Bars for a First Date

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First dates are nerve racking enough without then having to decide which bar you should suggest to meet at. Our recommendations of the best bars for a first date will help point you in the right direction. From swanky bars for those prepared to pay through the nose for the promise of good conversation to laid back pubs around the capital, our list of the best bars for a first date are as diverse as the personalities - and salaries - of Londoners.
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#30

68-70 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London, SW4 7UL
(020) 7627 2726

Aquum brings a sophisticated feel of the West End to Clapham with its sumptuous decor and inventive cocktails. The bar features cosy booths and there are various lounge areas to suit your mood including a mezzanine VIP lounge with table service.

Aquum also offer a fresh menu, full of delicious authentic sharing Mediterranean plates that are set to bring a new eating culture to Clapham.

  • Inspired by culinary delights from the Greek Islands
  • Our experienced chef has used modern techniques
  • To give traditional Greek dishes a contemporary edge
  • Enjoy the restaurant and then continue your evening
  • For drinks and cocktails in the beautiful bar

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All Star Lanes Brick Lane

#46

Pay homage to the bowling dates of your youth - only this time you can drink cocktails.

Old Truman Brewery, 95 Brick Lane, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
(020) 7426 9200

Anise

#1266

Anise is a companion bar to the Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant from the team behind the renowned Cinnamon Club.

9 Devonshire Square, The City, London, EC2M 4YL
(020) 7626 5000
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Apples and Pears

Apples and Pears

#65

26 Osborn Street, Brick Lane, London, E1 6TD
(020) 7247 7717

Apples and Pears is a cool bar at the Aldgate-end of Brick Lane. They serve a variety of drinks including contemporary and innovative cocktails. Expect varied musical styles, credible underground sounds and no restrictions on genres.

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aqua spirit

aqua spirit

#276

240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll St), Soho, London, W1B 3BR
(020) 7478 0540

Renowned Hong Kong-based restaurant group aqua has launched in London on the former site of Dickens and Jones in Regent Street. aqua spirit is the venue's bar offering a range of drinks and lighter bites within stylish surroundings.

Artesian

#394

Dazzle them with a little West End glamour and they'll be putty in your hands. (View London are not responsible for any lack of putty-less hands.)

The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA
(020) 7636 1000

Avista Bar

#4510

The Avista Bar is located within the Millennium Hotel and provides a tranquil environment in which to enjoy a cocktail or two with a prospective partner.

Avista Restaurant, 39 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, W1K 2HP
(020) 7596 3399
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The Bar at aqua shard

The Bar at aqua shard


The Shard, 31st Floor, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9RY
(020) 3011 1256

If you're really out to impress that first date then take a trip to The Shard's 31st floor, where international restaurant group aqua have an impressive bar overlooking London.

Barts

#100

Located on Sloane Avenue, Barts is a trendy bar where you will find retro styling and prohibition era music.

Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London, SW3 3DW
(020) 7581 3355

Blackfriars Wine Bar

#3889

This cosy wine bar, a stone's throw from Southwark tube station, has plenty of little corners for you to schmooze your first date.

80 Scoresby Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0XN
(020) 7928 0905
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Blind Spot

Blind Spot


St Martin's Lane London, 45 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX
(020) 7300 5588

Blind Spot is a chic, speakeasy cocktail bar located within the luxurious St Martin's Lane London hotel. Wilfried Rique creates a variety of unique cocktails and guests can choose from an impressive selection of bar food.

Callooh Callay

#71

Welcome to the upside down world of Callooh Callay, a quirky bar with a lot to offer.

65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
(020) 7739 4781
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Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini


74 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
(020) 7632 2212

At Dirty Martini Islington expect an effortlessly cool interior, excellent service and a great choice of both classic and signature cocktails.

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The Four Sisters

The Four Sisters

#307

25 Canonbury Lane, Islington, London, N1 2AS
(020) 7226 0955

The Four Sisters is a cocktail bar that has retained many original features from its roots as a pub. Nowadays there is a variety of drinks available including innovative signature choices such as a Santiago sour or the American Ruminate.

Hoxley and Porter


The decadent setting and exotic decor at Hoxley and Porter make it a great date setting, especially when dinner can move so seamlessly into cocktails.

153 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RA
(020) 7226 1375

Lost Angel

#45

A romantic offering in Battersea from the people behind Lost Society.

339 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4LS
(020) 7622 2112

The Lucky Pig

#203

The Lucky Pig is a fantastic place for a first date, with classic cocktails in a shabby chic surroundings. There is plenty to talk about over a sharing board.

5 Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 6BB
(020) 7436 0035

The Luggage Room


You can really impress that first date by taking them for cocktails in Mayfair's stylish Luggage Room.

London Marriott, 84-86 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JP
(020) 7514 1507

Pineapple

#316

This funky pub purchased a while ago by a number of wealthy locals (after rumours spread that its number was up) is the perfect spot for a first date tipple or two.

51 Leverton Street, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2NX
(020) 7284 4631

Vinoteca

#1009

This buzzy wine bar and restaurant in Soho is a suitably impressive place to take a first date. It shows you know your stuff when it comes to a good time, and the food and drink is superb too.

53-55 Beak Street, Soho, London, W1F 9SH
(020) 3544 7411