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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 7 best cocktail bars in Victoria

Right in the heart of the Capital is Victoria, and right in the heart of Victoria are a bunch of great cocktail bars to visit.

Immediately, you are probably thinking, out of all the places, why would I choose to go to a cocktail bar in Victoria? At face value, It seems like it's just an area where politicians have illegal parties and scandalous affairs, and in many ways, it is that kind of place. But, Victoria is a place that is also rich in culture and history, a place where the masses gather in the heart of London. So, a cocktail bar in Victoria doesn't sound too bad after all.

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1. An immersive cocktail bar in Victoria: Purgatory

Victoria, London

Purgatory is a highly immersive cocktail bar based in a Grade II listed building in Victoria.

Within walking distance from Pimlico Station, Purgatory is an atmospheric and buzzing place. Inspired by Gaudí and gothic architecture, this is a dark yet decadent cocktail bar. Just have a look at the names of the cocktails. Whether it's The Temptation cocktail or the Spicy Blood Orange Marg, there is a twist on everything.

Purgatory is available for private hire, with the opportunity to book escape rooms for up to 6 people. This is a great bar if you are looking for a unique way to have a drink.

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leopard bar ruben hotel best cocktail bars victoria

2. A cocktail bar in Victoria overlooking Buckingham Palace: The Leopard Bar

Victoria, London

Located directly Opposite Buckingham Palace in Victoria is The Leopard Bar at The Rubens.

This venue was formally part of the grounds of Buckingham Palace in the 18th Century, where such historical roots are ingrained in every aspect of the hotel.

The luxurious gold interior is a nod to its royal heritage, making it a more formal and sophisticated venue.

The Leopard Bar is located directly opposite the Royal Mews. With its own entrance and facilities, there is the opportunity to privately hire this space for up to 36 guests, with a very high standard of British hospitality at your fingertips.

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bbar cocktail bars victoria

3. A cocktail bar in Victoria with South African Charm: The Bbar

Victoria, London

Another great cocktail bar at Rubens At The Palace in Victoria is The Bbar.

Located beneath London's largest Living Wall is The Bbar, where signature cocktails made by resident mixologists and live music plays all week.

This space is influenced by South Africa, whether it's spotted in the decor, such as the porcupine-needle lights or its flavours, like the Watermelon Mojito.

There is the chance to privately hire The Bbar for up to 36 guests, with bespoke experiences tailored to you and your requests.

Just a short journey from Victoria station and you’re there.

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iberica best cocktail bars victoria

4. A cocktail bar in the heart of Victoria: Iberica

Victoria, London

Found just below the Iconic Zig Zag building is the Iberica cocktail bar in the heart of Victoria.

Full of charm and splendour, Iberica is across two floors, where internationally renowned architect Lázaro Rosa Violán has created a beautiful space to sit and enjoy a drink. Whether it's an Atlantic Negroni or Arucas Tai, this venue knows how to drink in style.

Iberica offers private hire for up to 150 guests, with a team of people who will create a bespoke experience fitted around your wishes.

It's just a short walk from St James’s Park station.

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the ivy victoria cocktail bars

5. A glamorous cocktail bar in Victoria: The Ivy

Victoria, London

In the heart of the Capital is The Ivy, where a sophisticated and glamorous cocktail bar awaits.

Just around the corner from St James’s Park station, is the decadently vibrant cocktail bar in Victoria. Filled with colour, this bar provides a variety of characterful cocktails, whether it be the Passionfruit Bellini or the Blood Orange Marg.

The Ivy offers the opportunity to privately hire, with plenty of charming options to choose from. Every space is unique and can be adapted to make your experience tailor-made for up to 30 guests.

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all bar one cokctail bars victoria

6. A trusty cocktail bar in Victoria: All Bar One

Victoria, London

For a solid, happy-go-lucky cocktail bar experience, go to All Bar One in Victoria.

It might not be the most sophisticated cocktail bar in the capital, but it is a great place to go if you're looking to enjoy a drink for a reasonable price. All Bar One is found all over London and is a trustworthy and reliable venue.

Whether it be a Long Island Iced Tea or an Amoretto Sour, you will not be disappointed.

If you are looking for a more private space in this modern-contemporary setting, then bookings are available for large and small events.

Only a five-minute walk from St James’s station and you’re there.

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greenwood cocktail bar victoria

7. A sports cocktail bar in Victoria: Greenwood

Victoria, London

A sports-inspired cocktail bar in the heart of Victoria: Greenwood

Just a short trip from Victoria Station, this industrial yet intimate space is a vibrant and atmospheric venue to enjoy a drink, whether it be The Midfielder or The Boxer Cocktail.

Greenwood takes a lot of care in what they serve its customers. They work with artisanal, family-run businesses, like themselves, to produce seasonal and sustainable great British produce.

Private hire is available for up to 150 guests, with private spaces to choose from and a team of people to help create a bespoke experience fitted to your requests.

More of the best cocktail bars in Victoria

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

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How to hire a cocktail bar in Victoria

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 Victoria.

Frequently asked questions

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

Flight Club Victoria – Play multiple rounds of darts and sip on cocktails at this Victoria bar.

Réunion Champagne and Cocktail Bar – Inside The Clermont Victoria, you'll find this historic cocktail bar. Their signature cocktails and first-class service are bound to impress.

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

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