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. The pick of pubs and bars for your indulgence.
58-60 Carter Lane, 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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19-20 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 0DR
(020) 7253 1920
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.
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
Good location, good food and good drink at the Banker.
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 area and offers everything you need from a modern public house.
56 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 3BL
(020) 7253 4285
2-4 Paul Street, The City, London, EC2A 4NH
(020) 7392 2064
Blueberry is a bar and kitchen in Shoreditch that has a fully stocked bar and a food menu of classic pub grub. Blueberry also regular events including film nights, live music and salsa nights.
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
The Butcher's Hook and Cleaver is an award winning city centre pub with fantastic food and well kept cask ales.
61-63 West Smithfield, Farringdon, London, EC1A 9DY
(020) 7600 9181
As the only gin distillery in The City and with over 200 types of gin behind the bar, COLD is a great find for fans of Mother's Ruin.
22-24 Bride Lane, City, London, EC4Y 8DT
(020) 7936 3636
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.
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.
This Fuller's Ale and Pie House on Tower Hill attracts Londoners and tourists alike.
26-27 Great Tower Street, The City, London, EC3R 5AQ
(020) 7626 6123
The views overlooking St Paul's Cathedral make this rooftop bar a great shout for cocktails and champagne.
One New Change, 1 New Change, The City, London, EC4M 9AF
(020) 8305 3088
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, 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
58-60 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EA
(020) 7489 7777
Patch is a sleek cocktail bar spread over two floors. The atmosphere has the feel of a trendy Shoreditch venue and features comfortable furnishings ideal for relaxing after a day at the office. Patch offers a wide selection of food, drinks and cocktails with various promotions throughout the week.
Pause is an impressive bar that benefits from sumptuous decor, impeccable service and an exclusive feel. With a superb cocktail list as well as an impressive range of other drinks Pause is proving a popular London venue.
80-84 Leadenhall Street, Bank, London, EC3A 3DH
(020) 7621 0850
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
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
Steam is a vibrant wine bar in the heart of The City. As well as a range of quality wines they offer a good selection of beers and spirits plus a menu of classic British bar food, snacks and sharing platters.
1 St Georges Lane, The City, London, EC3R 8DJ
(020) 7929 0819
For experimental cocktails in The City, step into this Victorian gin palace and cocktail bar and marvel at the mixology at work.
63 Worship Street, The City, London, EC2A 2DU
(020) 7247 0015
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