When it comes to secret bars in the UK, the team at DesignMyNight.com have lined up the best of the best. If you can find them…go get ‘em.
Infamous on the East London cocktail scene, Ruby’s is renowned for its speakeasy stylings and chilled out atmosphere. Beneath a classic cinema sign on Stoke Newington Road lies an intimate den of exceptionally crafted cocktails and beaten furnishings: that’s not to mention the spectacular service delivered by Ruby’s team of waiting staff. This is a secret bar in London that is not to be missed.
Dressed to the nines in brass embellishments, deep mahogany furnishings and smothered in low lighting, this Old Street hangout is unashamedly sexy, hidden behind a non descript wooden door in between fast food joints. Serving up a sweet array of high spirits and hard liquor, Nightjar treats its guests to a sweet soundtrack from live jazz musicians, as well as a cocktail menu infused with the spirits of many a bygone era and a tapas style food offering.
Taking its namesake from a literary boozehound, Chinaskis is a secret retreat within Sauchiehall Street’s plethora of drinking establishments, Chinaskis can be found behind a blue fronting, occupying a signless enterprise that is fast becoming Glasgow’s worst kept secret. Dark, brooding and wonderfully enigmatic, this city centre bar ticks pretty much every box of cool, and is the only spot to sup away on a Bourbon in Glasgow.
Brighton: Speakeasy at The Wick
About as good looking as they come, this devious little spot sits high and mighty above one of Brighton’s most beloved boozers. Awash with 1920’s Prohibition style charm, this secret bar in Hove hearkens back to the clandestine age of hyper indulgence andhedonistic hush-hush. Expect candlelit tables, deep mahogany booths and vintage paraphernalia throughout, as well as a top quality drinks offering.
Manchester: Dusk Til Pawn
This naughty Northern Quarter spot is one of our favourite secret bars in the UK. Fronting an exterior reminiscent of an old fashioned pawn shop, Dusk Til Pawn hides a multitude of sins behind a scattering of retro electricals. Step inside and enter a seductive speakeasy space, where masterful mixologists are at your beckon call, waiting to whip up something from their ever changing cocktail rota.
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Birmingham: The Lost & Found
Styling itself on the magical adventures of Hettie G. Watson, this Birmingham watering hole is a botanical themed hideaway that promotes wild exploration on all fronts. Enter this intimate, Victorian inspired drinking spot and find yourself within a menagerie of birdcages, butterflies and magical canopies; a charming space in which to sup away on a cool collection of cocktails.
Bristol: Red Light
As debaucherous as they come, this nifty little spot demands your attention. Unbeknown to the majority that pace the streets above, there lies a sinful space of carefully crafted cocktails and art deco style indulgence. Red Light operates a ‘closed door policy’ – a call on an old payphone illuminates a red light downstairs, alerting the bar manager to your presence via CCTV camera; talk about cloak and dagger…
London: The Chelsea Prayer Room
Blink and you’ll miss it. The ever-so-secret liquid lair sits above Fulham’s Goat DINE to deliver top quality beverages to those with the conviction to seek them out. Behind the bar stand unbranded bottles of spirit, adding to the speakeasy-esque vibe and ensuring the magic and mystery of this secret bar in West London lingers for the entirety of your visit.
Edinburgh: Panda & Sons
Sitting pretty beneath Edinburgh’s Queen Street and signposted only by a vintage barber-shop frontage, Panda & Sons is a charming underground retreat from the blustering winds that are so typical of this coastal city. Locate the bookcase at the bottom of a particularly nondescript staircase and enter this libatious lair.
London: The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
The Breakfast Club is something of an institution on the London hangover scene: it would only follow then, that these guys should serve up a damn good hair of the dog. Enter through a SMEG fridge and enter a wonderland space that is somewhat reminiscent of a Canadian whisky lodge. The drinks offering pulls in tipples from across the world to showcase a carefully curated beer and ale selection.