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Written by Mae Bristow - 04 April 2024

Our selection of the best cocktail bars in Notting Hill

Pastel-coloured homes. The smell of overpriced coffee. The faint sound of soca from this year’s Carnival. Notting Hill has changed a lot throughout the years but one thing that has stayed the same is the ever-growing presence of the cocktail bar.

From the modern to the rustic, Notting Hill has cocktail bars for days. Sip and chill to your heart’s content, you’re in excellent company here. Take a moment for all the cocktail bars you’ve been to, and the ones you’re about to discover.

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1. Wine bar, music venue, and an open fire kitchen: Caia

Notting Hill, London

Caia is a stylish, dimly-lit little wine bar, so great for listening to a curated vinyl collection of rare Jazz, Funk, Disco, and Soul. This Notting Hill bar offers a seasonally crafted menu of wine-friendly fare cooked on a custom-made open-fire grill designed to share and savour. Its wine list and vinyl collection have made it a top private hire destination in Notting Hill with a capacity of 85 standing and 54 seated. It’s cool, relaxed, and feels like the jazzy wine bar that it is.

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2. Visit this Notting Hill cocktail bar for your own trail of happiness: Trailer Happiness

Notting Hill

Adding a touch of paradise to Notting Hill, Trailer Happiness is definitely a cocktail bar for a happy night out. A tiki dive featuring kitsch decor, a detailed rum list, a wide range of colourful cocktails and a delicious spread of ‘trailer bites’ – grab a glass of the Paper Dragon while you treat yourself to Jamaican-style patties.

Imagine all of these flavours coming together with the music that will definitely drag you to the dance floor. That’s the stuff.

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3. Visit the most purple cocktail bar in Notting Hill: When Abby Met Claud

Notting Hill

When Abby Met Claud is quickly growing to be a favourite among residents and visitors to the area. Offering full venue private hire, this bar is situated just a short distance from Portobello Market. They offer attractive brunch meals, bottomless brunches, and happy hours.

Thinking of catching up with friends or just celebrating a special occasion? This Notting Hill cocktail bar is a hub for all kinds of celebrations and the perfect place to escape and relax for a while.

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4. It’s lights, drinks, action at this Notting Hill cocktail bar: The Act Bar

Notting Hill

The Act is a sophisticated cocktail bar with a twist. The brilliant staff members are actors and singers, many of whom have been in West End productions around the world. Enjoy immersive theatrical shows, solo music performances and live DJ sets along with a wide choice of both beers and non-alcoholic concoctions to keep you in a happy mood throughout the night.

The renowned mixologist Benji Purslow created the cocktail menu, which carries on the theatrical theme with the names of West End show characters. Be a part of this fun act and dance your night away at Notting Hill’s The Act Bar.

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5. Knock on the door of this Notting Hill cocktail bar: The Little Yellow Door

Notting Hill

Situated right off Portobello Street, The Little Yellow Door is the place to be for undisputed cool vibes and weekend bottomless brunches.

This Notting Hill cocktail bar offers venue hire for private parties. So whether that’s the colourful living room and kitchen or the quirky late night drinking spot ‘The Den’, there’s a room for you and any pending mojitos.

Hop in for a Picante at just £5 on Wednesdays and in-house DJ parties from Thursday to Saturday. Just look for the, you guessed it, the little yellow door.

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6. Visit Notting Hill’s quirkiest cocktail bar: Beach Blanket Babylon

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Topping the list of Notting Hill’s quirkiest cocktail bars, Beach Blanket Babylon has been serving the most creative list of cocktails for the last 20 years. Expect golden chairs, velvet-covered sofas, decorated fireplaces, exquisite ceilings and faux French windows.

Choose where you want to drink —the crypt, the gallery, the chapel, the scullery or the terrace. Treat your taste buds to creative cocktails and a regularly-changing seasonal menu all while relaxing in one of the quirkiest lounges you’ll find in Notting Hill.

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7. Rest your feet and tired mind in this Notting Hill cocktail bar: The Resting Room

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Nestled right off the famous Portobello Street is The Resting Room. This cocktail bar is known for the eclectic list of cocktails it brews up.

Expect classic British dishes that’ll leave you craving more – and with everything from nibbles to full course meals, you can be sure that they do food as good as their drinks.

Tables are available for walk in’s but The Resting Room gets busy so reserving your place beforehand is a good idea.

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8. Keep the spirit of the carnival alive at this Notting Hill cocktail bar: The Henderson Bar

Notting Hill

Named after one of the founders of Notting Hill Carnival, Russell Henderson, the Henderson Bar is a cocktail bar frequented both by locals and tourists alike.

Located on the ground floor of The Laslett Hotel, this cocktail bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating on their sunny outdoor terrace.

Open every day apart from Friday and Saturday, the entire venue is also up for private hire so make sure to drop them a line if you’re hosting a large party.

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9. Head to this mysterious Notting Hill cocktail bar: Old Mary’s

Notting Hill

A whisper away from Hyde Park, Old Mary’s is a popular cocktail bar in Notting Hill that has a certain sense of mystery attached to it.

Why? We’re glad you asked. Hiding in the basement of a pub (The Mitre), this bar offers a wonderful selection of traditional cocktails, all of which are presented in vintage glassware, and if you’re not into cocktails, they also have a choice of craft beers.

Try a hotdog, sip on a passion fruit-infused Daiquiri and enjoy one of Notting Hill’s worst-kept secrets.

The best cocktail bars to hire in Notting Hill

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

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How to hire a cocktail bar in Notting Hill

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 a Notting Hill cocktail bar.

Frequently asked questions

Gin lovers simply can't miss The Distillery, recently acclaimed as one of the best hotel bars in the world, but if you're craving some tropical warmth in a glum London winter, head instead to Trailer Happiness for a cheeky tiki. Try The Henderson Bar at the Laslett hotel for sophisticated five-star refinement, or for something altogether more casual, put your feet up in the domestically-inspired Little Yellow Door – just like a house party, if your house was really, really, really nice.

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 cocktail bar in Notting Hill. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email each 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 Notting Hill on your behalf, and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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