More an institution than a special occasion, you’ll find some of the best bars in Mayfair. Whether your preferred tipple is a cocktail, a robust red, a fragrant white or you want to find a non-alcohol take on an absolute classic, then Mayfair is where you need to go. As the days get longer and the evenings get warmer, what better way is there to celebrate the season with something you fancy in one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in London?
Best of both worlds
Comptoir Café & Wine is a café by day and wine bar by night and manages to slide from one to another with perfect ease. Serving small plates and classic French dishes, they are well-known for their extensive wine list, which means once you’ve visited, you’ll just have to return again and again. Founded by Master Sommelier Xavier Rousset, who knows a thing or two about fine wine, they have also created a wine shop in the cellar of the café. Mayfair’s best kept secret, you can browse over 2,000 bottles to your heart’s content and pick up a couture hamper to take home. Comptoir Café and Wine is the perfect antidote to a busy day.
21 -22 Weighhouse Street, Mayfair W1K 5LY
A seafood institution
Scott’s was originally opened as an oyster warehouse in 1851 and being amongst the five oldest restaurants in London, has kept true to its history. Established as one of the most fashionable and glamourous restaurants in town, Scott’s has welcomed film stars, politicians and writers through the decades. Rumour has it that it’s where James Bond’s famous dry martini ‘shaken not stirred’ was created, as Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming was a regular visitor. Enjoy the taste of the coast and sip on a perfectly matched tipple. An absolute must for seafood cognoscenti.
20 Mount Street, Mayfair W1K 2HE
Taking on the world – one glass at a time
Brooks Mews Wine House is the newest addition to the Mayfair wine scene. Tucked behind Claridges Hotel in and olde-worlde cobbled street, it’s an understated shop and bar, converted from a carriage workshop, over two floors, where wine plays centre stage. Here you’ll find over 100 wines from around the world. The fun is finding what you’re drinking on the wine map that displays the main growing regions – uncovering the huge variety and history of the wines on offer. Sit back and unwind in the upstairs mezzanine lounge whilst enjoying a glass of old or new world wine along with a complementary sharing platter of artisanal French and Italian cheeses and charcuterie.
24 Brook’s Mews, Mayfair W1K 4EA
The art of drinking
The Connaught Bar in Mayfair is like stepping into another world. In today’s fast paced environment many of us forget the vital importance of our surroundings when enjoying a sublime experience. This is the place to come – where fashion goes out of the window and style sits in pole position. The décor here is exemplary, created by David Collins Studio – and echoes the spirit of English and Irish Cubist art of the experimental 1920’s. Here you’ll find all you desire from a cocktail too. Mixologists with years of experiences and oodles of ideas are here to conjure up new concoctions to surprise and delight or make you a time-honoured favourite. The choice is yours. From day to night, the vibe is relaxed and purposeful – and is the perfect place for a light snack, evening canapés and an introduction to the very best way to enjoy your drink of choice. Don’t come here to have a quick drink, come here to luxuriate in bar splendour.
Carlos Place, Mayfair W1K 2AL
Take a chance
Celebrating the spirited excitement of Tokyo in the 1930’s where Kissa Clubs (Happening bars) and Shangai drinking dens were all the rage, this unique space is an incredible bar – where you can find your fortune – as far as great cocktails are concerned. In keeping with Gordon Ramsey’s preference to walk on the wild side, this bar echoes the excellence, exuberance and cheeky detail that we’ve all come to expect from this impresario. Expect clean and elegant flavours to tickle your taste buds with such delights as Shiso Smash – roku gin, shiso leaves and lemon or why not align your chi with a cocktail of the same name – grey goose, l’vanille, homemade ‘coffee shu’, cinnamon and expresso? Feeling lucky? Take a gamble on the Lucky Negroni – a roll of three dice seals the fate of your drink – and with 216 combinations of gin, vermouth and bitters, you can only win.
10 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 6JP
Re-opening on 20 August – Le Magritte Bar captures the exuberance, elegance and fabulous louche qualities that were all the rage in ‘those’ American bars that became legendary in London and Paris during the roaring 1920’s. Close your eyes and think of some of the baddest literary angels around like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, vibrant entertainers like Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong and latter day superstars like the Rat Pack. If they were around, they’d be here – living it up in this incredible bar with its walnut panelled interior hung with eclectic art and photographs – along with the Magritte painting that gives the room its name. Specialising in traditional superstars in the drinks firmament – bourbons, whiskies and classic cocktails, bring your best self for the bestest time.
The Beaumont, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair W1K 6TF
Nestled in converted listed stables on North Row, just off Park Lane – you’ll find Boisdale of Mayfair, a shellfish bar and cigar terrace, a distinctive space with mahogany panelling and an eclectic collection of classical and modern original artwork. Head down to the Vinyl Bar where you can choose your favourite song from a collection of superlative old school records, order a cocktail and sit back and enjoy.
12 North Row, Mayfair W1K 7DF
Glamour in a glass
The last word in louche cocktails, Claridge’s Bar Terrace is the place for incredible drinks and plates. Check out their new menu, inspired by the Mediterranean and sip on one of their legendary cocktails. The Flapper is a classic and was created when they first opened their doors in 1998. The drink references the impossibly glamourous ‘Flapper’ ladies during the Art Deco period and the cocktail is a fabulous blend of strawberry, cassis and champagne. If champagne is more your scene, you’ve come to the right place. Claridge’s is the expert – and has a champagne chapter and verse menu of possibilities. For small plates, think beef carpaccio with peppery rocket or white truffle pizza and citrusy spaghtettini. Perfect!
Claridge’s Brook Street, Mayfair W1K 4HR