Some West End bars are glamourous, decadent and fabulous. Others are tacky meat markets. If the latter is your preferred option then avoid our comprehensive list of recommended West End bars. If you have style however, our guide is all you'll need for that sophisticated night out in London's perpetually buzzing corner.
Don't forget to check out our recommended list of West End restaurants
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Known for their fabulous cocktails, Archer Street is a classy yet comfortable cocktail bar that is perfect for after work drinks or a night out in the West End area.
3-4 Archer Street, Soho, London, W1D 7AP
(020) 7734 3342
Boasting a collection of over 80 100% agave tequilas, Azulito Bar also hosts resident DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, making this tequila bar one of the hottest party destinations in the West End.
80 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TF
(020) 7734 0195
Belgo Centraal in Covent Garden is another great example of this chain getting it right. The beer selection will keep most beer connoisseurs happy whilst the excellent food serves as the perfect accompaniment.
50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LJ
(020) 7813 2233
A sophisticated offering on Whitfield Street with an extensive range of beers, wines and cocktails.
26-28 Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2RG
(020) 7631 0088
The cool kids of Mayfair will love the oh so glamorous Dirty Martini cocktail bar. With stylish interiors and fabulously mixed drinks, what's not to love?
10C Hanover Square, Mayfair, London, W1S 1JH
(020) 7632 2087
The candlelit bar at ECC Chinatown makes this vintage looking bar the perfect destination for a more relaxed evening out in the West End.
13a Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London, W1D 5PS
(020) 7434 3559
The Escapologist concentrates on creating a great atmosphere with unique drinks in an engaging space. From the brains behind Adventure Bar, this popular Covent Garden bar offers a menu of expertly created cocktails and high-quality pizzas.
35 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD
(020) 7240 5142
Foundation is located in the heart of Covent Garden and offers a wide choice of cocktails alongside a casual food menu including burgers and pizzas.
5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JA
(020) 7836 5005
80 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8HX
(020) 7491 2544
Henry's Cafe Bar is a stylish venue located across from the Ritz Hotel, on the border of Mayfair and next to Green Park. A great place to relax and unwind, Henry's serves a variety of British dishes throughout the day. Start the morning with a relaxed breakfast, or choose from a wide ranging menu at lunch and dinner offering everything from deli sandwiches through to main meals. There is also an extensive choice of drinks including cocktails, classic wines and a wide range of beers.
The Icon Bar is a deliciously attractive bar, located within the stunning Empire Casino. This French-boudoir style cocktail bar is the ideal post-work or evening chill out venue. With a terrace overlooking bustling Leicester Square, this stunning venue is a must-see.
Empire Casino, 5-6 Leicester Square, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7NA
0203 504 8443
Located within the heart of the West End, Jewel is a chic and luxurious bar and club that has become a popular joint with celebrities alike.
4-6 Glasshouse Street, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1B 5DQ
(020) 7478 0780
Party in the West End at this gangster-themed branch of the London Cocktail Club, a perfect place to get the party started.
4 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London, W1W 8QJ
(020) 7580 1960
Sip on cocktails in this bustling West End venue. Market Place offers classic British drinks seasoned with a twist.
11-13 Market Place, West End, London, W1W 8AH
(020) 7079 2020
We've included this little pub on the Strand for its historic value and its traditional charm, if that is what you wish to seek.
2 Bull Inn Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0NP
(020) 7240 5579
You can expect a whole variety of cocktails at Opium (and don't forget about the dim sum!).
15-16 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London, W1D 6JE
(020) 7734 7276
This quirky venue offers West Enders a unique night out with crazy cocktails, delicious food and an experience you won't forget.
The London Pavillion, London, W1J 0DA
(020) 7287 8008
Radio Rooftop Bar is a destination bar on the 10th floor of ME London. Boasting stunning views and stylish surroundings, Radio Rooftop Bar also hosts a monthly cocktail party with DJs, cocktails and finger food.
ME London, 336-337 Strand, Strand, London, WC2R 1HA
(020) 7395 3440
Shochu provides a stylish Japanese ambience to proceedings at this exciting bar on Charlotte Street.
Roka, 37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RR
(020) 7580 6464
28 Maple Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6HP
(020) 3879 9245
Forget your average glass, Simmons will serve your cocktails in the chicest teacups in the West End.
This Leicester Square spot is great for those in need of a tipple in central London.
5 Lisle Street, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BG
(020) 7437 3335
Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, St James, London, SW1Y 4AN
(020) 7747 2238
St James Bar is a sophisticated bar within the Sofitel London St James hotel on Waterloo Place.
Inspired by Coco Channel's 1920 Paris apartment, expect decadent interiors where vintage and signature cocktails can be enjoyed. St James Bar also offers a food menu offing light meals and sharing plates.
Offering much more than just food, Tiger Tiger aims to cater for all your partying needs. With funky music, a vibrant atmosphere and comfortable surroundings, Tiger Tiger is an excellent choice for those who enjoy a meal and partying afterwards.
29 The Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4SP
(020) 7930 1885
Waxy O'Connor's is a lively Irish maze of bars that you can enter via stairs or long passages. The atmosphere is welcoming and the beers are always cold.
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DD
(020) 7287 0255