot in the area for reasonably priced tapas. Now, Camino’s joined the ranks of King’s Cross cocktail bars by opening the aperitivo bar. Expect Vermouth and tonics, sherries, and cava.

There isn’t much to disagree with when it comes to nibbling on charcuterie, cheese, and of course, jamón, now we get to wash it all down with La Copa Rojo Vermouth served on the rocks with Spanish olive and orange, we also completely appreciate Camino’s titbits regarding the pairing of dry sherry with food: If it swims, drink Fino; if it flies, drink Amontillado; if it walks or runs, drink Oloroso.

The best cocktail bars to hire in King's Cross

Finding the perfect King's Cross cocktail bar shouldn't be a chore. Let us bring you the very best King's Cross has to offer in beautiful cocktail bars available to hire. 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. King's Cross has an unbeatable cocktail scene and a range of stunning venues to enjoy. Take a look at the top selections below, or let us know what you're looking for and we'll make sure the perfect cocktail bar venues reach out to you.

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Your guide to hiring a cocktail bar in King's Cross, London

Hiring a cocktail bar for your event in King's Cross, London provides a sophisticated and vibrant setting amidst the bustling atmosphere of this iconic area. Whether you're planning a corporate event, birthday celebration or networking mixer, holding it in a cocktail bar in King's Cross adds flair and elegance. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about hiring a cocktail bar in King's Cross, including pricing considerations, seating options and more.

1. Research cocktail bars in King's Cross:

Start your search by researching cocktail bars in King's Cross. Use online platforms such as HeadBox and social media to explore the variety of options available. Look for venues that are known for their innovative cocktail menus, stylish ambience and ability to host events. Consider factors such as location, capacity, amenities and customer reviews to narrow down your choices.

2. Define your event requirements:

Before contacting cocktail bars, clarify your event requirements and objectives. Determine the type of event you're hosting, the estimated number of guests, the preferred date and time, budget constraints, and any special amenities or services you require from the venue.

3. Contact cocktail bars to check availability and pricing:

Contact selected cocktail bars in King's Cross to enquire about availability and pricing for your preferred date and time. Provide detailed information about your event, including the estimated number of guests and any special requests or preferences you may have.

4. Understand pricing and packages:

Prices for hiring a cocktail bar in King's Cross can vary depending on factors such as venue size, location, facilities, day of the week, time of day and duration of hire. Some cocktail bars may offer package deals for private events, while others may charge a flat fee for venue hire. Review pricing and package options carefully to determine which option best suits your budget and event requirements.

5. Explore seating options:

Consider the seating arrangement that best suits your event and your guests' needs. Cocktail bars in King's Cross typically offer a variety of seating options including bar stools, high tables, lounge areas and outdoor seating. Depending on the nature of your event and the number of guests, you may opt for a cocktail style arrangement with high tables and bar stools or a more formal dining arrangement with tables and chairs.

6. Assessing Amenities and Facilities:

Evaluate the amenities and facilities provided by each cocktail bar to ensure they meet your needs and enhance your guests' experience. Look for cocktail bars equipped with features such as a well-stocked bar, skilled bartenders, specialty cocktail menus, audiovisual equipment, and restroom facilities. Confirm that the cocktail bar has the necessary staffing and services to support your event, such as serving staff, cocktail waiters, and coat check services.

7. Checking for Catering Options:

Inquire about the catering options available at each cocktail bar in King's Cross. Some venues may have an on-site kitchen and offer a diverse menu of appetizers, small plates, and gourmet snacks prepared by their culinary team. Others may allow outside catering vendors or provide recommendations for trusted caterers in the area. Discuss your culinary preferences, dietary restrictions, and menu choices with the cocktail bar's catering team to create a customized dining experience for your event.

8. Confirming Logistics and Services:

Once you've selected a cocktail bar for your event, finalize logistical details with the venue's management team. Coordinate setup and breakdown times, access for vendors or decorators, and any specific event requirements. Confirm arrangements for cocktail services, beverage options, glassware, and any additional services or amenities you may require.

9. Reviewing Contracts and Policies:

Before signing a rental agreement with the cocktail bar, carefully review the contract terms and policies to ensure you understand and agree to all the terms and conditions. Pay close attention to details such as the venue rental fee, deposit requirements, cancellation policy, liability waivers, and any additional fees or charges. Seek clarification from the venue's management regarding any uncertainties or concerns you may have before proceeding with the booking.

10. Planning for a Memorable Event:

On the day of your event, arrive prepared and ready to host a memorable gathering at the chosen cocktail bar in King's Cross. Communicate effectively with the venue's staff, vendors, and event attendees to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for all. Monitor event proceedings closely and address any unforeseen issues promptly to ensure the success of your event.

Renting a cocktail bar for an event in King's Cross offers a chic and stylish setting that sets the stage for a memorable occasion. By following the steps outlined in this guide and working closely with the cocktail bar's management team, you can create an unforgettable event that leaves a lasting impression on your guests. Cheers to hosting a sophisticated and elegant event at a premier cocktail bar in King's Cross!

Frequently asked questions

Some cocktail bars may have a minimum spend requirement as part of their hire agreement. This minimum spend usually applies to the purchase of food and drink during the event and may vary depending on the venue and event details. It's important to check any minimum spend requirements with the venue management when booking your event.

The length of hire for cocktail bar hire in King's Cross can vary depending on the venue's policy and your event requirements. Some venues may offer hourly rates with a minimum hire period, whilst others may have set packages for half or full day events. It's important to discuss the timing of your event with the venue's management to ensure it meets your requirements.

Cocktail venues in King's Cross are required to adhere to responsible alcohol service practices and legislation. It's important to discuss the venue's alcohol policy, including any restrictions on serving alcohol to minors or intoxicated individuals. You should also enquire about the availability of non-alcoholic drinks for guests who prefer not to drink alcohol.

Whilst cocktail bars in King's Cross may not provide transport services directly, they can often assist in arranging transport for event guests through third party providers. Discuss your transport requirements with the venue management and they may be able to recommend local transport companies or assist in coordinating shuttle services or taxi pick-ups for your guests.

In addition to the venue hire fee, there may be additional fees or charges associated with holding an event at a cocktail bar in King's Cross. These may include service charges, corkage for outside drinks, cleaning charges, security deposits and taxes. It's important to check the hire contract carefully and ask about any additional costs in advance to avoid any surprises later on.

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