When it comes to finding the best bars in The City not all bars require an expense account in order for you to enjoy a good night out. Having said that, it would be a crying shame if you DO have an expense account for us not to tell you where the best bars in The City are for you to spend it!
With tons of City bars to choose from, from the stylish and sophisticated Neo in Barbican to the uber-trendy Patch East on Leadenhall Street; you can sip rooftop cocktails at Golden Bee or shoot some pool at 1920 - the pick of pubs and bars in the City is laid out below for your indulgence...
Don't forget to check out our recommended list of City restaurants
80-84 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 3DH
(020) 7621 0850
Patch East is a Shoreditch style cocktail bar, eatery and club located in the heart of the City, with a gateway to vibrant East London. Like its sister venue Patch St Pauls, Patch East boasts several unique areas, making it an ideal venue for group bookings.
With award-winning DJ's, a late license, happy-hour deals and monthly food and drink specials, Patch East is a venue to relax, unwind, drink, eat, dance and rock till the early hours all in one night and in one beautifully decadent space.
58-60 Carter Lane, London, London, EC4V 5EA
(020) 7489 7777
Patch is a funky venue in the heart of the City. Ideal for afterwork drinks with a popular happy hour including 50% off their extensive cocktail list.
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1920 is located in the trendy Clerkenwell district. With 8ft American tables and the longest piece of artwork in a London bar, 1920 offers stylish surroundings, a great vibe and a cosy cocktail bar to unwind in.
19-20 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 0DR
(020) 7253 1920
The Alice is located just a stone’s throw from Aldgate tube or Bishopsgate, and sits in the heart of the City.
135-137 Houndsditch, Broadgate, London, EC3A 7BX
(020) 7929 0902
The Artillery Arms is a bustling city pub that has a variety of drinks and serves traditional pub food throughout the week.
102 Bunhill Row, The City, London, EC1Y 8ND
(020) 7253 4683
Banker offers a choice of alcoholic beverages including beers and spirits. Traditional pub food is served. Entertainment includes background music, a pool table and major sporting fixtures are screened on a large TV. In fine weather you can sit out on the terrace.
Cousin Lane, London, EC4R 3TE
(020) 7283 5206
18-20 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4AY
(020) 7336 6099
Barsmith is a vibrant cocktail bar on St John Street that specialises in house-infused spirits and cocktails.
Betsey Trotwood is easily one of the most interesting and entertaining pubs in the City area and offers everything you need from a modern public house.
56 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 3BL
(020) 7253 4285
Unit 5, Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS
(020) 3058 9888
Split over two floors, The Botanist is a restaurant and bar serving British and modern European cuisine and a variety of drinks including innovative cocktails. Downstairs, the Soda Room is a sleek, late night area that has a dancefloor, booths and DJ nights.
This bar in Holborn has an extensive ping pong set-up that suits The City to a tee.
121 Holborn, Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD
(020) 3657 6525
Malmaison Hotel, 18-21 Charterhouse Square, City, London, EC1M 6AH
(020) 7012 3700
With a core list of classic cocktails and regular new local and seasonal creations, this London cocktail bar should be your first and only destination. The setting of the bar, the electric atmosphere and the theatre of the cocktail making this an exciting place to be.
2-5 St Johns Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4DE
(020) 7608 2117
Clerkenwell and Social is a cocktail bar in St John's Square that has quirky features and installations. Set over two floors, this spacious venue offers artisanal cocktails made with in-house infused liqueurs and spirits. Clerkenwell and Social also offers Italian inspired bar snacks, pasta and handmade pizzas.
158 Bishopsgate, The City, London, EC2M 4LN
(020) 7632 2086
A branch of Dirty Martini lands in Bishopsgate and it feels so perfectly pitched towards the City crowd thanks to sleek and chic cocktails and decor.
10 Paternoster Square, City, London, EC4M 7DX
(020) 7618 9520
The Happenstance bar and restaurant has a great choice of world wines, killer cocktails, beers and spirits. There is also a seasonal food menu made using locally sourced produce.
Harrys Bar is a well-established venue in the heart of London. The Ironmonger Lane site is Harry's second bar in The City and like its sister venue in Abchurch Yard it offers an extensive selection of contemporary food and drink.
17-20 Ironmonger Lane, The City, London, EC2V 8EP
(020) 7600 0300
3 Hatton Wall, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 8HX
(020) 7242 4747
The Hat and Tun in Clerkenwell serves a range of real ales, draught lagers and fine wines. Classic pub lunches are available and include pie and mash, salt beef sandwiches and ploughmans.
The views overlooking St Paul's Cathedral make this rooftop bar in The City a great shout for cocktails and champagne.
One New Change, 1 New Change, The City, London, EC4M 9AF
(020) 8305 3088
MBER is a stylish venue accommodating up to 150 people and is located a stones throw from Monument. At MBER you can expect a varied selection of both classic and signature cocktails as well as pan Asian sharing boards and platters.
1a Pudding Lane, City, London, EC3R 8AB
(020) 7608 6545
Merchant House is a speakeasy styled venue that boasts an impressive selection of more 300 different gins and rums. The choice of cocktails at Merchant House tells its own story and is delivered in their own style.
13 Well Court, off Bow Lane, City, London, EC4M 9DN
(020) 7332 0044
Brought to you by the same people who created Mint Leaf Restaurant and Bar in Haymarket, Mint Leaf Lounge and Restaurant serves authentic yet innovative light Indian food and an impressive range of drinks at the stunning bar, including five hundred spirits and over a thousand cocktails.
Angel Court, Bank, London, EC2R 7HB
(020) 7600 0992
14-17 Carthusian Street, The City, London, EC1M 6AD
(020) 7726 8925
Neo is a sophisticated lounge bar located on Carthusian Street. Resident mixologist has created a variety of signature drinks including fifteen champagne cocktails. A variety of globally inspired platters are also available.
The Old Bank of England is a bustling City pub that serves a variety of drinks. The food menu offers a variety of classic pub food but specialises in pies such as steak and ale or steak and venison.
194 Fleet Street, The City, London, EC4A 2LT
(020) 7430 2255
Red Herring specialises in Fullers Cask ales & has a good selection of wines and spirits.
49 Gresham Street, The City, London, EC2V 7ET
It has a busy restaurant feel in the city lunch hours and becomes a relaxed pub in the evenings.
(020) 7606 0399
CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, City, London, EC2Y 9HT
(020) 7382 0606
The Refinery is a spacious bar located close to the Barbican Centre. They serve an all day food menu with an emphasis on seasonal, British fare, together with an extensive list of premium spirits, wines from around the globe, beers and cocktails.
Shaws Booksellers merges edgy history with quality food and a refined ambience.
31-34 St Andrews Hill, The City, London, EC4V 5DE
(020) 7489 7999
178-180 St John's Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JY
(020) 3879 9251
Featuring mismatched and a vintage interior, Simmons is a quirky cocktail bar in Clerkenwell that offers an impressive selection of cocktails.
Ye Olde Mitre is a very famous pub that sits in the middle of a small the alley and is approximately 500 years old. Traditional pub style food is served here alongside real ales, lagers and wines.
1 Ely Court, Ely Place, Farringdon, London, EC1N 6SJ
(020) 7405 4751