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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 5 best cocktail bars in Mayfair

If pints are the drink of the humble, then the cocktail figures as something slightly more brash. There's an element of egotism in the shaking, the stirring, the pour and the increasingly inconvenient tumblers. Essentially, it's the Mayfair of drinks.

Getting a cocktail in Mayfair is a ludicrous experience that everyone should try. It normally involves moving money around offshore accounts, selling off state infrastructure and liquidating your uninhabited Mayfair penthouse. Yes, it can get expensive on the final monopoly square.

Thankfully, there are still a few quality Mayfair cocktail bars that won't cost a small kingdom. The drinks are, as you'd expect, masterfully made, the aesthetics bring out the best of London and the prices, mostly, stay reasonable.

Here are Mayfair's best cocktail bars.

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The Dilly Mayfair cocktail bar
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1. Visit this Mayfair cocktail bar for drinks and live music: Downstairs at The Dilly

Mayfair, London

Not one for mincing words, you can find this Mayfair cocktail bar exactly where you’d expect it (downstairs at The Dilly hotel).

Follow the sound of the piano, down to the bar for a night of delicious drinks and delightful live music.

While the vocalists and pianists artfully work their way through classic jazz songs, take your pick from the London-inspired cocktail menu.

Fancy something classic like the vodka-based London’s Calling or something a little different like A Zombie in Cutty Sark (a tropical banana rum-based drink with milk punch, lime juice and tea)?

That’s your call but you know where to find them.

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2. A world-class Mayfair cocktail bar: Donovan Bar

Mayfair, London

Emerald green velvet seats. Walls of black-and-white stills (from none other than Terence Donovan). Heavenly stained glass windows. And a bar you’d expect the bartender to slide a drink down.

Hopes of bartending tricks aside, Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel stands to have as much substance as it does style. With a cocktail menu coming straight from the master himself (that’s Salvatore Calabrese), sip on libations inspired by the greats – iconic people, moments, authors, actors and musicians, that is.

Classic or modern? Warm and spicy or fresh vibrant? Shaken or stirred? Well, that’s all up to you.

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3. A private hire cocktail bar in Mayfair: The Lucky Club

Mayfair, London

Tucked away in a townhouse on Davies Street, is The Lucky Club. With sugary pink walls, a bar and plants so #aesthetic they practically beg to be on somebody’s mood board, The Lucky Club is admittedly more Shoreditch than Mayfair.

Consider it just one of the ways it stands out in a sea of mature, neutral-toned bars. The other is that it’s private hire only. Hire out the entire venue any day of the week. A product launch on Monday, a team event on Friday or a birthday party on Saturday? The Lucky Club and their bevy of bao buns and bespoke cocktails are ready when you are.

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4. Drink with the greats at this Mayfair cocktail bar: Manetta’s Bar

Mayfair, London

Follow in the footsteps of some of the 20th century's greatest artists at this historic Mayfair cocktail bar.

Nestled in Flemings Mayfair Hotel, you’ll find the former stomping ground of many a literary great. Stop by, sit back in one of their plush armchairs, relax and take your pick of their signature cocktails. Whether you’re a Realist or a Fantasist, Manetta’s has a drink to suit every taste.

While you might not pen the next great novel, you’re always welcome at Manetta’s.

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5. A Mayfair cocktail bar that needs no introduction: The Connaught Bar

Mayfair, London

First impressions count. No one knows this more than The Connaught Hotel’s namesake bar, The Connaught. Taking experiences seriously, they’ve mastered the art of a great night at a cocktail bar.

With an “impressions”-inspired drinks menu, be prepared to take a journey discovering the nuances, feels, souls and impressions of each and every cocktail you choose. First up, Brilliance, a rum-based cocktail with Hoja Santa, champagne and saffron syrup.

Sit by the bar or in one of their plush leather seats, and get ready to spend the rest of your evening here.

More of the best cocktail bars in Mayfair

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 Mayfair 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 Mayfair venues near you. Book one of these Mayfair cocktail bars for your next event for a guaranteed good time. Cheers.

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How to hire a cocktail bar in Mayfair

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 Mayfair.

Frequently asked questions

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

Manetta's Bar – A chic cocktail bar with a ton of history.

Donovan Bar – With stylish interiors, a great location and a cocktail menu created by Salvatore Calabrese himself, it's easy to see why this Mayfair cocktail bar is so popular.

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 Mayfair 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 Mayfair and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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