London's Best Cocktail Bars, Because Why Not Sip It In Style? (PICTURES)
From Bloody Marys to Tom Collins, there's nothing we like more than sitting on a high stool (or a low stool, chair, sofa or simply standing) and sipping on a tasty cocktail.
We'd like to think of ourselves as cocktail connoisseurs here at HuffPost UK and have pain-stakingly scoured the capital to bring you a range of fine establishments to wet your whistle.
Think we've missed any or disagree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below.
"You can keep your dark grottos and Dickensian apothecaries. When I want a cocktail, I want to feel fabulous. There are fewer better locations than City Social, which has a jaw-dropping, wall to ceiling view of London, and cosy booths to sip your tipple.
"Speaking of tipple, cocktails are perfectly executed, from the more out-there Pea-lini (pictured) (that's peas and bellini, dah-ling) to straight vodka martinis.
"Plus, the fact that it's a Jason Atherton winner means the bar snacks are superb - no pork scratchings here, and even if they did them you can bet it'd be the best pork scratching of your life. Oh, and make sure you visit the toilets. You'll see what we mean"
24th Floor, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HQ
020 7877 7703
Booking Office, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
"Rest assured - although this bar may be in a train station, it's certainly not your standard Wetherspoon's.
"With live music and a glowing atmosphere, beaten only by the drinks, it's a great place to while away the night. The bar is well worth a visit, not to mention it's part of the stunning St Pancras Renaissance.
"Try the Burnt Brandy, served warm and the perfect drink for those chilly winter evenings, or the Old Fashioned - certainly the best I've tasted in London (and believe me, I've tried a fair few). For something with a fruity punch, opt for for the Kentucky Spritzer or the Buffalo Diamond - a refreshing number with an agostura kick, served in a delightfully quirky silver tankard.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Euston Road, King's Cross, NW1 2AR
020 7841 3566
"Blink and you'll miss it, this tucked away bar on Old Street is one of London's hidden gems. Grab a cosy corner at this old-school glamour venue and drink the night away.
"The cocktails are rich and dressed to impress. Smoking, bedecked in foliage or dressed up in sweet treats, the drinks are split into four categories: pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war and nightjar signatures."
She added: "My faves were the Hobson's Kiss, served up with pineapple sorbet and topped with champagne, and the naughty but delicious Adam and Eve. All topped off by the delightful live blues band, who well and truly made the night."
Consumer marketing manager Caoimhe O'Reilly says: "This place is so much fun: authentic cocktails, great music and a lot of dancing. I would recommend to book in advance. Good spot and it’s open til the small hours of the morning. Perfect blend of prohibition alcohol, jazz and great company." Nightjar
129 City Road, EC1V 1JB
0207 253 4101
"Glass-fronted, white walls, minimalist - the interior is inspired by the council block that the cocktail-bar-slash-restaurant calls home. It's pretty damn cool and well worth the walk from Shoreditch High Street."
"My favourite cocktails are the 100 Hoxton (prosecco with a hint of lychee, ginger, lemongrass & chili) for some uplifting fruity fizz and the Jamaican Me Oriental (Appleton VX rum, pomegranate, lime, coriander & chili) for a spicy, citrussy edge."
"The bar prefers punters to eat while they sip cocktails, so pick something delicious from the Asian-inspired menu - it'd be rude not to."
"A Dalston basement masquerading as a cross between a tiled butchers shop and a fifties living room, Ruby's has a distinctive vintage charm that runs right through its drinks menu.
"From an old fashioned mixed with Japanese whisky to the tall blackberry mojito, nothing is quite what you expect, and while the prices are definitely more modern than retro, the atmosphere alone would be well worth the price."
"Specialises in gin... Central, spacious and quirky (it likes its art and serves some drinks in paint pots) but MOST EXCITINGLY OF ALL it does a cocktail which, for £30,000, will be presented to you while Tony Hadley sings 'Gold', live, at your table.
"Clearly, they must have some sort of hotline to him which they use whenever someone orders it. If, indeed, anybody ever has."
"If you like gin - and, boy, we hope you do - then 214 Bermondsey is the establishment for you.
"Set in a basement at the end of beautiful Bermondsey street, there is more gin than you can shake a cocktail stick at.
"Highlights: the gin flight (pictured). This is great fun - try three gins from around the world and challenge yourself to guess the which is which using only a description of distinct flavours and your tastebuds. Trust us, it's harder than it sounds."